Wednesday, September 5, 2012

High school football preview capsules, Week 2

(Las Cruces High will take to the Field of Dreams again this week, hosting Eldorado on Friday at 7 p.m./Photo by Robin Zielinski)

We look at the area teams in action this weekend, as well as preview some marquee matchups. For a preview on Mayfield's game at El Paso Franklin, click here.

Thursday’s games
The game: Socorro (Texas) at OƱate
The location and time: Field of Dreams, 7 p.m.
The rundown: The good news for the Knights? They were competitive last week at El Paso Bel Air — certainly not one of the Sun City’s elite teams, although it was nice to see OHS battle back from a two-touchdown deficit only to lose 20-14. Are the Knights better this season than they were last year at this time? Of course. They’re about where they were at the tail-end of 2011. Will it be enough to beat Socorro tonight at home? That’s the hope. Still, another competitive game would at least be a step forward in their building process.

The game: Centennial at El Paso Chapin junior varsity
The location and time: Chapin High School, 7 p.m.
The rundown: After falling to El Paso Americas junior varsity last weekend 38-35, Centennial re-affirmed what we already suspected — for a first-year program, its pre-district schedule is right where it should be. Americas has a very good football program and the fact the Hawks were competitive — even against the junior varsity roster — was a good sign. Wins could be hard to come by for the Hawks — particularly when the District 3-4A schedule rolls around — although they hope to have a shot at victory tonight against the JV squad from Chapin.

Friday’s games
The game: Eldorado at Las Cruces High
The location and time: Field of Dreams, 7 p.m.
The rundown: After Las Cruces High’s 38-14 win over El Paso Chapin, a few things were evident: the Bulldawgs can throw it well, run it a little, and can get hit for the big-play on defense (particularly in the passing game). Make no mistake, this is still one of the top teams in New Mexico, one who’s passing atttack is much improved from a season ago. With that being said, the Eagles are no slouch either, coming to the Field of Dreams as one of the state’s premier programs as well.

The game: Rio Rancho at Gadsden
The location and time: Gadsden High School, 7 p.m.
The rundown: The Panthers are 1-0. Repeat that if you must, but it’s a good start for the program, particularly when considering Gadsden beat Hobbs (a Class 5A team) 34-33 in Week 1. New head coach Roy Gerela has looked to bring a spark to the Panthers and an understanding of the Gadsden community as a whole. All the while this week’s opponent, Rio Rancho, promises to provide a much stiffer test than Hobbs.

Other area teams playing Friday night
Mesilla Valley Christian at Tornillo, 7 p.m.
Santa Teresa at Austin (El Paso), 7 p.m.
Chaparral at Irvin (El Paso), 7 p.m.
Estancia at Hatch Valley, 7 p.m.

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