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May 26, 2014

Greatest 100 High School Football Teams #90-#81

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.

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NMPreps.com's Greatest 100 HS Football Teams | Small School
1989 Goddard Rockets 10-3
Margin of Victory: 23-7| Defensive Shutouts: 5
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
346-112 600.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: During the mid 80's Goddard football struggled with some major sub par seasons. In '85 they went just .500, in '86 they lost four games and missed the play-offs, and in '87 they lost six games and again missed the play-offs. In the fall of '88, Goddard posted a 10 win season, but lost to Ruidoso 24-21 in the play-offs. Cross town rival Roswell had won back-to-back titles in '87 and in '88, so Goddard fans could only smell the title at this point. The '89 season opened with a big 34-0 win against Deming, but once again the Rockets were stopped by the Coyotes in a 28-6 embarrassing loss. Goddard then beat Ruidoso in a 14-13 thriller to avenge their '88 season loss in the play-offs. The Rockets then beat West Mesa and Los Alamos, but lost to Hobbs and Lovington within a three week period. Sitting at 5-3 the season seemed to be up in the air, but then Goddard kicked it into high gear and would win their next seven games in a row. They beat Tucumcari, Raton, and won a thriller against Portales. In the play-offs they beat Bloomfield 27-3, then beat Raton for the second time in the year 28-7. In the semifinals they beat St. Pius X 20-3, and then faced Lovington in the finals a team that had beaten them three times in a row by a score of 90-29. In an epic state title game, Goddard's hard nose defense kept the state title trophy in Roswell in a 6-0 win over the Wildcats. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
2010 La Cueva Bears 10-2
Margin of Victory: 43-14 | Defensive Shutouts: 2
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
440-148 599.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: In 2009, the La Cueva Bears won their third title since the start of the 2000 decade. Their first title since 2004 came against Mayfield in a 31-14 contest that La Cueva controlled from the get-go. With Running Back Ronnie Daniels entering his senior season in 2010, most media outlets had the Bears as the strong contender to repeat as 5A Champs. They opened up the season with 42-0 win over Volcano Vista, then beat Valley 48-7. They beat Clovis 42-21 and then scored 110 points in their next two games to sit at 5-0 heading into their down south trip to Mayfield. They stomped Mayfield at the Field of Dreams 45-12, in a game where Daniels ran for 200-yards, scored four touchdowns, and had two interceptions on defense. They were 9-0 heading into their match up with 8-1 Manzano, in a key district game. In one of the most memorable shoot-outs maybe ever, Manazano upset La Cueva 56-55. La Cueva seemed wounded after the loss and barley beat a 5-7 Clovis team 21-14. They then headed to Mayfield for a rematch of that week five game that they won by 33 points. In a game where Daniels ran for more than 300-yards, Mayfield's defense came through inthe end to force a shocking 21-17 upset win at the Field of Dreams. Mayfield would beat Manzano in the finals 69-42 one week later. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
2008 Eldorado Eagles 12-1
Margin of Victory: 34-13 | Defensive Shutouts: 2
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
447-175 598.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: Coming off a 9-3 season in 2007, Eldorado returned a ton of experienced talent to the 2008 season. 6-foot-5 offensive tackle Shane Smith, Quarterback Armin Day who would pass for 2,500-yards as a junior, 6-foo-5 Ross Williams, and Junior Running Back Gary Maestas who would run for 1,800-yards were among just a few that highlighted the depth chart. While most knew that Eldorado would flirt with the elite eight or final four, no one knew that in the end Eldorado would be just five points away from being a perfect 13-0. They started out 2-0 after a thrilling 22-21 win over Clovis in week two. They then beat Cibola, La Cueva, and were sitting at 4-0 heading into their week five contest with Mayfield. The Trojans were riding a 40 game win streak against New Mexico teams and down 26-20 to Eldorado in Las Cruces. The Trojans had four downs from the five-yard line to win the game. Four straight stuffs from Eldorado sealed the game in dramatic fashion. Eldorado then faced Clovis in the semifinals a team they had beaten 22-21 back in week two. Again, the Eagles escaped with a 10-7 victory. They met up with 12-0 Las Cruces in the finals. Two teams a combined 24-0 on the season made for a memorable state title game. 26-21 the final, the difference came when Las Cruces blocked an Eldorado punt and returned it for a touchdown. Key Players included: QB Arin Day, WR Ross Williams, DL Shane Smith, RB Gary Maestas. Please submit more top players or highlights to [email protected]
1996 Artesia Bulldogs 11-2
Margin of Victory: 42-23 | Defensive Shutouts: 0
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
549-307 586.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: In Artesia, a .500 season is a losing season. In 1995, Artesia went 5-5 and went 1-2 in district play losing to both Portales and to Lovington. The 1996 season quickly erased the year before as the Dogs won three in a row. They beat Ruidoso by 20, beat Hobbs by three touchdowns, then beat Roswell by a close five points. The following week they played rival Goddard and would suffer their first defeat of the year losing 38-33. They would lose the week after to another rival in Carlsbad. From then on out, Artesia won their next eight in a row. They beat Portales, Tucumcari, Lovington and ended the regular season at 8-2. They beat Ruidoso 51-14 in the quarterfinals, beat Socorro 63-34 in the semifinals, then beat Raton by 15 in the state title game. Artesia won the tittle in 1997 and made the three peat a success in 1998. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
1984 Artesia Bulldogs 11-1-2
Margin of Victory: 22-8| Defensive Shutouts: 3
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
307-105 586.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: The Bulldogs had just won the State Title in '82, and in '83 and started off the 1984 season with a 20-14 win over the Hobbs Eagles. Their 7 game winning streak dating back to the previous year was cut short in week 2 losing to Roswell 21-6. Wins over Carlsbad, Fabens, and a tie with Goddard and Portales gave them a record of 4-1-2 heading into the district season. They went 3-0 in district, beat Bloomfield 44-6 in the opening round of the playoffs, then beat St. Pius X in the quarterfinals before beating Ruidoso 21-6 in the semifinals. In the title game they would beat Aztec 33-12 to complete the 3-peat.
2009 Manzano Monarchs 10-2
Margin of Victory: 44-15| Defensive Shutouts: 0
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
538-185 582.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: The Manzano Monarchs won nine games in 2007, won eight games in 2008, with Senior Quarterback Tyler Krueger returning to the 2009 season most listed Manzano as a final four team. Manzano a program known for putting up big numbers on the offensive side had a very dangerous defense returning and after their 31-27 week two win over a very good La Cueva team, most quickly listed them as a title contender. Sitting at 4-0, Manzano was quickly humbled after losing to Las Cruces 31-24 in Albuquerque. After that loss, Manzano scored a combined 215 points in their next four games. They beat Eldorado 38-6 to end the regular season at 9-1. They pounded Sandia 52-7 in the quarterfinals and would meet La Cueva one week later in the semifinals. Down 10-2 at halftime, Manzano rallied back to take a 24-17 lead late in the game. La Cueva stormed down the field, scored and instead of kicking the game tying PAT which would of sent the game into overtime, went for two and completed a miracle touchdown pass. La Cueva would win the state title one week later against Mayfield. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
2002 Artesia Bulldogs 11-1
Margin of Victory: 36-13 | Defensive Shutouts: 2
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
436-163 576.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: The 2001 Artesia Bulldogs had just won the Class 4A state title over St. Pius X and with some big names returning, Artesia faithful were excited about another opportunity to make a state title run. The 2002 team quickly got revenge from their 2001 loss to Lovington with a 33-6 opening season win. They then pounded Hobbs, Rio Rancho, Deming, before winning a four point thriller in the Eddy County rivalry game against Carlsbad. Sitting at at 5-0 and going into a very tough game against Las Cruces High, most looked at this game as a true measuring stick to see if the Dogs could win the "Big One" again. In a thrilling 42-35 win, Artesia moved to 6-0. They would beat each of their three district opponents and enter the play-offs at 10-1. They beat Taos in the quarterfinals, but lost to Onate in the semifinals 48-36. Onate would go on to beat Goddard in the state finals. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
NMPreps.com's Greatest 100 High School Football Teams
1975 Eldorado Eagles 11-1
Margin of Victory: 22-1 | Defensive Shutouts: 7
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
275-77 574.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown: From the start of the 1975 season Eldorado made early noise that they would be a state contender by seasons end. Beating Highland, Sandia, and Albuquerque to reach a 3-0 record gave the Eagles some great momentum heading into the match up with then super power Del Norte. In a 0-0 ball game all the way through the two teams tied and left Eldorado at 3-0-1. The Eagles kept up their winning ways and down the stretch seemed to find their rhythm on the defensive side of the football. They allowed just 20 total points during the last five games of the season with big wins over Roswell, Manzano, and Carlsbad. In the semifinals they beat Farmington 14-0 and in the finals against an undefeated Las Cruces team, they would fall 29-15. The Las Cruces Bulldawg's 1975 team goes down as one of the best ever teams to come out of the City of Las Cruces. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
1976 Sandia Matadors 10-2
Margin of Victory: 10-2 | Defensive Shutouts: 5
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
281-101 570.0 Yes
Hendo's Breakdown: In 1974 and in 1975 Sandia won just four football games between the two seasons. In 1976, few expected the Matadors to do much, but after being Mayfield 28-20 during week five, Sandia quickly jumped into the title contention conversation. They beat West Mesa 48-6, beat Gadsden 31-14, before losing a thriller to Las Cruces 27-22. They entered the play-offs at 7-2-1. Their loses came against Del Norte, Las Cruces, and they tied with Eldorado. In round one of the play-offs they beat Eldorado 21-0. They then beat Albuquerque who went 10-2 that year 10-7. Playing Mayfield for the title game a team they already beat 28-20 early in the year gave Sandia the mental edge going in. They would win the title 23-6 bring home their first title in school history. Winning 36-12. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]
1992 Los Lunas Tigers 11-1
Margin of Victory: 37-16 | Defensive Shutouts: 3
Points For/Points Against Power Ranking State Champs
447-201 562.0 No
Hendo's Breakdown:The 1992 Los Lunas team was loaded and after starting off the season 6-0, they started to earn a bit of statewide credibility heading into district play. They faced off with Mayfield for their first district game and dropped 65 points on the Trojans. They then beat Las Cruces 31-20, then beat West Mesa and Del Norte handily. In their final district game against Gadsden they won 42-14. At 11-0, they played Clovis in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs and were crushed 44-10. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To [email protected]

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