Wolves maul Indians, 72-53
     2015-10-01      By Roger Holsinger   
Photos by Roger Holsinger Photography - Minatare’s Josh Cinocco (22) breaks a few tackles against Arthur County.  
MINATARE – The Minatare Indians came close to a Homecoming win here last Friday night, but unfortunately for the Indians, they weren’t playing horseshoes.
After a strong comeback in the fourth quarter and pulling to with two points, the air went out of the comeback and Arthur County went home with the 72-53 win.
With the loss Minatare drops to 1-3 on the season and will be off this week as they were to play Banner County on Friday.

Minatare Head Coach JJ Ozuna said he would sum up the game as missed opportunities.
“We had a couple of take-ways that we should have capitalized on and we were in the red zone a couple of times that we should take taken advantage of and there were times we had them (Arthur County) on third and long and fourth and long and then gave up the big play for a first down,” he said.

Ozuna added that his team was also missing some consistent playing as one player would step up and do well and at the same time another would not play to their potential.

However, he said that there were a number of players that really stepped up who had never played that hard before and he said he would attribute that to the competitiveness there is during practice and games.

“Now they know that if they work hard that they will get playing time,” he said. “It’s not and never has been about favorites, it’s been about working hard and now their eyes are open and they see that if they put in the work they will receive the reward.”

On the positive side, Ozuna said he was pleased with the number of younger players who rose to the occasion and played hard.

“We placed some guys in roles that they were not used to and they played like veterans. Something else is that Josh Cinocco had a nice night and he is one of the best runners that I’ve seen. Now we just need to work harder on the front line and work on opening holes and blocking better,” he said.
Minatare got on the board first with a score from senior Dominic Longoria and then an onside kick was recovered by Edgar Reyes and the Indians had the ball on the Arthur County 37 yard line.
However, the run didn’t last long as Minatare fumbled and Michael Buitron recovered for the Wolves on its own 17.
The ball again changed hands as this time the Wolves fumbled and Josh Cinocco recovered for the Indians at the Minatare 26. Yovan Perez then connected with Cinocco for the 26-yard score and Minatare took a 13-0 lead with 1:50 left in the first quarter.

Starting from its own 24, Buitron connected with Trevan Rut for the score and the Wolves were on the board at the end of the first quarter.
The Indians appeared to be on a role as the tribe moved down the field and then a late hit called on the Wolves put the Indians in scoring position. Again, Perez found Cinocco and Minatare had a 20-6 lead.

But Arthur County came right back and scored on a 34-yard pass to cut the Minatare lead to six with 8:51 remaining in the first half.
Minatare was forced to punt on its next possession and Arthur County took advantage of it with a 30-yard scoring run by Gus Delatour and Arthur County took the lead, 22-20 midway through the second quarter.

Starting at its own 29, Minatare looked to take the lead back and they did after Perez found Cinocco and then Perez took it in on the next play for a nine-yard score. The Indians regained the lead, 27-22 with 4:10 left in the quarter.
Just when it looked like Minatare was going to make a defensive stand, Arthur County found a hole and scored. This time Gage Christensen ran 45 yards for the score and regained the lead, 30-27.

The Wolves added one more score at the end of the first half as Christensen ran it in from 21 yards and Arthur County had a 36-27 lead at halftime.

Minatare opened the second half with a take way from Arthur County as Perez intercepted a Buitron pass and Minatare took the ball to the Arthur County 38. Then the Indians fumbled and three plays later the Wolves were in the end zone.
The Indians weren’t done scoring as the offense worked its way down the field as Perez broke free to the six and then Perez hit Gilberto Rodriguez for the score. With 3:21 left in the third quarter, Minatare trailed 42-33.
The two team exchanged touchdowns in the early part of the fourth quarter and then Minatare pulled within two points after a touchdown by Perez to make it 48-46 Arthur County.
Arthur County fired right back with another score to stretch its lead to 10, but Minatare came back again with a strong run from Cinocco to set up a pass to Kyler Lane who took it to the Arthur County nine. Cinocco then took it in from there and Minatare trailed, 56-53 with 3:43 remaining in the game.
Arthur County caught the Minatare defense off guard on the next series and an underhand pass from Buitron to Rut turned into a 40-yard score. The Wolves added one more score to end the game, 72-53.

The Indians will now have a week off to prepare for Cody-Kilgore at home on Oct. 9. The Indians have the week off because Banner County ended its season due to injuries and had to cancel the rest of its season.

Ozuna said for the next two weeks his team would concentrate on tackling and “almost everything on defense.”
He said they also need to work on assignments and “being more physical.”

Minatare 13 14 6 20 -- 53
Arthur County 6 30 6 30 -- 72



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