Clovis Christian (3-0) at New Mexico School for the Deaf (1-2) 4 p.m. Thursday
Municipal Recreation Complex Field, Santa Fe
Last week: Clovis Christian defeated Elida 48-0 Friday. The Roadrunners lost at Valley Christian 74-43 Thursday.
NMSD players to watch: Sr. Dominic Castillo, Sr. Emilio Garcia
What to expect: Eagles coach Jason Swann said most teams run a spreadback offense, but the Roadrunners are more of a wingback offense with playaction.
“They like to throw to their linemen a whole lot,” Swann said. “They like to overload it and come at us with sweeps. It’s an interesting approach. It’s a different style than what we’ve played to this point.”
Health: The Eagles are healthy, with the exception of J.J. Batista’s ankle sprain. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks, but he and coaches feared it was broken before tests confirmed the sprain.
“We’re hoping we can get him back for the playoffs,” Swann said. “You just don’t know how anybody’s foot is going to react to that.”
Go figure: Mike Urioste leads the Eagles with 13 touchdowns, followed by Kevin Naceanceno’s eight.
Clovis JV (2-0) at Texico (2-1)
• When: 7 p.m. today
• Last meeting: 2009, the Wolverines blanked the Clovis JV 34-0 at Leon Williams Stadium.
• Players to watch: Clovis JV, Justin Graham, Jr., QB; Jake Lopez, Jr., RB/CB; Martin Lopez, Jr., SS/RB
• Last week: Clovis JV was off last week. Texico defeated Portales 12-6.
• Of note: Texico has dominated the series and Clovis JV coach Steve Speck is not sure that’s going to change this year. “I hope we have enough kids to compete. They’re well-coached and they always get their kids to play hard.” Speck said because of scheduling issues his team’s first two games were against “C” teams. ... Texico coach Ryan Autrey said playing the Clovis JV is not a step down in competition. “It will be one of the better games of the year because of the athletes they have. It’s a team that really pushes us. Their skill kids can run and make plays and they have some big offensive lineman. This might be the best team they had in a while.”
Fair warning: Autrey said his team can’t make the same mistakes they made last week and expect to win. “We didn’t play well. We made mental mistakes on offense and defense. We missed blocks, didn’t read our keys. If we do that against team Clovis, they got the athletes to beat you. Their quarterbacks and running backs can go the distance.”
— Freedom New Mexico