Iraan will play Clarendon at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 in Post after its Friday night win over Bovina.
Clarendon , the fourth-place team from 2A-2 Region 1 District 3, upset District 4 champ Ralls 38-13 Friday.
The game will be played at Post High School.
I: Kyler Miller 9-yard pass to Angel Petralba. Brodey Myers PAT no good. 6-0 0:31
B: Cole Emery 59-yard pass to Jadon Quintana. Angel Lara PAT good. 7-6 11:52
I: Kyler Miller 1-yard run. 2-point conversion failed. 12-7 0:00
B: Jadon Quintana 23-yard run. Angel Lara PAT good. 14-12 6:41
I: Brodey Myers 4-yard run. 2-point conversion failed. 18-14 7:50
I: Kyler Miller 32-yard pass to Angel Petralba. Brodey Myers PAT good. 25-14 5:57
B: Cole Emery 37-yard pass to Josh De La Cruz. Emery to JJ Marrufo 2-pt. converstion. 25-23 5:21
I: Brodey Myers 32-yard run. Myers PAT good. 32-33 2:24
Iraan High School expects to win in football. They expect to make deep playoff runs. In fact, the team has been in the playoffs every year since 2006. In that span, they have only lost twice in the Bi-District round. The team is only two seasons removed from an appearance in the state title game.
It is something first-year head coach Corby Maurer – an Iraan graduate – is well aware of as his 9-1 Braves open the playoffs against Bovina in the Bi-District round of the playoffs 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wink High School.
The winner faces the winner of Ralls vs. Clarendon.
“This week there isn’t anything it that is different for us,” Maurer said. “We talked when we came in Saturday and again on Monday about that – nothing changes from first 10 games except if you lose, you’re out. You don’t have to emphasize it. They know what’s at stake. We don’t have to remind them about it or beat them over the head with it.”
The Braves lone blip came in a 12-6 overtime loss to rival McCamey Nov. 2. The game gave the 2A-2 District 1 title to McCamey.
“We’re never to hang our season on one game – except in the playoffs,” Maurer said. “The kids were disappointed, but they were back on the field Monday ready to play Van Horn.”
A missed PAT kick in regulation proved costly for the Braves. After struggling on PATs all season, Iraan kicker Brodey Myers connected on 6-of-7 kicks in the team’s 48-13 win over Van Horn on Nov. 9.
“It was significantly better,” Maurer said. “It took a while to come around. We got stuff shored up. We had to get the kids to understand that all 11 of you are important as you are on any other play in the game. Nobody can take a play off on that deal. It’s not just the snapper, holder and kicker.”
Maurer said he hopes to see more explosive special teams play in the playoffs with kick and punt returns, as well as blocking kicks and punts. It is something the team continues to work on in practice
The season featured a series of close games, with five games being decided by less than a touchdown.
“I think the kids were steady throughout the season,” Maurer said. “They played hard and were resilient. They found ways to win most of those.
“They did everything they were asked to. I don’t know if we exceeded our expectations within the field house. We expect to win every game – that was our mindset. It (the McCamey loss) wasn’t easy to take.”
Maurer said the team in is good shape, with the exception of running back Mario De Luna, who will miss the playoff opener.
Bovina can score
The Bovina Mustangs (6-4) are the third-place team from 2A-2 District 2. They have outscored opponents 323 to 163 on the season. They suffer two lopsided losses, but were in all the other games this season.
It should make for an interest matchup against a stingy Iraan defense that has held opponents to just 109 points this season. The offense has totaled 228 points.
The team uses a spread offense with a mix of two-back formations.
Sophomore quarterback Cole Emery has thrown for 1,927 yards, completing 120 of 197 passes (60.2%) for 18 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He has also rushed for five touchdowns.
Emery has shown the ability to share the wealth, with three receivers each having more than 387 yards receiving. J.J. Marrufo has six touchdown and 480 yards receiving.
The team has rushed for 1,755 yards through 10 games. Senior Jaden Quintana leads the team with 940 yards and nine touchdowns. Quintana has also caught five touchdowns.
“They have good speed and move around the field well,” Maurer said. “they have some explosive players offense. Ike us, they have lots of two-way players. We got plenty to worry about getting out of that.”
The team runs an odd-numbered defensive front.
“We need to try to force some turnovers and take care of turnovers ourselves,” Maurer said. “We need to avoid stupid penalties. Those get magnified in games like this.”