Elida Tigers Football

Elida Tigers Football
Posted on 09/09/2018
Elida Tigers Football

Regional football roundup: Elida, Farwell bounce back

From Eastern New Mexico News
Peter Stein

Clovis and Portales weren’t the only two local teams in action this weekend. Melrose, Elida, Dora and Farwell also played, with varying results, including a big win for Elida as its long-awaited comeback season continued.


Elida 63, Vaughn 30

VAUGHN — The Tigers haven’t played on their home field since 2010 — the last year they fielded a varsity football program — and they won’t play at home again until this coming Thursday afternoon.

Still, they’re 2-1 away from Elida this season, after Friday afternoon’s rout at Vaughn High School.

It was a nice bounce-back for the Tigers, who were shellacked by Animas 54-20 over Labor Day weekend.

“Our intensity level was a little bit different for this game,” said Elida head coach Jared Hestand, who has been tasked with leading the program’s return this year. “We kind of raised our level a little bit, played good. I made some adjustments on my offense and some adjustments on my defense. We made some key touchdowns and some key plays on defense and it worked out for us.”

Hestand received multiple touchdowns from Will Haley, Chris Diaz, Colton Ferguson and Levi Kline.

In the good news/bad news department, Wesley Poling scored a touchdown but suffered an injury just above his kneecap on the play.

“We’re going to take him to the doctor and figure it out. ...” Hestand said. “It could be an injured muscle, injured ligament, kind of hard to say.”

Other than Poling’s injury, Elida has set itself up pretty well for Thursday’s historic home game, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. But the celebration will start well beforehand.

“We’ll have a big ol’ tailgate going on,” Hestand said of the festivities that will include prizes such as free oil changes.

“It’s been eight years since we’ve had a high school football team,” Hestand said. “So it’s been eight years since we’ve had a high school football game (at Elida). Hopefully the boys will be pumped up for it.”

Carrizozo is the team that visits for that landmark game.

“We played them in a scrimmage and they’re pretty good,” Hestand said. “It’s not going to be a cakewalk. They’ve got some big boys. If we can focus on that, their key players, maybe we can come out with a victory.”