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November 23, 2012

Week 13: The Ultimate Preview

Today we preview each and every prep football play-off game taking place over The Thanksgiving Weekend. The NMPreps.com Truck will be at the Las Cruces vs. Clovis game on Friday, Novemeber 23rd and at the 1A State Title Game in Capitan, New Mexico on November 24th tail gating, so please stop by and grab a brat with some green chili before the game. The Tate Branch Auto Group Tail Gate starts at 4PM to 6PM today at the Field of Dreams.

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Class 5A Quarterfinal Preview

Brackets/Times/Dates: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

#1 RIO RANCHO (9-1) VS. #9 VOLCANO VISTA (6-5)
The last time these two met was back in week nine and Rio Rancho had to score a touchdown with 10.0 seconds left to win a thriller in Albuquerque. The Hawks beat Valley last weekend 28-27 to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. Rio Rancho is a perfect 8-0 against 5A teams this year and their offense has produced 42.1 points per game on the season. If their big air attack is not contained and the student body packs the house, Rio Rancho should handle the Hawks easily. Rio Rancho Quarterback Easton Bruere has thrown for 3,036-yards and has a 29/10 touchdown to interception ration. Tristen Foley has caught for 926-yards and 11 touchdowns and Austin Patterson has caught for 763-yards and 10 touchdowns. Volcano Vista has played their last five teams 39-34, 37-34, 56-41, 38-30, 28-27.

#4 SANDIA (7-3) VS. #5 MAYFIELD (7-4)
These two teams last met in the play-offs back in 2006 when Mayfield stopped Sandia on the goal line to win a memorable game at the Field of Dreams. The Trojans would go on to win the State Title the next weekend against Alamogordo. Sandia has played a gauntlet of schedule at the end of the year beating Manzano, Eldorado and losing to Clovis and La Cueva. Mayfield is coming off a loss to Las Cruces and a thrilling 35-28 win over Manzano last weekend. Sandia Quarterback Craig Coffman has thrown for 1,488-yards and 15 touchdowns, Receiver Brenden Barker has caught for 753-yards and eight touchdowns. Mayfield Running Back Marcus Inglemon has amassed over 1,250 all purpose yards and has six interceptions on defense.

#3 LA CUEVA (9-1) VS. #11 ELDORADO (5-5)
The last time they met La Cueva dominated, but Eldorado kept it close losing 35-27. To put it straight, La Cueva is the much better football time during this second match up. Eldorado is very bang up and while they showed a lot of heart to beat Cleveland last week they are going to need a flawless game plan to beat La Cueva. The Bears have won five in a row and are one of the hottest teams in New Mexico. Rivalry factor could make it a bit closer, but La Cueva is much more talented. La Cueva's Zach Silva has thrown for 1,900-yards and 22 touchdowns. Running Back Michael Rose has ran for just over 1,000-yards, and Chris Thompson at receiver has caught for 973-yards and 10 touchdowns. Eldorado is led by Zach Gentry who has thrown for just over 1,300-yards and 13 touchdowns.

#2 LAS CRUCES (8-1) VS. #7 CLOVIS (6-5)
Two of the top programs in New Mexico meet at the Field of Dreams for what looks to be pound for pound the best game on paper. These two teams met in week zero and it was all Las Cruces. The season has changed and Clovis looks like they could win the whole thing on the legs of NMPreps.com Mr. Football Candidate Kamal Cass. Clovis has won three in a row. Las Cruces is coming off a 36-13 win over Mayfield and what's contributed to their success is the big boys up front. If Las Cruces controls the line of scrimmage and limits big plays they win. Las Cruces Quarterback Jon Joy has thrown for 1,990-yards and 20 touchdowns, Running Back J.J. Grandados has ran for 800-yards and 22 touchdowns. For Clovis, Kamal Cass has ran for over 2,400-yards and 35 touchdowns.

Class 4A Quarterfinal Preview

Brackets/Times/Dates: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

#1 GODDARD (9-0) @ #8 MORIARTY (8-3)
The Goddard Rockets are unbeaten this season and have should great balance this season between a solid offense and stout defense. Cody French at Running Back has had fantastic production behind arguably the top offensive line in New Mexico. On defense, they are allowing just 9.7 points per game. Moriarty is now 8-3 this season after beating Farmington 45-20 in the play-offs. The Pintos have won six in a row under Head Football Coach Bob Allcorn. Goddard Running Back Cody French has ran for over 1,000-yards, Moriarty's Justin Manning has returned three KO's for touchdowns and also has three punt returns for touchdowns.

#4 BELEN (8-2) VS. #5 DEMING (9-2)
These two teams met back in week one and it was Belen coming away with a 14-7 victory. Belen has been banged up this season, but has turned things around in their last four games of the season by simply pounding the rock with Xavier Armjio, their power back that can pick up five to six yards per pop. Deming has won seven in a row and will hit you with a ton of athleticism, and a very affective ground game led by running back Ismael Garrett. Their passing game has also improved in the late season. Deming Running back Ismael Garrett has ran for over 1,200-yards and 10 touchdowns. Belen Running Back Xavier Armijo has ran for 1,132-yards and 18 touchdowns.

#3 ARTESIA (8-2) VS. #6 AZTEC (6-4)
Over the years Artesia has been 6-6, 7-5, etc. but it's been a while since they have finished the regular season at 8-2. Their offense this season is scoring 51.7 points per game and their two losses come against teams that are a combined 17-1 this season. If they start to move the ball effectively early, Aztec could be in major trouble. The Aztec Tigers started off the season 1-3, but have since won their last six out of eight games. Adam Lucero a new member to the NMPreps.com Mr. Football Award Watch has thrown for more than 600-yards in the last two games, accounted for more than eight touchdowns, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Artesia Quarterback Trevor Eulenbach who is questionable for this weekend against Aztec after suffering an injury against Goddard a few weeks back has thrown for 29 touchdowns and 2,411-yards. Artesia Receiver Miguel Rodriguez has caught for 896-yards and 10 touchdowns. Aztec Quarterback Adam Lucero has thrown for 2,388-yards and 26 touchdowns and Brad Hardin has caught for 930-yards and 11 touchdowns.

#2 LOS LUNAS (10-0) VS. #7 PIEDRA VISTA (8-2)
Los Lunas has allowed just two touchdowns in their last six games. Quarterback Chris Wisneski has thrown for 1,145-yards and 17 touchdowns and Running Back Jalen Chavez has ran for 1,176-yards and 15 touchdowns. Greg Wortman has 14 quarterback sacks. Piedra Vista Quarterback Isaiah Valdez has thrown for over 1,800-yards and 20 touchdown passes. Piedra Vista Receiver Bryson Martinez has caught for over 800-yards and has scored over 15 total touchdowns this season.

3A Quarterfinal Preview

Brackets/Times/Dates: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

#9 Hope 5-6 @ #1 St. Michael's 10-0
These two private school programs now rivals just met two weeks ago a with St. Michael's barely winning 12-7. Yeah, it was that close. On Saturday it will mark the fourth meeting in just two years that the two have played each other with St. Michael's winning three going in. Hope Christian defeated Taos last weekend 50-0 thanks to three touchdowns from Jon Millar and three touchdowns from Tommy Riley. St. Michael's is led by a host of prime time players including Quarterback Cory Serna, Running Back Salomon Martinez, Athlete Daniel Ortega, Offensive Linemen Adnres Blea, Michael Gormley, Griffith Barth, Josh Carrasco, etc. You could name their whole roster as impact players. The Horsemen don't often lose on Saturday at home and while we expect Hope to play the Horsemen tight, the Horsemen are the 10 point favorite to reach the state semifinals.

#5 Lovington 4-6 @ #4 Bloomfield 6-4
The Lovington Wildcats just won their fourth game of the season last weekend against Pojoaque in a 36-0 shutout. The Wildcats have won their last two out of three games and this weekend we finally get to see what Bloomfield and Lovington are made of in a mystery game. All year, Lovington has played tough comp but just five games against 3A comp. Bloomfield is 4-2 against 3A comp, but their schedule of strength is really lagging. Watch for Lovington Running Back Justin Bromley to be the difference maker in this one. For Bloomfield, they will rely on quarterback Robert Lyon to make big plays hopping to upset the three time defending Class 3A State Champ.

#6 Robertson 7-4 @ #3 Ruidoso 9-1
The Robertson Cardinals were down to Portales last weekend 14-0, before mounting an impressive come from behind victory to win 40-26 in he first round of the play-offs. This weekend the Cardinals will get their second crack at beating Ruidoso this season, the two teams met back in week eight with Ruidoso escaping in a 26-21 thriller. Robertson has won their last six out of seven games, looks like they are peeking at the right time. As for Ruidoso they are led by a big offensive attack that is scoring 33.2 points per game. They have also won their last two games by a score of 70-0. Ruidoso has the athletes and home field advantage, hard to see Robertson pulling off the upset in the quarterfinals.

#10 Academy 4-6 @ #2 Silver 8-2
Never count out Head Football Coach Kevin Carroll and the Academy Chargers? Last weekend they topped Socorro in Socorro 34-24, pretty impressive for a team that was just scoring over three touchdowns per game before heading into the play-offs. Academy will now take on another District 3-3A team in Silver. The Silver Colts has two losses to teams that are a combined 19-2 this season, yeah Silver is legit. They have a underrated quarterback in Derek Salas and two of the best pound for pound football players in the state in Dakota and Nevada Bencomo. Also watch for linebacker justin Trewern. Silver is ready and will not make mistakes that Socorro did in week one of the play-offs.

2A Quarterfinal Preview

Brackets/Times/Dates: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

#9 Lordsburg 6-5 @ #1 Santa Rosa 10-0
The Lordsburg Mavericks edged out Laguna Acoma last weekend 21-14 and will now take on the giant Santa Rosa Lions Saturday at Warfield. It's a tough test no doubt for Lordsburg who already lost to No. 2 seeded Tularosa this season 50-0. Running Back Wendell Hayes can fly and posted a 4.37 40-time at the Elite Combine this summer. Santa Rosa will have to keep him in check. The Lions are 10-0 and scoring 45.5 points per game this season. Their offense is headlined by NMPreps.com Mr. Football Candidate Marcus Lopez who has ran for close to 2,000-yards and scored over 30-touchdowns. Tim Valvered leads the defense which is allowing just 6.9 points per game. Lions are ready, are you?

#5 Tucumcari 8-3 @ #4 Hatch Valley 7-3
Pound for pound of the top match ups on the board this weekend. Tucumcari is coming off a 45-0 win over Mesilla Valley and has been pounding the rock very nicely this year. They are big up front and have some running backs that can get the job done. Last weekend defensive specialist Luke Smith was a turnover machine. The Hatch Valley Bears back to business now that they are back in 2A where they won three state titles in a row back in the early 2000's. This year they have a quarterback by the name of Chase Carson who has put up some crazy good numbers, against Mesilla Valley in week 11 he made some highlight reel type plays on defense. Hatch is huge, Tucumcari is huge, let's get it on.

#6 Dexter 7-4 @ #3 Texico 8-1
The Dexter Demons rolled right past Ramah as expected and now we have a rivalry game taking pace in week two of the play-offs. These two teams met earlier this year with Texico winning 12-0. Expecting another hard fought game between these two this weekend. Dexter's defense is allowing just 145 points per game. Texico is led by good defense, but they have had major success rushing the football thanks to a 1,700-yard season from Shay Harrison at running back. If Dexter wants to get past Texico this weekend, stop Harrison and make big plays on offense. Who ever hits the 20 point mark first is likely to survive.

#7 Clayton 7-4 @ #2 Tularosa 8-2
Clayton has been a season surprise under first year Head Coach Ken Robinson and they have made some big waves in year one with big defense. While the Yellow Jackets went 1-3 in District, they are 4-3 against 2A teams this season. Nick Wiseman at running back and Dakota Montoya on the defensive line are their two impact players. Long drive for Clayton and keeping up with the speed of the Wildcats is a concern. The Wildcats are 8-2 and 6-0 this season against 2A teams. Their losses are to two 3A teams that are a combined 17-2. On offense watch for quarterback Jared Rocha and Receiver Jim Coleman. When Coleman is on, he is one of the best athletes in New Mexico. Expect Tularosa to pull away in the second half.

Class 1A State Title Preview

#3 Escalante 11-1 @ #5 Capitan 8-3
The Escalante Lobos are now 11-1 on the season after their 41-34 win over the McCurdy Bobcats last weekend. On the season, the Lobos are led by Reynaldo Atencio who has thrown for 1,118-yards, 12 touchdowns, ran for 2,564-yards, and 41 touchdowns, for a total of 3,682-yards and 53 touchdowns. The Capitan Tigers are 8-3 this season after starting out the season 0-3. On the season Capitan is led by running backs Jacob Wilcox who has ran for 767-yards and 11 touchdowns and Dreamer Whipple who has ran for 652-yards and 11 touchdown as well. If you're in Capitan, come find the NMPreps.com truck, we'll have a brat and some green chilie waiting for you...

Class 8-Man State Title Preview

#2 Tatum 9-1 @ #1 Gateway Christian 10-0
The Tatum Coyotes are now 9-1 this season and have a dangerous offense thanks to huge production from Running Back Timmy Pearce who has ran for 1,606-yards and 22 touchdowns. Gateway Christian is 10-0 on the season under Shuan Wigley and led by Quarterback Andrew Meeks who has thrown for 1,112-yards and 12 touchdowns and who has also ran for 901-yards and 13 touchdowns.

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