A late scoring rally led to eventual defeat for the McClave High School football team Saturday afternoon in a 32-14 loss to Haxtun.

A late scoring rally led to eventual defeat for the McClave High School football team Saturday afternoon in a 32-14 loss to Haxtun.

McClave (1-2) trailed 8-0 after the opening quarter and tied the game 8-8 heading in to the half. Still tied after the third period, MHS was outscored 24-6 in the fourth quarter to fall to the Bulldogs and thus their first sub .500 record in several years.

"For the most part, we physically played with them for most of the game," said MHS head coach Shawn Randel. "We've lost to quality teams but we just have to figure out how to finish games. We did the same thing against Hoehne two weeks ago."

McClave gave up the first score of the fourth quarter to fall behind 14-8 but eventually evened the score at 14 with eight minutes remaining in the game. A Cardinal interception on the next two ensuing drives however, followed then by a Bulldog touchdown late in the quarter ended the score in Haxtun's favor 32-14.

The road will remain bumpy for the Cardinals in the upcoming weeks as the Cardinals will square off against state third ranked Merino (3-0) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Despite being a scheduled home game, the Cardinals will be playing at Jack LaSalle Field in Las Animas while maintenance continues on the McClave football field to replace the turf.

"Merino is a good football team," said Randel. "We are going to have our hands full."

McClave will then travel to Granada (2-1) on Sept. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. Granada fell to Merino last weekend 28-16.

MHS will then return home for Homecoming Oct. 3 against Wiley beginning at 7 p.m. The game is expected to be played in McClave.