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Fantastic Football Friday Preview

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The Roswell Coyotes looking to move 2-0 in the season home opener at the Wool Bowl tonight at 7 p.m. (Diana Carrasco Photo)

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Roswell vs. Hobbs

For Roswell, they are about to enter the meat of their schedule. The Coyotes showed that Lovington has a ways to go before they are able to play with the big boys — at least this year.

Sixth-year coach Jeff Lynn has only beaten Hobbs once in his five years and that was in 2016 in a 42-37 barn burner.

The Hobbs Eagles became road warriors and play their next three games on the road, starting tonight as they invade the Wool Bowl.

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In the season opener against Clovis, Hobbs lost starting quarterback Michael Greenough due to a concussion in a game they would go on to lose, 32-21. One of the main reasons they lost the game is they were bitten by the turnover bug and turned the ball over five times and were decimated by injuries at the time they were playing sophomores. Greenough threw two interceptions in that game.

Hobbs is a passing team and wants to throw the ball 80 percent of the time but they will run it to keep defenses honest when they do look for Isaiah Vaughn to tote the ball if he is healthy. In the Artesia game, he had an 80-yard run for a TD. The closest thing the Eagles have to a game breaker or superstar is wide receiver Semaj Cotton. Cotton can get deep in a hurry and he’s also valuable on Special Teams where he returned a kickoff return for 80-yards against Clovis. Against Artesia, he had four receptions for 163-yards and two TDs.

Look for coach Gleghorn to go with sophomore quarterback Jarren Lewis. Lewis came in the Clovis game and played well. He led the Eagles back from a 37-14 deficit to win 42-37 in the last 10 minutes of the game.

With their passing offense, Hobbs is never out of the game. On the defensive side of the ball, look for Hobbs’ defensive back, Jett Black, a two-year starter in the secondary, to step up. He had an interception in the Clovis game.

One of the biggest areas for the Eagles is their Special Teams play; in the Artesia game they had Jaime Rivera block a punt, and they have returned a kickoff for 80-yards against Clovis.

Goddard vs. Deming

In a game that features two old-school football coaches, look for Deming’s coach Greg Simmons to play a lot like Goddard. Power football right at you. They may try to disguise it with a spread look out of the shotgun, but they want to run right at you and if you stop it, they will continue to run the ball until the game is over. This is going to be a game of who out-toughs who.

“We’re still a work in progress,” Simmons said. “The kids are working hard and giving us great effort. We really don’t talk much about last year. We focus on trying to get better each play. We need to improve our consistency on both sides of the ball.”

Simmons is in his second year as coach and believes in being a throwback coach. He conditions his team year round and believes in the hand in the dirt football. Deming is not going to try and trick Goddard on the goal line.

On defense, they will run a 4-2-5 look.

“I was really proud and pleased with the kids’ effort at Carlsbad,” Goddard football coach Chris White said.

Goddard expects it to be a close game that comes down to the fourth quarter.

NMMI vs. Texico

New Mexico Military Institute hits the road after their first victory of the season. Coach Montoya has to have his players ready to face a Texico team that will run a single back look out of the spread. Texico will look to quarterback Ben Lowen, running back Chris Harrison and Styler Davis to control the game with short passing and runs off tackle.

On defense, Texico will walk up linebacker/end Colter Figg and defensive back Anders Nelson to patrol the line of scrimmage and force NMMI to throw the ball. On the defensive line look for Julian Hernandez to put pressure on the quarterback. They run a split 4-4 and bring the heat.

“We have to control the line of scrimmage,” Crowley said. “We are stout at the line on both sides of the ball. NMMI mixes the run and passes well. Their power and quick run game are solid and the O-D line poses a problem for us.”

Crowley feels like they have to control the gas on defense and execute on offense. He also knows that Montoya will have NMMI ready coming off their victory over Capitan.

“I believe we are gonna have our hands full Friday night,” Crowley said. “I feel we can win the game.”

NMMI coach Randy Montoya feels like to win his team, he has to be able to take care of the ball and run hard. He feels his defense has to show up and trust the scouting report.

“We have stressed, get better every day,” Montoya said. “Don’t settle. The nice part about NMMI with the kids coming and going is that with a season like last year, most of the kids weren’t around to experience it, so, they don’t know the difference.”

Gateway Christian vs. Menaul

Menaul is coming off a one-point loss, so his team is down. Menaul is not a young team, they have a mix of juniors and seniors, but they are inexperienced with only nine players that have seen game action. They also have a lot of international players.

Coach Josh Baca feels like his team has improved on the offensive line and their playmakers are Benny Morales and Johnny Chambers. On defense, they are anchored by Marcos Morales and Gio Delgado.

“I think fatigue will continue to set in for us in the fourth quarter,” Baca said, “for another week or two until we can get our newer players to be regular contributors.”

Baca believes that Gateway is hard to defend because they are strong and well coached.

“Everything Gateway does,” Baca said, “they do well.”

Dexter vs Hagerman

For pre-game coverage of Dexter and Hagerman, Battle of the Bridge, see this Thursday’s sports section.

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