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Dexter, Hagerman back at home this week

In this file photo, Abel Alvidrez (20) of Hagerman avoids defenders and gets in for a score against NMMI earlier this season. Hagerman will host Lovington Friday night. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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The Roswell Coyotes and Goddard Rockets both take to the road this week as they return from their bye weeks, leaving the Wool Bowl uncharacteristically quiet on a Friday night. Roswell (2-4) travels to Dumas, Texas to take on the 2-2 Dumas Demons in the Coyotes’ lone interstate match-up. Goddard (4-1) will be staying inside New Mexico, traveling to Las Cruces to take on the 2-4 Mayfield Trojans.

But those looking for a local game this Friday night are presented with some good options, including: The 3-2 Dexter Demons host the 5-1 West Las Vegas Dons at 7 p.m.; and the Hagerman Bobcats (3-1) are set to host the 1-6 Loving Falcons, also at 7 p.m. Both Dexter and Hagerman are coming off big road wins last week.

Dexter’s Juan Fuentes (11) outruns everyone to score in this file photo from the Demons’ season opener on Aug. 20 in Dexter. The Demons host West Las Vegas Friday. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Dexter’s opponents, the Dons, had been on quite a roll to start the season until finally running into an opponent last week that they couldn’t overcome. They were 5-0 headed into their Oct. 1 home game against Raton — having beaten Highland, Santa Rosa, Portales, Espanola Valley and Los Alamos to reel off five straight victories. The Raton Tigers finally brought them back down to earth, beating the Dons 14-7. It was the first time all season West Las Vegas had scored fewer than 30 points in a game.

The Demons have compiled their 3-2 record with wins against Santa Rosa, Cobre, and last week, Portales. They’ve dropped games against Texico and Eunice.

Maxpreps ranks West Las Vegas, headed into the game, as No. 4 in New Mexico Division 3A football.

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Hagerman’s got a winning streak going. After dropping a road game to begin the season against a good Capitan team, they’ve strung together road wins against Mescalero Apache, the New Mexico Military Institute and last week Clayton, who they beat 30-14 on a neutral field in Clovis. They now get to play in front of a home crowd against a Loving Falcons squad that’s struggled all year. The Falcons notched their only win of the season last week against Mescalero Apache.

Also on Friday, the undefeated Gateway Warriors (5-0) will host Clovis Christian (2-1) in a contest set to kick off at 7 p.m.

The NMMI Colts are off, according to their schedule online; so are the NMMI Broncos. Information pasted at Maxpreps.com shows Lake Arthur (0-2) hosting the 2-5 Elida Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday.

Roswell, which with wins against Carlsbad and Mayfield in successive weeks compiled a two-game winning streak headed into last week’s bye, is facing an unfamiliar opponent in the Demons of Dumas, Texas. Dumas has beaten Estacado (Lubbock) and Plainview while losing to Rider (Wichita Falls) and Randall (Amarillo). They play in Texas’ Division 4A.

The Rockets suffered their only loss of the season before the off week, against Los Lunas, and will be looking to get back to their winning ways on the road against Mayfield, who local fans got to see a couple of weeks ago when they visited the Wool Bowl to play the Coyotes, a game Mayfield lost. Goddard, which opened the season 4-0 before losing a close one to Los Lunas, enters the game ranked No. 3 in New Mexico Division 5A.

One early note on next week’s scheduled game between the Rockets and Alamogordo, in Alamogordo: It’s been moved back from Friday, Oct. 15 to Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m.

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