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Week 3 Observations

Week 3 Observations Photo: MGN

J.P. Murrieta
September 09, 2017 10:26 AM

Rio Rancho was tested this past week for the first time this seson, holding on to beat Clovis in overtime.  Their defense, led by San Diego State commit Keyshawn Banks, was the difference maker in this one.  The Rams have now won 16 in a row dating back to last season.

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District 2 has 3 powers: While unbeaten La Cueva and Manzano continue to put up points, don't sleep on Eldorado.  The Eagles have scored 34 or more points in every game this year (but they've also given up at least 32 points in each of their three games).  Eldorado's also been a part of two of the more entertaining games of the season in back-and-forth battles against both Las Cruces and Mayfield.

Manzano has multiple weapons.  Besides the obvious, Jordan Byrd and Xavier Ivey Saud, Manzano's Andrew Erickson had 4 touchdowns against Cibola.

Save the date: Eldorado will meet up with Manzano on October 19, the week before their big showdown against La Cueva.

Well rested before the playoffs or too late in the game?: Manzano has their bye the week before their season finale against Sandia.  Most coaches would probably have a bye earlier in the district season, but sometimes the playoffs can come down to who is healthy during the home stretch.  We'll see if it pays off.

Save the date 2: Los Lunas, under new head coach Jeremy Maupin, will host Artesia on September 29.  Maupin, a former Buldog player and assistant, will face his alma mater at his new home.  Expect a full house and playoff-like atmosphere.

Week 4 Matchups to watch

Centennial at Cleveland

Los Lunas at Roswell

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