Today we recap the Thursday Night games from across the State of New Mexico.
Game Recap: After a blocked punt by Del Norte, the Knights took a 7-0 lead after a Jose Leyba 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Albuquerque struck right back after a 63-yard touchdown pass from Ryley Padilla to Jonathan Martinez touchdown pass to make it 7-7 with 4:24 left in the game. The Knights retook the lead after another Jose Leyba 28-yard touchdown reception off a screen from Tyrelle Jackson to make it 14-7. Del Norte then took a 20-7 lead after Leyba scored again off another screen pass with 4:58 left before the half. After a botched punt be Del Norte, the Bulldogs scored off a Padilla touchdown pass to make it 21-13 with 7:09 left in the game. Del Norte would drive down the field after Jose Leyba broke a 45-yard run and then punched it in from the 1-yard line to take a 27-13 lead in the 3rd quarter with 4:30 left in the game. The Bulldogs down, not out returned a fumble 35-yards for a touchdown by Jude Balonado to make it 27-20 with 1:02 left in the 3rd quarter. The Knights scored what would be the score to put the game out of reach when Jackson hit Andres Rel for a touchdown pass to make it 35-21 late in the 4th quarter. Adrian Lovato scored on a touchdown run for Albuquerque to make it 35-28 with 4:34 left in the game. The Bulldogs would stop Del Norte on a 4th down, manage to take it all the way down to the 1-yard line but were stuffed just inches from the end-zone. Losing streak stands at 40-games.
Onate 21, EP Eastlake 14 Final
Game Recap: The Onate Knights took the field Thursday Night hopping to rebound from their 42-10 loss against rival Centennial last week. The Knights jumped on the board first after Matthew Guerra scored off a 34-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Knights. After a near hour weather delay, the two teams headed back onto the field, where Easklake would tie it right before half 7-7. Eastlake then took a 14-7 lead after Michael Caldwell caught a 64-yard touchdown to make it 14-7 Eastwood with 8:11 left in the 3rd quarter. The Knights managed to tie the game 14-14 and then took a 21-14 lead after Matthew Guerra scored his second touchdown of the night with just over 9:00 mins in the 4th quarter. A second lightning delay came in the 4th quarter with Onate leading 21-14. The game would eventually be called 21-14 with 3 mins left to play. Onate is now 1-1 on the season.
Rio Grande 38, Highland 20 Final
Game Recap: The Rio Grande Ravens earned their first victory of the season rolling past Highland 38 to 20 The Ravens jumped off to a 7-0 lead when Jacob Salazar threw a touchdown to Matthew Segura to open the game. The Ravens then struck again when Segura ran in a touchdown run, his second score of the game. Rio Grande then went up 26-0 right before half when Jacob Salazar hit Jordan Brooks for a 55-yard touchdown. The Hornets did make a late run, in fact they scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to make the final more respectable. The Ravens now 1-1 on the year will take on Manzano in week 3. Highland now 0-2 on the year will make a road trip to Alamogordo. The Hornets have now lost their last 13 out of 14 games dating back to the 2013 season.
Kyle Henderson is the New Mexico recruiting director for NMPreps.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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