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Roswell back at home; NMMI hosts Bobcats

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Juan Badillo lofts a pass as he eludes defenders during New Mexico Military Institute’s win over McCurdy Aug. 27 at Colt Field. NMMI hosts Hagerman Friday night. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

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The undefeated New Mexico Military Institute Colts (2-0) are scheduled to host the Hagerman Bobcats (1-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Colt Field in Roswell.

The Colts enter the contest having won each of their first two games of the season by a score of 28-0 — they beat Mescalero Apache 28-0 on the road to open the season on Aug. 20, and on Aug. 27 defeated McCurdy 28-0 in Roswell.

NMMI coach Randy Montoya called the McCurdy victory a “great team win,” while noting after the game that he wanted to see his team commit fewer penalties.

“We’re going to enjoy this win for right now, and it’s great to be 2-0 for the start of the season,” he told the NMMI Sports Information Department. “We just got to continue to get better.”

The Colts had to wait a week longer than expected to continue their journey through the 2021 season — a game scheduled for last week against Texico was canceled due to COVID-related concerns, according to a post on the NMMI Athletics Facebook page.

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Hagerman also experienced cancellation of a contest last week due to precautions related to the virus — their rivalry game against the Dexter Demons. Hagerman went into remote learning for a couple of days headed into the Labor Day weekend and extracurricular activities including the football game were suspended as a result. The Hagerman schools returned to in-person learning earlier this week.

The Bobcats opened their season with a tough road loss to Capitan, 26-12, but bounced back in a big way when they traveled to Mescalero Apache on Aug. 28. Hagerman won that game 52-0 to even their record on the season to 1-1.

In this Aug. 20 file photo, the Roswell Coyotes’ offense executes a running play during the team’s season opener. The Coyotes host Los Lunas Friday night at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (David Rocha Photo)

The Roswell Coyotes (0-3) will return to the Wool Bowl this Friday night to host the the Los Lunas Tigers (3-0). The game’s set to kick off at 7 p.m.

The Coyotes and Tigers have played some of the most consequential games in 5A football in their meetings over the past few years. In 2019 Roswell beat Los Lunas 25-19 in the state championship game for their second consecutive Blue Trophy. The previous season, they’d beaten the Tigers 42-6 in the title game.

This will be the teams’ first meeting since 2019. Roswell returns home after tough road losses to Hobbs and Lovington in consecutive weeks after falling to Farmington at the Wool Bowl in the season opener.

Los Lunas has won all three of their contests this season by wide margins: They beat Piedra Vista 42-0, defeated Alamogordo 50-0 and last week notched a win against West Mesa (Albuquerque) 42-13.

Goddard (2-0) has treated its fans to a couple of decisive wins at the Wool Bowl — 24-7 over Carlsbad and 49-6 over Deming — and now travels to El Paso for a road game against the Austin Panthers (2-0). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Panthers have beaten two El Paso schools to begin their season: Horizon, by a score of 32-14, and El Dorado, 24-21.

The NMMI Broncos (1-0) are set to host the Maricopa Mustangs at the Wool Bowl Saturday at 7 p.m. According to Maxpreps.com, Lake Arthur has an away game versus Clovis Christian scheduled for Friday night at 7. Artesia travels to Deming for a contest that kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday.

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