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December 11, 2012
How It Works: The NMPreps.com Mr. Football Award is given to the best high school football player in the State of New Mexico after each season. Each week during the football season, NMPreps.com tracks the progress of each player, and during the last week of the regular season a final set of candidates will be released. We also take into account coaches thoughts and fan's input based off the NMPreps Message Board. This works just like the Heisman Trophy award.
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Mr. Football is Adam Lucero
Rare is the day when leadership lacks determination or resiliency. Maybe those lines in itself simply define the 2012 NMPreps.com Mr. Football Award Winner Adam Lucero, the Senior Quarterback from Aztec High School who becomes the first non-same year state champ to win the most prestigious post season football award. Best of the best: that's always going to be debatable, but what is not debatable is the character that this young man showed during the 2012 season.
Fall of 2011
Let's rewind back to the final minutes of the 2011 Class 4A State Title Game where the Aztec Tigers trailed the Goddard Rockets 27-20 with just minutes remaining. Lucero led one of the most remarkable two minute drills the length of the field and after the Tigers scored, Former Head Coach of Aztec Brad Hirsch called a time out as the Tigers were going for a two-point conversion to win the game. Lucero with the ball, literally jumped from the five-yard line over two Rocket defenders for one of the most memorable plays in New Mexico Prep Football History. Aztec would win the State Title for the first time since 1953 beating Goddard 28-27.
Summer of 2012
Lucero posted fantastic numbers at the NMPreps.com Elite Combine and walked out as the overall MVP of the event. Just days later, his best friend Andrew Pope was sadly killed in a car crash. Literally a month later the 2012 prep football season got off to a terrible start as the Class 4A defending champs lost two in a row to start the season, including an ugly 63-0 loss to Goddard at the Wool Bowl.
Leadership, Resiliency, and Production
The Tigers at 0-2, went on to win their next seven out of nine games including a 61-55 win over the Artesia Bulldogs in the quarterfinals giving the Bulldogs their first play-off home loss since the 1999 season. During that game, Lucero threw for just under 400-yards, four touchdown passes, and zero interceptions. The next week the Tigers faced Los Lunas, a team they had lost to earlier in the year 50-28 and right out of the gates, Los Lunas jumped to a 18-0 lead. Lucero, led a remarkable comeback as the Tigers grabbed a 20-18 lead only to fall a Hail Mary short from reaching the finals again in a 24-20 loss to Los Lunas. On the season, Lucero threw for 3,423-yards and accounted for more than 36 total touchdowns.
The Superman Jump
Last Pass To Andrew Pope (Tribute Video)
Andrew Pope died in a car crash during August of 2012. He was Adam Lucero's best friend. During the day of his funeral, the Aztec Tigers honored Pope with one last pass.
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