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November 16, 2012

Week 12: The Ultimate 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.

5A First Round Preview | 5A Bracket | Play-Off Home

#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.

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

Class 4A Preview | 4A Bracket | Play-Off Home

#9 Farmington 7-3 @ #8 Moriarty 7-3
The Farmington Scorpions took third in district after losing to Aztec and beating Piedra Vista in a wild ending to District 1-4A play. Farmington finished the season at 7-3 and won their last five out of six games of the season. Quarterback Jacob Lucas has been a big part of their offense that has totaled 27.7 points per game this year. Their defense has been quietly good allowing just 13.2 points per game. The Moriarty Pintos at 7-3 on the season have won their last five games in a row. With convincing wins against Roswell, Santa Fe, and St. Pius X (All play-off teams) in the final games of the season Moriarty is the team no one is talking about or it seems that way. The Pintos are scoring 34.9 points per game and are led by Justing Manning and Adam Smith at running back. Watch for Bobby Tapia on the defensive side.

#12 Roswell 6-4 @ #5 Deming 8-2
The Roswell Coyotes have won three out of their last four games of the season, but had enough wins to garner the final position in the play-offs. On the year this team has been led by Jarrett Vaz at tight end/defensive end who has close to 200-yards receiving and four sacks on defense. Deming went 8-2 this year losing to just Belen and to Artesia, yeah they might be better than you think. Running Backs Ismail Garrett and Jerome Sandoval have helped this team produce 28.7 points per game and Quarterback David Padron has been the un-sung junior Quarterback performing exceptional down the stretch. On paper this match up looks more even as Deming beat Santa Teresa 21-14 and Roswell beat Santa Teresa by a score of 41-14.

#11 Santa Fe @ #6 Aztec 5-4
The Santa Fe Demons are going to the play-offs for the first time since the late 1980's. Their 5-5 record came from wins against Albuquerque, Espanola, Los Alamos, Bernalillo, and Capital so clearly they have not beat a play-off time team this year. The Demons however do have some athletes than are dangerous including Jordan Booth Homer at Quarterback and Anthony Abeyta at running back. Isaiah Taylor and Marcus Alarid are their top two linebackers. The Aztec Tigers 5-4 this year have won their last four out of five games with just that three point thrilling loss to Piedra Vista back in week 10. Adam Lucero has been pretty much unbelievable and will be added to the NMPreps.com Mr. Football Watch List, last weekend against Kirtland Central he threw for over 200-yards and returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Kirtland. Watch for Brad Hardin as well, one of the top New Mexico Receivers you don't know about. Aztec is scoring 33.0 points per game on offense.

#10 St. Pius X 5-5 @ #7 Piedra Vista 8-2
The Sartans played some ugly football last Saturday against Moriarty losing 32-13 and from week to week this team has seem to of had identity issues. What is clear is that they have a solid veteran Head Coach in San Juan Mendoza and some talent in the backfield thanks to 200-pound T.J. Sanchez. The Sartans are scoring 27.9 points per game and are 2-2 in their last four games, their marquee win ironically is over Piedra Vista a game they won 39-28 back in week eight. The Piedra Vista Panthers are 8-2 this year, but 2-2 in their last four games of the season. No doubt they have a ton of talent and what is great about their rematch against St. Pius X is they get to prove to themselves that round one was a fluke. On the season, Isaiah Valdez at quarterback has been fantastic hooking up with Bryson Martinez all year long. Don't forget about Jared Armijo, Statton Waller, and Dyan Terry, one of the top offensive linemen in the State.

Class 3A Preview | 3A Bracket | Play-Off Home

#9 Hope Christian 4-6 @ #9 Taos 7-3
The Hope Christian Huskies won 11 games during the 2011 season and have won just four in 2012 making for a puzzling season for a team that was supposed to be a title contender in the pre-season due to their returning talent into this season. Their offense has managed to produce just 16.7 points per game. They have losses against Taos, Silver, Santa Rosa, Bloomfield, Portales, and St. Michael's, all which are play-off teams. This season Hope has been led by Eric Anderson with 83 tackles, Jon Milar with 81 tackles, and Blake Howington who has 80 tackles, and Sam White who has an incredible 16 quarterback sacks this year which is leading the State of New Mexico. Taos beat Hope straight up 19-14 and has been led by Running Back Isaac Gonzales all season long as he approaches 1,000-yards this year. Also watch for Nick Lemley as one of their impact players. On the season Taos has scored 23.7 points per game and has won their last three out of four games this year.

#11 Portales 2-7 @ #6 Robertson 6-4
The Portales Rams have lost three in a row and have been outscored in those three games a combined 72-0. They did play Robertson close earlier in the year losing 13-7 in overtime. The Rams are scoring just 12.1 points per game this season and giving up 31.7 on defense. The Robertson Cardinals, a team eager to make their mark in the play-offs have win their last five out of six games including taking Ruidoso to the wire in a 26-21 loss that raised a few eyebrows. The Cardinals are scoring 15.7 points per game and giving up 28.0 points per game on defense. This is a young team and it's hard for even us to name key impact players, but we know one thing: Cardinal Stadium will be rocking Friday Night with Big Red expecting a play-off win.

#12 Pojoaque 5-5 @ #5 Lovington 3-6
The Pojoaque Elks at 5-5 reached the play-offs even though they lost their last three out of four games of the season. Their marquee season win came against beating Shiprock 27-14 back in week four. This year, the Elks are led by Quarterback John Ainsworth, a good size quarterback that is over 200 pounds. The Elks are scoring 25.0 points per game. The Three Time Defending 3A State Champ, the Lovington Wildcats are coming off a 23-0 loss to Ruidoso. In their last two losses, the Wildcats have been outscored 51-0, against teams that are a combined 18-1 (Goddard/Ruidoso). The Wildcats are led by Quarterback David Robles, Running Back Justin Bromley, Defensive Linemen Austin Vancleve, and Linebacker Bo Jackson. This team still has enough potency to make some noise and few do it better than Lovington in the play-offs.

#10 Academy 3-6 @ #7 Socorro 6-4
The Academy Chargers have had a dismal season losing six games and losing their four out of five games to end the year. Last week they lost to Socorro 17-8 and will have a shot at redemption this season. Cody Crosby and Stone Watson have been the Charger's Impact Players this year and while they are both underclassmen, they each have the ability to make the big play. Socorro is a sleeper in this 3A mix winning their last three out of five games. They don't have the size or speed that they have had in the past, but Head Coach Damian Ocampo is a master of having his team achieve a higher level than their overall talent come the play-offs. Zeb Esquivel and Zach Binger are their top players. Socorro is scoring 27.8 points per game and allowing 20.8 on defense.

Class 2A Preivew | 2A Bracket | Play-Off Home

#10 Navajo Prep 6-4 @ #7 Clayton 6-4
Navajo Prep is the winner of district 5-2A and they have won their last four games of the season. Last weekend they beat Dulce 66-12, Clayton beat Dulce 55-0 in week one. Navajo Prep is scoring 37.6 points per game this year. Clayton, the heavy favorite to win this match up in round one is big, physical, and has a running back by the name of Nick Wisman that should have his way come Saturday afternoon running for big yards. The Yellow Jackets has earned praise from District 2-2A Coaches, which will make a believe out of any skeptic. Expect Clayton to roll this weekend.

#9 Lordsburg 5-5 @ #8 Laguna Acoma 6-4
The Lordsburg Mavericks went 2-2 against district competition and earned a play-off spot against former district rival Laguna Acoma. Lordsburg this season is scoring 25.2 points per game and led by one of the fastest running backs in all of 2A in Wendell Hayes who is capable of breaking off the big run on any carry. Laguna Acoma is two games over .500 and have won their last five games in a row, including a 51-14 win over 8-2 Ramah in the final week of the regular season. The Hawks have been led by Austin Jones this season who has been a top multi purpose player this year making plays at receiver, running back, and at defensive back. This is a very even first round match up.

#12 Mesilla Valley 4-5 @ #5 Tucumcari 7-3
The Mesilla Valley Son Blazers lost three in a row and still managed a first round game in the play-offs against Tucumcari. The Son Blazers are the Class 1A Defending State Champs and jumping to Class 2A this year has been a tough transition year for first year Head Coach Mike Draper. The Son Blazers are led by Christian Jimenez at receiver and John Jung at running back. The Tucumcari Rattlers have size, speed, and talent to make a real run at the Final Four this year. On the year, Tucumcari is led by Michael Olivas with 84 tackles, Saul Morel with 77 tackles, and Luke Smith with 64 tackles. Zach Hurd has been their premier running back having several big time games during this senior season.

#11 Ramah 8-2 @ #6 Dexter 6-4
Ramah has just two losses this year coming against Magdalena and to Laguna Acoma this year. Other than that, they are 8-0 and scoring 38.7 points per game. Their road trip to Dexter will be a fantastic challenge for their offense. Dexter at 6-4 this season has one of the top defenses in the state pound for pound and is giving up just 14.5 points per game. They started out the year 1-3, but have rebounded nicely in the second half of the season. With the weather getting colder, Dexter's defense could propel them into the final four.

1A/8M/6M Preview | 1A Bracket | Play-Off Home

6-Man State Title Game

#3 Lake Arthur @ #5 Hondo Valley
Game Time: 3PM, November 17th
The Skinny: Lake Arthur is 8-1 this season under Head Coach Jose Porras with their only season loss come against Dora back in the middle of the season. This season Miguel Rubio has ran for 1,600-yards and 22 touchdowns. Hondo has been led by Roberto Nores who has ran for over 1,00-yards and 10 touchdowns. Hondo is 5-4 this year, but has won the last two games of the season. Two weeks ago, they scored 105 points against San Jon/Grady.

8-Man Semifinals Game

#4 Foothill @ #1 Gateway Christian
Game Time: 7PM, November 16th
The Skinny: Gateway is 9-0 this year under Head Coach Shaun Wigley and led by Nathan Bishop who has ran for 800-yards this year and 16 touchdowns. Foothill is 7-3 this season and scoring 39.6 points per game.

#4 Logan @ #2 Tatum
Game Time: 7PM, November 16th
The Skinny: Logan is 8-3 this year under Head Coach Kene Terry and scoring 41.2 points per game this year. This year they are led by sophomore standout Wyatt Strand who has caught for an outstanding 1,077-yards and 8 touchdowns. Tatum, the Class 8-Man Favorite is 8-1 this year and led by Timmy Pearce who has ran for 1,600-yards and 22 touchdowns.

Class 1A Semifinals

#5 Capitan @ #1 Hagerman
Game Time: 7PM, November 16th
The Skinny: Capitan is a dangerous team and they are led by Jacob Wilcox and and Dreamer Whipple a duo that has combined for over 1,000-yards rushing this season. Capitan is 7-3 this year and won seven games in a row. Hagerman is led by Alejandro Ramos who has thrown for 1,585-yards and 23 touchdowns. Hagerman also beat Capitan 48-6 in week one.

#3 Escalante @ #2 McCurdy
Game Time: 1:PM, November 17th
The Skinny: Escalante now 11-1 on the season and led by Reynaldo Atencio who has thrown for 1,056-yards and 12 touchdowns. Atencio has also ran for an outstanding 2,401-yards and 37 touchdowns. The Bobcats 8-1 on the season beat Escalante 54-46 just a few weeks back in a thriller. On the season, Quarterback Eric Vigil has thrown for 1,700-yards and has totaled more than 30 touchdowns.

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