The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) set the brackets for the 2017 state football playoffs for all classifications Nov. 4. In class 4A, the 12 teams selected to participate include the usual cast of characters with only a few minor differences from last year's tournament.
New to the lineup this year are the Socorro Warriors and the Hope Christian Huskies who missed the playoffs in 2016 but received nods this year despite finishing their respective regular seasons with losing records (4-6). Socorro was nabbed as the 12th seed and will travel to number five Moriarty, date and time to be announced (T.B.A.). Hope Christian garnered a number 10 seed and will play Taos at Anaya Stadium Nov. 10. The game will be a rematch of a regular season meeting between these two teams that resulted in a 21-14 Taos Tiger win at Wilson Stadium Sept. 2. Absent from this year's invitees are the Cobre Indians and the New Mexico Military Institute Colts.
With a 7-3 overall record, Coach Art Abreu Jr. continues to improve his yearly output of wins - earning five wins in his inaugural season in 2015 and six wins last year. Though Abreu has made it to the state playoffs in all three seasons in his first tenure as head coach, this is the highest seeding his team has earned in the playoffs and his first opportunity to host a home opener - a goal he sought for this year's squad.
The first round game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m with gates at Anaya Stadium opening at 5 p.m. Cost to enter the game is $8 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and military personnel.