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October 4, 2013
Today we preview the Week 5 Game of the Week between the Escalante Lobos 5-0 and the Clayton Yellowjackets 5-0
Friday Night the Escalante Lobos (5-0) travel to Clayton to the take on the Yellowjackets who are also (5-0) on the season. Yeah, it's a big one. Besides it being a marquee 2A vs. 1A match up it's a rematch of Lobo Head Coach Dusty Giles vs. 1st Year Clayton Coach Colin Justiss. The two Head Coaches last met in the 2012 1A State Title Game when Justiss was coaching the Tigers. Dusty Giles won that match up 48-30.
"First, Escalante is VERY well coached and disciplined. Other than their obvious talent in personnel and their toughness on the field, I think one of their biggest strengths as a team is that they never get too high or too low on the emotion scale. They stick to a plan and execute that plan for four quarters, and when good happens they don't go overboard with excitement and when something bad happens they line up and continue with the plan," commented Clayton Head Football Coach Colin Justiss.
It will be a potent offense vs. a potent defense Friday Night. The Lobos are scoring 46.8 points per game, rushing for a 246.6 per game average, and throwing for just under 150-yards per game. On the flip side Clayton's defense has been solid. The Yelllow Jackets have given up just 348-yards in 5 games, which is a 69.6 average for those of you without a calculator handy. Defensively the Yellow Jackets are led by 6-3, 285 pound Dakota Montoya who has 8.0 sacks on the season and Allen Hass who has been a surprising newcomer with 7.0 sacks this season.
The Lobos are led by Quarterback Reynaldo Atencio who set a New Mexico State Record last season as a junior for most touchdowns in a single season last year with 58. He threw for 12 and ran for 46 including a 6 touchdown performance in last year's 1A state title game. This year Atencio has thrown for 726-yards, 10 touchdowns, and ran for 467-yards with 8 touchdowns. Running Back Cody Casados has rushed for 483-yards and 3 touchdowns.
"I have only had brief interactions with him and I can say that, more importantly than anything, he is an excellent young man. I believe he (and Cody Casados) handle their leadership roles as well as any I have seen. They were well mannered and very respectful to opposing teams and coaches and just all around good kids. Obviously his performances speak for his ability and needs no confirmation from me. He is a lot fun to watch, as long as it isn't down your sideline for a TD," said Justiss on Atencio.
The Yellowjacket's offense is also dangerous scoring 48.6 points per game and led by Running Backs Nick Wisemen who has ran for 521-yards and Zane Vandiver who has rushed for 463-yards and 6 touchdowns.
Henderson's Pick: Clayton 40-31
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