The Cibola Raiders dropped their third consecutive game after falling to Tolleson Union on Friday, 28-19.
The Wolverines (1-5 overall) darted out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Raiders would strike back.
On Cibola’s (3-4 overall) opening drive, quarterback Quanah Locklear found Cristian Bonilla for a 10-yard touchdown strike to even the game.
Tolleson would then score two more times in the first half and led 21-7 at the break.
Locklear led the Raiders back down the field on their opening possession of the second half, finding Nick Campos for a 17-yard touchdown to pull within eight of the lead. Cibola failed to make the extra point, which proved to be costly later in the night.
Locklear tossed his third touchdown of the night in the early moments of the fourth quarter, finding Bonilla again. The Raiders failed to tie the game up following the missed two-point conversion.
The Raiders, trailing 21-19, would get the ball late in the game with a chance to win, but failed to convert on fourth down. Tolleson later punched it in on its ensuing drive to push the score to 28-19.
This is the second straight week that a previously-winless team has defeated Cibola, as Copper Canyon did so last week.
Cibola has three games remaining on its schedule, with all three being local teams. Coach Steven Fritz reiterated his team needs to improve and continue to work down the stretch.
“Keep moving forward, keep getting better,” Fritz said. “We still have big games. We have our in town rivals. It should be easy to get excited to play against guys you’ve grown up and played with. Our goal is to get better. We have to put in work every day.”