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September 22, 2013
Today we recap how "Road Test Weekend" turned out to be "Separation Weekend" for the New Mexico High School Football Scene.More: Week 4 Scoreboard | Week 4 Recap/Highlights | Top Performers
What We Learned In Week 4
First off, let's look at some odd stats that have opened the first quarter of the high school football season. For starters: Lovington is 0-4, Clovis is 1-3, Artesia is 2-2, combined those three team records and they are a shocking 3-9 on the year.
Los Lunas, Belen, and Valencia entered week 4 with a combined record of 8-1. Those three teams went 0-3 this weekend.
Hobbs is 4-0 for the firs time since the 2000 season. Valley beat Eldorado for the first time since the 1970 season and is 4-0 for the first time since the 1998 season.
Not odd stats, but still impressive: Las Cruces has now won 14 in a row dating back to the 2012 season. They had allowed over 100 points in their last two meetings against Rio Rancho, this past weekend the score was 42-6 as the Ram's rushed for less than 10-yards during the game. Guess who is coaching the defense this year: Head Coach Jim Miller.
Also of note: Las Cruces Running Back JJ Granados has scored 13 touchdowns this year. In each of the last two games I've attended at the Field of Dreams he has scored a total of 12 touchdowns. 8 against Clovis last during the quarterfinals and 4 against Rio rancho this past Friday Night.
Santa Rosa has now won 22 games in a row after beating Hope Christian 49-0. This is the current longest winning streak in New Mexico. Albuquerque High is currently riding a 32-game losing streak which is 2nd all-time in the New Mexico Record Books.
Speaking of New Mexico Record Books: This past weekend Tyler Sorensen of Navajo Prep threw for a new state record 630-yards and 5 touchdowns in a 48-44 loss against Escalante. Sorensen has now thrown for 1,360-yards and 18 touchdowns in just 4 games.
Aztec's Marcus Crawford threw for a new Aztec School Record 494-yards and 7 touchdowns during their 49-27 win over Miyamura. Aztec Receiver Josh Harris caught for 326 of those yards and 4 of those touchdowns.
Most points scored this year through 4 weeks in Class 5A goes to the Las Cruces Bulldawgs who have scored 183-points (45.6 PPG). The most points allowed this year through 4 weeks goes to the Highland Hornets who have allowed 250-points in 4 games (62.6 PPG)
Now For Separation Week
Las Cruces clearly made another statement this weekend beating Rio Rancho 42-6. Ranking the teams for this weekend looks like this: No. 1 Las Cruces (Huge Gap) then the next team.
Right now, the Bulldawgs are just dominating teams, toying with teams, I've seen them play twice already and could of left at half during both games.
Mayfield, Cleveland, and Valley each moved to 4-0 on the season. The Trojan's 14-6 win over Manzano makes for an intriguing score considering Manzano was missing their quarterback Angel Gonzales. Saturday games never go well for anyone, so let's just chalk up another Trojan win.
Cleveland beat Clovis by 20 points Friday Night and has still never been beaten by the Wildcats in their short school history. Valley is now 4-0 after beating Eldorado 28-21 for the first time since 1970.
The top of Class 5A is very good this year and there is no doubt the talent between 5A and 4A is very wide in 2013. Some years, the top 4A teams can compete for the 5A title (like last year), but this year let's look at a quick couple of scores: Rio Rancho beat the No. 1 in 4A 28-21 last week and this week the No. 1 in 5A beat Rio Rancho by 36. No. 9 in Class 5A beat No. 2 in Class 4A this weekend by 21 points.
Question to Ponder before we leave 5A: How much better are teams 1-5 in Class 5A than teams 6-10. Las Cruces, Mayfield, Cleveland, Valley, Rio Rancho vs. Manzano, Clovis, Cibola, Sandia, Eldorado
In Class 4A the top 4 continue to look like the top 4 each week. Goddard beating Belen 14-9 could be a preview of the final four or the title game could the end of the season.
Los Lunas took one on the chin against Sandia (Which 4A team would play Sandia better). Deming beating Artesia 21-18, further stating their case that the Wildcats are the real deal this season. The No. 5 in Class 4A put up a whopping 2 points this weekend against a good Durango (CO) team.
In Class 3A who is honestly going to challenge St. Mike's for the title? They beat Robertson 50-0 this week, these games St. Mike's used to have against teams like Lovington, Robertson, St. Pius X were once close and good games. Now St. Mike's just rolls over these teams in run-away fashion.
Silver's narrow escape 35-30 win over Hatch raises some eyebrows. How good are teams like Ruidoso and Portales. They continue to win each week but continue to play in non-marquee games. Ruidoso beat West Las Vegas 41-0 this past weekend and Portales, now 4-0 beat Raton 57-12.
In Class 2A Santa Rosa won their 22nd game in a row beating Hope Christian 49-0. The Lions are like a hot knife through butter each week. Hatch Valley barely beat Texico in OT last week and just missed upsetting Silver in week 4.
No doubt this team is good, but are they better than last year's team like everyone was anticipating? Clayton continued their tier, but they have yet to play in a marquee game. Dexter beat up on Tucumcari 49-0 to move to 3-1 on the year, Estancia is now 3-1.
In Class 1A: Hagerman is now 4-0 after beating NMMI and Escalante is 4-0 after a scare from Navajo Prep in a 48-44 shootout. Ft. Sumner drubbed McCurdy 44-15 and Capitan lost against Estancia 29-7.
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