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.
– 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.