1. Eldorado (4-0) at Mayfield (3-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Field of Dreams: First, a deserved shout-out to Alamogordo. I said the Tigers had more to prove than any team in Week 4, and they went out and won convincingly against the Trojans. Which is the bad news for the Eagles, as they catch Mayfield in, shall we say, a mood. Lots of fireworks expected.
2. Cleveland (4-0) at Sandia (3-1), 7 p.m. Thursday, Wilson Stadium: The Matadors, after that flat-line opening-night performance, have ratcheted things up the last three weeks as they prepare to tangle with the Storm. If Sandia can continue to carve out holes for Jimmy Gallegos, the Mats can make a game of this by keeping that high-flying Cleveland offense off the field. A very large IF.
3. Miyamura (3-1) at St. Pius (4-0), 11 a.m. Saturday, Milne Stadium: Man do I love revenge games. About the Sartans’ 3-point loss at Gallup to the Patriots last year, let us just say that St. Pius felt … well, you fill in the blank. Two of Class 5A’s best athletes on display here in SPX QB Drew Ortiz and Miyamura tailback A.J. Starkovich.
4. Clovis (3-1) at Rio Rancho (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday: These two have paired up for some memorable games over the years, and this could be another. Rams coming off tough, close loss at Las Cruces, while it’s hard to bag on Wildcats for losing to Cleveland.
5. Las Cruces (3-1) vs. Centennial (4-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Field of Dreams: The Hawks’ first major football win was a 49-47 shootout over the Bulldawgs last year. Las Cruces is coming off very tough, consecutive 3-point wins over Volcano Vista and Rio Rancho, and it’ll be interesting to see if the Bulldawgs can slow this Hawks offense.
— James Yodice