No. 5 Scorps travel to take on No. 9 Jaguars
The Farmington High Scorpions have had a long week to prepare for a road game at the Valencia Jaguars.
The Scorps (3-1) are coming off their first loss of the season at the hands of Durango (4-0) in a 21-2 contest Sept. 19 at Hutchison Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars (2-2) have suffered consecutive losses to Artesia and Atrisco Heritage.
Valencia relies on its running game to carry the load. The Jaguars average 168.5 yards per game on the ground and just 84. 3 through the air.
Farmington's defense played tough once again last week, but the offense failed to find any rhythm in the game.
With both teams relying so heavily on the run, the focus will be on the offensive and defensive line. Whichever team gets the better push will have a clear advantage in this game.
Valencia has played a stronger schedule than Farmington, but only time will tell which team is more prepared going into the game.
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No. 7 Panthers seek first road win of season
Piedra Vista has strayed away from home just once this season, and it wasn't kind to the Panthers.
PV (3-1) lost its only road game of the year 35-3 at Durango. But the Panthers responded well with a 49-0 drumming of Santa Fe.
This week's game is the biggest in-state test yet for the
No. 7-ranked Panthers, who take on Moriarty, which is ranked No. 12 by MaxPreps and No. 10 by NMPreps.
The Pintos (1-3) have played a tough schedule, losing to No. 9 Valencia, No. 2 Belen and 5A No. 12 Volcano Vista. Their lone win of the season came in a 42-10 beating of Miyamura, who PV escaped with a win against 31-30 at home in Week 1.
Moriarty's defense has been its strength, and it will be important for the Panthers to utilize all their offensive weapons from quarterback Isaiah Valdez to running backs Ryan Rino and Storm Avendano to slash player Beau Clafton.
Time of possession will be key in this big matchup.
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Española to face Broncos on homecoming
Following a solid 27-9 home win against Los Alamos a week ago, the Kirtland Central Broncos are prepared for their homecoming game.
The Broncos, ranked
No. 13 by MaxPreps and
No. 15 by NMPreps, host Española Valley, the lowest ranked team in 4A.
Kirtland Central (2-1) has been balanced on offense this year, averaging nearly 140 rushing yards per game and 144 passing yards per game.
The Broncos' offense is led by running back Keishaun Aspaas, who is averaging 58 yards per game. Bryceson Arthur and Jacob Belin also get a lot of touches.
Quarterback Rashaan Sorrelhorse has had an up and down season so far, throwing for five touchdowns and three interceptions in Kirtland's three games. The majority of his passes have gone toward tight end Christian Mackey, who has two touchdown catches this year.
Mackey is also helping the KCHS defense average more than one sack per game.
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Well-rested Bobcats on the road to Albuquerque
Following a big 25-17 win against 4A Grants, the Bloomfield Bobcats had a bye week to prepare for a Saturday road game at Hope Christian.
The 2-1 Bobcats enter the game ranked No. 5 in both major polls while the Huskies (1-3) are No. 10 in the NMPreps poll and No. 9 in MaxPreps.
Hope Christian is coming off a 45-0 loss to 2A No. 1 Santa Rosa and a 28-8 loss to Silver. The Huskies' lone win came in Week 1 against Laguna Acoma.
Bloomfield will take the field at Milne Stadium ready to send another statement as the Bobcats aim to prove their might in 3A in every non-district game.
Adrian Vigil is coming off a four-touchdown game against Grants. Two of those came via kick return, giving the speedy junior three kick return touchdowns already in three games.
Quarterback Bobby Lyon has had extra time to heal a banged up wrist he sustained in the Grants game, and expect him to attack the Hope Christian defense early and often on Saturday.
Chieftains face winnable road game at Dulce
Chieftains face winnable road game at Dulce
Coming off consecutive losses, Shiprock will try to pick up win No. 2 of the season on the road at 2A Dulce.
The Chieftains (1-3) are 0-2 on the road so far this season, but that could change tonight as Shiprock takes on one of the lowest ranked teams in 2A.
Shiprock has battled injuries the majority of the season, and that has hurt the Chieftains' ability find anything positive on offense since a 49-0 win at home against Zuni.
“The next step is going back to find what works best for us,” Shiprock's first-year head coach Storm Tallbull said after the team's 45-14 loss to Pojoaque Valley last week. “A lot of guys were injured, and that hurts us. I know we have some things to fix up.”
This week's matchup is a good time for Shiprock to find the things they do well. Dulce has yet to score a point this season, and the Chieftain defense should see good matchups and get the ball back to the offense often.
High-flying Eagles face Santa Fe Indian School
A week after setting a new state record for passing yards in a game, Navajo Prep quarterback Tyler Sorensen will have a chance to air it out again this week at home against Santa Fe Indian School.
The Eagles (3-1) lost their first game of the year last week at Escalante, but Sorensen and wide receiver Isaiah Yazzie rewrote record books in the tough 48-44 loss.
Navajo Prep is averaging 50.3 points per game this year while Sorensen is averaging 350 yards per game passing.
Santa Fe Indian is just 1-3 this season and enters the game ranked last in 3A. The Braves have fallen to Laguna Acoma, McCurdy and Española while beating Cuba.
Prep will likely look to end this game early via 50-point mercy rule. The Eagles likely can't help their No. 12 ranking by NMPreps or their No. 13 ranking in MaxPreps, but winning big will be important for Prep the rest of the year.
— The Daily Times