The Loving Falcons and Carlsbad Cavemen start football postseason play on the road this weekend. Here is a closer look at the opposition.
Loving at Santa Rosa
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Loving 7-3, 1-3; Santa Rosa 8-2; 3-0
Last week: Loving 34, Hagerman 18; Santa Rosa 50, Escalante 0
Broadcast: Streaming on http://www.kssrradio.com
Live Coverage: Mike Smith on Twitter at @ArgusMichae
Top players to watch: Loving-TE, WR Amari Benavidez (687 yards, 6 TDs receiving), RB Bobby Parraz (557 yards, 4 TDs rushing); Santa Rosa-RB Andres Madrid (1,327 yards, 26 TDs rushing) MLB Nicolas Chavez (29 solo tackles, 116 solo tackles, 2 interceptions).
The Scoop: Loving started the season 6-0 and ended a three-game District 2-4A losing streak last week. Santa Rosa is a perineal contender in 2A.
Carlsbad at Farmington
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Records: Carlsbad 5-5, 3-2; Farmington 5-5, 3-1
Live Coverage: Steven Bortstein on Twitter at @DTSBortstein
Top players to watch: Carlsbad-RB Eli Asay (1,283 yards rushing, 16 TDs, averages 128.3 yards per carry), OLB Saul Ruiz (102 total tackles, 26 solo tackles, 4 recovered fumbles): Farmington-QB Terl Griego (175 pass completions in 306 attempts, 2,513 yards passing, 27 TDs, 14 interceptions).
The Scoop: Carlsbad high school head football coach Oliver Soukup coaches the Cavemen to the 6A playoffs in his rookie season. Carlsbad is one of three teams from District 6/3-4A in the state playoffs. Las Cruces Centennial and Hobbs drew first round byes.
Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter