1. Volcano Vista (1-0) at Eldorado (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Wilson Stadium: Some of the most entertaining games I’ve watched in the last few years involved these two. Suddenly, this seems like a must-win for the Eagles, who have a trip to Mayfield looming after this one. The Hawks don’t face many stern tests in the nondistrict, but this is one of them.
2. La Cueva (1-0) at Cleveland (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Hard to get a finger on the Bears’ pulse, going off their Week 1 showing against Cibola. Special teams were vital for La Cueva (a fake punt and long kickoff return were instrumental in two touchdown drives), and they may need to be again, because the Bears are facing an upgrade in opponent this week. The Storm managed to grind out a Week 1 victory in Las Cruces against Oñate.
3. Manzano at Centennial, 1 p.m. Saturday, Field of Dreams: It doesn’t sound quite right to say that a football offense was merely average while scoring 40 points, but that really is an accurate description of the Monarchs against Atrisco Heritage. Actually, with two good friends doing battle on the sideline (see my column on this page), it makes me wonder how either might change their on-field terminologies.
4. Oñate (1-0) at Atrisco Heritage (0-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Community Stadium: We in Albuquerque get our first look at the Knights, who had their chances Saturday to upend Cleveland at the Field of Dreams. The Jaguars ought to be concerned for this reason: they had trouble moving the ball on Manzano’s defense, and I would say that Oñate’s defense is even better than Manzano’s.
5. Los Lunas (1-0) at Alamogordo (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: A matchup of Tigers; Alamogordo will have to find a way to put a stick in the spokes of this Los Lunas ground attack, which gouged Aztec for over 400 yards the other night. This most definitely will be a game with seeding implications in Class 5A.