It’s Tigers versus Tigers this weekend, as Raton comes to Capitan this Saturday for the Class 3A State quarterfinals.
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Tiger Field.
Capitan coach James Weems has had Raton in the back of his mind for two weeks already.
“We kind of expected it would be Raton were going to play. We felt they were the better team, so we’d been preparing for them for a couple of weeks,” Weems said. “We’ll be focused and ready to go.”
Capitan (9-1) has played with a bare-bones lineup, boasting only 21 kids on its roster. That means it can’t withstand too many injuries.
Although injuries still have cropped up. That’s why the bye week has been so important.
“I didn’t like having the week off, I’d rather play. But the bye weeks were pretty good spots for us to get kids healthy,” Weems said. “We’ve got all 21 kids suiting up, and that’s more than we’ve had all year.”
Raton (7-4) runs a spread offense with a pair of good receivers, but it’s nothing the Capitan Tigers haven’t seen before.
“They try to spread the ball out and spread your defense,” Weems said. “But we’ve got some speed and we’ve got the right defense. We’ve played well against those types of teams.”
While Raton is a big team – they’ve got a line that averages about 235 pounds – Weems feels his team is better conditioned.
They’d better be, with just 10 guys on the sideline.
“We’ve got Gabe Gallegos back, he’ll help us out on the line. His knee issue has come around and he’s had a few weeks off. Everybody’s healthy,” Weems said. “One of the things we’ll work on is getting off to a fast start and keep it at a fast pace if we can. That might seem bad, considering the number of kids we have, but we’ve always kept them in good shape.”