You might look at that score and think you have all you need to know. The hope is that you keep reading.
The Cubs knew going in that this was going to be a tough game. Probably one of the toughest of the season. They were prepared. Likely, Idalou came in thinking it would be a blow out, and if you just go by the score, that is what you would think as well.
A writer could write about the score and how Idalou scored their 49 points. A writer could do that and you would know the outcome, but you would know little about the game.
The Cubs came in certainly an underdog, and with a two-way starter out. Another starter was injured in the game and did not return. But, the Cubs chose to battle. When the dust cleared, Idalou knew they had been in a fight.
Idalou scored first, but not before the Cubs’ Zarius Garcia intercepted a pass. The Cubs would have to punt on their series, but it was a good deep punt.
The Cubs were able to pretty much shut down the Idalou bread and butter of the run game, and force them to the air. This was not what Idalou had in mind. They continued to try the run game only to be shut down on two strong goal line stands by the Cubs and a couple of fourth down stands. Even though you look at the scoreboard and see 49 points, enough cannot be said about how Defensive Coordinator Jacob Perez’s defense played. They held their ground and against a big and tough Wildcat team. Perez said after the game, “I am proud of these guys. They never gave up. They stayed in the game all the way.”
Kaydyn Moore “K-Mo” picked up an Idalou fumble and ran it in for the only Cub score in the first half.
The Cubs came back from the half strong. Even though Idalou was able to score, the Cubs continued to stand strong and hold back the run. Zarius would put the Cubs on the scoreboard one more time, with a JD Vasquez extra point conversion.
After the game, Seniors J.C. Carillo and K-Mo both spoke to the team. They both spoke of how proud they were. “I have been a part of the Cubs my whole life,” said J.C. “But I have never been as proud of a team as I am right now. We stood our ground. We didn’t quit and we kept our heads up. Let’s keep it going!”
K-Mo echoed J.C. “I am proud of what we did here tonight. We kept our heads up and believed in ourselves.”
Head Coach Aarrhon Flores stated, “We were able to stop the run. The only thing that hurt us is the pass. We are looking at a couple of teams coming that rely on pass. We will work on that.”
He stated, “Our guys are not very big on pass coverage but they are tough and the teams that know us respect these guys. They know they can play with the big guys.”
He stated he felt that the Cubs punt coverage was great and that he felt like the team is putting it all together.
“Our guys are playing with confidence right now. We are going to keep that confidence going. We played a good hard game against the #7 team in the state. I love these Cubs!” stated Flores.
This was a fantastic game for the Cubs and they deserve much credit for staying so tough and playing with heart throughout the game. This very much speaks to the leadership on the team, both from coaches and on the team.
The Cubs will be at Big Spring next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.