Taos Tigers in, must travel to Ruidoso for first round game

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The Taos Tigers are in the playoffs.

The brackets for the New Mexico state playoffs were made public for 11-man teams in class 3A to 6A November 5 at 10:30 p.m. This included class 4A - the division Taos High falls under.

In this year's tournament, the Tigers have been ranked 9th in the state - meaning they must travel for their first round game. Unfortunately, this means that Taos must make a 260-mile trip to play the 8th-ranked Ruidoso Warriors.

The Tigers enter the post-season riding a three-game win streak, having defeated the West Las Vegas Dons (Oct. 21), the Pojoaque Valley Elks (Oct. 28) and the Bernalillo Spartans (Nov. 4) to end with a 6-4 overall record and 4-2 in district play. Conversely, the Warriors end their season on a two-game losing streak and end their season 5-5 overall and 2-2 in District 4-4A.

Due to New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) regulations, the geographic distance between these two opposing teams means that the game could have been played on a Saturday - to account for appropriate travel time needed. However, the game will be played on Friday, November 11, and will start at 6 p.m.

This appears to be the first time these two teams have met, and this marks the second consecutive year Taos has made it into the post-season. The Warriors won the state title in 2014 with a 35-28 final over the Cobre Indians.

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