After posting one of its best records in years, the New Mexico Highlands University football team is looking for more where that came from.
And it all begins Saturday night at Blackwater Draw and Greyhounds Stadium, where Eastern New Mexico awaits in the season opener for both schools. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Eastern finished 3-7 overall and 2-6 in the Lone Star Conference last season.
The Cowboys went 8-3 overall and 7-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The first win was a 42-14 tally against the Hounds at Perkins Stadium.
But Eastern is tough at home, boasting a 28-15 record there over the last eight years.
Highlands features three players — linebacker Jared Koster, defensive back DiAmaal Holmes and quarterback Emmanuel Lewis — selected preseason All-Americans by the USA Football Network.
Koster had 103 tackles, second most on the squad, along with two fumble recoveries and a pick, last fall. Holmes was third with 74 stops to go with a half dozen pass breakups, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Lewis earned a lofty 140 passing rating in 2012, throwing for 3,657 yards and 28 touchdowns.
ENMU has three QBs on its roster from New Mexico schools.
On Friday night, both local high school football teams are in town for non-district action. Robertson (0-1) hosts Lovington (0-1)at Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals led early but lost 14-6 at Portales in week one. The Wildcats fell on the short end of a 33-27 battle with Artesia.
West Las Vegas (0-1) plays Española Valley (0-1) at the Herrera Complex. The Dons look to move forward from a 57-6 setback against Clayton. The Sundevils lost 20-14 at McCurdy last week.
Notes: Highlands alumnus Abdul Kanneh was recently released by the Cleveland Browns as part of the team’s move to get from 90 players in camp to the NFL-maximum 53 to start the regular season.