Class 6A

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No. 11 EL­DO­RADO 28, No. 6

HOBBS 14: At Wat­son Memo­rial Sta­dium, Ea­gles se­nior quar­ter­back Gabe Smith made a triumphant — if short­ened — re­turn to the El­do­rado lineup, rush­ing for a touch­down and throw­ing for an­other as the No. 11 seed (7-4) beat host Hobbs (7-4).

El­do­rado plays at No. 3 Cen­ten­nial (10-0) next week in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Smith hadn’t played since Sept. 20 af­ter break­ing his col­lar­bone.

His re­turn cer­tainly pro­vided a jolt to El­do­rado, which led the whole way.

“We were a dif­fer­ent team,” El­do­rado coach Char­lie Dot­son said. But Smith, Dot­son added, re-in­jured the col­lar­bone late in the first half.

“We knew go­ing in there was a chance he could re-break it,” Dot­son said.

Eli­jah Goree ran for two touch­downs for El­do­rado. And the Ea­gles’ de­fense, which has strug­gled over the last month, played one of its best games of the sea­son.

“I couldn’t have been prouder of our de­fense,” Dot­son said. No. 12 CI­BOLA 14, No. 5 MAY­FIELD 7: At the Field of Dreams, quar­ter­back Mar­cus Steele threw a first-quar­ter touch­down pass, and Mar­cus Martinez rum­bled 44 yards for a score on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter to break a 7-all tie.

That was the dif­fer­ence as the Cougars (6-5) up­set the Tro­jans (7-4) and ad­vanced to next week and a quar­ter­fi­nal matchup with ri­val Vol­cano Vista.

“Our de­fense re­ally stepped up, and we chal­lenged them to step up,” Ci­bola coach Rod Wil­liams said. “I felt like we were the more phys­i­cal team tonight.”

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