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Eunice three-peats with win over Texico


November 24, 2019

EUNICE — Senior quarterback Mason Caperton and the Cardinals dominated in all facets of the game Saturday, chalking up a third straight state championship with a commanding 56-27 win over Texico.

Caperton and several other Cardinal seniors with title-game experience wrapped up their high school careers in impressive fashion, with a balanced running and passing attack, a stingy defense and several big plays including a 95-yard touchdown pass at the end, padding the 3,100-yard plus passing season for Caperton.

Caperton had five touchdown passes and one interception leading the passing attack, while senior running back Tayveon Mitchell had two touchdown runs from near midfield in the first half. Eunice rolled to a 35-13 halftime lead and never let the Wolverines come within reach of the Class 2A state title.

The Saturday afternoon win under sunny skies in Eunice was the third state championship for several Cardinal seniors, and the first Blue Trophy for first-year head coach Greg Jackson.

The Cardinals did make some unforced errors early, helping the No.-3 seeded Wolverines continue their opening drive on a couple of defensive penalties, leading to a touchdown that knotted the score at 7-7 in the first quarter.

But the Cardinals came out strong in the first half as Jackson had hoped with a "one hand washes the other" balanced running and passing game, putting up 21 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second quarter. Eunice tacked on another 21 points in the fourth quarter, beating Texico the second time at home this season following a 34-19 win over the Wolverines in September.

The Cardinals finish the season 12-1 (3-0), with the only blemish being a 33-26 road loss to Tularosa in mid-Sepetember. Texico finished 8-5 (3-0).


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