Pigskin preview: Foxes return trio of playmakers

District 1-2A

• 2012 record: 4-6

• Coach: Matt Moyer (6th year, 43-15)

• Returning starters (offense): 5

• Returning starters (defense): 5

• Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Capitan 20-6 in the Class 1A quarterfinals.

• Things 2 look 4: The Foxes are going for their 21st consecutive playoff berth. They won five Class 1A state championships in a six-year span (2005-10), then lost to Mesilla Valley in the 2011 finals. “We’re just trying to build back the tradition,” Moyer said. … Fort Sumner is co-opting in football this year with House. Moyer said he’s hoping for about five kids from grades 7-12 from House, including a couple at the high school level. … Among the top returnees are senior RB/LB Michael Giannini and WR/S Nick Sanchez. Of Giannini, Moyer said: “He loves the game of football. He’s got a lot of talent and he gives us good leadership.” … Junior Garrett Hisel is the returning starter at QB.

• Biggest area of concern: Moyer is a bit worried about depth. “That’s a big issue,” he said. “I think our enrollment is around 90 (from freshman through senior), and more than 50 percent are girls. We’ve got just about everyone out.”

• Coach’s take: “We’ve got some kids that can do it. Some of them haven’t had the opportunity and are a little untested.”

 

— Compiled by Dave Wagner

 

ROSTER

No. Name Yr.

8 James Hughes Fr.

11 Hunter Sparks Fr.

14 Jeremy Moore Fr.

15 Garrett Hisel Jr.

18 Randal Fuchs Jr.

21 Nik Sanchez Sr.

21 Nicholas Samora Jr.

24 Rhett Grett So.

25 Tyler Riggins So.

30 Aaron Romo Sr.

33 Kyle Idtensohn So.

45 Michael Giannini Sr.

51 Jesus Soto Jr.

52 Aaron Chavez Fr.

54 Robert Guerra Jr.

55 Brandan Duke Fr.

56 Jessie Marshall Fr.

59 Brett Marshall Jr.

63 Wyatt Bishop So.

69 Caleb Terrell So.

74 Brenden Lee Sr.

75 Royal Hadlock Sr.

78 Jorome Tompkins Jr.

79 Gabriel Garza Sr.

81 Josh Lopez Fr.

84 Izaak Baltazar Jr.

85 Michael Gallegos Jr.

n/a Ty Ballard Fr.

 

SCHEDULE

August: 30 — Cloudcroft, 6 p.m.

September: 5 — at Clovis JV, 6 p.m.; 13 — at Capitan, 7 p.m.; 20 — McCurdy, 7 p.m.; 27 — Tucumcari, 7 p.m.

October: 4 — at Texico, 7 p.m.; 11 — at Escalante, 7 p.m.; 18 — Loving, 7 p.m; 25 — at Hagerman, 7 p.m.-x.

November: 1 — Jal, 7 p.m.-x.

x-Denotes district game.

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