Miner’s linebacker Grady Stanley

Miner’s linebacker Grady Stanley (No. 81) adjusts his defense against the Peyton Panthers.

All three Las Animas county teams are coming off week four losses and are looking to improve their records.

This week pits the La Veta/Aguilar Redskins against the Branson/Kim Bearcats in Branson on Friday at 1 p.m.

The Trinidad Miners travel to the 2A Lamar Savages on Friday night at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game.

With the last week of non-conference games, all three teams look to develop before they take the field in week six against conference opponents.

Branson/Kim hosts the La Veta/Aguilar Redskins on Friday at 1 p.m.

Both teams have 1-3 records and will be looking for a much-needed win moving into the final week of the regular season.

La Veta is coming off a 60-point loss to a tough Mountain Valley team, moving into this week the Redskins are looking to improve edge defense and tackling to damper a rush-heavy Bearcat offense.

The Bearcats are moving on from a tight three-point loss on the road against the Manzanola Bobcats this past Friday.

“Defensively we missed assignments, we let fast kids get open and we just need to work on our safeties and defensive backs knowing their jobs,” said Branson Head Coach Brad Doherty, “The keys are more confidence and knowing our jobs defensively.”

A pass heavy Bobcat team was good practice for the Bearcats defense who face tough La Veta receivers and a talented quarterback. After the Bobcat quarterback recorded over 300-yards of offense, Branson looks to reanimate their dissected defense in preparation for a Redskins pass attack.

In a typical year, three inter-county football games would be played between Primero, Branson/Kim and La Veta/Aguilar. With Primero opting out of the 2020 fall season, this Friday’s game will be the only meeting between two Las Animas County teams this year.

“I would like to sit and say that it could be a very competitive football game, but I know Branson has some good returning players,” said La Veta Head Coach Ron Orvitez. “If we don’t show up and we’re inconsistent, I’m afraid were just going to have what we have been having on those inconsistent weeks, at the end of the day we just want to make a game of it.”

The Trinidad Miners travel to face the 2A Lamar Savages on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Trinidad Miners will travel to Lamar to face the 2A, seventh-ranked Savages and are trying to bounce back after a 51-0 loss to the Peyton Panthers last week.

“They’re a 2A team and they just beat Bayfield and La Junta pretty handily, so they’re going to be a tough team. They have about 53 kids on their roster, so were hoping we can hang on for the half and finish the game with them as well,” said Miners Head Coach Justin Malano.

Lamar has key wins over unranked La Junta and Bayfield. The only blemish on a 3-1 record is a loss last week to fourth-ranked Pagosa Springs.

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