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Carlsbad Loving football playoff previews

The Loving Falcons and Carlsbad Cavemen start football postseason play on the road this weekend. Here is a closer look at the opposition.

Loving at Santa Rosa

When: 7 pm Friday

records: Lovers 7-3, 1-3; Santa Rosa 8-2; 3-0

Last week: Loving 34, Hagerman 18; Santa Rosa 50, Escalante 0

broadcast: Streaming on http://www.kssrradio.com

live coverage: Mike Smith on Twitter at @ArgusMichae

Top players to watch: Loving-TE, WR Amari Benavidez (687 yards, 6 TDs receiving), RB Bobby Parraz (557 yards, 4 TDs rushing); Santa Rosa-RB Andres Madrid (1,327 yards, 26 TDs rushing) MLB Nicolas Chavez (29 solo tackles, 116 solo tackles, 2 interceptions).

The Scoop: Loving stated the season 6-0 and ended a three-game District 2-4A losing streak last week. Santa Rosa is a perineal contender in 2A.

More:Hobbs defeats Carlsbad in football regular season finale as possible playoff spot awaits


When: 12 p.m. Saturday

records: Carlsbad 5-5, 3-2; Farmington 5-5, 3-1

Live coverage: Steven Bortstein on Twitter at @DTSBortstein

Carlsbad High School senior quarterback Dane Naylor warms up before the Oct.  28, 2022 game versus Hobbs at Carlsbad.  The Eagles won 42-7.

Top players to watch: Carlsbad RB Eli Asay (1,283 yards rushing, 16 TDs, averages 128.3 yards per carry), OLB Saul Ruiz (102 total tackles, 26 solo tackles, 4 recovered fumbles): Farmington QB Terl Griego (175 pass completions in 306 attempts, 2,513 yards passing, 27 TDs, 14 interceptions).

The Scoop: Carlsbad high school head football coach Oliver Soukup coaches the Cavemen to the 6A playoffs in his rookie season. Carlsbad is one of three teams from District 6/3-4A in the state playoffs. Las Cruces Centennial and Hobbs drew first round byes.

More:Cavemen hold off Alamogordo in football district opener in Carlsbad

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter

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