Sunday, September 23, 2012

Quick Hits, Week 4 - Lea Co. Football

Kimberly Ryan/News-Sun
Hobbs' Brandon Amaya had a school-record 10 catches against Oñate on Friday.
  It was a rough weekend for Lea County football teams as only one of the five teams – Tatum – came away with a victory this week.
  – Hobbs lost what was a winnable game if it was able to get a few stops in a 55-42 loss to Oñate. The Eagles had the ball for just 13 minutes, 44 seconds (compared to 34:16 for Oñate) and were still able to put up 42 points and 428 yards of offense (including a school-record 441 yards and five touchdowns passing along with a rushing touchdown from Brayden Price). But Hobbs couldn't get the Knights off the field as Oñate racked up 599 yards of offense and was 12-for-15 on third-down conversions. Like I wrote in my column (which I'll post on this blog Monday or you can read in Sunday's News-Sun), if the Eagles (1-3) can find a way to give up around 28 points per game instead of the 43.5 they are giving up now, Hobbs will have a chance to win some games. Up next for Hobbs is arguably the best team in the state regardless of classification in Class 4A Goddard 7 p.m. Friday at Watson Stadium.
  – Lovington dropped its second straight game and was nearly blanked again in losing to Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 28-7. The Wildcats (1-3), who lost to St. Michael's 40-0 last week, had just 210 yards of offense and are struggling to find a rhythm on that side of the ball. It's putting a lot of pressure on the defense and Lovington struggled to slow down UANL's running game behind its huge offensive line as it had 260 yards on the ground on 48 carries. Lovington will try to get back on track when they travel to play Lea County foe Eunice on Friday.
  – Eunice dropped to 2-2 on the season after a 23-0 loss to fellow Class 2A squad Texico (3-0). According to the Clovis News Journal, the Cardinals were held to 190 yards of offense, gave up a safety and had a fumble returned for a touchdown – not a good offensive day for Eunice. The Cardinals are now two games into a brutal four-game stretch and things don't get easier with a frustrated Lovington squad coming to Eunice on Friday.
  – Jal had a chance late but couldn't come up with a game-tying score and lost to Loving 14-6 at home Friday. The Panthers (1-3), already with a small roster, are getting hit with the injury bug and will be looking to overcome that when Mescalero comes to Jal next week.
  – Tatum wore down Menaul on its way to a 40-28 victory to stay unbeaten on the season at 4-0. The Coyotes' running game continued to thrive, pounding Menaul for 433 yards on 63 carries, including Timmy Pearce's third 200-yard performance of the season with 253 yards on 26 carries. The Coyotes hit the road for a big matchup with Logan next week. Tatum is one of three undefeated teams in 8-man football along with District 2 foes Gateway Christian (4-0) and Carrizozo (4-0).