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November 27, 2012

Week 14: Class 3A Semifinal Preview

Today we begin our previews of this weekend's New Mexico High School Football Semifinal Play-Off Coverage. Classes 5A, 4A, and 2A will be posted soon.

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#1 St. Michael's (11-0) @ #5 Lovington (5-6) | Vote Who Wins Here
Game Time: Saturday, December 1st, 1PM, in Lovington, New Mexico
Here we go again, Lovington vs. St. Michael's. The two premier programs that seem to run into each other every year in the play-offs. Last year, Lovington won their third 3A State Football Title In a Row beating the Horsemen 14-10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico in which a game that St. Michael's lead 10-0 until the fourth quarter. The two teams met earlier this year and it was clear the Horsemen wanted revenge winning 40-0. The Lovington Wildcats have won their last three out of four games beating both Pojoaque and Bloomfield in the play-offs over the last two weeks. The play of Running Back Justin Bromley has been their recent ticket to success, expect Bromley to get a ton of carries against the Horsemen. The Horsemen are 11-0 on the season and have outscored opponents this year by a combined scored of 527-70, really by the numbers this is one of the top Horsemen Football Teams in history and them losing this weekend would be a massive upset. In the last three weeks they have beaten Hope Christian twice playing them at the end of the regular season and just last week in the quarterfinals. Daniel Ortega, Michael Gormely, and Santo Coppola have to step it up this weekend at the backer position. If they limit Lovington's ground attack, the Horsemen are one step closer.

#3 Ruidoso (10-1) @ #2 Silver (9-2) | Vote Who Wins Here
Game Time: Friday, November 30th, 7PM, in Silver City, New Mexico
Season rematches are plentiful in the New Mexico High School Football Play-Offs this year and this weekend we get to see the Ruidoso Warriors take another crack at the Silver Colts in a game they lost back in week seven 38-6. The road trip will be no different this time around and while Ruidoso has their best season record ever under Head Coach Kief Johnson, they are not going to get the respect they deserve unless they top the Fighting Colts this weekend. On the season, Ruidoso has been powered by big offense scoring 34.72 points per game. Quarterback Bryce Pompos and Receiver Parker Johnson are play-makers that produce weekly. On defense watch for Matthew Carr and Dylan Demerest to bring the wood. Ruidoso is ready, they just have to get off this bus ready to go. The Fighting Colts are now 9-2 after beating Academy last weekend 49-10. Silver is loaded with talent and them winning the coin flip to have this game in Silver City was massive and immediately makes them they 10 point favorite. While this game might be a few points closer this time around because of the season, expect Silver to make big plays on defense that ultimately decide this game. Dakota Bencomo and Justin Trewen are coming…

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