Prep football previews

CNJ Staff

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Logan (4-2, 1-2) at Clovis Christian (2-6, 0-3)
7 p.m. Friday
Last week:
Clovis Christian lost to Floyd 70-14. Logan beat San Jon 56-6.
Last meeting: 2003, Logan won 58-6.
Logan players to watch: Drew Perez, QB.
Keys to game: Stay healthy. Seniors Corey Hastings and Robert Montanez are questionable with groin pulls. Clovis Christian coach Carlos Velasquez said his team needs to gain some positive yardage running the ball, which could set up the pass.
By the numbers: This will be the Eagles’ first home game in five weeks. CC beat Pine Hill 42-20 Sept. 17.
Quotable: “We’re just playing for pride this week.” — Velasquez
Notes: Sean Sena may miss the game with a family emergency, meaning Ryan Boatman will start at quarterback.

Fort Sumner (4-3, 1-0) at Questa (4-2, 1-0)
1 p.m. Saturday
Last week:
Fort Sumner beat Mora 34-0. Questa beat Springer 27-19.
Last meeting: 2003, Fort Sumner won 61-14
Questa players to watch: Justin Martinez, QB.
Keys to game: Turnovers and penalties have killed the Foxes all year and Fort Sumner coach Dexter McDaniel said his team needs to limit them. He said the Foxes need to control Questa QB Martinez, who also takes kicks on special teams. Questa likes to throw.
By the numbers: The Foxes started the season with a two-game winning streak, lost the next three games and have won the last two.
Quotable: “It’s the first time since week two we’ve got our starting line back.” — McDaniel on getting healthy after an early rash of injuries.
Notes: The Foxes are almost totally healthy, only missing junior Arley Head. The winner clinches at least second in District 2-1A.

Melrose (8-0, 3-0) at Floyd (7-0, 3-0)
1:30 p.m. Saturday
Last week:
Melrose beat Faith Christian of El Paso 84-30. Floyd beat Clovis Christian 70-14.
Last meeting: 2003, Melrose won 46-28 for the District 3 Six-Man championship.
Floyd players to watch: Jerrod Long, RB, 5-9, Jr.; Jason Martinez, QB/RB, 5-8, So.
Keys to game: Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said his team needs to stop Long. “He’s probably the fastest kid we’ve seen this year,” he said.
By the numbers: The two teams have combined to win their games by an average score of 58-13.
Quotable: “If they had the better or we had the better team, it doesn’t matter — it’s going to be a good game.” — Roybal
Notes: The winner will almost certainly take the district title, meaning an easier path to the state championship. Roybal said the winner would likely be at home the first two games of the playoffs while the loser would travel the first two games, including a likely first round game at Animas in southwest New Mexico.

Texico (7-0, 1-0) at Hagerman (3-5, 0-1)
7 p.m. Friday
Last week:
Texico beat Loving 53-26. Hagerman lost to Jal 51-6.
Last meeting: 2003, Texico won 56-0
At stake: Texico is trying to stretch its winning streak to 20 games and stay unbeaten in District 3-1A
Keys to game: The top-ranked Wolverines have to avoid a letdown after a big win last week over No. 2 Loving. Hagerman has been ravaged by injuries and will be looking to keep the score respectable.
Quotable: “They have a lot on injuries but they still play hard. We have to avoid coming out flat and continue to get better.” — Texico coach Mike Prokop
By the numbers: The Wolverines have two players with more than 900 yards rushing in seniors Johnny Serrano and Chris Phillips.

Lubbock Cooper (6-2, 2-0) at Muleshoe (6-1, 1-0)
6:30 p.m. Friday
Last week:
Cooper beat Levelland 33-24. Muleshoe did not play.
Last meeting: 2003, Lubbock Cooper won 24-12
Cooper players to watch: Bradley Madison, 6-0, 200, Sr., RB; Shawn Stoltz, 6-0, 180, Sr., FS; Josh Barnett, 6-3, 180, Sr., WR-KR
At stake: The inside track to the District 2-3A title.
Scouting report: Cooper is loaded with speed, especially at the skill positions. Barnett, who signed with Division I Texas-San Antonio, is a game-breaker. Look for Cooper to try and get him the ball at least a few times on reverses and sweeps. Finch, a Division I baseball signee, is a threat both running and passing while Madison has already topped 1,000 yards.
Quotable: “We’ve played some teams with a few players with speed. But they have speed at every position. We know they’re going to make some big plays. We just have to match them by putting together some drives.” — Muleshoe coach David Wood.
By the numbers: Cooper linebacker Tait Langston was credited with 23 tackles in last week’s win over Levelland.

Farwell (4-3, 1-1) at Nazareth (5-2, 2-0)
6:30, p.m. Friday
Last week:
Farwell beat Hart 21-12. Nazareth beat Springlake-Earth 31-0.
Last meeting: 2003, Nazareth won 36-19
Nazareth players to watch: Dustin Schulte, QB; Garrett Kleman, OL-LB; Stuart Sheffy, WR-DB.
At stake: A loss puts a serious dent in Farwell’s District 4-1A playoff chances. Nazareth is looking to keep pace with district co-leader Sudan.
Scouting report: Nazareth runs a spread offense but doesn’t have the skill players it has had in the past. Tucker Waggoner gives the Swifts a running threat to go with Schulte. Farwell can’t afford to turn the ball over five times as it did last week.
Noteable: Farwell has not beaten Nazareth since Thompson took over as head coach in 2001.
Quotable: “Our offense might be our best defense.” — Farewell coach Jacob Thompson.
By the numbers: Farwell senior RB Rowdy Mitchell is averaging nearly 7 yards a carry.

Bovina (1-6, 0-2) at Hart (1-6, 0-2)
6:30 p.m. Friday
Last week:
Bovina lost to Sudan 55-7, Hart lost to Farwell 21-12.
Last meeting: 2003, Bovina 26-8.
At stake: Getting out of the District 4-1A cellar.
Hart players to watch: Rene Gonzales, QB-LB, 5-7, 150, Sr.; Joey Martinez, RB-DB, 5-9, 165, Jr.; Nathan Green, OL-DE, 5-7, 165, Fr.
Noteable: Gonzales rushed for 143 yards in last week’s loss to Farwell.
By the numbers: The teams have a combined 12 losses.