For the first time since I started working for The Gallup Independent ten years ago the local football team has been included in the play-offs, and just barely. Getting in on a wing and a prayer comes to mind. Two other teams in their class were disqualified because they had ineligible players during the season. The notification of their inclusion in the play-offs came so late that the players had already turned in their equipment and missed one week of practice.
In the end the game was lopsided, and the Gallup Bengals were de-clawed as they lost 43-3. At the end of the half they were losing 41-3, and the opposing Sandia Matadors did not try to run up the score, but then the Bengals fumbled the ball out the back of their own end-zone, chalking up a safety.