Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lea Co. football quick hits - Week 2

Brad Cox/News-Sun
Lovington's Justin Bromley scores against Robertson on Friday.
  The second week of prep football in Lea County is in the books and four of the five high school teams walked away with a win.
  – Hobbs was the lone Lea County team to lose – losing to Class 4A power Artesia 57-13. First-year coach Charles Gleghorn is in game two of his rebuilding project with the Eagles and Hobbs looked just like that – a rebuilding team against an established winner. I mentioned this in my column in Sunday's News-Sun (which I'll post here Monday) that rebuilding a football team is sometimes like rebuilding the interior of a house – sometimes things are going to look a little worse before they get better. The Eagles have lost nine games in a row overall and try to get back on track next week against Roswell High – the last team Hobbs beat.
  – Lovington got back on track after its week-one loss to Artesia with a 48-0 pounding of Robertson at Wildcat Stadium (fresh with its new scoreboard). The Wildcats' defense showed much improvement while the ground game was impressive. It was a great tuneup for Lovington before taking on St. Michael's Saturday in Santa Fe – a rematch of last season's Class 3A state title game the Wildcats won for their third straight state title.
  – Eunice took care of business with ease for the second straight week with a 42-6 win over the Hobbs junior varsity Thursday in Eunice. The Cardinals' ground game shined with three players (Eric Leyva, Avi Sanchez, Dylan Frank) all topping the 100-yard mark. Eunice has outscored its two opponents 84-6 thus far, but things are going to get much tougher as a brutal four-game stretch begins Friday when the Cardinals host Tularosa. Eunice then follows with Texico on the road, Lovington at home and then Tucumcari on the road. We'll have a much better idea of where Eunice is at after that stretch.
  – Jal looked like it may start the season 0-2 as it trailed on the road to Capitan 13-0 at the half following a 42-0 loss to Eunice in week one. But the Panthers rallied to take a 14-13 lead in the fourth quarter only to see Capitan regain the lead at 19-14. With time for just one more drive, Jal behind sophomore quarterback Jaime Lujan drove the length of the field and Lujan hit senior Julio Camunez for a game-winning 20-yard touchdown pass with under a minute left for a 22-19 win. It may be the boost this young team needs as it heads into next week's game against Escalante.
  – Tatum moved to 2-0 on the season with a 48-10 over Springer/Maxwell. The Coyotes rushed for an eye-popping 535 yards led by Timmy Pearce's 210 yards and three touchdowns on 15 attempts. Tatum is going to be a contender for the 8-man title behind its powerful running game and plays in its home opener Friday against Mountainair.