Kimberly Ryan/Hobbs News-Sun
Lovington quarterback David Robles rushes against
West Las Vegas on Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
— At Watson Stadium at the game I was at, Hobbs just fell apart in the second half against Alamogordo in an important matchup for both. It started some in the second quarter after the Eagles built a 14-3 lead when a Hobbs punt was blocked, leading to a quick score and igniting a 33-point run for the Tigers.
Hobbs trailed 17-14 heading into the third quarter when Alamogordo took advantage of five Eagle second-half turnovers (Hobbs finished with six in all) to put the game out of reach and eventually win 50-21.
The Eagles' playoff chances probably rest on beating one (and most likely both) of their district opponents. The offense did look better with the return of Aderiole Moore (he finished with 169 yards on the ground) but Hobbs will need more than just him to step up if it wants to beat Lovington this week.
Read more of my thoughts on Hobbs' loss to Alamogordo and where the Eagles are heading in my column in Sunday's sports section of the News-Sun.
— Lovington got back on track with a much-needed victory over West Las Vegas 44-0 Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats had lost their last two games, both Texas opponents, and for a team that is still trying to find its rhythm after losing so much from last season's state championship team, a win like Friday's goes a long way in building the confidence of the players – particularly the offense. Hobbs will be a good test for Lovington this week and it should be a battle.
— In a game that featured first-year Eunice head coach Daniel Hutchins facing his former team Tucumcari, the Class 2A second-ranked Cardinals pounced on the fifth-ranked Rattlers for 30 first-quarter points on their way to a 60-30 win.
Eunice continues to rack up big numbers on offense, averaging 50.5 points per game, and is 6-0 for the first time since its 2000 state championship team. Eunice travels to play Cloudcroft next week, looking to start 7-0 for the first time since 1958 when the Cardinals finished the season 10-0 and won the state title.