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November 2, 2012

Week 10: The Ultimate Preview

Welcome to Week 10 of the New Mexico High School Football Season. Leading up to each Friday of the Season, we'll preview over 40 games by region starting on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The four New Mexico Regions are Northern, Metro Area, Southeast, and Southwest. Friday Night we need your help collecting game scores. Please text us to 505.577.5953 and if you tweet high school football scores, please type in a score then use the hastag #nmpreps.

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Southeast Preview

Artesia 7-1 @ Goddard 7-0
WHEN: November 2nd, 2012
WHERE: Wool Bowl, Roswell New Mexico
Radio: 94.9 KBIM
PREDICTION: Goddard by 7.5
ARTESIA IMPACT PLAYERS: Trevor Eulenbach QB, Miguel Rodriguez WR, Zane Pittamn WR, Gavino Saiz RB, Alex Donaghe - OL, Josh Gonzales DB, Crosby Figg DB
GODDARD IMPACT PLAYERS: Anthony Ornelas QB, Cody French RB, David Sweet TE, Kullen Wooten OL, David Chavers DL, Nick Alston DL, Fabian Soto LB, Josh Quiroz ATH, Dean McCalister RB
CLASS 4A RANKINGS: Goddard #1, Artesia #2
KEY STATS: Artesia has not beat Goddard in the regular season since the 2007 season. Goddard has won the last the last six out of seven games against Artesia.
COACHES: Artesia: Cooper Henderson | Goddard: San Jernigan
THE STORYLINE: The NMPreps.com Game of the Week between Artesia and Goddard, two 4A titans that are a combined 14-1 on the season. Does it get any better or any bigger? Though the Rockets have won the last six out of seven games against Artesia dating back to 2008 Artesia's offensive fire power might be enough to give Artesia their first regular season win over Goddard since the 2007 season. The numbers… Artesia is headlined by Quarterback Trevor Eulenbach who has thrown for over 2,000-yards and 25 touchdowns this year. The offense is scoring 56.25 points per game (No. 1 ranked offense in New Mexico) and their marquee wins come against Carlsbad and Clovis. Historically, when Artesia beats Carlsbad and Clovis in the same year, they are chase the blue trophy. On the flip side their defense is giving up 35.12 points per game, watch for Daniel Salinas at DT and Crosby Figg in the secondary. Artesia wants a shootout, let's see what the Rockets will give them. Goddard's offense might look vanilla, but then they run right over your defense for 48 minutes. This is a very disciplined team on offense with running back Cody French doing most of the damage behind linemen Kullen Wooten, Juan Vidals, and tight end David Sweet. Sweet is likely one of the most underrated prospects in the State of New Mexico. On defense, Nick Alston and David Chavers are two of the top defensive linemen in the State and defense is something Goddard's prides itself on giving up just 8.85 points per game. Additional Goddard players to watch include Anthony Ornelas at Quarterback, Josh Quiroz as an Athlete, and Dean McCasliter at running back.

Clovis 3-5 @ Carlsbad 5-4
The Clovis Wildcats have lost their last five out of six games, but if you ask the majority of the prep football fans in New Mexico who wins between: Clovis and Carlsbad, 63% feel that the Wildcats beat the Cavemen. The Clovis Wildcats were open in week 9, but two weeks ago they pulled off a very important win against Sandia 38-34 thanks to another monster performance from running back Kamal Cass who has just just sensational during his junior year rushing for over 1,000-yards and more than 15 touchdowns in eight games. Despite being two games under .500 Clovis is scoring a remarkable 37.87 points per game and is more than battle tested playing most of the 5A and 4A bigs from around the state. While Clovis has the edge size and talent wise coming into Friday Night's game they need to win or they'll likely miss the 2012 play-offs if you can believe that. With the amount of 5A bubble teams this year, it looks like District 4-5A will only get one team in the show. The Carlsbad Cavemen have dropped their last four out of five games this year, but beat up on Hobbs in week nine thanks to a 250-yard passing performance from Rodney Holcomb and 140-yards rushing from Dillon Caddell. The Cavemen are right now a bubble team in 5A, but with a win over Clovis they'll be a automatic lock in the play-offs as all district champs receive and automatic bid. Carlsbad's defense has to find a way to contain Cass. If Cass hits the 150-yard mark, Clovis wins by at least 10.

Portales 2-6 @ Lovington 2-5
The Portales Rams have struggled all year winning football games and have lost their last two in a row being outscored in those two games 95-0. The Ram's did take Robertson into overtime early in the year and beat Hope Christian 19-14 in Portales back in week seven. Lovington is three games under .500 this year and have to be looking to make a statement this weekend against an old rival. The Wildcat's offense has been lack luster all year scoring just 13.85 points per game. The Wildcats were open last week, but two weekends ago they were beaten 28-0 by Goddard. Lovington has athletes that are as good as any in 3A and it's still hart to count this team out because of their tradition and coaching. Running Back Justin Bromley and Quarterback David Robles need to get it going. New Lovington from here on out is what you have to be expecting.

Eunice 3-5 @ Loving 1-7
The Eunice Cardinals were defeated last weekend by Dexter 20-14, making their final two district games "must win" if the Cardinals want to reach the 2012 play-offs. The Cardinals are scoring 21.37 points per game and have some speed in the backfield with Dylan Frank and Eric Levya being two impact players that are game breakers. Loving is 1-7 this year, their line win coming against Jal, a team Eunice beat back in week one 42-0. On paper, Eunice is the 21+ favorite.

NMMI 1-7 @ Dexter 4-4
The NMMI Colts won their first game of the year beating Loving last week 21-6. The Colts might be 1-7 on the season, but they are 1-0 in district play and with an upset over Dexter the NMMI Colts would be the district champ, which would be pretty unbelievable. Dexter beat Eunice last weekend 20-14 holding Eunice to just 14 points. Dexter has been all defense this year along just 15.12 points per game.

SFIS @ Estancia 3-5
The Estancia Bears are the big favorites this weekend against Santa Fe Indian School. Estancia is coming off a heart breaking loss against Texico in which they lost 32-28 in the final seconds. Estancia's play-off chances are still alive, they just have to win their last two.

Clayton 5-3 @ Texico 7-0
The Clayton Yellow Jackets are 0-2 in district play after starting the season 5-1. Last weekend the Yellow Jackets lost to Tucumcari 27-15, making Clayton a bubble team just outside of the play-offs unless the Yellow Jackets can win their last two games of the season. Clayton under first year Head Coach Kenneth Robinson has the Jackets scoring 37.87 points per game and are led by running back Nick Wiseman. Texico at 7-0 this year won a thriller against Clayton last weekend in the final seconds 32-28. Texcio is scoring just 25.57 points per game and is led by running back Shay Harrison.

Ft. Sumner 4-5 @ Jal 2-5
A district 2-1A game that is very important as Ft. Sumner was beaten 33-0 last weekend against Hagerman. Jal is a play-off bubble and could punch their ticket with a win over Ft. Sumner.

Metro Area Preview

Sandia 6-2 vs. Eldorado 3-4
WHEN: November 2nd, 2012
WHERE: Wilson Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Radio: 101.7FM The Team
PREDICTION: Sandia by 5
SANDIA IMPACT PLAYERS: Craig Coffman QB, Daniel Cones RB, Brenden Barker WR, Ryan Scarlet OL, Tyler Ireland DL, Buck Walden DL, Adam Hoke LB
ELDORADO IMPACT PLAYERS: Zach Gentry QB, Aaron Herrera WR, Austin French OL/DL, Matt Clark DL, Patrick Garcia LB, Jonah Mestas ATH
CLASS 5A RANKINGS: Sandia #7, Eldorado #10
KEY STATS: Sandia is just 18 points away from being 8-0, Eldorado is just 14 points away from being 7-0
COACHES: Sandia: Kevin Barker | Eldorado: Charlie Dotson
THE STORYLINE: Sandia made a clear statement last weekend against Manzano in a 20 point win over Manzano pushing the Matadors to a 6-2 record, which is their best season start since the 2006 season. If you look closer at the Matador's schedule is they are just two touchdowns away from being 8-0 this year. The continued play of quarterback Craig Coffman has been huge for the Matadors as they are scoring 30.12 points per game. Offensive Linemen Ryan Scarlett and Jeremiah Thompson have really emerged as junior prospects this year. Dillon Boyd and Brenden Barker at receiver keep making plays and on defense Adam Hoke, Buck Walden, and Tyler Ireland are their defensive leaders. Sandia, this is a must win game against Eldorado. You really want respect by our staff and the NMAA beat Eldorado and you'll be a likely candidate for a top four seed. The Eagles have had a strange year and if they don't win a district game this year, they'll be 3-6 if you can believe that. Eldorado has lost each of their four games by a total of just 14 points. They have a ton of talent including Zach Gentry their sophomore quarterback who threw for over 400-yards against La Cueva last weekend. This team still has final four talent, but they better win a game in district to insure they don't get left out of the play-offs.

Cibola 1-7 @ Rio Rancho 7-1
The Cibola Cougars are on the verge of going 1-9 this year with their season ending against two play-off teams. Cibola has been played one of the toughest weekly schedules and their youth has shown as the Cougars have scored just 17.0 points per game this year. The Rio Rancho Rams survived another scare from a Metro Area team beating Volcano Vista in the final seconds 37-34 to move to 1-0 in district play. Last weekend Sophomore Quarterback Easton Bruere hit Junior Tristen Foley for the game winning touchdown, showing this team has the ability to play and win in tight games, which will be important moving into the play-offs with the amount of parity we've seen form 5A this year. Rio Rancho is scoring 41.75 points per game and is just two wins away from grabbing the number one overall seed in the Class 5A play-offs. Devon Bennett, Dustin Hanson, and Robert Salgado are Rio Rancho's staple offensive linemen. On defense watch for Morgan Smith, Trey Parnell, and Dallin Brady. Rio Rancho has to take care of an old rival this weekend in order to retain their top spot in the rankings/seedings.

La Cueva 28, Manzano 12 *Thursday
The La Cueva Bears are now 8-1 on the season after a 16 point win against Manzano Thursday Night which also moved them to 2-0 in district play. The Bears got on the board early in the first after La Cueva Zach Silva threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to set the tone of the game. The Bears would go up 14-0 after Zilva would again hit Thompson for a second touchdown in the first quarter. On defense, Sophomore Linebacker Mitchell had an interception. Manzano was led by Angel Gonzales who threw for just shy of 300-yards.

Volcano Vista 4-4 @ Cleveland 5-3
The Cleveland Storm are 5-3 this year after beating Cibola last weekend 54-16 thanks to a 200-yard plus performance from New Mexico Lobo Commit Romell Jordan at running back. Cleveland has won their last five out of six games and seems to be hitting their stride under first year Head Coach Heath Ridenour. Lately, Volcano Vista has been taking the bigs down to the wire, so they have to see the potential of a tight game this weekend. A lot is at stake against Volcano Vista, Cleveland has to capitalize off big plays and put Volcano Vista away early. The Volcano Vista Hawks now 4-4 on the year at .500 after losing to Rio Rancho 37-34 in the final minutes have been playing like the Volcano Vista Hawks we expected them to be for the last three years. Their offense has been stellar in the last three weeks scoring 40.0 per game against some very good comp. When you beat Eldorado and take No. 1 Rio Rancho to the wire, you're a good football team. Running Back Dominico Chavez and Linebacker Josh Lubold have to make something happen this weekend in hopes for what would be a monster upset if Volcano Vista wins.

Atrisco 21, Highland 10 * Thursday
The Atrisco Heritage Jaguars are just one game away from being 8-2 this season after a 11 point win against Highland Friday Night. The Hornets did lead this game for a short portion 3-0, but then Atrisco's Heritage Quarterback Nate Goode provided some offensive sparks as the Jaguars went on to take care of business against another District Rival. Robert Alvidrez ran for over 100-yards against Highland.

Los Lunas 58, Miyamura 8 * Thursday
The Los Lunas Tigers moved to 9-0 on the season and a 58-8 win over the Miyamura Patriots in what has been a complete domination of district 6-4 this season. The Tigers have outscored their district comp by a combined 204-8. On the night, the Tigers were led by Quarterback Chris Wisneski and Defensive Linemen Greg Wortman.

Valley 5-3 @ Rio Grande 1-7
The Valley Vikings are in the District Champion Driver's seat and if they can take care of South Valley Rival Rio Grande this weekend which they should, they'll move to 4-0 in district play. First Year Head Coach Rico Marceli is doing great things with Valley and the best news is most of Valley's impact players this year are juniors. At Quarterback Bo Coleman continues to impress along with Running Back Esteban Lorea. Rio Grande has lost six in a row including a 43-21 loss against Highland last weekend.

Del Norte 2-6 @ Moriarty 5-3
The Del Norte Knights were beaten in their first district game by St. Pius X 40-0. First Year Head Coach Bruce Binkley however will have his group ready to go this weekend and remember that Del Norte starts 80 percent or more of sophomores and juniors. Del Norte has Moriarty this weekend and Artesia next weekend, two very tough games to end their season. The Knights are allowing 35.25 points per game on defense. The Moriarty Pintos now two games over .500 after beating Santa Fe 62-8 have some very good momentum heading into the district season. Their group game has been propelled by Justin Manning and Adam Smith, each who are having a great year running the football. On defense, Bobby Tapia is playing like a first team all-district linebacker and he headlines a very underrated defense that is allowing 21.28 points per game. Moriarty is the three touchdown or more favorite this weekend.

Belen 6-2 @ Valencia 3-5
The Eagles are now 6-2 on the year after beating Miyamura last weekend 51-30 thanks to 230 yards rushing from Xavier Armijio. Belen is a bit banged up, but it is clear that they are still playing high caliber football and though they have a fired up Valencia Jaguar team waiting for the upset, Belen should power past their new County Rival. The Eagles are scoring 31.62 points per game this season. Valencia is still on the play-off bubble as they Jaguars have won three in a row and are 3-0 in district play. Beating Belen would punch their play-off ticket, it's a stretch as Valencia is filled with youthful talent, but First Year Head Coach Kevin Jolley has had this group playing sky high lately. Sometimes when you have nothing to lose, you play your best. Valencia is a scary team to play right now. Watch for Valencia Running Back Joshua Burbank.

Northern Preview

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Aztec 4-3 @ Piedra Vista 7-1
WHEN: November 2nd, 2012
WHERE: Hutchinson Stadium, Farmington, New Mexico
Radio: Passion FM 95.7FM
PREDICTION: Piedra Vista by 3.5
AZTEC IMPACT PLAYERS: Adam Lucero QB, Brad Hardin WR, Kalub Darby OL
PIEDRA VISTA IMPACT PLAYERS: Isaiah Valdez QB, Bryson Martinez WR, Beau Clafton RB, Dylan Terry OL, Kason Wilkinson LB
CLASS 4A RANKINGS: Aztec #6 , Piedra Vista #9
KEY STATS: Artesia has not beat Goddard in the regular season since the 2007 season. Goddard has won the last the last six out of seven games against Artesia.
COACHES: Aztec: Matt Steinfelt | Piedra Vista: Jared Howell
THE STORYLINE: The Aztec Tigers have won four in a row after their first three games of the season. Now, we've said it before and it needs to be stated again, those three losses that Aztec has come against teams that are a combined 21-2. The Tigers have been playing Aztec Tiger Football and with their recent 20-7 win over the Farmington Scorpions last weekend the Aztec are in position to be District 1-4A Champs, a goal that this team has had since the start of the 2012 season. The Tigers are led by Quarterback/Receiver Duo Adam Lucero and Brad Hardin each have been having wonderful senior seasons for the Black and Orange. This year Aztec is scoring 30.42 points per game, but allowing 33.0 points per game. A shootout is likely in this game, which makes the winner nearly impossible to predict. Piedra Vista is 7-1, their best start under Head Coach Jared Howell since he took over in the early 2000's. Their lone loss to St. Pius X back in week eight was a setback, but they've put it behind them and sometimes a late season loss propels teams like this through the play-offs. The Panthers have a ton of talent on both sides of the football. Quarterback Isaiah Valdez, Receiver Bryson Martinez, and Beau Clafton headline the offense with Dylan Terry leading the big boys up front On defense Kason Wilkinson anchors at linebacker. Piedra Vista is outscoring the comp this year 44-15 and if they want to shut the critics up before play-offs, it's simple. Beat Aztec.

Kirtland 3-5 @ Farmington 5-3
The Kirtland Central Broncos are fighting for season ending pride this weekend and will look to play spoiler against Farmington in a District 1-4A match up. The Broncos under first year Head Coach Kevin Kelly are coming off a 34-14 loss against Piedra Vista. This year, Kirtland is scoring 18.25 points per game on offense. The Farmington Scorpions are still in the play-off race despite their late season district loss against Aztec. Farmington is two games up on .500 with some big wins over Valencia, St. Pius X, and Bloomfield as of late. Essiel Carrasco and Kyle Reynolds each make the Scorpions attack potent. Expecting Farmington to roll big.

Grants 4-4 @ Gallup 2-6
Grants now considered a bubble play-off team after their late season district loss against Valencia last week has to win out in hopes to make the play-offs. This weekend, no excuses they have to beat up on Gallup convincingly. The Pirates are scoring 21.12 points per game, which is very low considering the amount of offensive talent they have on this team. Running Back Timothy White and Athlete Jacob Willcox are their impact players. For the Gallup Bengals, they are now 2-6 after losing to Belen and to Los Lunas in the last two weeks by a combined score of 109-0. Out of play-off contention, the Bengals are hoping to play district spoiler. Running Back Dominic Martinez is close to 1,000-yards rushing this year.

Bernalillo 1-7 @ Santa Fe 3-5
The Bernalillo Spartans are 1-7 this year, however they are 1-1 in district play with a 26-0 win over Capital last weekend. This means, if Bernalillo can somehow find a way to beat Santa Fe in a monster upset, Bernalillo could be play-off dancing, but they have to beat Santa Fe by more than 13 because of the three way tie since they lost to Los ALamos 34-0. The Spartans are led by Sophomore Quarterback Ralph Olguin and Running Back Luke Lucero. SantA Fe is 3-5 this year and all they have to do to keep their play-off spot is beat Bernalillo and Capital, no pressure… The Demons were beaten badly last weekend against Santa Fe losing 62-8. The Demons need to get it together this weekend and take care of business.

Capital 1-7 @ Los Alamos 5-4
The Capital Jagaurs scored their first two touchdowns two weeks ago in their first win of the season against Espanola winning 13-6. Last weekend they were again shut out for the sixth time of the year in a 26-0 loss against Bernalillo. Capital is scoring 2.0 points per game under First Year Head Coach Bill Moon. The Los Alamos Hilltoppers were led by underclassmen quarterback Brice Van Etten who scored three touchdowns in a 56-6 win over Espanola Valley last weekend. Los Alamos could finish 6-4 with a win over Capital, making them a play-off bubble team.

Robertson 4-4 @ Taos 6-2
The Robertson Cardinals at 4-4 this year are coming off a 30-14 win over Raton. This weekend is not do or die weekend, but if they want to win the district championship, they have to do one thing: Beat Taos. Robertson's offense has been their down fall all year scoring just 12.12 points per game. This youthful group of athletes is led by a good coaching staff that should be able to prepare for tight win over Taos. The Tigers at 6-2 this year are one of the 3A surprise teams in 2012. They have won their last three out of four games and their staple win comes against beating Hope Christian 19-14 back in week two. Taos is headlined by running back Isaac Gonzales.

Academy 3-4 @ St. Mike's 8-0
The Academy Chargers are 3-4 this year after a 55-0 win over Santa Fe Indian. Every so often this team take a dip talent wise and that is the case this year with Academy on the verge of going 3-6 this year if they don't beat St. Michael's or Socorro in week 11. The Chargers are led by Cody Crosby, Alan Leyba, and Stone Watson, who has been a surprise sophomore this year. The Horsemen are coming off a battle against Silver. Literally, this game was tooth and nail and the Horsemen were hit hard for four quarters of play beating Sivler 28-21 after training 14-0 for a portion of the game. The Horsemen are allowing just 6.62 points per game and the offense is scoring a ridiculous 49.5 points per game. If the Horsemen win, it will mark Head Coach Joey Fernandez's 100th career victory as a Head Football Coach.

1-7 West LV @ Raton 0-8
The Dons are 1-7 this year after losing to Laguna Acoma back in week six. Two weekends ago however they beat Santa Fe Indian School 38-6. Raton is still winless through eight games, but has played tight with both Robertson and Taos lately. Raton is scoring 20.25 points per game through nine weeks of play.

7-2 Tucumcari @ Santa Rosa 8-0
The Rattlers are primed to be that spoiler in 2A this weekend playing their best football of the year after beating Clayton 27-15. The Rattlers had more than 400-yards of offense last weekend thanks to 100-yards plus rushing from Senior Running Bach Zach Hurd. Tucumcari has to play perfect to beat Santa Rosa. The Lions are a bit banged up this week but still have two of the state's top running backs pounding the way to an impressive 8-0 start. Senior Marcus Lopez has ran for 1,448-yards and 17 touchdowns this year and Tim Valverde is close to the 1,000-yard mark rushing for 778-yards with 13 touchdowns. The Lions are scoring 46.37 points per game and allowing just 6.12 on defense.

McCurdy 6-1 @ Escalante 9-0
The Bobcats travel to Escalante for the small school game of the week. McCurdy is yet to win that marquee game this year, so they have to be eager for this Friday night. On the season the Bobcats have been led by Eric Vigil who has thrown for over 1,700-yards and 23 touchdowns. On defense the Bobcats are led by Randy Trujillo with 4 interceptions and Daniel Arroyo with 7.5 quarterback sacks. The Escalante Lobos rolled to their eight win of the season against Questa last week thanks to 365-yards rushing from Junior Quarterback Renaldo Atencio who has accounted for 3,000-yards this season. Two top notch coaches going head to head near the border of Colorado.

Southwest Preview

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Gadsden 5-4 @ Las Cruces 6-1
WHEN: November 2nd, 2012
WHERE: Field of Dreams, Las Cruces, NM
Radio: KSNM AM 570
PREDICTION: Las Cruces by 14+
LAS CRUCES IMPACT PLAYERS: Jonathan Joy QB, Kamryn Dixon TE, Lane Cummings OL, Jacob Benegas DL, Taylor Tisby DL
GADSDEN IMPACT PLAYERS: Aaron Gomez QB, Isaac Gonzales RB
CLASS 5A RANKINGS: Las Cruces #2, Gadsden #14
KEY STATS: Las Cruces has outscored district opponents 95-33 this year
COACHES: Las Cruces: Jim Miller | Gadsden: Roy Gerela
THE STORYLINE: Who would of thought that Gadsden would be an end of the year 5A bubble play-off team? The Panthers now one game above .500 have a huge late season test in taking on the Bulldawgs at the Field of Dreams this weekend, but no one has believed in Gadsden all year making this team play tight even with some high quality 5A teams (remember they were tied 21-21 with Mayfield in week 7). Gadsden's passing attack is led by Aaron Gomez who has thrown for over 1,200-yards this year as a senior who has helped their offense score 23.0 points per game. The Las Cruces Bulldawgs were open in week nine and have dominated their district opponents so far on the season 95-33. Running Back JJ Grandados has been really hitting the hole hard lately and the play of the offensive line has been superb. On defense, Las Cruces is led by Junior Linebacker Sam Denmark and defensive tackle Taylor Tisby. .
Mayfield 5-3 @ Alamogordo 2-6
The Mayfield Trojans racked up over 400-yards of offense last weekend against Onate in a 48-0 statement win. What this win tells us, is that Mayfield is peeking at the right time of the season. Last weekend Andrew Serna, Mayfield's Quarterback ran for over 100-yards, Kavika Johnson ran for over 100-yards, and Marcus Inglemon scored four total touchdowns. The TRojans are 5-1 against 5A teams this year, a stat that has been overlooked all season long. Mayfield is the big favorite going into this weekend's game because of their recent offensive efforts which has them scoring 28.25 points per game. The Alamogordo Tigers were defeated by Gadsden last weekend 14-12 and with that loss the Tigers are out of play-off contention for the 2012 season. The Tiger's offense has struggled all year to put points on the board scoring just 16.0 points per game. Watch or running backs John Matzke from Alamogordo and Athlete Cody Afar.

Centennial 4-4 @ Chaparral 8-0
The Centennial Hawks have suffered some key late season injuries which were a big reason for their last weekend's loss against Santa Teresa. Starting Running Back Daniel Conklin and starting receiver Christian Barrera each had season ending injuries during the late season of what's been an interesting year one for the Hawks. Centennial is scoring 28.27 points per game, but their defense is giving up 31.25 points per game. They are also 0-1 against 4A comp this year. Chaparral is winless this season, but they have played in a ton of tight ball games this year, but recently they've had a tough time putting points on the board being outscored 168-27 in their last four games. Chaparral's Quarterback John Marquez has put up some good passing yards and senior receiver Chris Ramos is in the top five category for most yards this year.

Santa Teresa 2-6 @ Deming 6-2
The Santa Teresa Desert Warriors won just their second game of the season last weekend against Centennial 34-7 thanks to a monster game by quarterback Alex Sedillo. The Desert Warriors might be under .500 on the season overall, but they are 1-0 in district play making this game the unofficial district championship game. If Santa Teresa can score 28 at least they have a shot at the upset. Deming is 6-2 on the season and if they win out they should garner a top six spot in the play-off bracket. Last weekend Deming rolled past Chaparral 42-7 thanks to another big time performance from running back Ismael Garrett. Deming has a good amount of talent this year and has to like their chances of going 8-2 before play-offs.

Silver 6-2 @ Socorro 5-3
A very good district match up this weekend as the Silver Colts travel to take on their district rival the Socorro Warriors who have won their last two out of three. Silver was defeated last weekend by St. Michael's 28-21 after leading the unbeaten Horsemen 14-0 at one point. Silver is the real deal and they are as physical as you get. They are scoring 29.75 points on offense this year and the play of Junior Quarterback Derek Salas has really been impressive. Dakota Montoya at linebacker is their staple in their defense which is allowing an impressive 11.37 points per game. The Warriors are 5-3 this year and have not yet peeked this year. Last weekend they scored 60 points on the year against Hot Springs thanks to 200-yards rushing from Adam Pas and 150-yards rushing from Damian Baca. Socorro is dangerous and they'll give Silver their best effort.

Hatch 5-3 @ Cobre 3-5
The Hatch Bears are this big favorite this weekend against district rival Cobre. Hatch is coming off an impressive 34-7 win against Lordsburg and should be ready to pick up a big "W" this weekend in Bayard, New Mexico. Hatch is led by Quarterback Chase Carson who has helped the offense score 33.62. Cobre is 3-5 this year and is coming off an 18-16 loss against Mesilla Valley back in week eight.

Lordsburg 4-5 @ Mesilla 4-3
The loser of this game gets thrown into the bubble watch of the Class 2A play-offs. Lordsburg lost last weekend against Hatch 34-7 and lost two weekend's ago to Tularosa 50-0. Not the type of play that really warrants post season play, but the good news is they have a shot to take down Mesilla Valley another team that is looking for that late season credibility win that could boost their play-off hopes. The Son Blazers led by Receiver Standout Christian Jimenez and Running Back John Jung are scoring 22.42 points per game, but their defense is giving up 36.14 points this year. Last weekend Mesilla Valley beat Cobre just 18-16, Lordsburg beat Cobre 42-6.


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