Miyamura at Roswell
If you’re a Roswell football fan and you’re going to be late coming to the game — a word of advice: don’t. One, it’s homecoming; and two, the Coyotes are playing the Miyamura Patriots at the Wool Bowl and it might be over with at halftime. If you’re looking for a nailbiter, this is not the game. The Patriots have not won a game all season.
The Patriots are playing the No.1 team in the state in Roswell according to Max Preps this week. It is the first time Roswell has been ranked No.1 in coach Jeff Lynn’s tenure. The reason the Coyotes are ranked No.1 was that last week, they played a giant slayer and knocked off the former No.1 team in 5A Los Lunas, 42-20.
“The win last week was big for playoff seeding,” Lynn said. “You’ve got to think Los Lunas is the favorite to win their district and so, one of the playoff criteria is to win against district champions. With that said, we have to put our head down and go back to work.”
While Roswell was having its way with the Tigers, Miyamura was getting it handed to them by Valley 53-0. The Patriots were down 48-0 at halftime to Valley. As soon as the second half started, Valley scored and the game was over within the first minute of the second half. New Mexico Activites Association states that if a team is ahead by 35 points, it is a running clock — and if a team is ahead by 50 points, the game is over.
“We’re playing the No.1 team in the state,” John Roanhaus said. “I expect it to be a long night and a short night. We have our work cut out for us. I expect Roswell to be in the championship game — they are that good. I’m a realist and we can’t match those guys this year and that is being truthful. Last week, they called the game on us after halftime and the team was not as good as Roswell.”
Miyamura’s first-year coach Roanhaus is starting over. Last season they were a passing team but ended up losing in the playoffs. Roanhaus’ team is learning a new system and how to get in and out of their stances. Last season they played bent at the waist and never got into a four-point stance. This is something that has been a work in progress for them this season.
This season Roanhaus has had to teach his lineman how to put their hands in the dirt and come out of their stances. He wants to take a page out of his dad’s playbook and run the football more than they throw it. He has revamped the offense and defense so this is a growing year.
Roanhaus wants to give a spread look and run the ball out of a power look. They will try to run some isolation right at the linebacker up the middle, and based on what they have shown on film, they try to be balanced-50-50 run to pass.
Last season they passed 80 percent of the time. Roanhaus is the son of former Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus. This year, John Roanhaus’ team has been banged up with injuries and they have graduated a lot of kids, so it is almost like starting over for this team. The team doesn’t even have locker rooms. This game could be as bad as last season when Roswell played Alamogordo on the road.
“There’s nothing good that comes from throwing the ball,” John Roanhaus said. “We want to be more balanced this year. It has been tough because we’ve had injuries and had to do a lot of teaching.”
On defense, they want to run a 43 look and they are aggressive as they will blitz their opponents. They do that and often give up the big play as they leave their secondary going one-on-one with the opposing team receivers. They will give up the big play and have had trouble stopping the run or pass. The Patriots will run stunts up front. It has been a long year for the Patriots, and with this game, it is expected to get longer with the bruising offense of Roswell.
Special Teams is Miyamura’s best chance to score points, especially on kickoff returns.
Look for the Coyotes to have a steady dose of Justin Carasco, who came back last week and rushed for 148 yards and two TDs, and for Jasia Reese to get wide on their jet sweeps. On the inside slant pass, look for the Coyotes to throw the ball to Dominic Nava and this season’s surprise and maybe most valuable player Joel Sanchez.
The defense is led by senior Cade Manzanares, who leads the team in tackles, and a smother defensive line that has been tough to run against most of the season. Roswell’s defensive backs have been a force forcing turnovers and have five interceptions in the last three games, which has been as much a part of their scoring as their offense has been.
Where the Coyotes have improved has been their Special Teams with the emergence of speedster Xavier Gonzales who took a kickoff return to the house 95-yards against Los Lunas last week.
“We’re not approaching it like it is going to be a blowout,” Lynn stated. “We want to give everybody the respect they deserve. In high school football, anything can happen. I’ve been really happy with the way our team has practiced and gone about their business this week.”
Before we move on according to Max Preps, Roswell is the No.1 team in 5A and Goddard is No. 2. If both teams continue to take care of their business, things could get interesting in the Wool Bowl the last game of the season.
Dexter at Eunice
In a battle of unbeaten teams (4-0) look for things to clear up real quick. The Dexter Demons will seek a measure of revenge as they look to hand Eunice their first loss of the season. The Demons remember the Cardinals’ fans sitting in their cars outside of the stadium honking their horns after every touchdown or a good play and celebrating on Dexter’s home field.
Look for Eunice coach Ken Stevens to run the spread offense and look to throw the ball 50 percent of the time and strike fast while getting the ball into his playmaker’s hands. This might be one of the teams that are as fast as the Demons if not faster at the skilled positions.
The Cardinals want to make this game a track meet and get up and down the field and wear the Demons out and create mismatches in their backs and receivers. If Eunice can get their skilled players in open space and force Dexter to cover and make tackles after the catch, it could spell trouble for Dexter.
When Eunice does run the ball, look for them to ride senior workhorse Juan Sosa, who is the mix of power and speed.
What makes this game as important is that the Cardinals moved down in reclassification.
On the defensive end, Eunice runs a 43 and will look to make big plays. As with first-year coach Arturo Duran’s game plan, his team can strike fast, but would rather use their power running game to control the clock and keep the fast striking Cardinals offense off the field.
“We have to keep their offense off the field,” Duran said. “If we keep them off the field, they can’t score. We have to control the time of possession and the ball.”
The biggest surprise for the Demons has been the work of both O and D lines. Demons quarterback Jarren Amaro has been a leader for them and distributing the ball to the right players at the right time. He has matured and not turned the ball over.
“He’s a senior and understands our offense,” Duran said. “He’s been working hard.”
Hagerman at Cloudcroft
Just a game of inches as Hagerman wishes it could have had a couple of lays back against New Mexico Military Institute on Friday. Such is the life of first-year coach Guy Rivers as he teaches his team to win the close games. To come back from an 18-0 deficit and make it a game, which will go a long way in developing their confidence throughout the season.
This game will be a matchup of 2A’s schools. When Cloudcroft has the ball, it will run the spread offense. Look for their slot receiver Dylan Eldridge to do damage when he catches the ball. They have a good offensive line, but they are not as big as NMMI. They look to throw the ball 80 percent of the time.
On defense, they will present a 52 defense.
“I feel like if we take care of what we need to take care of,” Hagerman coach Guy Rivers said, “we should be OK.”
Hagerman was ranked No.9 last week and look to be ready. Hagerman hopes to fix the interception they gave up last week and the late start. Rivers hopes his team gets off the bus ready to play.
“My kids are ready to play,” Rivers said. “My defense played well last week. We only gave up 71-yards in total offense for the game. My kids won’t quit, and they haven’t quit all season. Hopefully, we can correct our mistakes and get the win tonight.”
Hot Springs at NMMI
In a game that’s all about seeding in 3A, both teams cement this game (3-1) with New Mexico Military Institute ranked No.9 sitting right there with a playoff spot if the season would end today. Hot Springs is ranked No.11, with little wiggle room; so, this game has major implications for the rest of the season.
NMMI is off to a great start under coach Randy Montoya. He has added some new wrinkles for this game as they welcome Hope Springs to their home turf tonight. The Colts showed they could win even when they didn’t have their best stuff as they managed to hang on against Hagerman last Friday.
Coach Montoya, has to be concerned with the Tigers offense. When Hope Springs has the ball, they like to run the triple option (Navy, Air Force) so they have spent a good portion of the week working on that. The Tigers will try to get the ball to Gerson Montoya and will move him around a lot to get him the ball.
When Hope Springs throws the ball, look for quarterback Benito Villa to do so well and accurately. NMMI must read their keys this week and not sell out to stop the run because that is when Villa will go deep to his receivers.
On defense, Hope Springs will run a 3-5-3 and they will blitz their linebackers and try to hurry NMMI’s quarterback into a bad decision, whether to run or pass.
“We’ve been practicing all week,” NMMI coach Randy Montoya said, “with our lineman to keep their eyes up and pick up a blitzing linebacker. Hope Springs has some good size kids on their lines. We will have our hands full this week.”