Cougars missing their claws on Saturday night

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The Cougars had several dropped balls and couldn't make their running game work against the Mountainair Mustangs on Oct. 19 at home. They were also plagued by several minor injuries throughout the game.

Though the Cougars were outmatched in size and skill on Saturday night, there is marked improvement in their game. Their passing game is gaining momentum, if they can get just sink their claws into the ball and hold their catches. The size and lack of experience of the defense and offensive line continue to allow their opponents to score again and again, while they struggle to make a first down.

Still, there is improvement in their energy and aggression on the field. Unfortunately, that energy and aggression are also possibly leading to more minor injuries, although leg cramps were one key problem, and the coach kept prodding the team to hydrate.

The Cougars lost 12-64, but never lost heart; they played hard until the end. Their next football game is Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Carrizozo.