Despite being in their inaugural season, it didn’t take the New Mexico Rush long to notch their first win in the Rio Grande Football League as they traveled to Clovis on Saturday and came away with an 18-6 week two victory over the Curry County Cats.
“Our run game really came together this game,” Rush owner Paul Lopez told DFUSA. “I got a kid named Travis Wilkinson at running back, he rushed for about 175 yards and two touchdowns. My quarterback went down with a knee injury and I had Rodney Holcomb, who’s a hometown favorite around here in these parts, 6-5, 240-pound quarterback. He played for New Mexico Military Institute last year and started before that at Carlsbad High School.”
The defense was solid all game for New Mexico, which only gave up six points, but two players in particular stood out for the Rush.
“Defensively we played a lot better also than this past weekend,” Lopez said. “Trae Ivory played middle backer, he’s a beast in there. My free safety Richard hill had a pick, almost to the house, then they hit him from behind and he fumbled it, giving the ball back to them. As a free safety, he’s flying all over the field. Really, all the outside backers played well, but who shined was Trae ivory at middle backer and my free safety Richard Hill.”
Being the Rush’s first-ever win as an organization makes this one special, but for Lopez it even goes deeper than that.
“It was a good overall victory for us,” Rush owner Paul Lopez told DFUSA. “I actually used to own the Curry County Cats. I was the head coach in 2011 when the program first started, took over as GM in 2012 and gave it up in 2014, so it was a good win for our program to win against some of my old colleagues and some I used to coach. Now a lot of them are actually coaching the team, some of my older guys. It was a good overall victory.”
The Rush rebounded from their 44-12 season-opening loss against the Sun City Reapers one week ago and gained some needed confidence before returning home March 5 to host the West Texas Outlaws (1-1).
“We lost against the Sun City Reapers which is a great organization and you can tell those guys have been together for a few years and my guys have been together for a few months so that’s how it goes,” Lopez said. “We plan to get better every week.”