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Roswell looks to get fat off Alamogordo

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There are no sure things in life, but a Coyote win against a young and rebuilding Alamogordo Tigers is the closest thing to hitting the lottery this week. In fact, it’s such a sure thing Vegas won’t cover an upset.

The only hope the Tigers have of upset is the bus breaks down and the band has to play. Two weeks ago, first-year coach AJ Cisco talked about building the program for the long haul, since then they have not won a game this season, 0-6.

On offense, look for the Tigers to run an option and triple option out of the I formation. Alamogordo has two players on offense. They look forward to getting going with quarterback Tom Turnbull, who has over 100 yards rushing and passing this season. When they do throw the ball, his favorite target is junior Dayshaun Sanchez. Sanchez has 180 yards receiving and two TDs. What hurts the Tigers is their offense is anemic, averaging 49 yards a game on the ground and only 87 yards throwing the ball. Their offense has produced seven TDs this season.

The Tigers will run isolation plays and power football in the middle of the defense. This team is young on both sides of the ball. On defense look for them to run a split-six and a 50 look. Against Goddard, they came out in a split-six defense, against other teams this season they have come out in a 50 look.

“When we lost our quarterback early this season, we have been trying to give Michael (Ponce) al little bit more each week,” Roswell coach Jeff Lynn said. “We are who we are, and we are going to keep working on that. We have to get our quarterbacks throwing the ball better.”

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Coach Lynn is looking to get his team sharp for when they return to the Wool Bowl and face 29-time champion Artesia in district play.

Eunice at Dexter

In their biggest game of the season, the Dexter Demons will have to come out of their locker room without one of their most explosive weapons. Junior running back and long-striding Gustavo Macias is likely out for this game. Last game was a coming-out party for junior running back Nick Cobos. All Cobos did was have a rushing party of over 215 yards on the ground and a two-point conversion to give his team the win over Estancia, 20-18.

“Dexter has a lot of speed,” Eunice coach Ken Stevens said. “From a defensive perspective we are going to have to fly to the ball and do a good job of containing their speed and eliminating their big plays.”

If the Demons are to win at Demon Field Friday night, they have to get another stellar performance from their O-line again. Quarterback Jarren Amaro has to not throw the killer interception, and feel pressure from his blindside. Amaro showed why he is the team’s leader last game by keeping his composure, and also by letting his teammates feel his swagger.

On defense the Demons must control the line of scrimmage and get yeomen efforts out of a defense that is starting to play together and make big plays at the right time. At times this season the defense has had a bend but don’t break mentality, but lately they have been stuffing running teams at the line of scrimmage. If they are to win tonight they must stop the run and get pressure on the Cardinals quarterback.

“On offense we are going to have to execute,” Stevens said. “Dexter hasn’t given up many points. They play outstanding defense. We’re going to have to be patient and take what they give us.”

Kari York has 433 -yards rushing with eight TDs this season followed by Juan Sosa, 347 yards rushing and three TDs. Quarterback Mason Caperton started as a freshman last season and gained valuable experience, he has thrown for 1,469 yards and 17 TDs and allowed two picks. His favorite target has been Tori York. York has 303 receiving yards and six TDs.

Cardinal’s coach Stevens feels like the biggest difference in his team this year, and last season is they have matured. Last season his team was young starting sophomores and juniors, and then he had to play Caperton as a freshman, which has helped them this season. Eunice lost two starters on defense and one on offense.

In last season’s game, Stevens feels like the game turned when the Demons continued to have short fields after the Cardinals turned the ball over. Dexter intercepted a pass that they returned inside the Cardinals 20-yard line.

“We were in the red zone one time, and couldn’t score,” Stevens said. “It was, 7-7, most of the game, then they score to make it 14-7 and tacked a TD late. Dexter played a better game than us last year. We were out coached.”

Eunice is going to run the spread offense out a shotgun formation, with four wide receivers. At times they will have two running backs in the game and if they do, it will be the York brothers (Tori, Kari), both have started for Stevens since they were freshman at various positions.

On defense they run a base 50, and sometimes a 4-3 defense. Eunice has a lot of team speed on both sides of the ball. It will be imperative the Demons wear down the Cardinals if they want to win.

“I think Eunice is the best team we have faced so far,” Dexter coach Kevin Graham said. “As coach Herb Brooks stated from Miracle, ‘Great memories re born from great opportunities,’ this is a great opportunity for us.”

Tatum at Gateway

If you like nail biters then 8-Man District 3 may require you to see good mancurist.

Cloudcroft and Mesilla Valley Christian are tied at the top at 2-0. Roswell’s Gateway Christian High School and Tatum are next at at 1-1 and Carrizozo and Mescalero Apache are on the bottom and both are looking for their first district win of the season.

Tonight Gateway and Tatum collide in Roswell and for Warriors’ coach Shaun Wigley its time to put last week’s loss against Mesilla Valley Christian out of everyone’s minds. Although he did offer some final thoughts earlier this week.

“We just came out slow,” he said.

Wigley said Gateway started alright, however four turnovers hurt the team in the opening half.

“We couldn’t take of the ball in the first quarter and it set the tone for the first half,” he said.

The Son Blazers won 45-36. Wigley said the Warriors were trying to play catch up against the team in Las Cruces last Friday.

“There were unforced turnovers and a couple of dropped snaps,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to take care of the ball,” Wigley added.

Wigley said the Warriors were within striking distance of the Son Blazers in the second half.

“We outscored them in the second half. It came down to the wire and we thought it would be close,” he said.

What about tonight’s game? Wigley said the Coyotes, “pass the ball pretty well and they execute well on offense.”

The Coyotes mauled the Capitan Grizzlies last week 55-0.

“They’re gonna be tough,” Wigley said. “We have got to take care of the ball.”

Getting back to last week’s game for just a bit, Wigley said that senior Dominic Gomez got hurt in the first quarter.

He was “Mr. Everything” a couple of weeks ago during Gateway’s home win over Mescalero Apache.

Wigley credits junior Jacob Truetken and junior Gage Estes for stepping up in last week’s game against MVCS.

“(Estes) ran the ball really well and he put up a lot of yards,” Wigley said.

“Dominic going down changed everything,” Wigley added. “It was nice to see Gage and others step up.”

Wigley has praise for MVCS, Tatum and Cloudcroft. “(Gateway has to) find a way to win,” he said.

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