The Trinidad Miner football team clears snow

The Trinidad Miner football team clears snow from the field on Oct. 28. Captain Isaiah bowman clearing snow off the field.

Entering the second half of the 2020 football season, local football teams will face more conference matchups as competition comes closer to championships and playoffs.

La Veta/Aguilar is coming off a big win while the Branson/Kim Bearcats recover from a tough loss both teams look to unite with week four triumphs.

Trinidad, La Veta/Aguilar and Branson/Kim face conference opponents this week which will decide their contention for conference championships and playoff eligibility.

Branson/Kim will play Manzanola Bobcats on the road at 7 p.m. Friday night

The 1-2 Branson Bearcats look to recover this weekend after a brutal loss to a now 4-ranked Granada Bobcats 52-14.

Granada’s spread offense proved difficult for the Bearcats pass defense which features just one senior.

 “We’re just going to have to really know our job, today we got hurt because we didn’t know our assignments the whole time,” said Bearcats Head Coach Adam Lucero.

Lucero will pass the coaching torch off to former head coach Brad Doherty as he expects his first child this weekend.

The Bearcats echo their emphasis from last week as Manzanola’s offense is powered by a lethal dual-threat quarterback.

Branson’s emphasis this week has been solidifying their defense for their matchup against the Bobcats who rely heavily on a quarterback-running back duo.

“They’re a very good team, their quarterback is very shifty, and he’s got a great arm and they’re a solid team to beat,” said Bearcat Peyton Cranson,

“It is definitely going to be a tight game, but I’m hoping to win. We’re going to get some hard work this week and hopefully come out with a W next week.”

La Veta/Aguilar face Mountain Valley at home Saturday at 1 p.m.

La Veta is coming off their first win of the season but will face a challenge this week in a 1-0 Mountain Valley Indians.

Mountain Valley reported a family in the school tested positive for COVID-19 after their first week of football, after cancelling their past two games the Indians will take the field this week against La Veta.

“Generally, they are one of the top teams in the league, they’ve been a playoff team each of the last couple years I believe. They have some pretty sound returning players so hopefully our scouting report works out for us,” said Redskins Head Coach Ron Orvitez.

La Veta will face a talented Mountain Valley quarterback, Salvador Vigil rushed and passed for over 100-yards a piece in their only game against the Walsh Eagles.

“We are definitely going to have to contain that quarterback because he is shifty,” said Orvitez “try to match speed for speed, without sacrificing any of our perimeter speed as well.”

La Veta/Aguilar host the Indians in La Veta on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Trinidad hosts the Peyton Panthers on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Miners have not taken the field since they faced the Olathe Pirates on Oct. 9.

Dealing with two weeks of academic ineligibility, the small 16-man roster was unable to field a team for their past two games against Colorado Springs Christian and Rocky Ford.

“I told our kids two weeks ago that our goal was to et enough kids to be eligible to play by Halloween for Peyton and now we have 12 of remaining 17 kids eligible,” said Trinidad Head Coach Justin Malano, “we have not practiced all week because we have been trying to clear the field of snow so that our seniors can get this home game.”

The Miners will take the field this week with 12 players against the Peyton Panthers in conference play, the Panthers are not ranked but boast two shutouts.

Although 2-1 the Panthers only loss comes to 3-ranked Florence a conference opponent on Trinidad’s schedule in two weeks.

“Our number one goal is for the kids to be good students and good young men. I am proud of the kids who have stuck with it in the last weeks and we look forward to obtaining our goal of hosting Peyton on Halloween,” said Malano

The game is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. at Dutch Nogel stadium in Trinidad on Oct. 31.

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