Rams ready to take practice field on Monday

CMI staff

Second-year Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez figures things can only get better for the Rams this season.

PHS, with just one starter returning, went 2-8 in 2012, including a Class 3A first-round playoff loss at Las Vegas Robertson.

The Rams begin preseason workouts on Monday at the PHS practice field, practicing in shorts for the first three days before going to pads on Thursday. Ramirez said the team plans to emphasize offense from 6:15 a.m. to around 8 a.m., then take a short break and switch the focus to defense the rest of the time outside before going in to lift weights.

This time, PHS returns seven starters on both sides of the ball, Ramirez said.

“We’re coming back with more experience, that’s for sure,” he said. “Last year, I didn’t really know the athletes very well (coming in). This year, I have a better idea of who’s going to come out.”

Ramirez said he expects between 65 and 75 candidates on Monday, including freshmen. The Rams’ season opener will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 against Robertson, at Blackwater Draw.

Portales is scheduled to host a four-way scrimmage on Aug. 23 at its practice field against the Clovis junior varsity, Capital and Eunice, starting at 5 p.m. Ramirez said each team will have roughly 45 plays on offense and 45 on defense, split evenly against the other three squads.

CMI staff Second-year Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez figures things can only get better for the Rams this season. PHS, with just one starter returning, went 2-8 in 2012, including a Class 3A first-round playoff loss at Las Vegas Robertson. The Rams begin preseason workouts on Monday at the PHS practice field, practicing in shorts for the first three days before going to pads on Thursday. Ramirez said the team plans to emphasize offense from 6:15 a.m. to around 8 a.m., then take a short break and switch the focus to defense the rest of the time outside before going in to lift weights. This time, PHS returns seven starters on both sides of the ball, Ramirez said. “We’re coming back with more experience, that’s for sure,” he said. “Last year, I didn’t really know the athletes very well (coming in). This year, I have a better idea of who’s going to come out.” Ramirez said he expects between 65 and 75 candidates on Monday, including freshmen. The Rams’ season opener will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 against Robertson, at Blackwater Draw. Portales is scheduled to host a four-way scrimmage on Aug. 23 at its practice field against the Clovis junior varsity, Capital and Eunice, starting at 5 p.m. Ramirez said each team will have roughly 45 plays on offense and 45 on defense, split evenly against the other three squads.

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