Game of the week: Brownfield, Littlefield football clash in matchup of unbeatens

Brownfield’s J.J. Martinez throws a pass against Roosevelt during a football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Eagle Field in Acuff.
Brownfield’s J.J. Martinez throws a pass against Roosevelt during a football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Eagle Field in Acuff.

Brownfield football coach Aarrhon Flores knows there will be plenty of eyes on his team's contest against fellow unbeaten Littlefield. But he's trying to keep things in perspective.

More so than a premier matchup, it's another opportunity for the Cubs to improve before the games really start to count.

It just happens to be against the toughest opponent to date.

"Our approach to this week was, hey, it's Monday," Flores said. "We're going to practice like we do every Monday. Hey, it's Tuesday. We're going to practice like we do every Tuesday. … But now that (Brownfield players) have some wins underneath their belt, I think it means even more to them because they don't want to have that feeling again of taking a loss."

Sitting at 4-0, each team has surpassed its win total from 2021 — though the victories were reached in much different fashions. Brownfield started 0-6 before winning three of four to make the playoffs. Littlefield was 3-0 before a seven-game skid to end the season.

That is far in the rearview mirror for the Wildcats, who have outscored opponents 164-27. The defense has been stout all season, and the offense is heating up as well. Littlefield averaged 51.5 points the past two weeks against Post and Lamesa, a pair of winless teams.

Littlefield coach Jimmy Thomas yells down the sidelines during the game against Littlefield, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Idalou, Texas.
Littlefield coach Jimmy Thomas yells down the sidelines during the game against Littlefield, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Idalou, Texas.

The Wildcats do have wins over Muleshoe (3-1) and Denver City (2-2), but second-year coach Jimmy Thomas agreed Brownfield will be the team's biggest challenge thus far. And it's just in time, as Littlefield plays at Coahoma on Oct. 7 to start district play.

"We feel good about where we are," Thomas said, "and we just want to take another step forward. Then in two weeks it really matters."

The Wildcats will be tested by an up-tempo Cubs attack that averages 47.5 points after a season-best 61 last week in a romp of winless Dimmitt. Thomas said Littlefield is used to preparing for fast-operating teams, as the Wildcats are themselves.

Quarterback J.J. Martinez leads Brownfield, which has caught Thomas' attention with its passing game. Martinez threw for 301 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions against Dimmitt. Kaydyn Moore has been the biggest weapon, catching three passes for 100 yards and a score last week.

Littlefield, in its second year running a spread offense, has found its groove with sophomore quarterback Chip Green. Green, one of the South Plains' passing leaders, set the school record with 325 yards two weeks ago.

Brownfield’s Kaydyn Moore (88) and Adriano Mirelles (20) celebrate Moore’s touchdown against Roosevelt during a football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Eagle Field in Roosevelt.
Brownfield’s Kaydyn Moore (88) and Adriano Mirelles (20) celebrate Moore’s touchdown against Roosevelt during a football game, Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Eagle Field in Roosevelt.

"He's not been in the spread before last year," Thomas said. "He's really a smart kid, and he's got a lot of upside. Mentally he can capture things pretty fast. He's done a really good job with the mental part."

Flores said he's told his players to ignore the hype, and Thomas shared similar feelings. But both agree the game should be something to watch for fans.

"We look at every week that way, as the next is the toughest opponent that we've had," Thomas said, "because that's the one you play this week. No doubt, Brownfield's a very talented team, and they're playing with a lot of energy right now. So it should be a good one."

Brownfield at Littlefield

Non-district football

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Wildcat Stadium, Littlefield

Records: Brownfield 4-0; Littlefield 4-0

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This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Game of the week: Undefeated matchup of Brownfield at Littlefield