Week 11: The Ultimate Preview

Welcome to Week 11 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.
Northern Preview
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Texico 8-0 @ Santa Rosa 9-0
WHEN: November 9th, 2012
WHERE: War Field, Santa Rosa, New Mexico
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PREDICTION: Santa Rosa by 14+
SANTA ROSA IMPACT PLAYERS: Marcus Lopez RB, Tim Valverde LB, Miguel Sisneros DL
TEXICO IMPACT PLAYERS: Shay Harrison RB, Daniel Gomez OL
CLASS 2A RANKINGS: Texico #3, Santa Rosa #1
KEY STAT: Santa Rosa Running Back Marcus Lopez has ran for over 1,700-yards this year with more than 20 toucdowns.
COACHES: Texico: Brian Autrey| Santa Rosa: Mario Trujillo
Click THE STORYLINE: In the Red corner you have the unbeaten visiting Santa Rosa Lions, and in the Blue Corner you have the undefeated Texico Wolverines in what should be a heavy weight bout type of game. The two teams on the year are just smashing opposing teams week in and week out. However this matchup is different, the district championship is on the line, bragging rights are on the line and even a first round bye is on the line, no need to tell you its going to be a slugfest. The Texico Wolverines come into the matchup slight underdogs despite being 8-0 imagine that. The Wolverines are averaging 28.5 Here to view this Link.points per game offensively and allowing just 17.2 points per game defensively. Texico will need a huge game by star running back Shay Harrison who had a huge roll in defeating Clayton 49-20 in week 10 of the 2012 season. The Lions are no slouch though and come into this matchup a perfect 9-0 and with a huge 48-6 win over Tucumcari in week 10 you best believe that the Lions have one thing on their mind, victory. To do so, Santa Rosa will need huge games from Tim Valverde and the always dangerous Marcus Lopez on both sides of the ball, Lopez has 1,702 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. This game is needless to say going to be epic. All you small school fans out there stay warm and prepare for a truly great district 2-2A matchup.
Piedra Vista 8-1 @ Farmington 6-3
The Piedra Vista Panthers will play the roll of visitor on Friday night as they travel to the Hutch to take on the Farmington Scorpions in a district championship showdown. With a win the Panthers can solidify themselves as one of the most improved teams in 2012 after failing to even make the play-offs in 2011. The Panthers will be lead by Isaiah Valdez and Bryson Martinez offensively as they are on of the top QB/WR combos in the State of New Mexico. The Panthers are averaging an impressive 42.3 points per game offensively while only allowing a low 16.8 points per game defensively and could prove a tough opponent for the Scorpions in Firday nights rivalry game. The Scorpions and Head Coach Gary Bradly would love to get a win and pull off an upset to secure their spot in the play-offs and go in to the state tournament with a load of confidence. The Scorpions will need a big game from do it all player Essiel Carrasco who can have an impact for the Scorpions on both sides of the ball. The Scorpions have a very stingy defense allowing only 13.1 points per gamewhile averaging 28.4 points per game offensively. If the old mantra hold true that defense wins championships, in this case "district championships" then fans at the Hutch should be in for a good one.
Kirtland Central 3-6 @ Aztec 4-4 
The Kirtland Central Broncos will play the roll of visitor as they get set to take on the Aztec Tigers in what should be a good game despite the records of both teams. The Aztec Tigers are favored to win the game but don't be surprised if the Broncos can go into Aztec and steal one on the road. A win for Aztec would keep them in the hunt for the 4A play-offs and a loss could put them on the bubble. The Tigers are averaging 29.25 points per game, while allowing 31.87 points defensively. Aztec will need a big game from their game changing Quarterback Adam Lucero if they have hopes of coming away victorious. The Broncos will need to bering the pressure defensively if they want to have hope of stopping the passing game of Aztec. Kirtland Central is averaging just 16.8 points per game offensively while allowing 24.0 points per game defensively and if that mantra stays true on Friday, the Broncos could be in for some trouble.
Shiprock 5-4 @ Bloomfield 5-4 
The Shiprock Chieftans will play the roll of visitors as they get set to face off against the Bloomfield Bobcats in week 11 for the district 1-3A championship. The game could go either way as both teams are pretty similar on paper, and a win means an automatic bid into the state tournament. For Shiprock this win would cap off an already above .500 season as they have key wins over Zuni, Dulce, Wingate, and Thoreau. Shiprock is averaging 30.4 points per game offensively and allowing 21.2 points per game defensively. For the Bobcats a win would help their cause when it come to seeding this Sunday night, and also give them the district championship title. The Bloomfield Bobcats are averaging 28.9 points per game defensively and are allowing a low 17.6 points per game defensively. Some key wins for the Bobcats come against Hope Christian, Pojoaque, Kirtland Central, Thoreau, and Wingate. Looking at strength of schedule, Bloomfield should have the upper hand in this one and have seen what it takes to compete with the top dogs on 3A.
Gallup 2-7 @ Miyamura 2-7 
The Gallup Bengals and the Miyamura Patriots are set to face off this weekend and will look to go out with a win as both teams have had sub-par seasons and a win would at least let the winning team go out on a high note. The Bengals are averaging 13.4 points per game offensively and allowing 37.9 points per game defensively. Gallup's key wins come against Capital and Bernalillo on the season and will look to get one more on Firday night. For the Patriots they are looking to come off of last weeks 58-8 loss to Los Lunas and will most definitely be anxious to get the sour taste of defeat out of their mouths. The Patriots are averaging 23.0 points per game offensively and allowing 37.2 points per game defensively, the Patriots have a key win over Farmington, a team Gallup lost to in week 1 54-0 but anything can happen in this one and it should be a dog fight.
Santa Fe 4-5 @ Capital 1-8
The Santa Fe High Demons will travel across the Capital city in order to face off against the hosting Capital Jaguars. The Demons will look to come away with a victory early behind the offensive output by Jordan Booth Homer and Mario Holladay. The Demons are averaging 37.9 points per game offensively and allowing 27.3 points per game defensively. Look for the Pistol offense and tough defense of the Demons to be a little to much to handle for the 1-8 Jags who are allowing 36.3 points per game defensively and averaging only 1.8 points per game offensively.
Estancia 4-5 @ Clayton 5-4
The Estancia Bears and the Clayton Yellowjackets will go toe-to-toe in what should be a good old fashioned grudge match. For Clayton a win would help them secure a spot in the 2A state tournament and would be a great way to end the regular season. For the Bears a win would be huge and perhaps give them the push they need to get a decent seed in the 2012 state play-offs.
Southwest Preview
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Mayfield 6-3 @ Las Cruces 7-1
WHEN: November 9th, 2012
WHERE: Aggie Memorial, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Radio: KSNM AM 570AM
PREDICTION: Las Cruces by 7.5
MAYFIELD IMPACT PLAYERS: Andrew Serna QB, Marcus Inglemon RB, Kavika Johnson ATH, Seth Bayliss ATH, Brandon Thelan WR, Martine Tarango OL, Devonte Weeks DL, Santiago Miranda LB, Joah Franzoy LB
LAS CRUCES IMPACT PLAYERS: Jonathan Joy QB, J.J. Grandados RB, Austin Salas ATH, Jalen Bishop ATH, Michael Holguin WR, Mikey Calzada WR, Oscar Guzman OL, Lane Cummings OL, Jacob Benegas DL, Taylor Tisby DL, Kamryn Dixon DL, Sam Denmark LB
CLASS 5A RANKINGS: Las Cruces #2, Mayfield #4
KEY STAT: Las Cruces is scoring 43.75 points per game this year, Mayfield is scoring 45.25 points per game in their last four games.
COACHES: Las Cruces: Jim Miller | Mayfield: Michael Bradley
Click THE STORYLINE: More than a game each time these two New Mexico High School Football Powers step on the field against one-another. If you have any sort of connection to Las Cruces, New Mexico you know the meaning of this game even if you're not a prep football fan. This weekend the two will square off at Aggie Memorial Stadium for a game that is sure to top the 20,000 attendance mark. The Mayfield Trojans enter the game at 6-3 and while they have two losses they are still 6-1 against New Mexico 5A teams, in fact it's a better record than Las Cruces has against 5A teams. The Trojans have seem to of found their offense as of late scoring 45.25 points per game with some monster wins in the district. Quarterback Andrew Serna, Running Back Marcus Inglemon, and Athlete Brandon Thelan can each make the big play and then their is back-up quarterback Kavika Johnson that can also sub in for Serna to make the big run or pass. Mayfield's defense is allowing 19.8 points per game and up front they are led by Devonte Weeks at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Martine Tarango, and at linebacker watch for Santiago Miranda along with Joah Franzoy as two backs that are game changers. To all Here to view this Link.those who continue to doubt Mayfield, the Green Machine will see you soon. Las Cruces High is 7-1 this coming off a 50-0 mercy rule on Gadsden thanks to a four touchdown performance from J.J. Grandados. The Bulldawg's offense is scoring 43.75 points per game and they have a ton of weapons to chose from. Quarterback Jon Joy has thrown for over 1,500-yards and more than 15 touchdowns on the season. Michael Holguin, Austin Salas, Mikey Calzada, and Jalen Bishop are four players that don't get enough credit for being top tier players on the offensive side of the football. On defense, Las Cruces is allowing 18.12 points per game and it's been their defensive tackles that has given problems to team in each game this year. 300 pound duo Taylor Tisby and Jacob Benegas are the best TNT combo in the State of New Mexico, throw in 6-foot-4, 225 pound Kamryn Dixon and 220 pound Sam Denmark at Linebacker you have one of the best front seven we've seen In New Mexico in quite some time. It's Las Cruces/Mayfield and it simply does not get bigger. See you there.
Onate 3-6 @ Alamogordo 2-7
Two teams out of the play-offs playing for some late season senior pride in this one. The Onate Knights just three game winners in 2012 more than likely feel they should of won at least three more games this season being involved in some tight one along the way. On the season Quarterback Cutis Hynes has had a solid season numbers wise and running back Isaiah Fielder has been the biggest surprise rushing for over 1,000-yards and likely an All-State Candidate. On defense Onate is allowing 32.3 points per game, they are led by Geoff Smelser at linebacker, a player that would start for any team in New Mexico. The Alamogordo Tigers are 2-7 this year after losing to Mayfield last weekend 48-12. The Tigers are led by Cody Afar and John Matzke this year, two athletes that can take it the distance when they get into open space. Alamogordo is allowing 26.9 points per game this salon.
Chaparral 0-9 @ Santa Teresa 2-7
The Chaparral Lobos lost their ninth game of the season against Centennial last weekend 33-28. Chaparral has been in some close games this year, but it's likely they are going winless this year unless they can pull off a giant upset against Santa Teresa. The two bright spots this year for Chaparral has been quarterback duo John Marquez and Receiver Christian Ramos that have connected for over 1,000-yards this season. The Lobos are scoring just 15.9 points per game and allowing 39.2 points per game on defense. The Santa Teresa Desert Warriors lost in a tight one last week against Deming 21-14 and coming into this rivalry game, they need a win to carry over into the off-season. On the year, the play of Quarterback Alex Sedillo has been impressive as he has accounted for over 2,000-yard all purpose and 15 touchdowns. The Desert Warriors are scoring 25.7 points per game and allowing 27.9. Take Santa Teresa big in this one.
Deming 49, Centennial 13
The Deming Wildcats are the District 3-4A Champs with a 36 point win over Centennial Thursday Night. The Hawks got on the board early when Centennial Junior Quarterback Queving Redding hooked up with Andres Chavez for an 80-yard touchdown, but the Wildcats would strike right back to go up 28-7 before half. Deming Sophomore Quarterback threw for over 200-yards on the night and hit Jerome Sandoval and Richard Regalado for touchdown passes. 1,000-yard running back for Deming Ismail Garrett was not dress after suffering an injury last week against Santa Teresa. Deming is looking at a six, seven or eight seed in the play-offs. Game Highlights Here
Hot Springs 1-8 @ Silver 7-2
The Hot Springs Tigers have another tough district match up this week. Hot Springs the only small school that stayed around in the district 3-3A with Silver and Socorro has been on the bottom side of the district and bottom side of the 3A all year long losing their last six in a row. Hot Springs is scoring 23.7 points per game and are led offensively by quarterback/running back Nati Villa. Silver is 7-2 on the year and they are coming off a monster 42-14 win over Socorro last weekend. Seems like Silver is very eager to make a statement in these final weeks after their 28-21 loss to St. Michael's back in week nine. Watch for the Bencomo Twins along with Derek Salas at quarterback, and the very underrated Justin Trewern at linebacker. Silver should dominate.
Tularosa 7-2 @ Cobre 3-6
The Tularosa Wildcats finish strong in week 11 and they are likely the No. 2 seed in the 2A New Mexico High School Football Play-Offs after Saturday Night. Tularosa is led by Jim Coleman and Cameron Martinez at linebacker. The Wildcats are scoring 34.0 points per game and are coming off a 59-7 win over Mesilla Valley in week 11. The Cobre Indians are 3-6 on the year after falling to Hatch last weekend 17-6. Cobre is 0-3 in District 3-2A play.
Mesilla Valley 4-4 @ Hatch 6-3
The Mesilla Valley Son Blazers' backs are against the way. They lose this game and they are likely out of the 2A play-offs. Mesilla lost a key game against Lordsburg last weekend 28-20. Mesilla Valley is led by Running Back John Jung and Receiver Christian Jimenez. The Hatch Valley Bears are 6-3 after a 17-6 win over Cobre. Hatch is led by quarterback Chase Carson who has thrown for over 1,500-yards this year as a junior. The Bears come into this game scoring 31.8 points per game.
Metro Area Preview
Rio Rancho 8-1 @ Cleveland 6-3
WHEN: November 9th, 2012
WHERE: Lightning Rod Stadium, Rio Rancho, NM
Radio: KIVA Radio 1550 AM
PREDICTION: Rio Rancho 7
RIO RANCHO IMPACT PLAYERS: Easton Bruere QB, Ulises Astorga RB, Tristen Foley WR, Austin Patterson WR, Devon Bennett OL, Dustin Hanson OL, Robert Salgado OL, Morgan Smith DL, Travis Parnell LB, Dallin Brady DB
CLEVELAND IMPACT PLAYERS: Kian Homme QB, Romell Jordan RB, Sterling Napier TE, Jason Alvarado OL, Desmond Branch DL, Damien Speaker LB, Mackey Dunlap LB, Andre LiRosi DB, Steven Steele DB
CLASS 5A RANKINGS: Rio Rancho #1, Cleveland #6
KEY STAT: Rio Rancho is scroing 42.9 poitns per game, Cleveland is scoring 50.6 points per game in their last three games
COACHES: Lovington: Jamie Quinones | Ruidoso Kief Johnson
Click THE STORYLINE: Last year, the Rio Rancho Rams were defeated by Cleveland not once, but twice. The Cross Town Game is no longer a game, it's a full blown out Rivalry Game and Rio Rancho has to be gunning for a little revenge at Lightning Rod Stadium Friday Night. Rio Rancho comes into this game winning their last six games in a row, including some narrow escapes against Eldorado and Volcano Vista. Their offense has been more than potent with the Rams scoring 42.9 points per game thanks to 2,785-yards from Easteron Bruere passing, 846-yards receiving from Tristen Foley, 676-yards from Austin Patterson, and 904-yards from Ullises Astora. Those are big numbers Here to view this Link.and the numbers would be far less if it was not for the big boys up front in Devon Bennett and Robert Salgado, two of the top offensive linemen in New Mexico. On defense, The Rams are led by Morgan Smith, Travis Parnell, and Mr. Football Candidate Dallin Brady at safety. This group is very experienced, the coaches have been in this type of big game before, all systems go… Cleveland aka the Defending Class 5A State Champ is not slouch. Let's get that clear. Cleveland has found their offense in the last three weeks scoring 50.6 points per game. Not a typo… The Storm is led by Kian Homme at Quarterback who has thrown for over 1,000-yards this year, New Mexico Lobo Commit Romell Jordan who has ran for over 1,000-yards, and Multi Purpose Athlete Steven Steele who is a game changer on both sides of the ball. On defense, watch for Damian Speak, Mackey Dunlap, and Desmond Branch as one of the State's Top Defensive Ends.
La Cueva 24, Sandia 21
The La Cueva Bears are District 2-5A Champs after a Chris Thompson 40-yard field goal with just seconds remaining in at Thursday Night Thriller. The Bears now 9-1 have guaranteed themselves a first round bye in the play-offs with the monster win. La Cueva Quarterback Zach Silva threw for over 30-yards and three touchdowns on the night, Jarrick Sharp caught a touchdown pass as did Thompson in the red-zone. Sandia had over 300-yards total offense and at one point in the game actually led 21-14. Sandia end their regulars season with a 7-3 record. Exclusive Game Highlights Here
Eldorado 3-5 @ Manzano 6-3
The Eldorado Eagles are now on the verge of missing the play-offs for the first time years if they don't beat Manzano. It's that simple. A 3-6 record will not get them into the play-offs. While Eldorado has played top teams tough throughout the course of the season, a losing record and going 0-4 in district will likely eliminate them from play-off contention. The only way Eldorado gets into the play-offs is if they beat Manzano. It's that simple. By NMAA rules, the Seeding Committee cannot take Manzano if Eldorado finishes ahead of Manzano in district play. Manzano would finish 6-4 with a loss to Eldorado and with Manzano having wins against Clovis and Valley, Manzano is safe to grab one of the last spots if they are to lose to Eldorado. Make sense? Eldorado is scoring 32.75 points per game and in their last two games, Quarterback Zach Gentry who is just a sophomore has thrown for more than 800-yards. Will Eldorado rise up in a must win situation? The Manzano Monarchs are now 6-3 and safe to reach the play-offs win or lose this game. Manzano is scoring 32.6 points per game on offense and headlined by Junior Quarterback Angel Gonzales along with Junior Running Back Cory Morrow. Manzano has lost two in a row, Eldorado has lost four in a row, someone has to win right?
Volcano Vista 38, Cibola 30 OT
In another Thursday Night Thriller the Volcano Vista Hawks beat City Rival Cibola in overtime after a Josh Lubhold touchdown to keep their play-off hopes alive. Volcano Vista now 5-5 this year and 1-2 in District 1-5A play is still play-off eligible, but a loss last night would of knocked them out of play-off contention. On the night Volcano Vista Hawk Quarterback Reid Hendricks threw for over 300-yards on the night and Sophomore Running Back Dominico Chavez ran for just under 100-yards with two touchdowns. Cibola was led by Derek Martinez who threw for over 300-yards and three touchdown passes. Cibola finishes the year at 1-9.
West Mesa 3-6 @ Atrisco 7-2
The West Mesa Mustangs are now 3-6 on the season after beating Albuquerque 54-0. Their best hope to get into the play-offs would be to beat Atrisco and have Highland beat Valley by more than 13 points. What would that really do? Who knows, but it's something to play for right? West Mesa is 3-1 in district and beating Atrisco Heritage would be a fitting ending to this up and down season. The Atrisco Heritage Jaguars are one game away from punching their first ever play-off ticket in Class 5A. Beating West Mesa, it's that simple and you're in. The Jaguars are scoring 35.9 points per game and have been receiving big play all year ling from Quarterback Nate Goode and Ricci Alvidrez at Running Back.
Valley 6-3 vs. Highland 2-7
The Valley Vikings are now 6-3 on the season after a 56-13 win over the Rio Grande Ravens. Quarterback Bo Coleman threw for over 200-yards and two touchdowns last weekend and he'll need a similar effort in order to beat Highland this weekend in what looks like a trap game for the Vikings. A loss for Valley would not knock them out of the play-offs, but it would almost guarantee an away game in the first round of the play-offs. Valley is scoring 37.9 points per game and allowing just 23.0 on defense. Highland is 2-7 this year after losing to Atrisco 21-8. The Highland Hornets are still a dangerous team with plenty of speed that can put points on the board. Don't sleep on Highland just yet.
Artesia 7-2 @ Del Norte 2-7
The Artesia Bulldogs are just one game away from an 8-2 season which would likely put them as a No. 3 seed in the New Mexico High School Football Play-Offs. The Bulldogs are the big favorite in this weekend's game and though they were beaten 49-19 against Goddard, we all know the Bulldogs get better and better as we move towards the play-offs. An away game to Albuquerque is just what Artesia needs to get back on track. Get on the road take care of business and get ready to make their annual run for the Blue Trophy. The Del Norte Knights are 2-7 after losing to Moriarty 50-3 last weekend. Del Norte is scoring just 12.4 points per game under First Year Head Coach Bruce Binkley.
Moriarty 6-3 @ St. Pius X 5-4
Rivalry Game and the District 5-4A Championship. This game plays an important role in the 4A Play-offs. The Winner is likely hosting a first round play-off game, the district runner up is on the road in round one. St. Pius X has won two in a row dating back to their monster 30-28 win over Piedra Vista back in week eight. Power Running Back TJ Sanchez continues to dominate inside the hashes. Moriarty is 6-3 this year and has been playing wonderful over the last four games outscoring those four opponents by a combined 218-25. Adam Smith, Justin Manning are the running backs to watch for and Bobby Tapia is their best player on the defensive side. This is a fantastic match up that should go down to the wire.
Grants 5-4 @ Belen 7-2
The Pirates are now 2-2 in District and could still find themselves as district runner ups if they are to beat Belen by 13 points. Hey, it could happen right? Likely not, the Pirates were beaten by Valencia 21-7 and Belen just beat Valencia 48-7. The Pirates are scoring 23.9 points per game this year and beating Gallup last weekend 46-20. The Belen Eagles are playing like the Belen Eagles we are accustomed to. In their last three games they have beaten Gallup 53-0, Miyamura 51-30, Valencia 48-7. Big play from Running Back Xavier Armijo has helped their cause as Armijo recent pushed past 1,000-yards on the season.
Valencia 3-6 @ Los Lunas 9-0
The Valencia Jaguars are now 3-6 after losing to Belen 48-7. The Jaguars are 3-1 in District Play meaning: win and the Jags are in. Valencia is still a bubble team right after Roswell. Play Los Lunas close and the NMAA could throw Valencia in over Roswell. The Los Lunas Tigers are now 9-0 after another district lopsided win. The Tigers have outscored their district opponents this year 204-8. The Tigers are on a tear, but they can't let up now. They need to blow past Valencia in hopes for that No. 1 or No. 2 overall seed in the play-offs.
Southeast Preview
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Lovington 3-5 @ Ruidoso 8-1
WHEN: November 9th, 2012
WHERE: Ruidoso Football Stadium, 7PM
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PREDICTION: Ruidoso by 7
LOVINGTON IMPACT PLAYERS: David Robles QB, Justin Bromley RB, Omary Arroyo, Austin Vancleve DL, Bo Jackson LB
RUIDOSO IMPACT PLAYERS: Brycs Pompos QB, Parker Johnson WR, Matthew Carr DL, Dylan Demerast LB
CLASS 3A RANKINGS: Ruidoso #3, Lovington #5
KEY STATS: Las Cruces has outscored district opponents 95-33 this year
COACHES: Lovington: Jamie Quinones | Ruidoso Kief Johnson
Click THE STORYLINE: The Lovington Wildcats will make the short trip to Ruidoso to defend their district championship trophy in a game that could cause a major rift in Class 3A play-off projections. Last year, Ruidoso had this game in their hands until Lovington made some huge late plays to win a wild-one. The year Lovington's offense has been just lack luster scoring 14.75 points per game, but you have to realize who this 3A program is playing at the same time. Artesia, St. Mike's, Here to view this Link.Goddard, and even the Nueva Leon, Mexico team would beat most 3A programs. Last weekend, Lovington Running Back Justin Bromley ran for over 100-yards and had a punt return against Portales as the Wildcats blanked Portales 21-0. Ruidoso beat Portales two weeks ago winning 47-0 thanks to continued big play from Quarterback Bryce Pompos and Receiver Parker Johnson. On defense, Ruidoso is led by Matthew Carr and Dylan Demerast one of the top linebackers in 3A. Ruidoso is allowing just 15.6 points per game and if they can limit Lovington's offense to just two scores or less, they really should run away with this game.
Hobbs 2-7 @ Clovis 4-5
The Hobbs Eagles have one more shot to play spoiler if they can upset rival Clovis in week 11 of the high school football season. The Eagles are 2-7 this year, 0-4 against 5A teams and scoring just 20.4 points per game. This is another mis-match for the Eagles and they'll have to wait until basketball season for a shot at Clovis in reality. The Clovis Wildcats are now 4-5 after beating Carlsbad last weekend 34-29. On the year, Mr. Football Candidate Kamal Cass is near the 2,000-yard mark with 20 touchdowns. The Wildcats have own two in a row dating back to week eight when they beat Sandia 38-34. Clovis usually turns it up about right now and a strong win against Hobbs will help their chances insuring a home field play-off game.
Goddard 8-0 vs. Roswell 5-4
The Goddard Rockets put it to Artesia last weekend 49-19, thanks to a defense that forced six turn-overs in the 30 point victory. The Rockets are very balanced and while the lean on a strong group game, don't think for a moment that Quarterback Anthony Ornelas won't hit Tight End David Sweet down the field for a touchdown. On the year Cody French has ran for more than 1,000-yards and 10 touchdowns behind a very impressive offensive line. The Rockets are 3-0 against 4A teams this year and are riding a 32 regular season winning streak dating back to 2009. Roswell was open last week and in week nine they were beaten by Artesia 58-13. The Coyotes still look like one of the final 12 teams that will make the play-offs they just can't end the year losing 50-0 or something like that. The NMAA will look at how they finished the year. The Coyotes are 4-1 against 4A teams and scoring 27.8 points per game.
Dexter 5-4 @ Loving 1-8
The Dexter Demons will try and lock up the district with a win over rival Loving this weekend. This year, Dexter is 2-2 against 2A teams and are coming off a 53-12 win over NMMI. Loving is 1-8 this year and scoring just 5.8 points per game. Last week they lost against Eunice 35-6.
Eunice 4-5 @ NMMI 1-8
The Eunice Cardinals need a big win to insure their play-off spot. With a good amount of 2A bubble teams you would think that Eunice has the best record and best body of work, but you never know what the NMAA is going to look at when taking the final At Large Teams. Eunice is scoring 22.9 points per game and beat Loving last week 35-6. NMMI has continued to struggle this year after a 53-12 loss to Dexter last weekend moving their record to 1-8.