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Roswell’s Jasia Reese (2) runs the ball against Alamogordo last month at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha File Photo)

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This is the time that matters. Local teams have played their whole season for the shot to win it all. The surprise of all surprises is that all four teams in District 5A are in the tournament to have a shot to win the Blue Trophy.

Alamogordo’s coach, AJ Cisco and his team are wearing a glass slipper. He and his program needed this more than any of the coaches in the district. Cisco seems to be getting his team to play hard and make the right plays at the right time.

Alamogordo (4-6, 1-2 5A) won only two games all season, before upsetting the mighty Artesia Bulldogs at the Bulldog Bowl in the last game of the season to earn their third win. To prove that win was no fluke, the Tigers’ field goal kicker Brett Money kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds to play to defeat Santa Teresa.

This is not the same team that Roswell rolled 55-24 in week eight. Alamogordo will come out with a new intensity and focus. The Tigers cannot match up athlete for athlete with Roswell and the Coyotes need to come out and focus, and not give them any hope. Roswell needs to let the Tigers’ know the clock strikes midnight at kickoff.

Roswell (10-0, 3-0 5A) is the district champs and earned a bye last week. The week off gave them a chance to heal up and refocus. Look for the Coyotes to score quick with their playmakers against Alamogordo.

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Roswell hosts Alamogordo at the Wool Bowl tonight at 7 p.m.


Dexter’s Marvin Johnson (4) runs the ball through the NMMI defense last month in Dexter. (Shawn Naranjo File Photo)

Dexter has Tularosa at home. The last time these two teams played Tularosa was the No. 1 team in 3A. Dexter traveled to Tularosa and knocked them off in the last game of the season to win the district title 28-14. That win dropped Tularosa from No. 1 to No. 5 in the rankings.

Dexter won their second district title in as many seasons under second-year coach Arturo Duran. Both teams want to run the ball and control the clock.

“We look for a good game,” Duran said. “We cannot turn the ball over and we have to control the clock in order to have a chance to win. Tularosa is going to be ready to play.”

Dexter hosts Tularosa at Demon Field at 7 p.m. tonight in Dexter.

RDR Sports will highlight Goddard and Hagerman in Saturday’s paper.

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