The Mustangs will now play Granada High School on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. for the away game on the Front Range between Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
According to Mavericks’ football coach Tom LaFramboise, whose team went 2-7 for the season, the loss last weekend against Sangre de Christo was the best game they played all year.
“We were actually ahead in the third quarter,” he said of its divisional game against the statewide powerhouse. “They ended up scoring a couple of easy touchdowns at the end.”
As he runs the off-season conditioning program, the Norwood coach will be pondering how the team won its first two games, and then after a tough loss to archrival Nucla, continued with a six-loss tailspin.
“We won the first two games, then came the problems,” he said. “If we had played the whole season the way we did this weekend, we wouldn’t have lost a game all year.”
One of his considerations is who will be at the quarterback position next year. Jesse Efurd, who took most if not all of the snaps this year, is a senior, as are Trevor Ragsdale, Chris Sarff and Travis Webb.
“There are going to be some changes this next year,” the coach said. “There will be some big holes to fill.
Efurd is an interesting case for the off-season, since he’s stated his desire to play college football. He certainly has the speed and size, as well as the moves, to be a receiver or a defensive back, or possibly even a quarterback at a smaller school. But it’s a hard thing to do when his team didn’t get much acclaim this year.
“It’s pretty rough when you don’t have a good record,” LaFramboise. “He will probably get an invitation to a tryout. That’s probably the way he’ll have to do it if he wants to play.”