Winners of three straight and 5-1 overall, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys have some major tests ahead.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s preseason favorite, Colorado State-Pueblo hosts NMHU on Nov. 3. The always tough Chadron State Eagles visit Perkins Stadium a week from Saturday.
But first, there’s Adams State this weekend, and how Highlands fares against the Grizzlies is often a good barometer for the team’s overall fortunes.
Adams is 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the RMAC, coming off a 20-17 defeat of league newcomer Black Hills State (S.D.).
Saturday’s contest pits the high-scoring (38.0 points per game) Cowboy offense against a Grizzly defense that leads the league in scoring “D,” allowing just 16.7 points a game.
Grizzly running back Michael Carl rushed for 111 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the win over BHSU. Kicker David Van Voris leads the league in field goals and accuracy.
Also this weekend, Robertson (2-3) hosts returning district foe Pojoaque Valley (4-2) for homecoming on Friday night, and West Las Vegas (0-6) looks to get into the win column at Santa Fe Indian (2-3) on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals went 1-3 to start the season against a brutal schedule — Portales, Lovington, Santa Rosa and St. Mike’s. In their last game, two weeks ago, the Cards routed Capital 35-0 at Jaguar Stadium.
Pojoaque has won four straight, including what may be a signature win — last week’s 40-21 upset of Raton.
SFIS was off last week; the Braves’ most recent game was a 22-14 win over Navajo Prep.
West has been more competitive its last couple games and made a rally late in last week’s 34-20 loss to Laguna-Acoma.