|Hobbs' Austin Hand makes a tackle against Artesia.|
For Hobbs, a loss would drop the Eagles to 2-4 with a home game against Lovington (winnable) and a road matchup with Goddard (going to be tough). Say Hobbs splits those games, the Eagles are 3-5 heading into district play with Clovis at home (the Wildcats are down, but still Clovis) and hit the road to play Carlsbad (the Cavemen have been impressive this season with wins over Mayfield and Artesia already under their belt).
In my eyes, Hobbs would have to win at least one of those games to have a chance to get in and even still at 4-6 wouldn't be guaranteed a spot.
A win tonight, a win against either Lovington or Goddard and a win against either Clovis or Carlsbad (a district win will be key) and I think Hobbs definitely makes the playoffs.
It's somewhat similar for Alamogordo. A win tonight gets it to .500 at 3-3 heading into district play. The Tigers have winnable games against Gadsden and Oñate while it will be an uphill climb against traditional powers Mayfield and Las Cruces. If Alamogordo wins tonight then beats both Gadsden and Oñate, it will be in the conversation for a playoff spot at 5-5 (not guaranteed with no quality win).
As you can see, whoever wins tonight at Watson Stadium will be much closer to a playoff spot then the one who walks off the field in defeat.