Here are key Week 7 games to watch in and around San Juan County
Aztec vs. Santa Fe
The Tigers’ defensive front must continue chasing after opposing backfield players and give the offense decent field position.
Aztec will face a run-heavy Santa Fe squad featuring mobile quarterback Luc Jaramillo and running back trio Martell Mora, Elijah Martinez and Kevin Garcia.
Aztec must not only prevent the chunk gains on the ground, but also the quick intermediate passes.
The Demons showed they can generate solid drives throwing the ball when things aren’t going their way.
Case in point, Garcia scored on a 24-yard touchdown reception to cap off a 49-yard scoring drive on just five plays.
Garcia and company can break tackles and elude defenders, so it’s critical that the Tigers hit their gaps and get to the ball in a timely manner.
Piedra Vista vs. Albuquerque
The Panthers are putting up blistering numbers, averaging 42.6 points scored the last three games.
Fresh and restful coming off a bye week, PV (4-1) looks to resume doing damage on the scoring end against the Bulldogs, who have been outscored 92-10 in their last three games.
Newcomb vs. Clayton
The Skyhawks need to make up some ground after a homecoming loss to Lordsburg and tack on every 2A win they can get.
A victory Saturday at Nusenda Community Stadium in Albuquerque would be a good start, as the Skyhawks must finish the regular season strong to secure a home playoff game, if not a first-round bye.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and on Twitter at @MattH_717.