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James Yodice’s prep football games to watch for Week 8 (Oct. 13-15)

1. Volcano Vista (5-1, 0-0 in 1-6A) at Rio Rancho (7-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: Cleveland had its shot, now it is Volcano Vista’s turn to face the state’s best team. The Rams’ secondary had issues against the Storm wide receivers in big-play situations, and the Hawks have two WRs — Abram Schaap but specifically 6-foot-4 David Cormier — who could go off if the Volcano Vista O-line gives QB Dillon Gassoway protection.YODICE-James_2012

2. Clovis (4-2, 1-0 in 2-6A) at Manzano (4-2, 1-0), Wilson Stadium, 2 p.m. Saturday: Finally, we get our first look at the Wildcats, who took advantage of a turnover-prone Eldorado offense in a district opener on Friday. The Monarchs’ defense has been a ball-hawking unit of late.

3. Atrisco Heritage (1-4, 1–0 in 4-6A) at West Mesa (2-4, 1-0), Nusenda Community Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday: This really is the District 4-6A title game, as far as I’m concerned. Mustangs were a disaster against Jaguars last year in this same spot; now there is a chance for redemption. This is practically a play-in game; winner almost certainly will be the No. 12 playoff seed in Class 6A.

4. Los Lunas (5-1, 0-0 in 5-5A) at Belen (6-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday: This is one of New Mexico’s most underrated great rivalry games, with huge implications for both teams within the district. Tigers coming off a bye week.

5. Centennial (6-1, 3-0 in 3-6A) vs. Mayfield (3-3, 1-1), Field of Dreams, 7 p.m. Friday: These two play for the first time ever, with the Hawks capable of ending the Trojans’ hopes of winning this district. Mayfield hasn’t had a signature win yet this season, and it badly needs one.


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