It's just what this rebuilding Hobbs program needs to face.
This game is going to be a physical battle, something Hobbs teams in the past haven't always thrived in. Doing my best San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich impression, the Eagles need some more nasty.
I'm not talking about late hits or any other rule breaking. The Eagles need to hit harder, tackle better and create fear in opponents. Is that all going to happen in one year? No. But each step forward gets Hobbs closer to this goal.
The Eagles didn't take many steps, particularly in critical moments, last week in a 55-42 loss to Oñate where the Knights converted 12 of 15 third downs.
Playing a team like Goddard, which is known for its nasty, is a chance for Hobbs to show its own grit.
Also, I plan on updating the Eagles' offensive stats each week on this blog as Hobbs' new air raid spread offense (dubbed Soar n' Score by Hobbs coach Charles Gleghorn) continues to put up big numbers. Also, these are the official stats from Hobbs (my stats from the night of the game and theirs are close, but they have the benefit of video replay to ensure correct numbers). In the future, I'll add notes if players are nearing school records, state records and so on.
On a side note, Price officially finished with a school-record 448 yards passing against Oñate last week (not the 441 I had game night). According to the NMAA record book, that ties him for ninth on New Mexico's all-time single-game list.
Brayden Price: 82-for-144 (56.9 percent), 1,353 yards, 14 TDs, 5 INTs
Brandon Amaya: 28 rec., 349 yards, TD
Donavon Fierro: 23 rec., 315 yards, 3 TDs
Kolin Zembas: 16 rec., 216 yards, 2 TDs
Steven Olivas: 13 rec., 358 yards, 7 TDs
Donavon Fierro: 32 att., 218 yards, TD
Brayden Price: 16 att., 159 yards, 3 TDs
Brandon Amaya: 17 att., 89 yards, 3 TDs