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December 6, 2013

Preview: No. 2 Hatch Valley vs. No. 4 Clayton

Today we release our 2013 Class 2A State Title Game Preview between 10-2 Hatch Valley and 11-1 Clayton.

2A State Title Game
No. 3 Hatch Valley @ No. 4 Clayton
Location: Clayton
Game Time: 1PM MST
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NMPreps.com's 2013 2A State Title Game Preview
Hatch Team Preview Clayton Team Preview
The Bears are led by Quarterback Chase Carson who has thrown for 1,079-yards and 13 touchdowns, but also ran for an impressive 1,232-yards and 15 touchdowns. Sophomore Running Back Adrien Grajeda who rushed for 993-yards and 16 touchdowns. In fact, Graheda has scored 22 total touchdowns this year. Watch for JR Caraza at running back at at receiver and up front watch for Miguel Gonzalez at 6-3, 300 pounds and Marcos Olivas at 6-2, 260 pounds. Hatch is the clear favorite on Saturday, it's just a matter of execution. They are big, they have playmakers, they are the favorite for a reason. Their size is similar to Clayton's. Their defense has been incredible this year allowing just 84 points total in 12 games which comes to an average of 7 points per game. They have forced 4 shutouts this year and the most impressive stat is holding the Santa Rosa Lion's to just 8 points last week. Allen Hass and Dakota Montoya have a combined 18 quarterback sacks this year, each should be 1st team all-state 2A defensive linemen. On offense, Clayton can score big points when needed and they've shown that this year scoring over the 40 point make 7 times. They want to establish the run game with Zane Vandiver and Nick Wisemen hitting between the tackles.
Hatch Head Coach: Jack Cisco Clatyon Head Coach: Colin Justiss
Jack Cisco comes from a great football coaching background having coached as an assistant under Jim Bradley Sr. at Roswell during the 1980's. He then took over at Roswell High School where he won a State Championship with the Coyotes in 2000. During this summer Cisco was inducted in the New Mexico Hall of Honor. Read More Here Colin Justiss took the Clayton job after leaving Capitan in 2012 where in his only year with the Tigers took Capitan also to the State Title Game. So in two years, Justiss has taken two different teams to the title game. He found a way to beat Santa Rosa who who riding a 30 game winning streak, that speaks volumes of his schemes and coaching talent.
Hatch Impact Player: Chase Carson Clayton Impact Player: Dakota Montoya
Senior QB who has thrown for 1,079-yards and also ran for 1,232-yards. Senior DL. 6-foot-4, 285 pound defensive tackle and kicker. Has 8 sacks on the year.
Additional Hatch Players To Watch Additional Clayton Players To Watch
Adrian Grajeda RB So.
Chase Carson QB Sr.
JR Caraza ATH Sr.
Miguel Gonzales OL Sr.
Marcos Olivas OL Sr.
Nick Wiseman RB Sr.
Zane Vandiver RB Sr.
Brian Montoya ATH Jr.
Allen Hass DL Sr.
Dakota Montoya DL Sr.
2013 Hatch Team Schedule 2013 Clayton Team Schedule
Points For: 591
Points Against : 295
Record Against 2A: 9-0
District 3-2A Champ
W - NMMI 55-7
W - Texico 27-21
L - Silver 35-30
W - West LV 54-22
L - Centennial 49-13
W - Mesilla 67-13
W - Tularosa 56-12
W - Lordsburg 61-27
W - Cobre 57-21
W - Laguna Acoma 49-24 Quarterfinals
W - Dexter 31-20 Semifinals
@ Clayton State Championships
Points For: 471
Points Against: 84
Record vs. 2A Teams: 5-1
District 2-2A Runner Ups
W - West LV 57-6
W - Hooker 40-6
W - Tekhoma 30-6
W - Questa 72-0
W - Raton 44-6
W - Escalante 51-0
W - Estancia 19-12
L - Santa Rosa 19-12
W - Tucumcari 54-0
W - Texico 50-0
W - Estancia 22-6 *2A Quarterfinals
W - Santa Rosa 16-8 *2A State Title Game
vs. Hatch *2A State Title Game
Hatch State Championship History Clayton State Championship History
2005 - 2A Title Game Hatch 54, Tucumcari 7
2004 - 2A Title Game Hatch 46, Santa Rosa 7
2003 - 2A Title Game Hatch 41, Lordsburg 12
2009 - Lost to Hagerman 13-12
2008 - Lost to Ft. Sumner 48-0
2006 - Lost to Ft. Sumner 14-3
1998 - Lost to Santa Rosa 18-7
1988 - Lost to Animas 23-8
1987 - Lost to Animas 14-0
1978 - Lost to Eunice 8-0
1976 - Lost to McCurdy 22-16
1974 - Lost to Jal 24-21

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