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November 17, 2012

Week 12: Friday Night Recap & Scores

Week 12 Friday Night Recap | Play-Off Final Scores

Class 5A | Bracket

Volcano Vista 28, Valley 27
The visiting Volcano Vista Hawks (6-5), and the hosting Valley Vikings (7-4) were scheduled to battle it out for round one of the New Mexico High school football play-offs, and battle is what the two teams did, up until the very end. The Vikings were leading at one point by 14 points but the determination and perseverance that the Hawks have showed all year long played a huge roll in getting the win when it mattered most against a very high quality Valley program. A late touchdown

Video: Volcano Vista 28, Valley 27

by Isaiah Perry helped seal the deal as the Vikings had botched a PAT attempt after they scored late in the game to give Valley a 27-21 lead. All the Hawks needed to do at this point was to get a victory was score a touchdown and convert the PAT, and that is exactly what the Hawks did behind the exceptional play of Isaiah Perry, Dominico Chavez, Dorsett Valdez and Reid Hendricks, also chipping in for the Hawks offensively was Joe Searcy - Ortega. Josh Lubbold lead the way defensively for the Hawks and helped lead them to the first ever victory at the very competitive 5-A level. A huge win for the Hawks and a sour note to end on for Valley on what has already been a stellar year for 1st year head coach Enrico Marcelli and his much improved group of kids. The season is over for the Vikings who on the year was lead by Junior Quarterback Bo Coleman and Junior wide receiver Aaron Molina, but they will return around 18 players from this years squad and the Majority of their linemen in what should make for another great year in 2013 for the Vikings. The Hawks will look to continue their winning ways next week against Rio Rancho High school and will also look for a shot at redemption..

Eldorado 28, Cleveland 26
The Eldorado Eagles traveled to Rio Rancho on Friday Night to face off against the Cleveland Storm, and came away with a big-time victory. Although the Eagles were down big, early on and were controlled by Cleveland through the early

Video: Eldorado 28, Cleveland 26

goings, somehow the Eagles and Coach Dotson figured out a way to pull off the comeback and take out the #6 seeded Cleveland Storm. The Eagles who are banged up at this point after playing 9 play-off teams on the season started out slow but relied upon strong defense to help them get the win on the night. The Eagles were lead offensively by Zach Gentry who had a rough game under center but led the Eagles charge none the less. Defensively the Eagles looked to Dez Ravinal and Austin French who are both on the defensive line to help stop the Attack of Romell Jordan and the Cleveland roughing attack. The Eagles will have a shot at redemption newt week when the get set to face off Against the La Cueva bears, a team the Eagles are familiar with after taking the Bears to the wire in week 9 loosing 35-27 for Cleveland the loss stings as it ends on their home turf at Lightning Rod Stadium and caps off what was an exceptional year under 1st year head coach Heath Ridenour.

Mayfield 35, Manzano 28
The Mayfield Trojans have once again bested the Manzano Monarchs in the play-offs in another thriller. A back and fourth No. 5 vs. No. 12 game that should the clear parity in Class 5A ended with the Mayfield Trojans scoring two late touchdowns to beat Manzano by just seven points. Mayfield now 7-4 on the season will advance to the quarterfinal round of the play-offs to take on the Sandia Matadors, while Manzano ends the year at 6-5. The game kicked off with a Marcus Inglemon touchdown run to put the Trojans up 7-0, however Manzano would score two touchdowns back to back to make it 14-7 Manzano at the half. Mayfield would score to make it 14-14 when Isiah Lerman returned an interception 60-yards for a touchdown, then just like that Manzano would score when Quartebrack Angel Gonzales found Josh Alverz for a 13 yard touchdown stike. The Trojans scored 21 points in the final quarter, including a 21-yard touchdown run by Kavika Johnson to tie the game at 35 and a Ryan Hammond 20-yard touchdown catch to put the icing on the cake.

Clovis 47, Atrisco 21
The Clovis Wildcats are a completely different team come the play-offs as they ended the Atrisco Hertiage Jaguar's season Friday night with a 26 point victory at Leon William's Stadium. The Wildcats now 6-5 on the year will head to Las Cruces next Friday Night to take on the Las Cruces Bulldawgs in a 5A rematch of week zero when the two teams scrimmaged in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Clovis Junior Running Back Kamal Cass continued to make his mark on the Clovis Football record book rushing for 343-yards and five touchdowns.

Class 4A | Bracket

No. 5 Deming 36, No. 12 Roswell 0
The Deming Wildcats are now 9-2 this season after beating the Roswell Coyotes in the opening round of the prep football play-offs 36-0. The Deming Wildcats will now take on Belen in round two of the play-offs, a game they lost back in week one by the score of just 14-7. Deming was led by Ismael Garrett on the night who had over 100-yards rushing.

Moriarty 45, Farmington 20
The Moriarty Pintos continue their last season impressive play with a 25 point win over the Farmington Scorpions to win their sixth game in a row. The Pintos jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back as the Pintos now 8-3 on the season will advance in the play-offs to take on the Goddard Rockets. On the night, the Pintos were led by 120-yards rushing from Bobby Tapia.

Piedra Vista 49, St. Pius X 3
Back in week eight, the Piedra Vista were defeated by St. Pius X 30-28 and in prep football rematches are very rare within the same season, so when Piedra Vista landed a rematch with the Sartans in round one, it's clear they wanted to make a statement. Statement made with a 46 point victory over the Sartans to push the Panthers into the quarterback round of the state 4A play-offs where they will take on Los Lunas next weekend. The Panthers are now 9-2 on the season.

Aztec 63, Santa Fe 13
The Aztec Tigers aka the Defending Class 4A State Champs looked like the State Champs on the night beating Santa Fe by 50 points Friday Night in the opening round of the 4A prep football play-offs. The Aztec Tigers now 6-4 on the season were led by Adam Lucero who threw for 332-yards and four touchdown passes. The Tigers will travel to Artesia next weekend in the quarterfinal round.

Class 3A | 3A Saturday Preview

Albuquerque Academy 34, Socorro 24
The Academy Chargers and the Socorro Warriors did battle on the night in the first round of the State Tournament . For the Chargers this win propels them to the 2nd round of state behind the legs of quarterback John White who had a huge game on the ground rushing for 2 TD's and led his team to victory over a worthy opponent in Socorro. The Chargers will face Silver in round 2 of the New Mexico High School football Play-Offs.

Class 1A

Capitan 24, Hagerman 6
The Capitan Tigers are headed to the 1A State Championship and will take on either McCurdy or Escalante next weekend. The Tigers started out the year 0-3, but have since won eight games in a row including their 18 point win over the No. 1 seed Capitan.

Saturday Preview | Friday Recap

Class 3A

#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.

Class 2A

#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.

Class 1A/8Man/6-Man

#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.

#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.

#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.



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