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Published 4:42 p.m. ET July 10, 2020 | Updated 4:43 p.m. ET July 10, 2020
The fall sports schedule is going to look a little different for some Lone Star Varsity coverage area schools.
That was confirmed Thursday as the New Mexico Activities Association announced all football and soccer games would be postponed until the spring. In addition, public health officials also announced public and private high schools in El Paso county will not re-open campuses until Sept. 8.
The result of both statements meant several LSV coverage area and local high schools were forced to adjust their athletics schedules.
The list of schools who played a New Mexico school includes: Class 6A Frenship, Class 3A Division I Denver City, Class 2A Division I Olton; and Class 1A’s Springlake-Earth, Borden County and Whitharral.
Lubbock-Cooper was slated to take on El Paso Hanks on Sept. 25, which should not interfere with the public health mandate.
“I went to bed last night thinking we may have back-to-back open weeks on our schedule,” Olton coach Ross Lassiter said by phone Friday. “It would have been tough, but we were also throwing out the idea of doing an inter-team scrimmage or something.
“Losing a game that early in the season is tough because you’re trying to build your team with those non-district games before district starts up.”
Frenship was slated to host Clovis but is now looking for a replacement. Complicating matters, the Tigers have a Week 9 open week which would make an early-season break unnecessary. As of Friday afternoon, Frenship had not announced a new opponent.
“Definitely, a difficult situation,” Frenship coach Jay Northcutt said by phone Friday. “But, if you look at it, there are a lot of thing that are out of our control. All we can do is plan the best we can. Even though those things might change.
“But, right now, we’re hoping to find another game best-case scenario. If not, we’ll sit down as a staff and figure out what to do at that point.”
Springlake-Earth, which was making the switch to six-man football, will look to add find another opponent to replace Dora (New Mexico) in its regular season home opener on Aug. 28. Borden County lost an Oct. 6 home matchup against Elida (New Mexico) a week before its one open week of the season. Whitharral also will not face off against Elida in its home opener on Aug. 28.
Springlake-Earth and Whitharral figured things out as they both agreed to play at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in Whitharral.
“I didn’t worry too much about it,” Springlake-Earth coach Israel DeLeon by phone Friday. “You just have to realize everyone is dealing with this around the country.
“We were fortunate because we and Whitharral both needed a Week 1 game and posted that on a message board. We got this all fixed in about 30 minutes.”
Moving up classifications, Denver City must find a game Sept. 18 which was scheduled to be a road contest against Lovington, New Mexico a difficult loss as the two towns are 30 minutes away.
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Rounding things out, Olton found itself in a bit of a bind as its Sept. 11 home contest against Texico is off the schedule and a week before its one open week of the fall campaign.
But, Lassiter said his nerves were calmed as Hooker High School, in Oklahoma, reached out Friday morning and said they had an opening on the same week. Both squads agreed to play at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in Olton.
Hooker is a Class A school, which is the smallest 11 man class in Oklahoma. They went 5-5 last year, 2-5 in district play and missed the playoffs. Hooker, an enrollment of about 185 students, also defeated Booker, Texas, 55-38 on Week 1 last year.
“To have a game you thought was set at realignment pulled out from under you in early July is really tough,” Lassiter said. “I was just happy to take that call and be able to keep out schedule intact with a game that week.”
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