So Close: Mavs Lose Again in State Semifinal
by Gus Jarvis
Nov 24, 2011 | 771 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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<b>RUSHING ATTACK</b> – Late in last weekend’s game versus Hoehne, Norwood’s Roger Liljegren (60) moved the ball up field with the help of a block by Blayde Harrigan (44). The Mavericks lost the game 40-24, suffering only their second loss of the season. (Photo courtesy of Kathryn Westcott)
NORWOOD – While the Norwood Mavericks eight-man football team has for the last three years been a perennial post season force, getting into the state championship final game has proved a challenge the team just can’t seem to overcome, as Norwood lost to Hoehne High School 40-24 in last weekend’s semifinal matchup.

The loss marks the third straight impressive playoff run by the Mavericks, each one ending with a loss in the semifinal round.

The Mavericks finished the season with a sterling 10-2 record, with both losses coming at the hands of the Hoehne Farmers. Make no mistake about it though, Norwood’s potent offense this year, in combination with its stingy defense, should ensure the team will be back in the state championship hunt next year. This season, Norwood outscored its opponents a whopping 567-129.

To reach the semifinal game, the Mavericks beat Sangre de Cristo High School 53-0 on Nov. 5 and then squeaked by Walsh High School 29-28 on Nov. 12.

Hoehne, of Trinidad, will meet Dayspring Christian (Greeley), in a battle of undefeated 12-0 teams for the state title this Saturday, Nov. 26.
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