Mustangs hope to make run in district
Last updated 10/12/2021 at 5:31pm
BOVINA — Bovina struggled through a tough schedule in its pre-district slate, intentionally set up that way by Mustangs coach Coby Emery.
When they edged winless Sudan 6-0 last Friday in their District 2-2A Division II opener, Emery said the Mustangs took a large step in their bid to win a district title. He sees Sudan (0-6, 0-1) and New Home (4-3, 1-0) as the top challengers in the district race.
Now they host the team with the district’s best record, Ropes (5-1, 0-1), on Friday. Emery believes records are somewhat deceptive because of who teams choose to play.
“We’re sitting pretty nice if we win this week,” Emery said. “If we can win these next three going into our bye week (the last week of the regular season), we’ll at least know where we stand.”
Ropes absorbed a 27-25 setback to New Home (4-3, 1-0) after outscoring its five non-district foes 159-49.
The Eagles’ best player is senior running back/linebacker R.J. Medrano, but he’s missed the last couple of games with a knee injury and Emery said his availability this week is unknown.
“If (Medrano) is back, I think it’ll probably be a close game,” Emery said. “They’re kind of banged up right now.”
The Mustangs preserved last week’s win by stopping Sudan just short of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play from the 2 in the final minute.
He added that his team didn’t take advantage of some of its own scoring chances.
“We stalled out a little bit the other night,” Emery said. “We got close (to scoring) three other times.”
Also on Friday in Texas, Farwell (5-1, 1-0 District 1-2A Division I) welcomes Sanford-Fritch (2-4, 1-0). In District 2-3A, Muleshoe (2-5, 0-1) has the week off.
On the New Mexico side, Melrose (5-1) was slated for a neutral-site game at Menaul H.S. in Albuquerque against Dove Creek, Colo., but Buffaloes coach Caleb King said Tuesday that the teams couldn’t work out the logistics and canceled the contest by mutual agreement.
In other matchups, Clovis Christian (2-2) is slated to host New Mexico School for the Deaf (6-0) in its regular-season finale in a 4 p.m. start on Thursday at Jim Hill Field, while Floyd (1-2, 1-2 6-man District 2) welcomes district champion Gateway Christian in a 1 p.m. start on Friday.
Texico (2-4) begins play in three-team District 6-2A on Friday when it entertains Clayton (3-4, 0-1). The Yellowjackets dropped a 35-12 district decision last Friday to Santa Rosa.