Often times after a Friday night game during recent seasons, a good number of Bayfield Wolverines can be found refueling and reminiscing at Denny's in Durango.
Last Friday, officials enacted New Mexico's secondary "mercy rule" - the one terminating action immediately - a week ago in Shiprock with a 55-0 lead and a minute left in the third quarter. It would have appeared the hot plates couldn't wait.
It is hoped there was hearty eating then and since; tonight's roadtrip will indeed require a full tank.
Cracking the CHSAANow.com Class 2A football rankings this week at #8, BHS (2-0) will look to go 3-for-3 against Land of Enchantment resistance when they head down to face Gallup's Miyamura High at 7 p.m.
Coach Wesley Shank's Patriots will take the field also standing 2-0 after defeating 5A Moriarty, N.M., and Montezuma-Cortez.
Junior quarterback Kelton McCoy and junior running backs Zane Phelps and Brody McGhehey each had multiple touchdowns last Friday against the Chieftains, indicating a Wolverine ground superiority that should serve them well at in Gallup. Bayfield led 28-0 in the first quarter, starting the first mercy rule, meaning the clock didn't stop for the rest of the game.
Top receiving targets Taed Heydinger and Colter McMenimen also hit paydirt at Shiprock, though air raids aren't nearly the norm they are-and have been-at Miyamura.
BHS last played Miyamura in 2011, with BHS winning 40-28 inside Wolverine Country Stadium.
CHSAANow.com CLASS 2A POLL (issued 9/8): 1.Brush, 2.Kent Denver, 3.Strasburg, 4.Florence, 5.Kersey Platte Valley, 6.Arvada Faith Christian, 7.Lamar, 8.BAYFIELD, 9.Eaton, 10.Manitou Springs.