Pigskin preview: Buffaloes ready to return to 8-man elite

8-man District 2

• 2012 record: 1-8

• Coach: Dickie Roybal (17th year, 133-50)

• Returning starters (offense): 8

• Returning starters (defense): 8

• Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost to Gateway Christian 40-32 in the 8-man state finals.

• Things 2 look 4: Two players from Clovis Christian will be on the 15-man roster, including TE Nate Turvaville. He is one of two seniors on the roster, along with G/LB Michael Weigl. … The Buffaloes had won state titles from 2008-10 before being denied a four-peat by the Warriors. … Young and hurt by injuries, the Buffs missed the postseason for only the second time and endured their first losing season in Roybal’s tenure. Under Roybal, Melrose has won a combined six state titles at the 6-man and 8-man levels.

• Biggest area of concern: With all eight regulars returning on both sides of the ball, Roybal said “not really” when asked if his team had any question marks. “We’ll be a lot better; all you can do is move up,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot stronger in our special teams and skill positions. Last year, we were primarily freshmen.”

• Coach’s take: “Right now, if we don’t get hurt, I’m very optimistic about this year. Our lines are bigger and our backs are stronger and fast.”

 

ROSTER

No. Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

1 Nathan Turvaville Sr. 6-3 156 TE/DB

3 Gage Dietz Jr. 6-3 160 TE/DB

4 John Parales Jr. 5-7 137 RB/DB

5 Boone Roberts Jr. 6-0 170 G/LB

7 Tanner Dickerman So. 6-0 160 QB/DB

10 Wyatt Williams So. 6-2 160 QB/RB/DB

11 Rowdy Allen So. 6-0 180 RB/LB/DB

21 Jay Faust Jr. 6-1 185 RB/LB

22 Braden Hemminger So. 6-4 175 TE/DE

30 Payson Moore Jr. 6-2 210 G/DT

40 Cordell Northrup So. 5-5 180 G/DT

42 Michael Weigl Sr. 6-1 208 G/DL

44 Marc Weck Sr. 6-2 160 DB

50 Tyler Bonner So. 6-0 200 C/LB

64 Tommy Martin Fr. 5-8 145 DB

66 Justly Pierce Fr. 5-9 150 G/DT

 

SCHEDULE

August: 30 — Alamo Navajo, 6 p.m.

September: 6 — at Menaul, 7 p.m.; 13 — at Mountainair, 7 p.m.; 20 — Foothill, 6 p.m.; 27 — Logan, 7 p.m.

October: 4 — Gateway Christian, 7 p.m.; 11 — at Carrizozo, 7 p.m.-x; 25 — Tatum, 7 p.m.-x.

x-Denotes district game

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