By Mike Tooley
Hot Springs High School’s Tiger Football Team has started preparations for their 2014 debut, coming off a 3 win, 8 loss season record in 2013.
The Tigers move up in class from 3A to 4A, however, the surroundings are almost the same. Socorro’s Warriors and Silver City’s Colts will remain a district foe, however, there will be an addition of two teams to the new-look district. Cobre’s Indians and the Hatch Bears will join the group for a five-team district, which will once again see the Silver City Colts as the largest school in the class.
Nine Tigers were lost to graduation last year, including Tyler Whitehead, Brandon Rael, Joey Covarrubias, Isaac Marquez, Antonio Gomez, Alex Nuñez, Conrad Chavez, Jordan Muller and James Lipps.
Head Tiger Coach Daniel Terrazas will return a good crop of seniors for the 2014 campaign, including K.C. Swaim, who already has most of the area colleges eyeballing his ability.
Returning from last year’s roster, as seniors this year, will be Christian Hopkins, Quinton Montoya, Luis Mendieta, Sajid Porras, Hector Gomez, David Gurule, Anthony Goulart, Joseph Sanchez, Morgan Fahl and Josh Koch.
The 2014 schedule is favorable to the Tigers since they will have six games at home and will only have to make four trips during the regular season. The trips, however, will be distant, as the Tigers will make their first road trip on Sept. 6 to battle the Questa Wildcats (near the New Mexico/Colorado border) and their second trip on Sept. 26 will have them going to the eastern side of the state to play the New Mexico Military Institute Colts in Roswell.
The final two games of the regular season will be on the road and will be against district foes, the Socorro Warriors on Oct. 31, and Silver City’s Colts on Nov. 1.
Tularosa’s Wildcats will be the first team hosted in Tiger Stadium on Aug. 29, with the remainder of home games including the Lordsburg Mavericks on Sept. 19, Mesilla Valley SonBlazers in a homecoming match-up on Oct. 3, Cobre’s Indians will be here on Oct. 10, and on Oct. 17, the Santa Fe Indian School Braves will be in Tiger Stadium. The final home game of the season will be against the Hatch Valley Bears, the Tigers arch rival of the Rio Grande.
At the end of the 2013 football season, teams on this year’s Tiger schedule were ranked in the state, at the following level by MaxPreps.
31 – Silver City Colts
33 – Hatch Bears
55 – Cobre Indians
68 – Lordsburg Mavericks
70 – NMMI Colts
71 – Tularosa Wildcats
80 – HSHS
85 – Questa
86 – Socorro Warriors
92 – Mesilla Valley SonBlazers
95 – Santa Fe Indian Braves