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September 29, 2013
Today we recap Week 5 of the New Mexico High School Football Season.More: Week 5 Scoreboard | Week 5 Recap | Top Performers
What We Learned In Week 5
We'll start by discussion some intriguing week 5 scores and what they mean as we enter the mid-way point of the season:
Goddard 50, Hobbs 7: It means that the Hobbs Kool Aid is not safe to chug, but it might be just safe to sip on. Or maybe it means that Goddard's Head Football Coach Sam Jernigan has Coach Charles Gleghorn figured out. In the last two years, Goddard has beaten Hobbs by a combined score of 104-7. Goddard is now 3-1 and will take on Clovis, Hobbs is now 4-1 and has back-to-back match ups with Alamogordo and Lovington.
Rio Rancho 62, Clovis 59: It means that Rio Rancho can win the shootout, the score means Clovis is never completely dead, and means that both have to improve on defense. Rio Rancho has allowed 101 in their last two games. Clovis has outdone that by allowing 103 points. Rio Rancho is now 4-1 entering their match up against Atrisco Heritage, Clovis is 1-4 entering their game against Goddard.
Las Cruces 20, La Cueva 0: It means Las Cruces' defense continues to help set this team apart and keep them locked in at the number one spot. The Bulldawgs have outscored opponents 62-6 over their last two contests. La Cueva's defense is coming along and gave Las Cruces trouble for 3/4 of the football game. Feel that Bear's Linebacker Mitchell Cantwell is a D-1 Prospect.
5A is controlled by Las Cruces and Mayfield entering week 6. The two Las Cruces Powers are a combined 10-0 on the year as we count down their annual Battle for Las Cruces on November 8th. Las Cruces Public Schools can only hope for each team to enter that game 9-0. Cleveland and Valley were open this week and each remain at 4-0 on the year. Rio Rancho survived an overtime win over Las Cruces, Manzano was able to get past Aztec, Cibola beat West Mesa, Sandia beat Rio Grande, every team in the 5A top 10 won this weekend besides Eldorado.
4A is still led by Goddard who gave Hobbs their first loss 50-7, Los Lunas led St. Pius X 35-0 at the half so the 55-27 final does not paint the entire picture. Belen beat Los Alamos 28-14 and Deming was open this week. Farmington impressed with a big 33-12 win over Valencia. That win for the Scorpions is going to come in handy late in the year. No. 6 Artesia, No. 7 Piedra Vista, No. 8 St. Pius X, and No. 9 Valencia all lost this week, the only lower ranked top 10 to win was No. 10 Moriarty which upset Piedra Vista 34-17. 4A should be fun to rank this week...
3A is St. Michael's and then everyone else or is it? The Horsemen have won 18 in a row and have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 100-0. One user on NMPreps.com recently compared Horsemen Head Coach Joey Fernandez to Alabama's Nick Saban (Haha). Silver beat Grants 21-7 in a game that was called at half due to the lights shutting off (Weird). No 3 Ruidoso beat Tularosa big and No. 4 Portales was upset by losing to Dexter 46-13. What in the world does the Dexter/Portales score mean? No. 5 Bloomfield beat Hope on Saturday 55-8, Bobcats are a scary sleeper team. No. 6 Taos lost their first game of the year losing to Santa rosa 40-20, Academy keeps winning beating Laguna 29-13 to move to 4-1 on the year, No. 8 Robertson beat Capital, No. 9 Lovington got their first win of the year, and No. 10 Hope lost 55-8 to Bloomfield.
2A is still and always or so it seems led by the Santa Rosa Lions. Check this out: Lion's Head Coach Mario Trujillo has Santa Rosa riding a 23 game winning streak after their 49-20 win over Taos. This week it could all change as Santa Rosa and Dexter tangle in the 2A Marquee Game of the Week. Hatch beat West Las Vegas 54-22, Clayton moved to 5-0 beating Raton 44-6, No. 4 Dexter gave Portales their first loss of the year winning 46-13, No. 5 Estancia took one on the chin losing 55-6 to Centennial, No. 7 Texico won their second game in a row by defeating Clovis JV 28-21 in OT, No. 8 Eunice lost to Lovington, No. 9 Tularosa lost to Ruidoso, and No. 10 Tucumcari lost to Ft. Sumner.
1A Is led by the Hagerman Bobcats who are now 5-0 this year after a 42-0 win over Carlsbad's JV. No. 2 Escalante is still unbeaten at 5-0 defeating Capitan this weekend 36-7. Capitan has dropped two in a row losing to Estancia last week and to Escalante this week. No. 4 Ft. Sumner beat Tucumcari 21-6, and we are still awaiting the results of the McCurdy and Magdalena score. Text 505.577.5953
Records/Odds & Ends
Clovis Running Back Kamal Cass tied a New Mexico State High School Football Record with 8 touchdowns in one game. He now shares the record with Las Cruces Running Back J.J. Granados who scored 8 touchdowns last season against Clovis in a 70-40 play-off victory.
Rio Rancho Quarterback Easton Bruere set a Class 5A State Record for most touchdown passes in a game with 7 Friday Night in their 62-59 overtime win over Clovis.
St. Michael's is riding an 18 game winning streak after beating City Rival Santa Fe 50-0. They take on Capital in week 6 and then Centennial in week 7.
Santa Rosa is riding a 23 game winning streak after beating Taos 49-20. The Lions travel to Dexter this weekend..
Albuquerque has the state's longest losing streak going at 33 games in a row. The Bulldogs take on Moriarty in week 6.
NMPreps.com's Midseason All-State Selections
During Week 6, NMPreps.com will be releasing their annual mid-season all-state selections! Now is the perfect time to sign up for a free 7-days to NMPreps.com. (Only 27 cents a day for annual subscribers)
NMPreps.com's Power Rankings (Top Prospects)
Also during Week 6, NMPreps.com will be releasing our updated high school football player prospect rankings aka power rankings.
Top 15 Quarterbacks
Week 6 Marquee Match Ups
2-3 Artesia @ 5-0 Las Cruces
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