On the road again for Vegas teams

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The challenging schedule continues for the Robertson High football team, which visits Ruidoso on Friday night.

Ruidoso (2-2) has played a pretty tough schedule of its own. Coach Kief Johnson’s Warriors own wins over Roswell (18-6) and Hot Springs (27-13), with losses to Socorro (47-20) and Hatch Valley (27-16, last week in Hatch). None of the teams is a lightweight; Roswell is out of Class 4A, and the other three are typically in the Class 3A state playoff mix.

Robertson (2-2) has won two straight against Class 4A schools Moriarty and Taos. Coach Richard Martinez and defensive coordinator Leroy Gonzalez have changed the Cardinals’ defense — as seen in the 44-0 rout of Taos — to better fit the team’s personnel. The new D calls for an additional down lineman, and a versatile secondary that includes a nickel back on most downs. On offense, sophomore Girard Maestas continues to line up at quarterback in place of injured Daniel Martinez. Maestas has handled the responsibility well with the help of better line protection and a developing young backfield. Although multiple backs continue to rotate, Antonio Arguello has settled in as an effective blocking fullback and Dalan Abreu has made plays at tailback.

West Las Vegas (1-4) took its lumps in a 45-6 defeat at Cobre last week but looks to rebound with a home game against Santa Fe Indian School.

SFIS (1-4) is an independent in terms of football in Class 3A. The Braves and coach Ernie Rodriguez won Sept. 4 vs. Questa (28-6), but have lost their other games: Pojoaque (63-0), McCurdy (41-12), Wingate (43-8) and Espanola (34-24, last week in Santa Fe). Notably, Pojoaque, a member of District 2-3A along with WLV and RHS, has yet to lose this season.

It may be a down year by Chadron State standards, but that fact won’t be much comfort for a New Mexico Highlands team looking for its first win. The Cowboys are on the road for Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference matchup with the defending league champs in Chadron, Neb.

CSC is 2-3 overall and 1-2 in RMAC play. The Eagles opened with a 30-14 win over University of Mary, then lost to NCAA Division II power Pittsburg State 41-13 in Pittsburg, Kans. After squeaking past Adams State 24-21 in the RMAC opener, Chadron stumbled against resurgent Colorado State-Pueblo 28-17 and lost 18-13 to host Nebraska-Kearney last week in a nationally televised game.

NMHU is 0-5 and 0-3 after last week’s 27-7 loss to ASC.