Portales High football coach Jaime Ramirez and his staff pretty much know what they have in the skill positions as they prepare for the upcoming season. The offensive and defensive lines, though, are another story.
The Rams completed their first week of practice on Friday with their first full day in pads. Ramirez, in his third season at PHS, said the lines could include several sophomores, perhaps in starting roles.
“We’re having to replace (most of) the O-line and D-line,” Ramirez said. “We have more experience in the skill positions.”
The talent is there, he said of the lines. It’s a matter of organizing it.
“I feel we’ll be OK,” Ramirez said. “Going forward, we should have the right guys in the right positions, and our backups should not be far off that level.”
Ramirez thinks the Rams, who went 6-5 last year, will have adequate depth at most positions.
The Rams plan to practice at 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 7 a.m. on Wednesday. School begins on Thursday.
Seniors Matt Martinez and Paul Conrow are competing at quarterback. Both have limited varsity experience at the position.
“I really don’t know who’s going to win that battle right now,” Ramirez said. “No matter which one wins, the other will have to play receiver.”
Portales hosts West Las Vegas, Santa Rosa and the Clovis junior varsity in a four-way scrimmage set for Aug. 22 at the practice facility. The regular season begins a week later against Robertson at Las Vegas, N.M.