FHS, BHS and Prep eyeing homecoming wins
Piedra Vista puts it undefeated record on the line in a road game versus Manzano
FARMINGTON — The Farmington football team didn’t schedule any easy games for itself in the early part of the season, and the Scorps certainly don't face an easy task in trying to win this week’s homecoming game.
Farmington boasts the second-toughest schedule in 5A through the first five weeks of the season, and its strength of schedule will surely rise after the Scorps host No. 4 Roswell Friday night at Hutchison Stadium.
The Scorps (0-3-1) enter the matchup after having a bye last week, giving the team extra time to prepare for the Coyotes (4-1).
Roswell is coming off a 26-7 home win over Belen, a team that toppled Farmington 36-12 on Sept. 9 in Belen.
Farmington will be tasked with trying to contain Roswell’s running game. So far this season, 73 percent of Roswell’s snaps have been running plays, with the Coyotes averaging 237.4 yards per game on the ground.
Valencia at Bloomfield
Bloomfield battles a Class 5A opponent for just the second time this season when the Bobcats host Valencia for homecoming Friday night.
Their first 5A test didn't go so well for the Bobcats (2-2), as Belen beat them 42-6 in the opener. But Bloomfield has turned things around since then with back-to-back victories.
Bloomfield's offensive line has helped Rudy Vigil and other Bobcat running backs find success on the ground in the past two games, including in Saturday's 28-21 win over Hope Christian.
The visiting Jaguars (1-3) got off to a miserable start when they were outscored 141-6 over three losses to start the season. But they broke out in a big way last week when they defeated Santa Teresa 45-28.
The Bobcat defense will surely be keying on Valencia QB Zach Lowe, who has accounted for five of Valencia's seven touchdowns this season — the senior has rushed for four scores and thrown for one. Lowe has a 6.7 yards per carry average on 85 carries so far this year.
Window Rock, Ariz., at Navajo Prep
Navajo Prep’s offense has had a tough time getting on track this season, but the Eagles will have a chance to pile up points when they host Window Rock, out of Fort Defiance, Ariz., Friday night for Prep’s homecoming game.
The Fighting Scouts (0-5) have allowed almost 36 points per game this season.
Prep (1-4) is coming off of a 36-0 loss to Socorro last week, making it the third time the Eagles have been held to six or fewer points in a game.
Window Rock has had balanced play calling this season, running the ball just four more times than throwing it. But the Scouts have struggled in their passing game, completing fewer than 40 percent of their attempts.
Shiprock at Cuba
After being pounded 50-0 at home last week in just two quarters by Kirtland Central, Shiprock gets a clean slate this week in a road game Friday against 3A's Cuba.
The Chieftains (2-3) haven't won or lost two consecutive games at any point this season, and they hope to keep that trend alive against the Rams (1-4).
A week after throwing for three touchdowns against Gallup, Shiprock senior quarterback Rhakeem Anagale failed to complete a pass against KC, and the offense never managed a first down.
Anagale, who was banged up last week but is considered probable this week by coach Eric Stovall, should have much better luck against a Cuba defense that has given up 55 points or more to a pair of 3A teams so far this season.
Piedra Vista at Manzano
Piedra Vista will face its toughest test of the Panthers’ nondistrict schedule when the team travels to Albuquerque to take on Manzano Saturday afternoon.
The Monarchs’ (2-2) two loses on the season came on the road to No. 1 Rio Rancho and No. 3 Centennial.
Like the Panthers (5-0), Manzano prefers to keep the ball on the ground, running the ball an average of two out of every three plays.
Although the Monarchs’ offense has been modest through the first four games, averaging 272.8 yards per game, their defense has been stout. In its four games, Manzano’s defense has intercepted opposing quarterbacks six times and has come up with six fumble recoveries.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.
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