Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hobbs shows improvement in 7-on-7 against Artesia at Watson Stadium

Clayton Jones/News-Sun
Hobbs' Brayden Price throws a pass against
Artesia on Tuesday at Watson Stadium.
  In a rare July drizzle in Hobbs, the Eagle football team showed improvement in picking up first-year Hobbs coach Charles Gleghorn's spread offense during a 7-on-7 workout against Artesia on Tuesday at Watson Stadium.
  Returning starting quarterback Brayden Price went 22-for-34 with four touchdowns (including a great seam pass for a 35-yard score to Javon King) and a pair of interceptions. Price shared the wealth, hitting four different receivers with at least three passes apiece.
  Gleghorn told me after the scrimmage his team looked much better than it did during the New Mexico vs. Texas 7-on-7 event just over a week ago in Chaparral – including dropping less passes and being able to run routes without using wristbands for guidance.
  Donavon Fierro caught eight passes to lead the Eagles – about half coming out of the backfield. Brandon Amaya, a transfer from Texas who will just be a junior, grabbed five passes as he and Fierro are going to make a great duo whether they are lining up out of the backfield or in the slot.
  King finished with five catches, including two touchdowns, while Steven Olivas (a breakout candidate for this season for the Eagles) caught three passes – two for touchdowns.
  Defensively, the Eagles overall looked better than they have in the recent past where giving up 40 was the norm. There wasn't nearly as many missed assignments as players looked to be in the right spot and knew where to go. It's still a work in progress, but progress is being made.
  Hobbs will host two more 7-on-7 events this week with Chaparral and Grants coming to Hobbs to play 6 p.m. Thursday while Chaparral, Grants and Hobbs along with other teams will be playing Friday starting at 9 a.m.