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When: 7 p.m. Today
Where: Hutchison Stadium, 2200 North Sunset Ave., Farmington
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FARMINGTON — Fresh off a big road victory, the Farmington Scorpions return to Hutchison Stadium for homecoming night.
No. 4 Farmington (4-1) hosts No. 14 St. Pius X (3-2) tonight in a 4A non-conference game. After defeating No. 13 Valencia 33-12 a week ago, the Scorps are riding some momentum going into the game.
"We became a lot more united on the road last week. It was a big confidence boost," said FHS senior quarterback Jacob Lucas. "This is going to be a good game. St. Pius has a lot of strengths, but we studied them on film a lot, and our defense is really solid, so I think we are coming in pretty confident."
FHS head coach Gary Bradley said the team has stayed focused during the homecoming week festivities, and they are prepared for their last non-district 4A game of the regular season.
"Homecoming is big for the school and the alumni, hopefully, but it is big for us because we are playing St. Pius. It is a huge 4A football game for us," Bradley said.
St. Pius X had high hopes entering the season, but the Sartans have struggled throughout the first five weeks. St. Pius barely squeaked by No. 16 Los Alamos 10-8 on a last-second field goal. They also beat No. 21 Bernalillo just 16-8. Sartan losses have come to Los Lunas in a 55-27 game and to St. Michael's in a 33-12 road loss.
The only similar opponent the two teams have shared so far this year is Los Alamos. Farmington High smashed the Hilltoppers on the road 41-6.
"St. Pius is very similar to where we were last year when we hit the road to play them," Bradley said. "We are 3-2 and trying to find our identity, and we got a big road win. St. Pius has been up and down a little bit, but I guarantee coming up here and beating us is a big priority for them."
Brian Farley continues to head the Farmington rushing attack. Farley ran for two touchdowns a week ago at Valencia while quarterback Jacob Lucas also threw two touchdown passes to Xander Walker and Kyle Reynolds.
"It has been great going from just the rushing attack to passing and rushing," Reynolds said. "It is harder for teams to keep us contained now that we have dual threats."
Last year's starting quarterback for St. Pius X, Javier Jaramillo, has switched to wide receiver and has had a big season. Emilio Arellano has taken over at quarterback.
"Their offense is dangerous," Bradley said. "(Jaramillo) is a stud, and their quarterback can do everything. They pass the ball a bit more than they did last year, and they have dangerous athletes up and down the field."
With a stacked defense and an offense that dismantled Valencia in the fourth quarter a week ago, the Scorps believe the game simply comes down to everyone handling their responsibilities.
"Getting a victory against a squad like St. Pius would be big for us. We want to build on that. If we do the things we need to do, the scoreboard will take care of itself," Bradley said.
No. 6 Aztec at No. 10 Del Norte
A week after playing one of the top defenses in the entire state, Aztec will try to restart its offense on the road.
Aztec (2-3) enters this week ranked No. 6 in 4A by MaxPreps and No. 13 in the NMPreps rankings. Del Norte (3-2) is No. 10 in MaxPreps and No. 12 on NMPreps.
Del Norte is a run-heavy offense that averages 204 yards per game while passing for roughly 25 yards per game. Aztec's defense had success stopping the Manzano rushing attack last week, but poor offensive execution left the Tigers' defense on the field too long in the second half.
Aztec needs junior quarterback Marcus Crawford, who is averaging 279.8 passing yards per game, to find a rhythm early. Running back Ryneal Lewis-Adams will also try to bounce back from a tough outing against Manzano. He is averaging 98 yards per game.
It is a big 4A road test against an improved Del Norte team, and it is a chance for Aztec to show just where it stands in 4A.
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No. 9 Piedra Vista at No. 21 Bernalillo
The road hasn't been kind to Piedra Vista so far this season, but the Panthers will try to turn that around this week.
The Panthers (3-2) have lost both road games so far this year by a combined score of 69-20. But PV faces a Bernalillo team that is 0-5 so far this year.
The one thing Bernalillo has done well this year is get after the quarterback. The Spartans average almost four sacks per game.
PV senior quarterback Isaiah Valdez has the mobility to avoid those sacks, and big playmakers such as Beau Clafton, Storm Avendano and Ryan Rino should be able to keep the Bernalillo defense on its heels.
PV got up on Moriarty 10-0 early last week, but it wasn't enough as the Pintos stormed back to thump PV 34-17. Avoiding turnovers will be key.
PV enters the game ranked No. 9 by both MaxPreps and NMPreps. Bernalillo is No. 21 in MaxPreps and dead last at No. 25 in NMPreps.
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No. 12 Kirtland Central at No. 17 Gallup
A strong 3-1 start to the season has the No. 12 Kirtland Central Broncos climbing up the 4A state rankings.
The Broncos hit the road for the first time this season tonight at Gallup (2-2).
The first road test of the year will be a kind one for the Broncos. The No. 17 Gallup Bengals are averaging 16 points per game this year, and Kirtland Central is averaging more than 27 points.
Both teams have balanced offensive attacks. The Broncos have been able to rush for more than 171 yards per game while throwing it for almost 130 yards. Gallup is rushing for nearly 130 yards per game and passing it for more than 150 yards.
Keishaun Aspaas is leading the Broncos with 60 yards per game on the ground as the Broncos spread the ball around. That includes the quarterback position as Rashaan Sorrelhorse and Jacob Flack split time.
The improved Broncos will be favored going into the game against Gallup, who Kirtland beat 28-20 last year.
No. 4 Bloomfield hosts Miyamura on homecoming night
It is homecoming night in Bloomfield, where the 3-1 Bobcats will host 4A Miyamura.
Bloomfield, which is ranked No. 3 by MaxPreps and No. 4 by NMPreps, hosts the 0-5 Patriots in a key home game before Bloomfield faces Farmington High next week.
Fresh off a 55-8 beating of Hope Christian last Saturday, the Bobcats are eager to return home and face another 4A opponent. The last time Bloomfield hosted a 4A team, it beat Grants 25-17 thanks to two kick return touchdowns by Adrian Vigil and stellar defensive play.
It is the improved play of a young defensive unit that has Bloomfield getting better and better each week. The defense will be tested by a Miyamura offense that throws for 100 yards per game and rushes for 137. Stopping running back Adner Palma early will be key.
Bloomfield hasn't struggled to score points this year. The Bobcats are averaging more than 42 points per game. Miyamura is scoring just more than 16 points per contest.
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