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November 1, 2012

Week 10: Northern Preview

Welcome to Week 10 of the New Mexico High School Football Season. Leading up to each Friday of the Season, we'll preview over 40 games by region starting on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The four New Mexico Regions are Northern, Metro Area, Southeast, and Southwest. Friday Night we need your help collecting game scores. Please text us to 505.577.5953 and if you tweet high school football scores, please type in a score then use the hastag #nmpreps.

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Aztec 4-3 @ Piedra Vista 7-1
WHEN: November 2nd, 2012
WHERE: Hutchinson Stadium, Farmington, New Mexico
Radio: Passion FM 95.7FM
PREDICTION: Piedra Vista by 3.5
AZTEC IMPACT PLAYERS: Adam Lucero QB, Brad Hardin WR, Kalub Darby OL
PIEDRA VISTA IMPACT PLAYERS: Isaiah Valdez QB, Bryson Martinez WR, Beau Clafton RB, Dylan Terry OL, Kason Wilkinson LB
CLASS 4A RANKINGS: Aztec #6 , Piedra Vista #9
KEY STATS: Artesia has not beat Goddard in the regular season since the 2007 season. Goddard has won the last the last six out of seven games against Artesia.
COACHES: Aztec: Matt Steinfelt | Piedra Vista: Jared Howell
THE STORYLINE: The Aztec Tigers have won four in a row after their first three games of the season. Now, we've said it before and it needs to be stated again, those three losses that Aztec has come against teams that are a combined 21-2. The Tigers have been playing Aztec Tiger Football and with their recent 20-7 win over the Farmington Scorpions last weekend the Aztec are in position to be District 1-4A Champs, a goal that this team has had since the start of the 2012 season. The Tigers are led by Quarterback/Receiver Duo Adam Lucero and Brad Hardin each have been having wonderful senior seasons for the Black and Orange. This year Aztec is scoring 30.42 points per game, but allowing 33.0 points per game. A shootout is likely in this game, which makes the winner nearly impossible to predict. Piedra Vista is 7-1, their best start under Head Coach Jared Howell since he took over in the early 2000's. Their lone loss to St. Pius X back in week eight was a setback, but they've put it behind them and sometimes a late season loss propels teams like this through the play-offs. The Panthers have a ton of talent on both sides of the football. Quarterback Isaiah Valdez, Receiver Bryson Martinez, and Beau Clafton headline the offense with Dylan Terry leading the big boys up front On defense Kason Wilkinson anchors at linebacker. Piedra Vista is outscoring the comp this year 44-15 and if they want to shut the critics up before play-offs, it's simple. Beat Aztec.

Kirtland 3-5 @ Farmington 5-3
The Kirtland Central Broncos are fighting for season ending pride this weekend and will look to play spoiler against Farmington in a District 1-4A match up. The Broncos under first year Head Coach Kevin Kelly are coming off a 34-14 loss against Piedra Vista. This year, Kirtland is scoring 18.25 points per game on offense. The Farmington Scorpions are still in the play-off race despite their late season district loss against Aztec. Farmington is two games up on .500 with some big wins over Valencia, St. Pius X, and Bloomfield as of late. Essiel Carrasco and Kyle Reynolds each make the Scorpions attack potent. Expecting Farmington to roll big.

Grants 4-4 @ Gallup 2-6
Grants now considered a bubble play-off team after their late season district loss against Valencia last week has to win out in hopes to make the play-offs. This weekend, no excuses they have to beat up on Gallup convincingly. The Pirates are scoring 21.12 points per game, which is very low considering the amount of offensive talent they have on this team. Running Back Timothy White and Athlete Jacob Willcox are their impact players. For the Gallup Bengals, they are now 2-6 after losing to Belen and to Los Lunas in the last two weeks by a combined score of 109-0. Out of play-off contention, the Bengals are hoping to play district spoiler. Running Back Dominic Martinez is close to 1,000-yards rushing this year.

Bernalillo 1-7 @ Santa Fe 3-5
The Bernalillo Spartans are 1-7 this year, however they are 1-1 in district play with a 26-0 win over Capital last weekend. This means, if Bernalillo can somehow find a way to beat Santa Fe in a monster upset, Bernalillo could be play-off dancing, but they have to beat Santa Fe by more than 13 because of the three way tie since they lost to Los ALamos 34-0. The Spartans are led by Sophomore Quarterback Ralph Olguin and Running Back Luke Lucero. SantA Fe is 3-5 this year and all they have to do to keep their play-off spot is beat Bernalillo and Capital, no pressure… The Demons were beaten badly last weekend against Santa Fe losing 62-8. The Demons need to get it together this weekend and take care of business.

Capital 1-7 @ Los Alamos 5-4
The Capital Jagaurs scored their first two touchdowns two weeks ago in their first win of the season against Espanola winning 13-6. Last weekend they were again shut out for the sixth time of the year in a 26-0 loss against Bernalillo. Capital is scoring 2.0 points per game under First Year Head Coach Bill Moon. The Los Alamos Hilltoppers were led by underclassmen quarterback Brice Van Etten who scored three touchdowns in a 56-6 win over Espanola Valley last weekend. Los Alamos could finish 6-4 with a win over Capital, making them a play-off bubble team.

Robertson 4-4 @ Taos 6-2
The Robertson Cardinals at 4-4 this year are coming off a 30-14 win over Raton. This weekend is not do or die weekend, but if they want to win the district championship, they have to do one thing: Beat Taos. Robertson's offense has been their down fall all year scoring just 12.12 points per game. This youthful group of athletes is led by a good coaching staff that should be able to prepare for tight win over Taos. The Tigers at 6-2 this year are one of the 3A surprise teams in 2012. They have won their last three out of four games and their staple win comes against beating Hope Christian 19-14 back in week two. Taos is headlined by running back Isaac Gonzales.

Academy 3-4 @ St. Mike's 8-0
The Academy Chargers are 3-4 this year after a 55-0 win over Santa Fe Indian. Every so often this team take a dip talent wise and that is the case this year with Academy on the verge of going 3-6 this year if they don't beat St. Michael's or Socorro in week 11. The Chargers are led by Cody Crosby, Alan Leyba, and Stone Watson, who has been a surprise sophomore this year. The Horsemen are coming off a battle against Silver. Literally, this game was tooth and nail and the Horsemen were hit hard for four quarters of play beating Sivler 28-21 after training 14-0 for a portion of the game. The Horsemen are allowing just 6.62 points per game and the offense is scoring a ridiculous 49.5 points per game. If the Horsemen win, it will mark Head Coach Joey Fernandez's 100th career victory as a Head Football Coach.

1-7 West LV @ Raton 0-8
The Dons are 1-7 this year after losing to Laguna Acoma back in week six. Two weekends ago however they beat Santa Fe Indian School 38-6. Raton is still winless through eight games, but has played tight with both Robertson and Taos lately. Raton is scoring 20.25 points per game through nine weeks of play.

7-2 Tucumcari @ Santa Rosa 8-0
The Rattlers are primed to be that spoiler in 2A this weekend playing their best football of the year after beating Clayton 27-15. The Rattlers had more than 400-yards of offense last weekend thanks to 100-yards plus rushing from Senior Running Bach Zach Hurd. Tucumcari has to play perfect to beat Santa Rosa. The Lions are a bit banged up this week but still have two of the state's top running backs pounding the way to an impressive 8-0 start. Senior Marcus Lopez has ran for 1,448-yards and 17 touchdowns this year and Tim Valverde is close to the 1,000-yard mark rushing for 778-yards with 13 touchdowns. The Lions are scoring 46.37 points per game and allowing just 6.12 on defense.

McCurdy 6-1 @ Escalante 9-0
The Bobcats travel to Escalante for the small school game of the week. McCurdy is yet to win that marquee game this year, so they have to be eager for this Friday night. On the season the Bobcats have been led by Eric Vigil who has thrown for over 1,700-yards and 23 touchdowns. On defense the Bobcats are led by Randy Trujillo with 4 interceptions and Daniel Arroyo with 7.5 quarterback sacks. The Escalante Lobos rolled to their eight win of the season against Questa last week thanks to 365-yards rushing from Junior Quarterback Renaldo Atencio who has accounted for 3,000-yards this season. Two top notch coaches going head to head near the border of Colorado.

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