Sunday, September 30, 2012

Quick Hits, Week 5 - Lea Co. Football

Clayton Jones/News-Sun
Goddard's David Chavers tackles Hobbs' Brayden Price during the Eagles'
54-0 loss to the Rockets on a wet Friday night at Watson Stadium.
  Weather, particularly the rain, was the main plot point with most of the Lea County football teams' games in week five of the 2012 season.
  – It was a constant downpour at Watson Stadium on Friday night, and combine it with the No. 1 team in the state regardless of classification in Goddard coming to Hobbs, and it was a bad mix for the Eagles (1-4) as they were held to minus-1 yard of total offense during a 54-0 loss to the Rockets. Hobbs' pass-heavy spread offense was neutralized by a driving rain and a relentless Goddard defense. Chalk it up to growing pains for Hobbs first-year coach Charles Gleghorn. Hobbs heads to Alamogordo on Friday.
  – Lovington was able to break its mini two-game losing streak with a 21-0 win over Lea County foe Eunice. While the rain led to 16 fumbles total in the game and saw neither team attempt a pass, Lovington (2-3) put together 227 yards on the ground and did enough to come away with the win. After scoring just one touchdown in the last two games, I'm sure it was a welcome relief to find the end zone three times while holding Eunice to 69 yards of offense. Lovington has a bye this week then hosts Hobbs on Oct. 12.
  – As for Eunice, its struggles continued punching in the ball when getting deep into opponent's territory as the Cardinals (2-3) got the ball inside the Lovington 25 three times and failed to score. It's Eunice's third straight loss (and the second time it has been shut out in a row) during a tough stretch of the season for the Cardinals that continues Friday at Tucumcari. A win this Friday and it would be a HUGE help to Eunice's confidence and give it some momentum heading into the second half of the season.
  – Speaking of gaining confidence and momentum, Jal got a much needed 52-0 win over Mescalero Apache at home Friday. Despite the rain, the Panthers racked up 397 yards of offense (all on the ground) as they moved to 2-3 on the season. Jal had two 100-yard rushers in Marc Acosta (143 yards, four touchdowns) and Clay Adams (102 yards). Jal travels to play the Carlsbad JV on Saturday.
  – The one football team with a winning record in Lea County stayed perfect on the season as Tatum got a good road win with a 20-8 victory over Logan. Timmy Pearce continued his dominance as he rushed for another three touchdowns – giving him 14 touchdowns in five games. It now sets up what is possibly an 8-man state championship preview when, after a bye week for Tatum, the Coyotes host defending state champion Gateway Christian on Oct. 12.