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November 14, 2012

Week 12: Class 5A First Round Preview

Welcome to Week 12 of the New Mexico High School Football Season. Leading up to each Friday or Saturday during the play-offs , we'll preview each play-off game by class. 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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#9 Volcano Vista 5-5 @ #8 Valley 7-3
The Volcano Vista Hawks at 5-5 on the season gave all their fans slight heart attacks from weeks weight to eleven playing in some thrilling games with some of the top teams in the Metro Area. A 39-34 win over Eldorado, a 37-34 loss to Rio Rancho, a 56-41 loss to Cleveland, and a 38-30 overtime win against against Cibola has led us to believe that anyone from here on out that Volcano Vista faces, the Hawks are going to put on a show. On the season they have been led by Senior Quarterback Reid Hendricks who has thrown for close to 2,000-yards, Sophomore Running Back Dominico Chavez who has ran for close to 1,000-yards, and receivers Connor Anderson along with Dorsett Valdez. On defense, watch for Isaiah Perry at defensive end, Josh Lubold at linebacker, and Joseph Searcy-Ortega at defensive back. The Hawks are scoring 35.9 points per game and allowing 29.8 points per game. The Valley Vikings, one of the most improved year over year teams this year under first year Head Coach Rico Marceli ended the year winning five in a row. They've been putting up some points lately, hitting the 50 point mark in three of the their last five games and are scoring 39.7 points per game overall this year. Quarterback Bo Coleman has led the charge as a dual threat quarterback and running back Esteven Loera has also done damage inside the tackles. Valley has a lot to prove coming from District 5-5A, but in Valley's three season losses to the District 2-5A big three, the Vikings have always held their own.

#12 Manzano 6-4 @ #5 Mayfield 6-4
They meet again… These two will replay week four of the prep football season when Mayfield beat the Monarchs 20-14. The Manzano Monarchs are on a three game losing streak after a 32-27 loss to Eldorado. Should we already discount Manzano? No is the answer as the Monarchs would of been district champ of 4-5A and 5-5A this year as they beat Clovis and Valley head to head. The Monarchs also took Eldorado down to the wire losing by just five in the regular season. Quarterback Angel Gonzales has been a baller all year leading the offense to score 32.0 points per game. Louis Flores and Luke Spence are two of the top defensive players you've never heard of. Big game for first year Manzano Head Coach Chad Adcox. The Mayfield Trojans are also 6-4 after losing to Las Cruces 36-13. Mayfield is Mayfield, and it's been a while since they did not advance to the second round of the play-offs under Michael Bradley. On offense, Marcus Inglemon is dangerous in open space at running back, Andrew Serna is a dual threat quarterback, and Brandon Thelan can make the big catch when needed. The Trojans have a overachieving offensive line, but as you can imagine they are very disciplined and rarely make mistakes. On offense Mayfield is scoring 28.7 points per game. On defense, the Trojans are led by 6-foot-4, 265 pound Devonte Weeks and two solid linebackers in Santiago Miranda along with Joah Franzoy. The defense is giving up just 20.6 point points per game.

#11 Eldorado 4-5 @ #6 Cleveland 6-4
The rematch of week zero of the high school football season, when the two teams scrimmaged at Cleveland is now a first round play-off game, somewhat ironic that these two now get a chance to figure out who won that first meeting. Eldorado jumps into the play-offs after a 32-27 win over the Manzano Monarchs. What makes Eldorado so dangerous is their overall talent on both sides of the football and the fact that they are battle tested from playing bigs each week of the season. In their last three games, Eldorado Eagle Sophomore Quarterback Zach Gentry has thrown for more than 1,000-yards and 10 touchdowns, which has helped Eldorado stay in games against La Cueva and Sandia, each who garnered a top four seed in the play-offs, Eldorado nearly beat Rio Rancho as well taking the Rams down to the wire losing just 39-38. On defense, watch for Defensive Tackle Austin French and Linebacker Patrick Garcia. The Cleveland Storm is coming off a 35-0 loss to Rio Rancho in week 11. Not a good way to end the year, but maybe they were nursing some key injuries to make a play-off run as New Mexico Lobo Commit Romell Jordan did not play last week and Steven Steele saw minimal playing time. Cleveland scored 42, 54, and 56 points in their three games before Rio Rancho. Still a lot of talent and if Kian Homme at Quarterback finds his rhythm Friday Night, Cleveland is going to be tough to beat. On defense, watch for defensive end Desmond Branch along with linebacker Mackey Dunlap, and defensive back Andre Li Rosi.

#10 Arisco Heritage 8-2 @ #7 Clovis 5-5
The Atrisco Heritage Jaguars are now 8-2 and heading to Leon Williams Stadium during their first year in Class 5A Football. It's impressive anyway you look at what they have done this year. They are scoring 34.0 points per game and allowing just 12.0 points on defense, which is No. 1 in Class 5A. Atrisco runs the midline option and their Quarterback Nate Goode is as tough as they come, Ricci Alvidrez is a running back that can separate when in open field and their offensive line simply executes. This group hung with Rio Rancho for a half trailing the Rams just 28-21 at the half, before Rio Rancho broke this game wide open. Clovis has won three in a row and there is no guessing in what their offense is going to come out in do in the play-offs: Hand the ball off to Kamal Cass, their 2014 D-1 Prospect that has over 2,000-yards rushing this year. The Wildcats are massive up front, that is something that does not get talked about enough. With 270 point Dijon Ford at TE/DE and Marshall Winn at 6-foot-4 215 pounds, Clovis will get a push on most defensive line units and then it's just a matter of time unit Cass hits the big one. If Atrisco gets down early, it's over. If Atrisco limits turnovers, this game is a thriller.

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