By Dave Wagner
CMI sports writer
When Dexter visited Greyhound Stadium last fall to face the Portales Rams, both teams were relatively young.
This time, both have more experience and are playing like it as they prepare for today’s 7 p.m. rematch at Dexter.
Portales (4-0) comes in ranked third in Class 2A after scoring 106 points in is past two victories. The Demons (3-1) are No. 4 in Class 2A and have posted three shutouts to date.
“They’re probably one of the stronger 2A teams,” Rams coach Jaiime Ramirez said. “They’re definitely a tough team.”
The Demons notched a 15-14 victory in last year’s contest, scoring the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter and then hanging on as a last-ditch Rams field goal came up short.
“It was a good football game down at their place,” said Demons coach Frank Sandoval. “Hopefully, this one will be a good game, too.”
The Rams have played solid defense so far, allowing a total of 33 points, but the offense has perked up after being limited to 27 points in close wins over Las Vegas Robertson and Texico.
Ramirez said the Demons use multiple formations on offense.
“They run a lot of power stuff, and then they’ll spread you out and try to throw the ball,” he said.
“Last year we were kind of similar in that we were both young. Now we’re both junior and senior-loaded.”
Sandoval, who spent about 10 years as an assistant under longtime Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus, said he’s been impressed with the Rams’ offense.
“They looked good doing it,” he said of 49-8 and 57-12 routs of West Las Vegas and Raton the past two weeks. “It looks like coach Ramirez has them playing well.”
Sandoval said the offensive line is experienced for the Demons, while senior twins Kyle and Kevin Bonner form a solid passing combination at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively.
“It’ll be whichever team can impose its will,” Sandoval said of the possible outcome. “We’ve got a long row to hoe and I think Portales does also. But it seems like both teams are playing well.”