Saturday, August 31, 2013

Video: Hobbs football's victory over Gadsden in season opener

  The Hobbs football team opened the season with a 40-14 win over Gadsden on Friday at Watson Stadium. Here is video from the game (not the best quality, I hope in the future to get a proper camera to shoot video with other than my phone). I'll be working on a column and a follow-up story (we call it our Sunday Quarterback) from the game for Sunday's edition of the Hobbs News-Sun.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hobbs vs. Belen football scrimmage quick thoughts, stats

Clayton Jones/Hobbs News-Sun
Hobbs' David Romero scrambles during a scrimmage against Belen on
Wednesday at Ruidoso Middle School.
  RUIDOSO — The Hobbs football team went to Ruidoso to face Belen in a scrimmage and lost 6-3 overall (one point per touchdown), including 6-0 with Belen's first team on field. While Belen is a tough squad (coming off a Class 4A state semifinal appearance), Hobbs didn't look as polished as I thought they might. Some shakiness on both sides of the ball. On offense, inaccuracy through the air, poor snaps to the quarterback (at least a half dozen) and dropped passes hurt Hobbs. Defensively, it was a lot of missed tackles (tackling way too high), but the defense didn't allow the big play and made Belen grind the ball down field (which it doesn't mind doing, however). Hobbs has some work to do before its opener Aug. 30 at home against Gadsden.
  Here are the stats from the scrimmage, including the second-team, 12-snap portion where Hobbs gained 240 of its yards (I don't have a roster for Belen, so just team stats for them).
Team Stats
Total yards – Hobbs 456; Belen 367
Rushing (att-yards) – Hobbs 18-157; Belen 43-240
Passing (comp-att-int) – Hobbs 18-39-3; Belen 7-12-0
Passing yards – Hobbs 299; Belen 127
Turnovers – Hobbs 3; Belen 2
Individual Hobbs stats
Passing – David Romero 10-24-2 193 (1 TD); Kolin Zembas 8-15-1 106 (1 TD)
Rushing – Zembas 7-115 (TD); Romero 6-32; Brandon Amaya 2-11; Steven Olivas 3-(minus 1)
Receiving – Olivas 7-42; Alec Smith 5-117 (TD); Amaya 3-77; Oscar Baeza 1-29 (TD); Brody Engle 1-5; Zembas 1-13; Lane Moore 1-5.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Prep athletes must be aware of social media dangers

  There is no doubt social media has changed the game when it comes to journalism – particularly for myself in sports – and how information is distributed to the masses.
  For example, just a few years ago the only way folks knew how a Hobbs boys basketball game went was listening to it on the radio live or picking up the paper the next day.
  Now through Twitter (and following myself or someone who may be at the game), updates are provided and sent to your phone almost as it happens (though, not with the same detail that include the reaction of coaches and players a story in the paper will give you – keep buying the newspaper people!). 
  Social media also makes it easier for all of us to connect. People will ask me questions about a game, team or situation through Twitter and (usually) get a prompt answer because it’s sitting there on my phone. No waiting for me to get back to the office and check my messages or work email.
  However, for every positive use and convenience social media gives us, there are about twice as many negatives that can happen if one isn’t responsible and careful.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

2013 Lovington football schedule

  This is Lovington's 2013 football schedule. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Aug. 30 vs. Artesia
Sept. 6 @ Robertson
Sept. 13 vs. St. Michael's
Sept. 21 @ Albuquerque Academy (1 p.m. start)
Sept. 27 vs. Eunice
Oct. 11 @ Hobbs
Oct. 18 @ Goddard
Oct. 25 vs. Hope Christian
Nov. 1 @ Portales
Nov. 8 vs. Ruidoso