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The Hagerman Bobcats exited Friday’s contest against Fort Sumner/House at Hagerman High still seeking their first win of the 2017 season, but head coach Adrian Olivas is confident it’s on the horizon – all his athletes need to do is believe.

“We’ve just gotta start believing in ourselves,” Olivas said Saturday following Hagerman’s 50-0 loss to the Foxes. “We all just have to be patient in knowing it’s still our first year in this system, we’re still kind of learning them, they’re still kind of learning us, and we just have to take it step by step and make sure we’re progressing toward what we ultimately want, which is to create a program we can believe in.”

FSH built a 28-0 lead at the half before closing out the contest in the fourth quarter, and although the loss was a lopsided one, Olivas says his athletes never threw in the towel.

“Our first drive of the game was really good,” said the coach. “We ran the ball, we pretty much did whatever we wanted, but once we got down, it just seemed like our energy went out the door. And that’s on me – I’ve got to make sure they can handle that adversity and come back, even if they get punched in the face.

“At the end, we were still fighting. We just have to start trusting in each other. The kids know they can do it, we just have to get over that mental hump together.”

The Bobcats will host Roswell High Thursday at 6 p.m., and Olivas hopes to see his squad use that game as an opportunity to rise to the challenge.

“We had film this morning and everybody seemed pretty positive,” said Olivas. “They’re ready to get back to work, and that’s what’s exciting. I wouldn’t want any other set of kids, because they’re busting their tails every week. We’ve just got to shore up the little things, but again, that comes with getting comfortable in this offense.

“The support from the community has still been great. These kids are continuing to buy in. They’re mentally strong. When you’re a competitor like they are, it’s hard to be on the short end of these games, but they’re still fighting and there’s not any quit in them. And that’s what I expect.”