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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 11:34 pm

>> CANYON EAGLES VS. MONAHANS LOBOES

Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Lubbock Cooper’s Pirate Stadium, Woodrow.

Records: Canyon 4-0; Monahans 2-2.

Last Week: Canyon did not play; Monahans 47, Kermit 0.

Radio: audio feed on Suddenlink channel 3 in Monahans; KPTX-FM 98.3 (Pecos).

Internet: 98xfm.com (Pecos).

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: It wasn’t the smoothest start to 2012 for the Loboes but it appears they have found their groove. After dropping the first two games of the season to undefeated Midland Christian and Canyon Randall, head coach Mickey Owens’ squad has rolled to victory in its last two outings, to the tune of 94-0. Monahans is comming off back-to-back 47-0 shutouts over Fort Stockton and Kermit (which have a combined one victory). “We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Owens said. “We felt like we got better the first two games of the season and I think that has carried over to the last two games. But the opponents are fixing to get a lot tougher.”... The Loboes will see one of those tougher opponents tonight as they meet unbeaten 4A Canyon High on neutral ground at Cooper’s Pirate Stadium. The Eagles have scored at least 42 points in every game this season en route to their unblemished 4-0 mark. … “The first thing you see on film is how athletic they are,” Owens said. “And they play with a lot of emotion.” … While the Loboes have had to prepare for the Eagles’ balanced attack, Canyon head coach Blake Bryant has had to prepare his team for what he feels will be one of the toughest games to date. “We scheduled (Monahans) knowing theat we needed to be tested and we needed an opponent that would get after us,” Bryant said. “And from watching them on film, that’s what we got.” … Monahans has seven players with at least 125 yards rushing, led by Rojelio Sauceda’s 264 yards on the ground and a team-high four touchdowns.

 Whitson’s call: Monahans 32, Canyon 28.

>> IRAAN BRAVES AT VAN HORN EAGLES

Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Eagle Stadium.

Records: Iraan 2-3 overall, 0-1 District 5-1A Division II; Van Horn 1-4, 0-1.

Last Week: Wink 32, Iraan 21; McCamey 20, Van Horn 7.

Last Season: Iraan 19, Van Horn 18.

Notes: One point was the difference last year when these teams played in district. Tonight at Eagle Stadium, the two District 5-1A Division II foes will square off in the first of two meetings, each looking to pick up its first league victory. Iraan fell to Wink 32-21 last week to open district with a loss. Iraan’s Zeth Hernandez threw for all three Braves touchdowns in the setback. … For Iraan, a win tonight would go a long way in positioning the Braves for one of the district’s three playoff berths. … Same goes for Van Horn, which stumbled to a 20-7 loss against McCamey to start district. The Eagles managed just 136 yards of offense in the loss, paced by Fabian Baeza’s 38 yards on 15 carries.

Whitson’s call: Iraan 13, Van Horn 7.

>> WINK WILDCATS AT MCCAMEY BADGERS

Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Badger Stadium.

Records: Wink 3-2 overall, 1-0 District 5-1A Division II; McCamey 3-2, 1-0.

Last Week: Wink 32, Iraan 21; McCamey 20, Van Horn 7.

Radio: KCKM-AM 1330 (Monahans).

Internet: kckm1330.com (Monahans).

Last Season: McCamey 22, Wink 12.

Notes: The District 5-1A Division II race is already in full swing, and the two hottest team in it will meet up tonight at McCamey’s Badger Stadium. Wink has won three consecutive games but hasn’t beaten McCamey since 2004 despite eight of the last 10 meetings being decided by one possession. “Since I’ve been here it’s been a close game the last couple of years,” third-year Wink head coach Andy Hrncir said. “We just haven’t been able to get over the hump against McCamey. They’re a big, strong football team and it’s going to take everything we’ve got.” …. Wink is coming off a 32-21 win over Iraan to open district play. Jordan Williams scored three of the Wildcats’ touchdowns. … McCamey also has won its last three games, including a 20-7 win over Van Horn to start district at 1-0. Cory Norwood scored twice in the game’s opening quarter and the Badgers never looked back. McCamey head coach Chris McWilliams says the key tonight will be limiting mistakes and his team doing what it does best. “In a big game like this with two evenly matched teams that are both on a roll, its not so much about what the other team is doing as it is not beating yourselves,” McWilliams said. The meeting will be the first of two district games between Wink and McCamey this season.

 Whitson’s call: McCamey 24, Wink 21.

>> SANDS MUSTANGS AT BUENA VISTA LONGHORNS

Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Longhorn Stadium, Imperial.

Records: Sands 3-2; Buena Vista 3-1.

Last Week: Sands 58, O’Donnell 12; Buena Vista did not play.

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: Longhorns head coach John Benavidez said his team is rested coming off its bye week. “The bye week gave us a chance to get back to basics and not hit in pads as much,” Benavidez said. “We worked on tackling technique and I feel that all the guys are as healthy as they can be.” … Benavidez said the bye week gave Victor Tamayo and Jonathan Romero a chance to heal up some nagging injuries suffered in a Week 2 game against El Paso Home School in time for tonight’s matchup. … Romero, who was a gametime decision for the Week 3 win against Garden City JV, threw for 168 yards and four touchdowns as the starting quarterback. Romero’s favorite target, Wyatt Cannon, totaled 102 yards and three scores in the same game. … Sands head coach Wayne Henderson said the Longhorns two-player attack could be problematic for his defense, which allowed 12 points in its last victory. “They run a lot of play-action passes and that’s because they run the ball well,” Henderson said. “We’re going to have to play good defense to keep the receivers in front.” … Henderson said he is looking for junior middle linebacker Devin Spivey, who has 52 total tackles this season, to slow down the Buena Vista’s rush attack. “I feel if we can create some pressure up the middle, slow their runners down, we’ll be OK,” Henderson said. … Offensively, Sands will be without starting tailback Monty Timmons, who suffered a concussion last week, according to Henderson.

Lumberjack’s lock: Buena Vista 35, Sands 29.

>> MIDLAND TRINITY CHARGERS AT FORT DAVIS INDIANS

Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Bart Coan Field.

Records: Midland Trinity 2-2; Fort Davis 2-3.

Last Week: Trinity’s game against Water Valley was canceled; Balmorhea 50, Fort Davis 48.

Radio: FM-92.7 (Alpine).

Internet: www.bigbendradio.com (Alpine).

Last Season: Fort Davis 124, Midland Trinity 108.

Notes: The last time Midland Trinity and Fort Davis met on the football field, the teams combined to score 232 points last season. The teams will lock horns once again, looking to score a win rather than touchdowns. “I would expect this game to be just as high scoring, but not in the 100s,” Midland Trinity head coach Chris Jauz said. … Fort Davis head coach Jess Roberts said his offense may benefit from the return of Steve Enriquez and Carlos Granado, who come back after serving a team-imposed, five-game suspensions. Enriquez is expected to play the spreadback while Granado will handle the quarterback position. The additions mean Lalito Hernandez, who served as the quarterback and spreadback option early this season, will be moved to wide receiver. “It helps us out because we’ll be deeper at the wide receiver position,” Roberts said. “With our spread offense, a lot of kids get tired running so many routes. Having Lalito in the mix will hopefully give other guys a breather.” … Jauz said he has told him team to play solid defense against the Indians by making open-field tackles and getting pressure up the middle. … “We need to get them off their game,” Jauz said.

Lumberjack’s lock: Fort Davis 62, Midland Trinity 55. 

>> ROPES EAGLES AT RANKIN RED DEVILS

Time, Date, Place: 7:30 tonight, Red Devil Stadium.

Records: Ropes 3-2; Rankin 4-1.

Last Week: Ropes 42, Garden City 6; Rankin 58, Sanderson 0.

Last Season: Did not play.

Notes: Rankin head coach Shannon Williams said he is hoping to learn a little more about his squad with two nondistrict games left before the start of the Six-Man District 5 Division I schedule. Williams said his main concern lies with how his team’s defense will play against the Eagles’ spread offense, which is also utilized by district foes Fort Davis, Garden City and Marfa. “It’s an offense we haven’t seen much during our nondistrict schedule,” Williams said. “It will be a nice test for us to see it and adjust to it before district play.” … The Red Devils, who are ranked No. 12 in the sixmanfootball.com poll, have outscored opponents by an average of 19.5 points per game this season. That strong play may be dimished with the abscence of tight end and linebacker Nathan Braden, who is not expected to play after sustaining an injury in last week’s game, Williams said. Freshman linebacker Zebby Huitron is expected to take Braden’s spot. … The loss of Braden means Dalton Michum may carry more of a load on offense. Williams said he is hoping to get more production out of his running backs Aaron Castillo, Ryan Thomas and Jr. Rodriguez. … “We’ve been relying too much on Dalton, we’ve been putting the ball in his hands too much,” Williams said. “I’m looking to see a team effort tonight and want to see a more balanced offense.” … Ropes has outscored its opponents 53-26 in its last two games, both wins.

Lumberjack’s lock: Rankin 52, Sands 23.