Prep Redzone: NWO

Posted On: 02/18/21 9:28 PM

Except for Albuquerque and the towns of Los Lunas and Belen to its south, most major school districts in the state of New Mexico have approved the hybrid education model required by the state Public Education Department before football can be played.

In short, spring high school football is a go for launch in many cities and towns, big and small, across New Mexico, ranging in size from Las Cruces to Rio Rancho to Santa Fe to Farmington to Clovis to Bernalillo to most of the football-obsessed ‘Friday Night Lights’ towns of the far-stretched southeast region such as Artesia, Lovington and Hobbs.

They’re all playing football.

Some school districts already have students back in the classroom, while others will begin Monday (Feb. 22) or the week after. Schools satisfying the Public Education Department requirements for hybrid learning can begin workouts Monday in five-man pods.

Cleveland coach Heath Ridenour told Prep Redzone New Mexico that the defending Class 6A champions will begin five-man pod workouts on Monday after the Rio Rancho School Board approved the district’s hybrid learning model on Thursday.

Capital High School in Santa Fe has been practicing in five-man pods for a while (helmets and shoulder pads this

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