By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
Although some 240 miles separate them, Escalante High School and Capitan High School aren’t strangers. In 2012, Escalante defeated Capitan 48-30 in the Class A state championship football game. The following year, it was the Tigers who knocked off the Lobos in the playoffs. After that, realignment and reclassification by the New Mexico Activities Association put the schools in different classes for the next four years. During that time, Escalante won two more Class A state championships (2014, 2015) while Capitan captured the Class 2A title in 2016. After another realignment and reclassification, Escalante and Capitan are both back in Class 2A and they met again in the opening round of the Class 2A state football playoffs Nov. 3 at Escalante.