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Area football preview: Elida rested, ready


October 3, 2018

Kevin Wilson

Melrose senior Tristan Sena wraps up Mountainair ball carrier Chandler Roberts in the first quarter of their Sept. 22 game. The Buffaloes are hoping to secure their first Eight Man District 3 victory Friday at Tatum.

It's already October, meaning the football games are getting that much more important.

The local teams will be back at it again this weekend, with an almost-full slate of those extra-important October clashes. Farwell, on a bye week, will be the area's lone absentee.

Elida at Springer/Maxwell, 7 p.m.

A forfeit victory is still a victory. So the Tigers will take the one they were handed by Roy/Mosquero last Friday, especially when it improved them to 5-1 in their program's first season back after an eight-year hiatus.

Next on the agenda is a trip to Springer for another Six Man District 1 battle, this one against Springer/Maxwell.

Despite Springer/Maxwell's 4-2 record, Elida head coach Jared Hestand, when looking ahead, couldn't help liking his team's chances of improving to 6-1.

"They shouldn't be a real threat," Hestand said of Springer/Maxwell. "They like to throw a bunch. We went and scrimmaged them ... and they threw a bunch. We've gotten a lot better at covering the spread offense and the throwing and stuff and I think we can handle 'em pretty good."

Bump-and-bruise-wise, the Tigers are in decent shape.

"We're pretty healthy," Hestand said. "I had a lot of sickness (last) week. I don't know what it was; a lot of kids were throwing up, had fevers, so it was probably good that we did have a week off (because of the forfeit) to let 'em recoup and recover from their sickness."

Texico at Tucumcari, 7 p.m.

October football means it's getting quite late for Texico. The Wolverines need a turnaround game after losing their second straight and dropping to 2-4 last Friday against Eunice.

Back to the drawing board for the Wolves. They face a Tucumcari team that is also struggling, off to a 1-5 start thus far. Barring a tie, one of these teams will get a victory this Friday. Texico won last year's matchup 30-7.

If the Wolves win on Friday they will have already topped last year's win total of two. If the Rattlers win, they will have equaled last year's win total, also two.

Melrose at Tatum, 7 p.m.

The Buffaloes have yet another chance to turn it around on Friday, but the four-time defending state Eight Man champions are running out of time.

After a 54-0 Labor Day weekend victory over Ramah to open the season, the Buffs have lost four straight, the fourth in that streak having come at Logan, 30-8, last Friday.

It won't get easier for Melrose, playing a Tatum team that's off to a 4-1 start. The Buffaloes, who beat Tatum 54-0 last year, will be playing the second of three straight home games, with the third coming on Oct. 12 before returning home to face powerful Gateway Christian on Oct. 19.

Dora at Logan, 7 p.m.

OK, so Dora lost 48-6 at Gateway Christian last weekend. The Coyotes were after all playing one of the state's best Eight Man District 3 programs.

Dora still sports a winning record, standing at 4-2 even after the loss in Roswell. Time to turn back around, and what an opportunity to do so, playing at Logan in what will be the Coyotes' second district game of the season.

Dora is hoping to spoil the wonderful world of Disney - as in Chase Disney, Logan's head coach. Disney's Longhorns are 3-3 so far, but are an all-important 1-0 in district play after that 30-8 win over Melrose last weekend.

Roy/Mosquero at Floyd, 3 p.m.

The Broncos are 1-3 overall, 0-2 in Six Man District 1 this season.

But there may be good news ahead. Floyd could be looking at its first district win of the year on Friday when hosting Roy/Mosquero, a team that has struggled with numbers this season - both record-wise and at times fielding a team.

Roy's record thus far is 0-4 and its numbers were a factor last week, as the team was forced to forfeit its scheduled game against Elida.

Bodies at rest

In routing Dimmitt 28-7 last Friday, Farwell won its fourth straight. This week the Steers get to rest and enjoy a bye week.

They go into their break with one of the region's most dangerous running backs. In just five games, senior Ricardo Ortega has already racked up 822 rushing yards on 79 carries (10.4 per carry) and four touchdowns. The 5-6, 170-pound Ortega notched 188 of those yards at Dimmitt Friday.

"He's sure running the ball well," Farwell coach Danny Brittain said. "Probably his biggest attirubute is, he just doesn't get brought down by one person."

Ortega and the Steers return to action on Friday Oct. 12 with a home game against Seagraves.


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