Warriors hurting after second straight loss
Socorro High School’s football team has now lost two in a row after falling to Hatch Valley, 48-36, last Friday night in Hatch.
What makes this loss even worse for the Warriors is that it was the District 3-3A opener.
Due to lingering injuries sustained throughout the season, the Warriors (4-3 overall, 0-1 in district play) weren’t able to show up to the game 100 percent healthy.
The team is suffering a cause-and-effect cycle they’ve been unable to break, according to head coach Damien Ocampo. Injured players are trying to get healthy during the week, but when it comes to game time — since they have been on the sidelines — their skills get a little sloppy which leads to mistakes that have resulted in losses.
“It has been a perfect storm for us,” said Ocampo.
The Warriors fell behind by three touchdowns early in the game and weren’t able to recover.
“It is hard to rebound from that,” said Ocampo.
It’s hard to bounce back from injuries too, but the coach is hoping his team will make some progress by Friday when the Warriors host Hot Springs. It’ll be Socorro’s first home game in three weeks.
“We are fighting the same fight,” Ocampo said. “We just need to get better and rest. It is the reoccurring injuries, but hopefully we will be getting them back. Hopefully, nothing else happens and we won’t lose anybody else.”
Having so many injuries plaguing the team is something unexpected and not something they can do anything about, said Ocampo.
Despite the loss and injuries, coach Ocampo is optimistic about the rest of the season.
“I am real proud of how we’re playing. The kids played real hard and played the most physical game of the whole year,” Ocampo said of the game against Hatch Valley (4-3, 1-0).
The coach said he knows his team will give a good effort this Friday night.
“They will play hard against T or C,” he said, “The kids will need to play hard to be successful.”
But it won’t be easy. Hot Springs will be prepared.
“They are a solid ballclub,” Ocampo said. “They run and throw and they have a balanced attack on defense.”