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May 22, 2014

Greatest 100 High School Football Teams

It started back in March of 2011, the goal was simple. Put together a never before done list of the Top 100 New Mexico High School Football Teams of All-Time. It was a daunting task to say the least and it nearly took a five months of fact


NMPreps.com Top 100 New Mexico Prep Football Teams Of All-Time List Was Compiled By Kyle Henderson of NMPreps.com.

The Rankings are based off team's final season record, points scored in a season, points allowed in a season, number of defensive shutouts in a season, margin of victory in a season, whether or not the team won the state title during that year, etc.

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checking to figure out which exact 100 teams would be included. With help from New Mexico High School Football Historian Dan Ford and his latest History of New Mexico High School Football Books, I was able to narrow down the best of the best from the years gone by.

I'm a numbers guy and everyone that follows NMPreps.com knows that what I lack in writing skills, I make up for with graphs, charts, stats, etc. I devised a power ranking for each team that stood out throughout the years.

Points for, points against, points scored in a season, points allowed in a season, number of shutouts in a season, number of games won, and the big one: whether or not a team won a state title at the end of the season.

Knowing that I could get all those numbers accurately that is the direction I went with the power rankings.

Throughout all the feedback and e-mails I've received throughout the top 100 countdown, most has been positive, however there has been some sticklers commenting that the rankings are not accurate because of this and that.

My answer is this: All rankings are debatable and with the system that I used, I strongly feel that these rankings are the best depiction of the top 100 teams that you'll see. The system that I used excluded no team and the same principles were used to rank each team within the top 100. I have updated the rankings after the 2013 Football Season.

NMPreps.com's Greatest 100 HS Football Teams | Small School
2000 Highland Hornets 11-1
Margin of Victory: 35-12 | Defensive Shutouts: 1
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
429/155 562.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: If you talk to former players or coaches from the 2000 Highland Team, they still feel that they should of been crowned champs at the end of the season. The 11-1 Highland team is one of the best Metro teams over the last decade and with a giant rushing attack, few stood in their way. They opened up the season by beating Manzano, West Mesa, Clovis, and Goddard. Sitting at 5-0 before district play, Highland was turning heads from across the state and being looked at as a title contender. They then beat Del Norte, Sandia, and Rio Grande by a combined score of 112-13. They beat La Cueva 41-14, and finished district play by beating Santa Fe 42-7. In the 2000 play-offs the first squared off with a very talent dMayfield team. Down at half, Highland stormed back to win 49-35. In their next match up, they lost to Carlsbad 31-21. Carlsbad would lose the next week to Las Cruces. Highland has not been to the final four since. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
2006 Piedra Vista Panthers 10-2
Margin of Victory: 36-12 | Defensive Shutouts: 3
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
440-148 561.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: The Panthers were not even 10-years old as a football program when they posted what is still to this day arguably the best overall prep football team to ever come out of Farmington. Led by a 255 pound Quarterback in Paul Shay and a 1,500-yard receiver in Eric Varnell, this passing attack scored close to 40 points per game, in fact they hit the 69 point and even scored 80 points during their season run. Their only regular season loss was to Durango, Colorado 24-0. Their next loss would come against Goddard in the semifinals of the state play-offs where they would be pounded 49-6. It's important to note that Piedra Vista outscored the district that year 186-12. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
1982 Clovis Wildcats 11-2
Margin of Victory: 20-7 | Defensive Shutouts: 3
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
264-92 555.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: Clovis played in eight state championship games during the 1980's, winning the 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985 state championships. The Wildcats entered the 1982 season with a three game winning streak from the 1981 season and continued their winning ways by beating Palo Duro, Texas 7-0, beating Pampa Texas 23-0, beating Canyon Texas 14-7, beating Alamogordo 7-6. Their winning streak was up to seven games and they were 4-0 in the 1982 season heading into their big contest against Lawton, Okalahoma. The streak was broken as Lawton won 14-0. Clovis would lose again three weeks later to Carlsbad 19-14, before beating Hobbs 7-3. They beat Farmington 28-12 in the quarterfinals, beat Eldorado 32-3 in the semifinals before beating Alamogordo 20-7 in the state title game. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
2002 Onate Knights 11-2
Margin of Victory: 33-19 | Defensive Shutouts: 1
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
434-248 540.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: After posting an impressive 9-4 season record in 2011, the Onate Black Knights returned some very talented weapons to the 2002 season. The triple option offense was in full affect that fall and helped Onate win their first ever state title. They started out the year 3-2, with their only loses coming against Mayfield and Las Cruces. They went on to beat Belen, Santa Teresa, Silver, and Deming (Old District Members) before meeting up with Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs. They beat the Panthers by 18 points, then finally topped Artesia a team they had not been able to beat in serval seasons 48-36. They faced a very hard nosed Goddard Rocket's team, but prevailed in a 17-14 very tight football game to give Head Coach Kelley Mckee his first and only title with the Black Knights. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
2009 Goddard Rockets 10-3
Margin of Victory: 35-17 | Defensive Shutouts: 1
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
460-232 536.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: After going 12-1 during the 2008 season and winning the Class 4A State Title, Goddard lost some big names to graduation, however they did return to the 2009 season All-State Quarterback David Vega. They started off the season 0-2 and at this point most had already written off the Rocket's chance for a repeat. Then Goddard, simply kicked it into high gear and besides their 31-14 loss to Clovis in Clovis they never looked back. They beat Artesia 47-35 for the district title, then beat Farmington in the quarterfinals. They traveled to face upstart program Volcano Vista who had only lost one game at the time and beat the Hawks at Milne Stadium 55-14. They would face an undefeated Belen Eagles team in Belen and thanks to some 4th quarter heroics from David Vega, the Rockets beat Belen 28-21 in front of 5,000 fans in an epic state title game. Over the last four years Goddard has won a total of 45 games. Key Players Included Quarterback Receiver Ryan French, Running Back Chase Kyser, and Defensive Linemen Alex Montano
2000 Roswell Coyotes 10-3
Margin of Victory: 30-14 | Defensive Shutouts: 2
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
395-188 528.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: Between the 1998 and the 1999 season, Roswell lost a total of 12 games. Things needed to change and with Rising Running Back Dontrell Moore entering his senior season for the Coyotes, Roswell High hoped for a successful season. In the opener, the beat Las Cruces 21-0. Las Cruces would finish out the season 13-1 and win the 5A state title game. They then beat Clovis 26-14. Their first loss of the season came against Hobbs 33-17, then they lost for a second week in row against El Paso Franklin. Their next loss came against Carlsbad in week six, Carlsbad would play Las Cruces in the 2000 title game. From then on out, Roswell went undefeated winning their next seven games in a row. They beat district opponents Moriarty, Goddard, and Artesia and then beat Farmington 50-7 in the quarterfinals. They then beat Onate 29-13 to advance to face Piedra Vista in the title game. After trailing to the Panthers for most of the game, Moore led the Coytoes to their first title since 1998 in a thrilling 35-31 come from behind win. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
1981 Hobbs Eagles 11-2
Margin of Victory: 35-16 | Defensive Shutouts: 0
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
467-209 527.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: After starting off the season 0-1 following a 15-14 loss to Artesia, Hobbs went on to win nine games in a row. They beat Leveland, Texas 42-3, beat Odessa, Texas 42-28, beat Lubbock Monterey 44-14, beat Amarillo Palo Duro 28-20 and entered district play at 5-1. They beat Roswell, Carlsbad, Goddard, but lost to Clovis 16-15 in a district thriller. After beating Eldorado 51-27 and beating Gallup 35-6, they would meet rival Clovis again for the state title game. Clovis again proved to be their nemesis beating the Eagles 27-7. Key Players Included: Running Back Timmy Smith
NMPreps.com's Greatest 100 High School Football Teams
1985 Alamogordo Tigers 12-1
Margin of Victory: 24-9 | Defensive Shutouts: 3
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
319-129 525.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: Alamogordo has won a total of 35 games since the start of 1980 heading into the 1985 season. Returning some big guns that were entering their senior season, Alamogordo knew that winning the state title was an dream that was certainly obtainable for the first time in three years after losing to Clovis in 1982. The '85 season started of great as the Tigers beat three El Paso teams in consecutive games. They then beat Mayfield 14-6, beat Las Cruces 28-12, and beat Artesia 21-14 before entering the meat of their district play. In district they beat Carlsbad 18-0, beat Clovis 12-7 in a thriller, beat Roswell 32-16, and remained 10-0 heading into the play-offs. They beat Del Norte 28-0 in round one. Beat Highland 28-6 in the semifinals, before facing off with Clovis again in the state title game. They had beaten Clovis before in the regular season, but just like the 1982 season Clovis would again beat them in the state finals. Winning 36-12. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
1983 Roswell Coyotes 11-1
Margin of Victory: 31-14 | Defensive Shutouts: 3
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
379-169 522.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: The 1970's ended on a few rocky seasons after the team went 5-6 in '78, 7-5 in '79, and it looked as though things would stay that would way in the 80's as Roswell went a dismal 4-7. However, the fall of '81 prep football in Roswell seemed to never look back. In '81 they turned the corner by going 8-2, the following year in '83 they went 7-3, and in 1983 they fielded one of their best teams of all time. They beat Goddard to open the year 32-0, then they would win their next six games heading into their week eight match up against Clovis. After a 7-7 tie, Roswell stood at 7-0-1. They would beat Manzano and Gallup in the play-offs before meeting up with Clovis once again for a rematch, but this time it was for the state championship. Clovis got off to a hot start and never looked back. Clovis would win 50-18. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
1992 Roswell Coyotes 12-2
Margin of Victory: 25-10 | Defensive Shutouts: 2
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
357-148 504.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: The Coyotes had been accustomed to winning big football games over the last 10-years and even with the graduation of Mickey Reeves in 1989, the talent level in Roswell did not drop off. In 1989 they went 9-2, in 1990 they went 5-6, in 1991 they went 7-6, and then in 1992 forged one of their best teams ever. They started out 2-1, their only loss coming to Lubbock Monterey. In the fourth week of the season they beat Albuquerque La Cueva 16-13 in a thriller. They would win their next nine games before meeting up with La Cueva once again, this time in the state final game. To put it simply, La Cueva got revenge and coasted to a 35-0 win. Roswell would have to wait eight more years (Won In 2000) to win their next football state title. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]

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