El Paso Raiders (3-7) at Curry County Cats (9-2)
• When: 2 p.m.,Sunday
• Where: Leon Williams Stadium
• Last week: The Cats have been idle since a 42-2 win May 21 over the Albuquerque Predators. The Raiders are coming off a 20-16 win over the Albuquerque Wolfpack.
• Last meeting: The Cats swept the season series over the Raiders, winning 29-27 at El Paso on a late touchdown and never trailing in a 22-14 win at Leon Williams Stadium.
• Keys to the game: The Cats, seeded third in the New Mexico Premier League playoffs, can’t afford to take the Raiders lightly despite the season sweep.
“These guys, they’re really scrappy,” Cats coach Paul Lopez said. “They’re not going to give up. They came down with a light crew last time, and we only beat them by eight points.”
The winner will face the top-seeded New Mexico Titans the following week. The Bernalillo Miners, seeded second, will host the winner of the Albuquerque Wolfpack and Albuquerque Blackhawks contest this weekend.
Both the Titans and Miners have first-round byes, and Lopez said barring major second-round upsets the Cats will not have another home game.
• Health: Lopez said the Cats are generally healthy, but will be without defensive back Josh Bryan, who sprained his knee earlier this season against the Las Cruces Kings.
Though Lopez said Bryan’s knack for making timely interceptions and big hits will be missed, there are plenty to cover for him, including Denzel Pleasant, Kendale Parker, Drew Hatley and Marcus Walker.
• Admission: Tickets are $5 to the game, with children 12 and younger free.
— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson