Tatum tops White Oak

Roughnecks lose their second district game

By: Keller Lott

The Roughnecks traveled to Tatum to face the Eagles this past Friday, October 14, but unfortunately fell to an 0-2 district record, losing 46-14.

In the loss, White Oak allowed one touchdown through the air but five on the ground. However, they capitalized off a rushing touchdown in each half despite throwing two interceptions.

“Moving forward I feel confident because I think we got the most challenging games out of our way,” senior linebacker Holden Hodges said. “I think the team is doing all right, but we can do better. Offensively I think we’ve run the ball very well, but to improve we need to score more often when we have the chance.”

Both of the Roughnecks’ touchdowns came from junior running back De Williams who posted 103 rushing yards.

“It felt good scoring our team's touchdowns, but I think we need to start trusting each other more,” Williams said. “A lot of the time, we try to do things on our own, but we need to work as a team. Coaches tell us we need to lean more on our teammates and have each other's back to stop playing as individuals because it’s a team game. I’m still confident that we can overcome our slow start and still win games because no matter what we always fight until the end of games.” 

The Roughnecks’ offensive and defensive lines sustained a huge loss this past week as starting guard and defensive tackle senior Hubaldo Garcia went down in the second half.

“I have a torn ligament in my thumb and the swelling in my knee is bad,” Garcia said. “My teammates and coaches have wished me good health in the recovery process hoping that I can make it back for senior night. I just think we all need to communicate and be more encouraging to each other when things go right and picking each other up when they don’t, but even though I won’t be playing, I think we can continue outperforming expectations. I still expect us to play ourselves into the playoffs the rest of the season with three straight wins.”