Holyoke’s Blake Mosenteen carries the ball in the Nov. 3 football game at Meeker. — Photo by Jessica Cumming

Dragon football season ends in playoffs with close 12-7 loss at Meeker

    Holyoke High School football’s 2018 season came to a close in Meeker on Nov. 3, in a 12-7 loss to the Cowboys. Though the season ended sooner than he would have liked, coach Dusty Sprague was proud to see HHS make it back into the playoffs after a five-year post-season drought.
    The position the Dragons found themselves in last Saturday was the culmination of countless factors throughout the last few months. Every practice, every workout, every point scored for and against them mattered. Reflecting on the season and Holyoke’s final game, Sprague emphasized that there’s never one call or one play that determines the outcome; it all adds up.
    Throughout the season, HHS defense allowed an average of just 7.6 points per game. Across the three games Holyoke lost, it was by a margin of just 14 points total. Looking back on those stats, Sprague said the program has made great strides. In the future, they will continue to look for ways to keep those numbers down and strive for another playoff appearance next year.
    Ranked No. 9, Holyoke had to travel across the state to play No. 8 Meeker, a team that is no stranger to post-season action. None of the current Dragons had competed in a playoff game before, and Sprague said it was a good experience for them. Despite having different levels of experience, the two teams ended up playing a very competitive game, he added.

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