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June 16, 2011
Greatest 100 High School Football Teams Ever
It started back in March of 2011, the goal was simple. Put together a never before done list of the Top 100 New Mexico High School Football Teams of All-Time. It was a daunting task to say the least and it nearly took a two months of fact checking to figure out which exact 100 teams would be included.
I'm a numbers guy and everyone that follows NMPreps.com knows that what I lack in writing skills, I make up for with graphs, charts, stats, etc. I devised a power ranking for each team that stood out throughout the years. Points for, points against, points scored in a season, points allowed in a season, number of shutouts in a season, number of games won, and the big one: whether or not a team won a state title at the end of the season.
Knowing that I could get all those numbers accurately that is the direction I went with the power rankings. Throughout all the feedback and e-mails I've received throughout the top 100 countdown, most has been positive, however there has been some sticklers commenting that the rankings are not accurate because of this and that.
My answer is this: All rankings are debatable and with the system that I used, I strongly feel that these rankings are the best depiction of the top 100 teams that you'll see. The system that I used excluded no team and the same principles were used to rank each team within the top 100.
The last teams left on the board: Look at the remaining teams on the board. It's the best of the best no doubt about it. Three Artesia teams remain. The 2006 team was led by Landry Jones now a Heisman Candidate at the University of Oklahoma. The 1973 Clovis Wildcats are the Wildcat team that most seem to forget because of their yearly program success, but during that season they had two running backs hit the 2,000-yard mark. Really Del Norte had a team of this caliber.
During the '74 season Del Norte outscored their opponents by a combined 397-35. They also posted nine shutouts on the season that year. Was the 1997 Goddard team better than the 1993 Goddard team? It's debatable, but most Rocket faithful will led you to believe that in 1993 the Rockets had what was their best team ever.
The 1963 Hornets were like the 2004 La Cueva Beas without the offense. They allowed just 22 points on the season and posted nine defensive shutouts. During 2003 and 2004 La Cueva posted some of the best teams ever. They nearly produced 10 D-1 athletes between the two years under Head Coach Fred Romero.
The 1975 Las Cruces team went 13-0 and the 1999 team won an outstanding 14 games on the season. Lovington has two teams left. The 1990 team that allowed just 68 points on the season and the 1995 team that was nationally ranked. Mayfield has just one team left and it was a good one.
The 2005 Trojans that went 14-0 and allowed just 80 points on the year. A team from Santa Fe made the cut? Yes, the Santa Fe High program which has struggled for what seems like forever produced some very talented teams in the late 70's. The '79 team posted six shutouts on the season.
Interesting facts that we've learned throughout ranking the top 100: Did you know that 30 plus year Head Clovis Football Coach Eric Roanhaus has only coached the Wildcats to one undefeated season which was in 2001 * A few years before Roanhaus took over the Wildcats, they posted one of their best seasons ever by going 14-0 in 1973 * 19 Artesia football teams are featured in the top 100 rankings *
The 2010 Artesia Bulldogs are the only team from 2010 to make the cut* Gadsden won three state titles in a row from 1953 to 1955 * Goddard has never posted a perfect season record wise under Coach Sam Jernigan * La Cueva went 26-0 from 2003 to 2004 * La Cueva held opponents to just 21 points during the 2004 season and beat Clovis 40-0 in the state finals * Just two Carlsbad teams made the cut, which was the 2000 and 1962 teams * Hobbs best team ever was in 1970 * The 1995 Lovignton Wildcas went 14-0 * Each team capsule takes Kyle Henderson 30 minutes
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