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November 17, 2012

Week 12: Saturday Preview

Week 12 Saturday Recap | Play-Off Final Scores

Saturday Preview | Friday Recap

Class 3A

#9 Hope Christian 4-6 @ #9 Taos 7-3
The Hope Christian Huskies won 11 games during the 2011 season and have won just four in 2012 making for a puzzling season for a team that was supposed to be a title contender in the pre-season due to their returning talent into this season. Their offense has managed to produce just 16.7 points per game. They have losses against Taos, Silver, Santa Rosa, Bloomfield, Portales, and St. Michael's, all which are play-off teams. This season Hope has been led by Eric Anderson with 83 tackles, Jon Milar with 81 tackles, and Blake Howington who has 80 tackles, and Sam White who has an incredible 16 quarterback sacks this year which is leading the State of New Mexico. Taos beat Hope straight up 19-14 and has been led by Running Back Isaac Gonzales all season long as he approaches 1,000-yards this year. Also watch for Nick Lemley as one of their impact players. On the season Taos has scored 23.7 points per game and has won their last three out of four games this year.

#11 Portales 2-7 @ #6 Robertson 6-4
The Portales Rams have lost three in a row and have been outscored in those three games a combined 72-0. They did play Robertson close earlier in the year losing 13-7 in overtime. The Rams are scoring just 12.1 points per game this season and giving up 31.7 on defense. The Robertson Cardinals, a team eager to make their mark in the play-offs have win their last five out of six games including taking Ruidoso to the wire in a 26-21 loss that raised a few eyebrows. The Cardinals are scoring 15.7 points per game and giving up 28.0 points per game on defense. This is a young team and it's hard for even us to name key impact players, but we know one thing: Cardinal Stadium will be rocking Friday Night with Big Red expecting a play-off win.

#12 Pojoaque 5-5 @ #5 Lovington 3-6
The Pojoaque Elks at 5-5 reached the play-offs even though they lost their last three out of four games of the season. Their marquee season win came against beating Shiprock 27-14 back in week four. This year, the Elks are led by Quarterback John Ainsworth, a good size quarterback that is over 200 pounds. The Elks are scoring 25.0 points per game. The Three Time Defending 3A State Champ, the Lovington Wildcats are coming off a 23-0 loss to Ruidoso. In their last two losses, the Wildcats have been outscored 51-0, against teams that are a combined 18-1 (Goddard/Ruidoso). The Wildcats are led by Quarterback David Robles, Running Back Justin Bromley, Defensive Linemen Austin Vancleve, and Linebacker Bo Jackson. This team still has enough potency to make some noise and few do it better than Lovington in the play-offs.

Class 2A

#10 Navajo Prep 6-4 @ #7 Clayton 6-4
Navajo Prep is the winner of district 5-2A and they have won their last four games of the season. Last weekend they beat Dulce 66-12, Clayton beat Dulce 55-0 in week one. Navajo Prep is scoring 37.6 points per game this year. Clayton, the heavy favorite to win this match up in round one is big, physical, and has a running back by the name of Nick Wisman that should have his way come Saturday afternoon running for big yards. The Yellow Jackets has earned praise from District 2-2A Coaches, which will make a believe out of any skeptic. Expect Clayton to roll this weekend.

#9 Lordsburg 5-5 @ #8 Laguna Acoma 6-4
The Lordsburg Mavericks went 2-2 against district competition and earned a play-off spot against former district rival Laguna Acoma. Lordsburg this season is scoring 25.2 points per game and led by one of the fastest running backs in all of 2A in Wendell Hayes who is capable of breaking off the big run on any carry. Laguna Acoma is two games over .500 and have won their last five games in a row, including a 51-14 win over 8-2 Ramah in the final week of the regular season. The Hawks have been led by Austin Jones this season who has been a top multi purpose player this year making plays at receiver, running back, and at defensive back. This is a very even first round match up.

#12 Mesilla Valley 4-5 @ #5 Tucumcari 7-3
The Mesilla Valley Son Blazers lost three in a row and still managed a first round game in the play-offs against Tucumcari. The Son Blazers are the Class 1A Defending State Champs and jumping to Class 2A this year has been a tough transition year for first year Head Coach Mike Draper. The Son Blazers are led by Christian Jimenez at receiver and John Jung at running back. The Tucumcari Rattlers have size, speed, and talent to make a real run at the Final Four this year. On the year, Tucumcari is led by Michael Olivas with 84 tackles, Saul Morel with 77 tackles, and Luke Smith with 64 tackles. Zach Hurd has been their premier running back having several big time games during this senior season.

#11 Ramah 8-2 @ #6 Dexter 6-4
Ramah has just two losses this year coming against Magdalena and to Laguna Acoma this year. Other than that, they are 8-0 and scoring 38.7 points per game. Their road trip to Dexter will be a fantastic challenge for their offense. Dexter at 6-4 this season has one of the top defenses in the state pound for pound and is giving up just 14.5 points per game. They started out the year 1-3, but have rebounded nicely in the second half of the season. With the weather getting colder, Dexter's defense could propel them into the final four.

Class 1A/8Man/6-Man

#3 Escalante @ #2 McCurdy
Game Time: 1:PM, November 17th
The Skinny: Escalante now 11-1 on the season and led by Reynaldo Atencio who has thrown for 1,056-yards and 12 touchdowns. Atencio has also ran for an outstanding 2,401-yards and 37 touchdowns. The Bobcats 8-1 on the season beat Escalante 54-46 just a few weeks back in a thriller. On the season, Quarterback Eric Vigil has thrown for 1,700-yards and has totaled more than 30 touchdowns.

#4 Foothill @ #1 Gateway Christian
Game Time: 7PM, November 16th
The Skinny: Gateway is 9-0 this year under Head Coach Shaun Wigley and led by Nathan Bishop who has ran for 800-yards this year and 16 touchdowns. Foothill is 7-3 this season and scoring 39.6 points per game.

#3 Lake Arthur @ #5 Hondo Valley
Game Time: 3PM, November 17th
The Skinny: Lake Arthur is 8-1 this season under Head Coach Jose Porras with their only season loss come against Dora back in the middle of the season. This season Miguel Rubio has ran for 1,600-yards and 22 touchdowns. Hondo has been led by Roberto Nores who has ran for over 1,00-yards and 10 touchdowns. Hondo is 5-4 this year, but has won the last two games of the season. Two weeks ago, they scored 105 points against San Jon/Grady.



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