Friday, September 9, 2011

'The Big Mo' up for grabs in Hobbs matchup with Roswell

Hobbs' Keith Sanders
  There's no district title on the line. It's not a district game. Heck, it's not even a game against a team in its own classification.
  But the Hobbs football team's matchup with Roswell High 7 p.m. today at Watson Stadium is a pivotal one for the young and inexperienced Eagles.
  A win against an improving Roswell program, a team that nearly beat No. 8 Carlsbad in Carlsbad, for an unranked Hobbs (1-1) squad that played better in a week-two loss to Class 4A No. 2 Artesia then it did in a week-one win over Gadsden would go a long way when it comes to confidence and momentum heading into probably the toughest schedule in the state over the next two weeks.
  After tonight's game with the Coyotes, Hobbs travels to play Class 5A No. 2 Las Cruces High and follows it up with a trip north to face Class 5A No. 1 Cleveland in Rio Rancho.
  B. R. U. T. A. L.
  While the difference between the top of Class 5A and the rest of the classification isn't that large (there aren't any dominant, game-changing players, i.e. a Ronnie Daniels or Landry Jones), a loss tonight to Roswell for a young team heading into that tough of a schedule would be difficult on the Eagles.
  A win, on the other hand, and the Eagles gain momentum and go into a pair of games where they have nothing to lose with an offense that appears to be getting increasingly dangerous (they racked up 374 rushing yards against Artesia last week).
  Read a preview of today's game, along with previews of the Lovington, Eunice, Jal and Tatum football team's games, in the sports section of the Hobbs News-Sun or online at I'll be at Watson Stadium tonight, and if you won't be there but want to get updates on your phone, follow me on Twitter at
  On a side note, I ran across highlight clips of Eunice's first two games of the season. I'll post the one from the Eunice vs. Jal game but you should also be able to find one from last week's win over the Hobbs JV. Eunice coach Daniel Hutchins is very new-media savvy and it's neat to see how technology is evolving and making it easier to do things such as this.