Top 100 Greatest Teams: 100-1

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
THE GREATEST 100 TEAMS OF ALL-TIME Top 100 New Mexico Prep Football Teams Of All-Time List Was Compiled By Kyle Henderson of
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 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 also updated the rankings after the 2011 Football Season and in no surprise Cleveland, Aztec, and Goddard are the latest additions.
#100 1981 Clovis 10-3
Hendo's Breakdown: Clovis played in eight state championship games during the 1980's, winning the 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985 state championships. After losing to the 1980 Eldorado Eagles, the '81 Wildcats had something to prove and started off the football season winning their first four games by a combined score of 159-32. After their hot start, the Wildcats would lose three straight games. They lost 8-0 to Planeview, Texas, lost to Amarillo, texas 14-8, and then lost to Roswell 13-7. After their mid-season wake up call, Clovis never looked back. They beat Manzano and Alamogordo handily in the play-offs before squaring off with Hobbs in the state finals. They would beat the Eagles for a second straight time on the season 27-7 to win their first state title of the decade. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
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#99 2005 Onate 11-2
Hendo's Breakdown: The Onate Black Knights had just moved up to Class 5A due to the new NMAA realignments and though they had a loaded group, few thought they would fair well being placed together with Las Cruces and Mayfield in District 3-5A. Onate was 6-0 heading into their first district game against Mayfield. Mayfield would win 21-13, but Onate made a statement that night that they could indeed play with the bigs. Led by C.J. Oakley at running back, Onate would win their next three district games including a 28-21 win over Las Cruces. They were paired up against Clovis in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs, but would lose 28-14 in a game where star running back C.J. Oakley would have a nightmare three fumbles would proved to be the difference. Key Players: Running Back CJ Oakley and linebacker Lucas Daugherty
#98 2010 Artesia 9-4
Hendo's Breakdown: To put it simply this was not one of Artesia's most complete teams, but in the end Coaching along with home field advantage would help the Bulldogs win their 27th All-Time State Title. Off to a rocky 1-2 start the Bulldogs led by Quarterback Josh Houghtaling would win their next three straight including a win over the previously undefeated Las Cruces Bulldawgs. They lost their next two straight and were beaten badly by an undefeated Goddard team 39-20 in Roswell during late October. They entered the play-offs as a four seed and hosted their next three games at home. They beat Farmington 65-20, then beat 11-0 Goddard 38-29, and would go on to beat 12-0 Aztec 45-34. Key Players included Quarterback Josh Houghtaling, Receiver Koby Caton, Running Back Andy Lopez, and Linebacker Chris Morales.
#97 2001 Farmington 9-3
Hendo's Breakdown: Farmington has not had too much prep football success over the years, however in the fall of 2011 the Scorpions fielded what looks to be their best team in program history. They started off the season with a loss to regional rival Durango 19-14, a team they had not beaten for the last three seasons. They then smashed Del Norte and Moriarty before heading into their 2001 match up with La Cueva. They would be pounded 41-6, but rebound to win their next six games, which included capturing the 1-4A district title in convincing fashion. They outscored their district opponents 200-14. They would then beat Taos in round one of the play-offs 49-0, before losing to Artesia in the semifinals 47-41. Farmington has not won nine games since. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#96 1992 Roswell 12-2
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
#95 1983 Roswell 11-1
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
#94 1985 Alamogordo 12-1
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
#93 1981 Hobbs 11-2
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
#92 2000 Roswell 10-3
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
#91 2009 Goddard 10-3
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
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#90 2002 Onate 11-2
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
#89 1982 Clovis 11-2
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
#88 2006 Piedra Vista 10-2
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
#87 1992 Los Lunas 11-1
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
#86 2000 Highland 11-1
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
#85 1976 Sandia 10-2
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 tile in school history. Winning 36-12. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#84 1975 Eldorado 10-2-1
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
#83 2002 Artesia 11-1
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
#82 2009 Manzano 10-2
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
#81 1996 Artesia 11-2
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
#80 2008 Eldorado 12-1
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
#79 2010 La Cueva 10-2
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
#78 1989 Goddard 10-3
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
#77 1981 Gallup 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: In 1980, Gallup won seven games but drew a tough first round play-off game with Eldorado (one of the best of all-time) and lost 48-0. Returning a good group to the '81 season, Gallup was eager to make possible another run at the big school play-offs. They beat Belen in the opener 28-7, beat Aztec 41-21, and beat Grants 42-14. Sitting at 7-0 they would then shout out their next three opponents to win the district title. In the first round of the play-offs they beat Sandia 10-7 in a thriller, but the following wee the met up with the Hobbs Eagles led by Timmy Smith and would lose 37-6. Gallup has never won 11 games in a season again. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#76 1989 Highland 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The mid to late 80's are some of the best Highland football teams of al-time. In 1986 they went 11-2 and beat Roswell in the finals, In 1988 they went 9-3, but would lost to Clovis 17-14 in the semifinals. Having trouble with the southern powers would be something they would have to get past in order to win their first title game in what seemed like ages. Highland started off the season by beating Santa Fe 66-6. Immediately, Highland was turning heads. They then beat La Cueva 28-13 and sitting at 3-0 with a lot of momentum, they would face Clovis, a team that beat them in the play-offs the previous year. Chance for redemption they were thinking, but Clovis was thinking same old story and would beat Highland 28-0. Highland would then fight their way to win their next six games and end the regular season at 9-1. They beat Sandia in the 34-10 in the opening round of the play-offs, beat Mayfield 6-0 in the semifinals and after beating their first southern power in years it was time to face Clovis one more time for the state finals. In a low scoring stale mate, Highland scored the games only touchdown and would win 6-0. Highland has not been back to the title game since. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#75 1990 Bloomfield 11-3
Hendo's Breakdown: During the late 80's Bloomfield was churning out some very talented prep football teams. In '86 they won eight games, in '87 they won 10 games, and in '88 they won nine games. 1989 ended with a rare under .500 season for that time period, but the following year in 1990 things really heated up for the Bobcats as they would put together won of the best all-time Bloomfield teams ever. They were 2-0 until they lost 22-8 to Gallup. They would lose two in a row as the following week the lost 28-27 against regional rival Farmington. Sitting at 2-2 on the season things were starting to look like the previous season, then the Bobcats went on a roll winning nine in a roll. They rocked their district opponents by a combined score of 175-15. They smashed Artesia 42-14 in the quarterfinals, then smashed Raton 34-7 in the semifinals. Faced against one of the best Lovington Wildcat teams of All-Time in the state finals, Bloomfield nearly pulled off what would of been one of the biggest upsets in prep football history, but instead lost a hard fought 13-7 battle. Bloomfield has never been to the title game since. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#74 2011 Goddard 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Complete write up coming soon. *New Addition
#73 1955 Roswell 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The Roswell Coyotes won a state title in the fall of 1953 and two-years later they would claim another state title against Las Cruces. With two early wins against El Paso Jefferson and El Paso Ysleta, the Coytoes were off to a fast start. They beat Trinidad, Colorado and were 6-0 heading into their first district game, which was against Highland. They won 36-13, then beat Clovis 28-0 and then beat Farmington 18-0 in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs. The defense helped stop Carlsbad in the semifinals in a 21-6 win, then they faced Las Cruces for the big school title game which they would win 19-14. Their next title would not come until 1987. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#72 1953 Gadsden 10-0
Hendo's Breakdown: Gadsden won three state titles in a row from 1953 to 1955. The 1953 team does not rank as the best of the three teams, but the Panthers built something special that season. Their defense posted four shootouts on the season and they only let one team (Cobre) score two touchdowns. All other opponents were held to just one score through 10-games. An impressive feat no matter what year it was in. They beat Silver to open the season 20-7, then beat Deming, Alamogordo, Hot Springs, and Cobre. They ended their regular season at 8-0 before beating Gallup in the semifinals 28-6, then the Panthers went on to beat Raton 27-0 in the state title game. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#71 2010 Goddard 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Coming off two-state titles in a row in 2008 and in 2009, Goddard had lost a ton to graduation heading into the 2010 season. Two junior athletes returned (Quarterback Ryan Greene and Running Back David Anaya) as well as a hard hitting defense group, but few outside of Goddard's realm believed they would win 10 straight. After beating Rio Rancho in the opener 34-3 and beating Alamogordo 27-7, it was evident that Goddard had not lost a step. They then beat Canyon, Texas, beat Clovis 21-0, beat Carlsbad 27-7, and beat Hobbs 42-7. Heading into their week eight game against Artesia their defense was giving up just three points per game. In the Wool Bowl, Artesia was defeated 39-20 in a game that really should of been 39-14. Two weeks later going up against a loaded Lovington Wildcat's team, Goddard would prevail in one of the greatest all-time football games in a 53-52 thriller. Goddard would end the season at 10-0, which was their first undefeated regular season in school history. During the semifinals of the play-offs 11-0 Goddard was set to travel to Artesia to face off with the four loss Artesia Bulldogs. In front of 12,000 fans at the Bulldog Bowl, Artesia would stop Goddard from their perfect season. 38-29 was the final. Artesia would beat 12-0 Aztec in Artesia the week later. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#70 1987 Artesia 11-2-1
Hendo's Breakdown: In 1985 Artesia lost four games and were upset by Grants 16-13 in the play-offs, in 1986 the Bulldogs went a dismal 4-9 but nearly pulled off some upsets late in the play-offs. In 1987, they made up for that nine loss season quickly with big wins over Ruodoso and then over Hobbs. Their first loss was to Roswell 35-19 and then two weeks later they would lose to Carlsbad 12-6. At 3-2, Artesia then won eight games in a row and faced Lovington a team they had beaten earlier in the season 27-6. In an epic defensive stalemate, the game ended in a 0-0 tie. It's the second state title game in New Mexico Prep Football History to end with no crowned champion. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#69 1991 Highland 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The 1991 Highland Hornets were one of the best Highland teams ever put together and while they eventually ended up losing to the #85 All-Time 1991 Clovis Wildcats, what they did as a whole during the season is something that might never be done at Highland again. They won their first five games be a combined score of 189-27. Sitting at 5-0 heading into the big southeast match up with Carlsbad, the Hornets won 48-14 and continued to flex their muscle on a statewide scene. They smashed Manzano 25-0, beat Eldorado 21-3, beat West Mesa 44-0, and beat Del Norte and Los Lunas by a combined 85-10. Their defense had allowed only nine scores on the year through 11-games. Going into the semifinals against Clovis who was 10-2 at that point, Highland was dominated and lost 30-0. In the finals Clovis beat Eldorado in two overtimes 13-10, Highland had beaten Eldorado that same year 21-3. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#68 1994 Goddard 11-3
Hendo's Breakdown: Following one of their best season's ever in 1993, the Goddard Rockets were looking to make it back-to-back titles. While teams like Clovis and Mayfield topped the pre-season polls, Goddard felt they had enough talent to make another deep run. They started our a quick 3-0 with wins over EP Jefferson, Alamogordo, and a two touchdown win over EP Irvin. Playing regional rival Artesia, they would lose their first game of the season 28-14 which would snap their six game winning streak. They won their next three including a 21-19 thrilling win over Hobbs. Sitting at 6-1, they faced Clovis who they had beat in the 1993 title game 24-21. In a defensive stalemate, Clovis would avenge their last season's loss and win 6-0. Goddard would end the season at 8-2 and then bet Cibola, West Mesa, and Mayfield in the play-offs by a combined 73-6, which put them against Clovis once again for the state title game. The Wildcats once again, had just a bit too much and would stop Goddard from winning back-to-back big school titles. Final score was 14-10. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#67 1988 Las Cruces 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: In 1987, the Bulldawgs were beaten the play-offs by Jim Bradley and the Roswell Coyotes 21-15. They had a 9-3 season record which was their best since the 1984 season when they went 8-2. Heading into the 1988 season the Dawgs returned some good talent and though Roswell on the other side of the map returned a stellar team, the Dawgs felt they could revenge their previous season play-off loss if they were to meet Roswell again. They beat their first four opponents by a combined 126-06 and posted three shutouts to open the season. They then beat Rio Grande, Los Lunas, La Cueva, and Valley handily. In their cross town rivalry game with Mayfield, they would 27-14 and then beat Albuquerque in the quarterfinals 22-13. Faced with Roswell in the semifinals, the Dawgs had their shot for revenge, but just like the year before the Coyotes had the bigger bite and would beat Las Cruces for a second year in a row in the play-offs to win 24-21. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#66 2003 Mayfield 11-2
Hendo's Breakdown: A simple well oiled machine, the Mayfield Trojans from the fall of 2003 put together one of the most outstanding season's in Trojan history. To open the season they beat Clovis 32-7, beat Carlsbad in a thriller 28-27, and then beat El Paso Coronado 48-0. With tons of team momentum Mayfield would be beaten 35-7 by the La Cueva Bears in a game that was never close. After their first loss of the season Mayfield beat their next four opponents by a combined score of 188-0. In district play they beat their four district opponents by a combined 143-15. They beat Las Cruces 30-6 to end the year at 9-1. In the play-offs defense continued to carry the team with a 34-6 win over Highland before beating Carlsbad 12-0 in the semifinals. Faced against La Cueva the same team that beat them in week four 35-7, Mayfield was looking to upset the undefeated Bears in the title game. In a very tight ball game, Mayfield would again fall to the mighty Bears 24-21. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#65 1957 Artesia 12-0
Hendo's Breakdown: It seems as though Artesia was made for football and it did not take long for the Artesia Bulldogs to become a prep football power. The first year Artesia began to play football, they went 8-1 in the fall of '53. Only a few short seasons later, Artesia had a loaded team and were seeking their second prep football state title. They started out the season with wins over Lovington, then beat a very good Highland tam 16-6. They topped Odessa Ector 21-0 and then beat EP Ysleta 27-6, beat Dumas, Texas 20-0, beat Seminole, Texas 27-14 and were 6-0 heading into the Eddy County Rivalry game. After a thrilling 14-13 win over Carlsbad they won for more games and faced off with Highland in the 1957 title game. They had beaten Highland in the 1954 title game 26-13, and had beaten Highland earlier in the season 16-6. In a thrilling 27-26 final, Artesia would finish the perfect season at 12-0. Artesia did not win their next title until 1964 which was ironically against Highland. . Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#64 1978 Santa Fe 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: In the mid to late 70's Santa Fe High Football was a power to put it quite simply. In '76 they won seven games, in '77 they wont 10 games, in 78 they won 11 games, in '79 they won a record high 13 games, and in '80 they won nine games. Clearly a different time than this current day in age. The '78 season started with a 12-10 win over Cibola and then after that thrilling win, Santa Fe took teams to the woodshed. They beat Belen 47-0, beat Manzano 22-0, beat St. Michael's 44-8, and beat West Mesa 41-12. They were 10-0 after the regular season, but Farmington in the 1st round, but lost to Las Cruces 14-12 in the play-offs. The following year, Santa Fe would take state. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#63 1982 Silver 12-2
Hendo's Breakdown: Coming off a state title loss in 1981 to Ruidoso, Silver returned an extremely veteran team into the 1982 season. From the get go, it was clear that Silver was a team that most expected to reach the title once again. They beat Lordsburg 54-0, beat Douglas, Arizona 39-6, beat Aztec 28-19, beat Ruidoso 58-6 and ended the regular season with a 9-1 record, their only loss coming to El Paso Cathedral. They beat Portales in a thriller 17-16, beat St. Pius X 23-19 in the semifinals, and it seemed as though this was finally Silver's year. However, in the title game Artesia held off the Fighting Colts 31-28. What made Silver so dangerous on the year was their defense which allowed an average of just eight points per game. Nine of their 14 opponents scored seven or less on the season. . Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#62 1994 Clovis 11-2
Hendo's Breakdown: Clovis is just one of the few teams in New Mexico that could lose five games in a season and come back to win the title. A lot of their success comes from playing a daunting schedule each year and the other component to success is their Head Coach Eric Roanhaus. In 1993 they lost five games and then lost by just three in the title game against Goddard 24-21. The 1993 Goddard Rockets team is one of the best prep football teams ever. In 1994 Clovis did win the title, but started off the season 1-2. Their only two losses of the season came during weeks two and three. They lost to Amarillo, Texas and Plainview, Texas in back-to-back weeks. They then would win 10-games in a row. They teams like La Cueva 37-0, beat Goddard 6-0, beat Hobbs 37-14, and beat Gallup 29-8 in the semifinals. They then would earn revenge from the previous year's state title game by beating Goddard 14-10 to win the 4A title game. The following year they would lose to Mayfield 13-12 in the finals. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#61 2001 Artesia 11-2
Hendo's Breakdown: The football excitement in Artesia never stops, but after a very sub par season at .500 in 2000, Bulldog fans were anxiously awaiting kick-off during the football season of 2001. They opened up the season as they always do against Lovington, but just like that the Bulldogs were 0-1 after losing 34-28. Back on track quickly the next week they beat Hobbs, Rio Rancho, and then beat Ruidoso badly. At 3-1 heading into the Eddy County Rivalry Game they would suffer their second loss of the season losing in a 17-15 thriller. From then on out, Artesia never looked back. They won their next eight games in a row. They beat Las Cruces 59-35, beat Goddard 17-13, then beat Farmington 47-41 in the semifinals to play St. Pius X in the state title game. The Sartans and the Bulldogs had last met in the 1999 title game with St. Pius X winning 22-12. A very close 28-20 victory gave the Bulldogs their first title since 1998. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#60 1975 Artesia 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: In 1972 Artesia went 5-6, then followed up that season going 2-8 in '73. Heading into the '74 season Artesia had all the pieces to the puzzle finally and made up for the early part of the decade by going 13-0. The '74 team ranks as one of the all-time top Artesia Bulldog teams ever. The year after in '75 Artesia went 11-1, but still won the state title for a second year in a row. After picking up big wins in the early season against Goddard, Clovis, El Paso Parkland, Alamogordo, and Roswell the Bulldogs were off to a quick 5-0 start and were riding a 18 game winning streak. The continued to do damage on the season by beating Portales, Tucumcari, and Lovington by a combined 155-6 in their next three games. With the winning pushed to 21 games in a row the faced their rival Carlsbad in a late season non district showdown. To the surprise of many, Carlsbad pulled out a thrilling 22-15 final to end the Dog's perfect season. Artesia would beat St. Pius X in the finals that year 22-17. Artesia would win the title again in '76 to make for a three peat. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#59 1962 Carlsbad 11-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The perfect season somewhat happened during the 1961 season when Carlsbad went 10-0-1. The lingering tie with Odessa Ector at 14-14 stayed on the minds of Carlsbad Cavemen fans heading into the 1962 season. With a ton of returners from the 1961 state title team returning, Carlsbad was locked and loaded, ready to defend their big school title. After beating three straight Texas teams to start the season Carlsbad was 3-0. In week three they beat Odessa Ector 21-0 to make up for that 1961 tie. They then would handle most of their schedule beating Lovington 34-12, beating Roswell 14-0, beating Las Cruces 20-6. They played Farmington in the state title that year and won 34-20. Carlsbad has never won a state title since. Their 24 game winning streak lasted into the fifth week of 1963 before they lost to Dumas, Texas 13-0. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#58 1955 Gadsden 10-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The Gadsden Panthers won three state titles from 1953 to 1955. They went unbeaten in each of those years and produced a 32 game winning streak that lasted four years. In their last run during the fall of '55, Gadsden opened the season with wins over Deming and Alamogordo. They beat Hot Springs 61-0, beat cobra 34-6, then beat Silver 41-12. They were 7-0 when the played an overachieving Tucumcari team that nearly beat them in a 21-19 thriller. Gadsden would beat Raton in the semifinals 32-6, then beat St. Michael's 19-0 in the finals. The Panthers would win back to back titles again between 1961 and 1962. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#57 2007 Mayfield 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Head Football Coach Jim Bradley had retired and his son Michael has the Trojans absolutely rolling through the meat of the 2000's. In 2005 they went a perfect 14-0, in 2006 they went 13-0, and in 2007 the went 12-1 with their one loss not coming to a New Mexico team, but coming to a Texas team. The 2007 team was led by Quarterback Matthew Sandoval and Athlete Nathan Enriquez. Two talented seniors that had both started as impact players the year before during their perfect run. After beating Clovis for the fifth time in a row during the opening week, the Trojans had their 28 game streak snapped in a 28-19 loss to Montwood, Texas. Sitting at 1-1, most automatically wrote off the Trojan's title chances, but all the Trojans did was continue to beat New Mexico teams. They beat Carlsbad 11-6, beat Manzano by two scores, beat La Cueva 6-2, and beat Rio Grande 19-14. The wins were not pretty, but the Trojans would pull out some epic close games to keep up their winning ways. They ended the regular season with a 14-7 win over Las Cruces, beat Rio Rancho and Cibola in the play-offs before meeting up with Clovis in the state title game. In a wild 49-48 triple overtime thriller, the Trojans would again pull out a close one to win three in a row. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#56 2004 Artesia 11-2
Hendo's Breakdown: Coming off a state title during the 2003 season Artesia returned a stellar group that most figured would help the Bulldogs defend their title. After a quick 4-0 start Artesia had pushed their winning streak to 11 and most were beginning to feel that no team in the land would stop the Bulldogs. Again, it would be Carlsbad to spoil the Bulldogs chance at perfection in a 24-14 loss. Artesia would again lose the following week to Las Cruces 35-29. After dropping two straight, Artesia seemed like a better team and they won their next seven games in a row. They beat district opponents Moriarty 37-0, beat Roswell 49-3, beat Goddard 42-7, and beat Onate 48-7 in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs. The next week in the semifinals they would beat Aztec in a nail biter 29-26, which set them to play 13-0 Silver. 42 points scored to no touchdowns allowed would give Artesia another prep football title. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#55 1989 Lovington 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: In the fall of 1989 Lovington had some big time talent to say the least. Coming off a 9-4 season the year before Lovington has the talent to make a run at the title. They beat Hobbs 6-2 to open the season and jumped to a quick 5-0 after wins against Silver, Cobre, Tucumcari, and Goddard. Their marquee win against Goddard was a 28-23 victory which gave the Wildcats tons of momentum for their next few games. They beat Portales in their next district game 28-3, then beat Artesia 7-0 in a classic game. In the play-offs a three touchdown win over Grants set them up with a semifinal match up with Kirtland Central. They beat the Broncos 33-0 and were paired against Goddard in the finals. Having beat their last three opponents by a combined 64-0 the Wildcats were the big favorite having already beat Goddard by five earlier in the year. In a double overtime historical football game, Goddard grinded out a memorable 6-0 win. Lovington would win the title the following year in 1990. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team
#54 1999 St. Pius X 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: During the late 90's St. Pius X was starting to sniff prep football success, but underachieving years in '97 and '98 ended their seasons too early and after a 28-13 loss to Ruidoso in the play-offs during the '98 season Pius finally had all the pieces of the puzzle heading into the final year of the 90's. They opened up with big wins over Hot Springs and NMMI. They then beat Round Valley, Arizona and Raton to stand at 4-0. They beat West Side Rival West Mesa 21-15 and then won a marquee game against Lovington. Now at 6-0, Pius did work in district beating Moriarty, Grants, and Academy by a combined score of 138-12. Against Socorro in their final district game of the year, Pius suffered their first loss of the 1999 season to Socorro 21-14. It seems as though that loss made the group stronger as Pius beat Silver in the opening round of the play-offs 31-14, then beat Piedra Vista 25-14 in the semifinals. Against Artesia, Pius final walked away holding the title in a 22-12 victory. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#53 1994 Artesia 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: They won the title in 1992, won the title again in 1993, and were again loaded heading into the 1994 season. The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to eight games to open the year with a 34-2 win over Ruidoso in the opener. They then would push the winning streak to over 10 with wins over Hobbs, Roswell and Goddard. Looking unbeatable once again, the Eddy County Rivalry Game paired the Bulldogs up against rival Carlsbad and as we've seen the past the Cavemen somehow figured out how to stop Artesia in a 21-17 thrilling game. Though the rivalry game loss stung, the Bulldogs kept to their winning ways after their week five loss. They beat Ruidoso in the play-offs 38-0, beat Bloomfield 36-8 in the semifinals, and beat the Brian Urlacher led Lovington Wildcats 35-21 in the title game. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#52 2003 Artesia 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: After losing to onate 48-36 in the 2002 season, Artesia heading into the 2003 season poised to win back the state title trophy. They had won the title in 2001, lost to Champ Onate in 2002 in the play-offs, and with a loaded team returning all eyes were on Artesia. Three quick wins over Lovington, Hobbs, and Rio Rancho had the Bulldogs in full stride. They were 5-0 heading into the Las Cruces game where they would suffer their first loss of the season in ugly fashion losing 42-21. The Bulldogs would rebound to win their next seven games in a row. They beat Moriarty to end the district season 65-0, then beat Kirtalnd Central 34-10 in the quarterfinals, and then beat St. Pius X 35-20 in the semifinals. Faced against 13-0 Silver in the title game, Artesia dominated the southwestern giant winning 42-0. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#51 2006 Los Alamos 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Under Head Football Coach Bob Scott, Los Alamos always controlled the northern class 4A district, but never made any real waves come state title time. The 2006 season was different no doubt. Led by a D-1 one running back by the name of Ruben Martinez, the Toppers won their first five games in easy fashion. After their 21-0 win over Belen, Los Alamos was starting to turn heads and receive a first honors in the coaches poll, but most questioned their strength of schedule. They buried district opponents and ended the regular season at 10-0, their fist undefeated season since 1972. Faced against a deadly Aztec tiger team in the quarterfinals, Los Alamos won 28-27 when an Aztec place kicker missed the game tying extra point. They following week Los Alamos would be outgunned by the 2006 Undefeated Artesia Bulldogs 34-15. The most impressive stat of this season was the Los Alamos defense which shut out six opponents on the season. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#50 2008 Goddard 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The 2008 season started off with a 14-2 win over EP Americas. Then the Rockets then pounded Alamogordo 49-13 and then beat Piedra Vista 42-20. At this point Goddard was starting to roll and it was clear that Junior Quarterback David Vega was something special. In Roswell during week four, Rio Rancho came to town and was beaten 50-36, then Goddard rolled right through Portales 64-19. At 5-0 on the year, Goddard was ranked number one in Class 4A when they headed to Leon Williams to face off with Clovis. A 21 point loss to Clovis was a small setback, but the Rockets seemed to get stronger from that loss. They beat Roswell and Artesia in district play by a combined 77-7 and then beat Artesia three weeks later in the semifinals 42-7. They outscored Artesia on the year 77-14. They then beat one of the greatest all-time Aztec Tiger teams in a shootout 49-45. Some say it was the greatest state title game in 20-years. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#49 1969 Artesia 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: From 1964 to 1970, Artesia was already amongst the most elite prep football powers in the state. They never had a losing season during that time frame and just before they closed out the decade Artesia took home one more blue trophy in the fall of '69. They beat Hobbs in the opener 31-8, then beat rival Carlsbad 34-7, then beat three out of four Texas teams on their schedule. Their first loss of the year came against El Paso Coronado in game that was 12-6. Artesia now at 5-1 beat Roswell and Las Cruces by a combined 14-0, then knocked off Mayfield late in the season 28-12. In the finals they played Hobbs and won by 13 points. It was their fourth title in a row. The only New Mexico teams to beat Artesia from '66 to '69 was Clovis which was in the 1967 season. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#48 2010 Belen 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The 2009 Belen Eagles nearly won the 4A state title under second year Head Coach John Lerma, but lost in a thrilling 28-21 state title game. Returning their three-back attack to the 2010 season, most expected the Eagles to again reach the final four or even win the whole thing. They started off the season in big fashion smashing Deming, then they beat a rising Del Norte program 48-28. At 5-0 they faced Los Lunas in their first district showdown. With the Valencia County Rivalry on the line, Belen escaped with a 28-7 win three three weeks later they would travel to Valencia to face the 8-0 Jaguars. In a thrilling back and fourth game, Belen pulled out a 20-8 victory then would rock Los Lunas in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs 54-0. Facing Aztec a team that they were 2-2 against in the last two-years, Belen gave up a costly two-score lead in the fourth quarter and Aztec won a 37-33 thriller. Over the last three years Belen is 33-4 under Head Coach John Lerma. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#47 1997 Artesia 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The Bulldogs had just won the title in the 1996 season with a 35-20 win over Raton. They lost some good talent to graduation, but reloaded in the 1997 season. Right off the bat they were a quick 2-0, but then lost to Roswell 15-7. They then one of the all-time greatest Goddard teams in a thriller 14-13 and that game seemed to set the tempo for the rest of the year. After that game Artesia rolled through teams; they beat Onate 50-6, beat Cobre 42-0, beat Lovington 20-8, beat Portales 39-0, beat Tucumcari 45-0, beat Ruidoso 45-20, and beat Silver in the title game 34-31. They won the title the following year also against Ruidoso. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#46 1991 Goddard 12-2
Hendo's Breakdown: In '89, Goddard won 12 games and won the title, in '90 they missed the play-offs and still won nine games on the year. Remember back in the day, you had to win the district or be the district runner up to make the play-offs. The 1991 team was stacked and right off the bad the defense showed they were ready with a 13-0 win over Onate in week one. However, in week two City Rival Roswell beat the Rockets 14-0. The Rockets now at 1-1 beat Ruidoso, Cibola, West Mesa, and then Hobbs and were now 5-1 heading into their match up with Artesia. In a thriller, the Dogs beat Goddard in overtime 29-28. Goddard never looked back and won their next eight games in a row. They beat Deming in the play-offs, beat Moriarty 41-6 in the semifinals, then got revenge against Artesia in the finals winning 28-14. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#45 1959 Las Cruces 12-0
Hendo's Breakdown: When we think Las Cruces High Football, we might think more present day, but if we rewind to the '59 season, the Dawgs were still perfect or at least in that season they were. They went 12-0 beating Artesia in the finals 31-7. Along the way they had some very impressive season wins. They beat Cobre in week one 38-0, then beat EP Bowie, Texas 42-6, followed that up with a win over Carlsbad 25-7. Sharing the same district with Sandia, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Valley, Farmington, and Highland, Las Cruces sliced through the comp and dominated the district finishing 11-0 on the regular season. Their next title would come in 1975. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#44 2008 Aztec 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: During the 2000 period no doubt about it, Aztec had some amazing talent. However just like in years past, the Tigers were never able to win the Blue Trophy losing titles in 2003 and in 2005. They also made deep runs in 2006 and in 2007, but were beaten in the play-offs just before reaching the finals. From 2003 to 2010 Aztec has won a mind blowing 81 games but has lost eight key play-off games which all ended their season. During the 2008 season Aztec was loaded and ready to make a run at title. Everyone knew it and it was one of those years, you just knew Aztec and Goddard would meet in the finals. After Aztec ran through pretty much everyone on their schedule they beat Los Alamos and Belen in the play-offs by a combined 84-28. Going against Goddard in the state title game at the Wool Bowl was a great shot at redemption as Goddard was the same team that ended their season the previous year in Aztec. In an epic for the ages, Goddard led by Junior Quarterback David Vega won 49-45. Aztec lost in the state title in 2010 to Artesia. They finally won their first state title inder Hirsch in 2011 going 13-0. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#43 2006 Mayfield 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: In 2005, the Trojans had won an outstanding 14 games in their perfect run to winning the state title over Clovis. With Junior Quarterback Matthew Sandoval taking over the helm and emerging athlete Nathan Enriquez about o make his mark, Mayfield fans still liked their chances of winning another state title. They started off the season with a 21-13 win in Clovis thanks to Chris Hutchins three touchdown performance. They then beat Carlsbad and escaped Montwood, El Paso 15-14 to start the year 3-0 and keep the winning streak in tacked at 17 games in a row. The Trojans then beat three Metro teams with ease before running through the district. A 40-7 win over Las Cruces extended their winning streak to 24 games as the Trojans finished the regular season 10-0. In the play-offs they beat La Cueva 31-0 and then had to stop Sandia on the goal line to win the semifinals 21-14. In the title game against Alamogordo, Mayfield started off the game with a double reverse touchdown pass that set the tone for the game. Between 2005 and 2007 Mayfield won 41 games and three state titles. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#42 1999 La Cueva 10-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The La Cueva Bears were close to becoming a Metro Power in the late 90's, but the overall talent was not quite there. In '98 they went a disappointing 5-6, but the following year things began to turn the corner in Bear Country. They knocked off Manzano, Sandia, and Eldorado in back-to-back-back games. They rolled through Gallup, beat Rio Grande, and had a close call nearly losing to Farmington in a 35-28 shootout. In district they were pretty much unstoppable pound district opponents like Santa Fe, Del Norte, and Capital. They beat Capital 84-0 and beat Santa Fe 62-6. At 10-0 on the season their weak end of the year schedule caught up with them and they were beat 21-14 by Roswell. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#41 1976 Artesia 11-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The 70's had some of the most dominate Artesia Bulldog Football teams ever and after winning the title in '74 and in '75, Artesia had enough talent once again to make a run at three straight during the 1976 season. A quick 3-0 start boosted their win streak up to five games from the previous season, but a week four loss to Alamogordo 15-14 brought the Dogs back down to reality. From the loss they responded quite well beating Roswell, Pecos, Texas, Alpine, Texas, and Portales in big fashion. They shut out Portales 42-0, shutout Tucumcari 52-0, and shutout Lovington 42-0 in consecutive games. They then beat Taos and in the semifinals and beat a loaded Socorro team in the title game 46-7. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#40 1980 Artesia 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The 1980 Bulldog season opened up with a 7-0 loss to Hobbs, it was the same score as the year before against Hobbs, with the Bulldogs winning the game. After the ironic start, the Bulldogs beat Roswell, Tularosa, Carlsbad, and a good Fabens, Texas team to sit at 4-1 on the season. A three touchdown win over Goddard and a three monster district wins ended the Bulldogs season at 9-1 through the regular season. In the play-offs the beat Raton 35-3, beat Socorro 42-10, and then beat Bloomfield in the title game 50-30. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#39 1995 Mayfield 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Bradley's return as Head Coach of the Trojans sparked the surge of the Trojans and in 1995 the Trojans were off to a quick start at 3-0 heading into their match up with Irvin, Texas. A 10-0 loss put the Trojans at 3-1 on the year, but that was the only loss the Trojans would wear all season long. The next five weeks were signs that Mayfield was now unbeatable. After that loss they beat Albuquerque 21-0, beat Manzano 21-7, beat Alamogordo 34-6, beat Gadsden 34-6, and beat Onate 32-0. In their end of the year rivalry game against Las Cruces they won 56-22 and beat Manzano 42-3 in round one of the play-offs. A 23-7 win over Roswell paired them against a very solid Clovis Wildcats team in the title game. In one of the best games in prep football history, Mayfield beat Clovis 13-12. Mayfield would win back-to-back titles the following year. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#38 1996 Mayfield 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: When you think Mayfield Football in the present day, you think state titles and big time football, however in the early 90's Mayfield was a laughing stock until 1994. The return of Head Coach Jim Bradley quickly restored the Mayfield Trojans and in the fall of 1996 the Trojans claimed the state title over Manzano. Sitting at 1-1 after a loss to Tucson Amphtheate, the Trojans rocked nearly all the opponents they faced. With withs over La Cueva, Manzano, and a 42-0 win over Las Cruces Mayfield ended the regular season at 9-1. in round one of the play-offs they were nearly upset by Goddard in a 27-26 overtime thriller. They then beat Highland 21-14 and beat Manzano in the title game 14-0. Most still say the title game was played in round one giants Goddard. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#37 1993 Goddard 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Over the years the Goddard Rockets have had some amazing teams, but ironically none have gone undefeated. If the 1993 team or the 1997 team would of went perfect they might both be in the top 10 rankings, that is how good each team was. The 1993 team won their first game by just one point beating El Paso Irvin 21-20. They then beat Artesia 47-28 and then beat Eldorado 42-7. During district play they beat Hobbs 52-25, beat Carlsbad 43-18, beat Clovis 34-17, and beat Alamogordo 42-7. At 9-0 on the year the Rockets faced their cross town rival, the Roswell Coyotes and would be upset 20-15. During the play-offs they beat Sandia 46-0, beat Del Norte 49-7, and then beat Clovis 24-21 in the title game. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#36 2010 Lovington 12-2
Hendo's Breakdown: Coming off a state title during the 2009 season, most expected Lovington to again defend their crown with All-State Quarterback Jacob Jameson returning for his senior season. After start the season with a 63-49 loss to Artesia, in a game the Wildcats probably feel they should of won, the Wildcats won their next five game in big fashion. They beat Andrews, Texas big, they beat Ft. Stockton, Texas big, and then pounded West Las Vegas by 47 points. Heading into the Lee County Rivalry Game Against 5A Hobbs the Wildcats simply air it out to a 41-28 victory. The win over Hobbs was big and gave them tons of momentum heading into district. They blasted both Portales and Ruidoso and were 8-1 in the final regular season game against 9-0 Goddard. Goddard's defense had been allowing less than a touchdown per game, but it's as though defense on both sides never existed as Goddard nearly escaped with a 53-52 win. Lovington would cruise through the play-offs against St. Michael's, Robertson, and beat Academy in the finals 60-43. Quarterback Jacob Jameson threw for 3,624-yards and 60 touchdowns on the season. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#35 1992 La Cueva 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The Bears started off hot in the early 90's winning a combined 29 games during the '90, '91, and '92 season. In 1992 the Bears were loaded to say the least. But after beating Highland and West Mesa by a combined 92-7, the Bears were beaten by Roswell 16-13. After that short setback, the Bears rocked the rest of the comp on the year. They beat Mayfield 47-6, then rolled through six district opponents with no trouble at all. In round one of the play-off against Cibola they beat the Cougars 42-18 and then beat Clovis 28-25 in the semifinals. In the title game against Roswell the only team to of beaten them on the season, La Cueva got some sweet revenge winning 35-0 to hoist their first title of the 90's. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#34 1970 Hobbs 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: During the late 60's the Hobbs Eagles were a prep football power to say the least and in the fall of 1970, the Eagles posted their most impressive season that still outlives any of the current success the Eagles have in this day and age. They had lost the 1969 state title against Artesia 21-8 and to open the 1970 season, the ironically played the Artesia Bulldogs. For the sixth straight time leading back to the 1965 season the Bulldogs once again beat the Hobbs Eagles and the '70 team that was stacked with talent sat at 0-1 to start the season. From the loss the Eagles went on to win 12 game in a row. Wins over Kermit, Texas, Lubbock Coronado, and El Paso Bel Air had Hobbs rolling right into district. They beat Carlsbad, Goddard, Clovis, and Lovington by a combined 164-0. They beat Santa Fe in the semifinals 35-16 and then beat Highland in the finals 20-0. Hobbs would again win the title in 1972. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#33 2000 Las Cruces 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The Bulldawgs were coming off one of their best seasons ever in 1999 going 14-0 and with a loaded core returning, most felt that Las Cruces would be unbeatable once again in the start of the new decade. A humbling 21-0 loss to Roswell was an early season eye opener and from there on out, Las Cruces was quickly back to their winning ways the next 13 weeks. They smashed Goddard, smashed Onate, beat Artesia by two scores, flew through Silver and in district play they beat Alamogordo 69-15, beat Gadsden by 21, beat Los Lunas 55-6, and beat cross town rival Mayfield 30-7. They entered the play-offs at 9-1 and then beat La Cueva 34-20 in the quarterfinals, beat Valley 26-14 in the semifinals, and then rocked Carlsbad in the finals 45-21. Between the 1999 season and the 2001 season, Las Cruces won an outstanding 36 games. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#32 1966 Artesia 12-0
Hendo's Breakdown: Artesia has always been a prep football power from the days they opened the high school. In the 1966 season they formed one of the best teams in the entire state lead by a monster offense and a steal curtain for defense. They beat four Texas teams to start the season (EP Cathedral, Monahans, Irvin, and Eastwood). The Bulldogs outscored each of those four teams by a combined 94-9. They then beat their first New Mexico team which was Las Cruces by a score of 28-0 and then beat Hobbs, Clovis, and Carlsbad in convincing fashion as well. Late in the season it seemed as though no team would come close to beating the Bulldogs and that assumption was right on. They beat Highland 40-14 in the title game. Between 1966 and 1969 Artesia won 45 games and four straight back-to-back titles. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#31 2008 Las Cruces 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: During the 2007 season, Las Cruces was led by two-junior player makers in Dante Caro at quarterback and James Hall at running back. The two were Mr. Football Candidates as juniors, but were outgunned by Clovis in the semifinals 37-29. Returning a ton of talent to the 2008 season, the Dawgs simply rolled from the get-go. With big wins over El Paso Eldorado and El Paso Eastwood to start the season, it was clear that this Las Cruces team was the best in the state. Wins against La Cueva in week three and against Manzano in week five pushed Las Cruces to the top of the polls, however Albuquerque Eldorado held the number one spot as they were unbeaten as well. Big wins over Artesia, Onate, and Alamogordo pushed the Dawgs to a 9-0 record heading into their annual rivalry game against Mayfield. In a thrilling ball game, that Mayfield had the lead during, Las Cruces found a way to come back and beat Mayfield 22-21 to end the season at 10-0. In the play-offs they again slugged it out with Manzano and then beat Mayfield 35-7 in the semifinals. Playing against 12-0 Eldorado, Las Cruces would take advantage of a special teams blunder and edge out the Eagles 26-21. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#30 1991 Clovis 12-2
Hendo's Breakdown: The early 90's were big years for the Clovis Wildcat's Football Program. They won the state title in 1990 going 13-1 with a 28-0 win over Eldorado. Though they lost a good amount of talent to graduation, they had enough talent to potential make another run at the state title. Surprisingly, this talented team was beaten in week two by Amarillo High 21-13. At 1-1, the Wildcats went on quite a tear after the loss beating Plaineview, Texas, Borger, Texas, Manzano, and Santa Fe. They outscored those four by a combined 156-7. At 5-1 they faced Eldorado the team they beat the year before in the title game and with a chip on their shoulder, Eldorado topped Clovis this time 14-7. The Wildcats would end the regular season at 8-2 and then beat Espanola Valley 63-0 in the opening round of the play-offs. They then beat Highland 30-0 and faced Eldorado for the third time in two-years in the state title game. In a dramatic double overtime game, Clovis beat Eldorado 13-0 and would win back-to-back titles. Between 1988 and 1991 the Wildcats won 46 games. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#29 1990 Clovis 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The Wildcats started off the 1990 season in style with a crushing 51-0 win over Portales, but in week two they would be humbled in a 17-14 loss to Amarillo High. Wins over Plainview, Texas and Borger, Texas again sparked their football team's momentum and Clovis would win their next 10 games against New Mexico teams to claim the state title. During district play Clovis beat Hobbs, Roswell, Carlsbad, and Alamogordo to finish the year at 9-1. In the play-offs they beat Manzano 34-6, beat La Cueva 24-7, and beat Eldorado in the finals 28-0. Their play-off run consisted of beating their three opponents to end the year by a combined score of 86-13. Quick Note: Throughout the 80's and into the 90's Clovis played tons of Texas programs. From 1980 to 1990 Clovis played the following: Palo Duro, Tascosa, Plainview, Amarillo High, Pampa, Canyon, Lawton (Oklahoma), Hereford, Lubbock High, and Borger. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#28 1988 Roswell 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Mickey Reeves one of the best athletes ever to come out of New Mexico was finally a senior and after the Coyotes won the title his junior year, most expected Roswell to again make another run at the title. A three touchdown win over Goddard in the opener and a 35-0 win over Artesia were quick signs that Roswell was absolutely loaded. A close 14-9 win over Hanks, El Paso had Roswell at 5-0 and the Coyotes were riding an 11 game winning streak. A 42-0 win over Gallup and a 40-0 win over Hobbs made it seem that Roswell was nearly unbeatable, but in week eight the Coyotes were finally tamed at least for one week with a 14-7 loss to Clovis. They finished the year with a 3-1 district record and a 9-1 regular season record. In the play-offs they beat Farmington 41-17, beat Las Cruces 24-21 in overtime, and would meet up with Clovis for a shot at revenge in the title game. Dominating the whole game, Roswell would beat Cloivs 14-3 to win their second state title in a row. Between 1986 and 1988 Roswell won 36 games. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#27 2001 Clovis 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: It's hard to believe that in the over 30-years of Head Coaching for Eric Roanhaus, that just one team has gone undefeated under his storied program. Of course, throughout the years Clovis has played some of the toughest non-district schedules which has made them a title contender nearly every year. In 2000, the Wildcats went 4-6 with big losses to Eldorado, Hobbs, and to Carlsbad down the stretch. They were beaten by Manzano in the play-offs to end the dismal season. The following year, a seasoned group of varsity letterman stayed in the weight room nearly all season long for what would be the Wildcat season to remember. From the get-go, it was clear that Clovis was big time. With a 4-0 early season record they beat Borger, Texas to move to 5-0 on the season. From the Borger game on they would beat their next five regular season opponents by a combined 195-20. Along the way they shutout Borger, Goddard, Eldorado, and beat Hobbs and Carlsbad by a combined 71-14. The Mayfield Trojans and Clovis Wildcats both ended the season with a 10-0 regular season record and were seeded at the opposite ends of the play-offs. Clovis beat Las Cruces in the opening round 45-17, then beat Sandia 35-6, and it was the match up everyone wanted to see in the finals. 12-0 Clovis vs. 12-0 Mayfield. In a action packed game with furious hits and some huge offensive plays, Clovis Legendary Head Coach Eric Roanhaus would beat Mayfield Legendary Head Coach Jim Bradley in a game that goes down as one of the greatest title games ever. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#26 1975 Las Cruces 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The 1974 season for the Las Cruces Bulldawgs was about as bad as it gets with the Dawgs going 1-7-2. The year before in '73 the Dawgs went 1-8-1. The 1975 season returned a ton of talent and maybe what made them so good towards the end of the year was the fact that they played their first five games against Texas Schools. Beating El Paso High, Bowie, Riverside, and Andress the Dawgs were 5-0 when they met their first New Mexico team. They continued to dominate and really their only close game during the regular season was against Mayfield in a 21-13 victory. During the play-offs they beat Los Alamos 41-10, beat Del Norte 27-0 (Del Norte had went 13-0 the year before) and then beat Eldorado 29-15 in the finals. They held three teams to one score and shut out three others. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#25 2001 Mayfield 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The greatest team to never win the state title is the 2001 Mayfield Trojans. As you read a few spots up, the 13-0 perfect Clovis Wildcats topped Mayfield in the 2001 title game 17-10. The 2001 Trojans were flat out dominate from the start of the season and won their first nine games by way of knockout. Literally the Trojans blasted everyone in their path. They beat Goddard 13-0, beat Carlsbad 49-0, beat Riverside, Texas 48-0, beat La Cueva 33-3, beat Sandia 42-0, beat Onate 28-0, beat Roswell 42-6, beat Gadsden 56-0, beat Los Lunas 42-0, and beat Alamogordo 45-7. Las Cruces gave them somewhat of a game 21-9, then the Trojans beat Manzano in the play-offs 37-7, beat La Cueva in the semifinals only 10-7 in a thriller, only to be beaten one week later in the finals to Clovis 17-10. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#24 1980 Eldorado
Hendo's Breakdown: The start of the 80's decade belonged to Eldorado. Going 12-1 in 1978 and going 11-2 in 1979, Eldorado had knocked on the state title door a few times, but had just run into some very good football teams to be denied the trophy. Led by future NFL quarterback Jim Everett, the Eagles would start the season with a 35-14 win over Santa Fe, the same team that beat them the year before in the state title game 19-15. After that three touchdown win, Eldorado had tons of momentum and went on to shut out their next five opponents. Wins over Sandia, Highland, Del Norte, and Manzano had the Eagles ranked number one with a 6-0 record. In district play they beat Belen, Rio Grande, Valley, and Cibola scoring an average of 35 points in their last five games. They opened the play-offs with a 48-0 win over Gallup, beat Highland 13-7 in the semifinals, and then beat Clovis 14-11 to win the title game. Everett went on to sign with Purdue before begging drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#23 1993 Aztec 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Checking in at number 29 is one of the biggest, meanest, and according to our top 100 prep football rankings the second greatest team in New Mexico High School Football to never to win a title. The Aztec Football Curse has plagued the town of Aztec for much longer than you think. During the '93 season the opened the season with a crushing 61-0 win over Moriarty, then smashed G.J. Central 41-6, rocked Blanding, Utah 42-13, and then beat two more Colorado teams by a combined 102-0. The Tigers looked nearly unbeatable and were scoring a impressive 50 points per game through the first give games. During district play, Aztec stomped every team posting offensive scores of 75 and 81 points. In the final game of the regular season, Aztec was played within four points by Kirtland Central in a 13-9 game, still Aztec finished the season with a 10-0 regular record. In the play-offs they beat Lovington 31-17 and then beat Raton in overtime 14-7. In the tittle game against Artesia, Aztec finally was defeated in a 28-9 ballgame. Their next 12 game win season came in 2008 when they again lost the state title, this time to Goddard. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#22 1998 Artesia 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The Bulldogs were coming off back-to-back titles from the 1996 and the 1997 season, but the 1998 season is where they finally reached ultimate perfection. The Bulldogs had lost a total of three games in the last three years and while winning the title was grand, the achieved the perfect season by going undefeated, made it that much sweeter in 1998. The Bulldogs buried Robertson in week one 66-8, then beat Hobbs, Roswell, and barely got passed Goddard 13-12. They beat larger schools like Carlsbad and Las Cruces with ease before going undefeated in the district. They finished out the year 10-0 and beat St. Pius X 33-14 in the play-offs, then beat Kirtland Central 42-14 in the semifinals before beating Ruidoso 35-9 in the finals. Their impressive 38 points per game average along with their perfect record makes them one of the best ever, but still not the best Artesia team of All-time, in fact they are not even close. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#21 1990 Lovington 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: Hendo's Breakdown: Head Football Coach Speedy Faith put together some amazing teams during his tenure with Lovington. Sure it helps to have players like Brian Urlacher, Heath Ridenour, and Caden/Jacob Jameson. During the 1989 season Lovington had lost in the tittle game to Goddard in double overtime 6-0. With a great amount of talent returning to the 1990 season, Lovington opened the season with big wins over Robertson, Ruidoso, and Lubbock, Texas. At 3-0 they then beat Hobbs 21-6, beat Silver 33-0, and beat Carlsbad 14-0. During district play they got their revenge against Goddard in a 29-22 slugfest, then beat Portales in a thriller 7-6, and beat Artesia 19-7 to end the year at 10-0 during the regular season. Another win over Robertson in the play-offs, then a 43-0 win over Grants in the semifinals paired them against a loaded Bloomfield Bobcats team. A hard-fought 13-7 victory gave Lovington the title. Five years later with Brian Urlacher as a senior Lovington would go 14-0. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#20 2009 Belen 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: New Head Football Coach John Lerma had taken over Belen just one year before and took Belen from a 5-6 team in 2007 to a 10-2 team in 2008. Returning some quality running backs to the 2009 season, Belen was ready to make a deep run at the play-offs. They started off just crushing teams. Beating Deming 42-6, beat Aztec 63-34, beat Los Lunas 50-0, beat Roswell 62-0, then beat Los Alamos 54-8. It was clear after their week two win over Aztec, that Belen was again the real deal, but this year they looked like a title contender. Faced against district opponent Volcano Vista in a pivotal district title game, Belen did what they had done all year and rocked another team this time 35-14. Belen then beat Deming in the play-offs 58-6, then beat Aztec again 58-19, before facing Goddard in the state finals. In front of 6,000 fans in Belen, a gusty performance from Goddard Quarterback David Vega stopped Belen's perfect season. Final score was 28-21. 2009 Goddard is ranked in the top 100 #88. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#19 1987 Roswell 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: A big time prospect by the name of Mickey Reeves was making waves already for the Coyotes as only a junior and with some very good surrounding talent, Roswell who had just lost the title game in 1986 to Highland once again looked like a title contender in week one against Goddard in a 48-0 victory. The Coyotes would rattle off seven games in a row in big fashion. Notable wins came against Artesia, Sandia, Lovington and against Hobbs. At 7-0, the Coyotes faced Clovis and were beaten 16-0 for their first loss of the season. From the shutout, Roswell responded in big fashion winning their next six games in a row. They beat Las Cruces 21-15 in the semifinals and then beat Mayfield 29-7 in the title game. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#18 2009 La Cueva 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: The excitement was building in Bear Nation as La Cueva entered the 2009 season with a very talented senior squad and a junior running back by the name of Ronnie Daniels. After a beating Rio Grande 55-0 in the opener, the Bears gave up a two-touchdown lead to Manzano to fall 31-27 in a very thrilling football game. At 1-1, the Bears pressed on. They beat Clovis 27-14, beat Eldorado 49-0, beat Cibola 39-20, and then just rolled through the district outscoring the opposition by 216-22. They ended the season with a 9-1 record and then beat Hobbs 52-7 in the first round of the play-offs. The following week the got another shot at Manzano and though the Bears trailed in the final minutes of the game, they reeled off an impressive scoring drive and went for two to beat Manzano 25-24. The next week they would steamroll past Mayfield in the title game 31-14, in a game where Ronnie Daniels would run for 250-yards off nearly 50-carries. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#17 1968 Artesia 12-0
Hendo's Breakdown: An old school team that played a potent schedule from the get-go won 12 games in a row in big fashion. They started off against four Texas Teams. Beat Burges 41-20, beat Monahans 40-6, beat Irvin 33-14, then beat Eastwood 34-7. Then their schedule was easily (Kidding) they beat Las Cruces 34-7, beat Clovis 34-14, beat Carlsbad 42-7, beat Mayfield 55-14, beat Alamogordo, Hobbs, and Roswell before beating Sandia 40-0 in the finals. One of the toughest teams running through one of the toughest schedules there was at that time. No team today in 2011 would want to play that schedule and Artesia blew through them all with ease. One of the best teams ever period. Artesia won the title in '66, '67, '68, and in '69. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#16 1974 Artesia 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The 1974 Artesia Bulldogs had an amazing run and it followed a 2-8 season record in 1973. They opened with Goddard, Mayfield, and Eldorado. Three tough games, but the Dogs managed to get to 3-0. They then beat Irvin, Texas, Roswell, and then put the hammer down on their next five opponents. At 5-0 on the season, Artesia beat their remaining five teams on the schedule by a combined 222-3. They shut out St. Pius X 48-0, beat Portales 61-0, beat Tucumcari 41-0, beat Lovington 51-0, and beat Carlsbad 21-3. During the play-offs the survived a scare from Tularosa 24-23, then beat their final two opponents by a combined 56-7. In the title game they beat Deming 23-0. Artesia would win the title in 1975 and in 1976 completed the three peat. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#15 1997 Goddard 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: One Head Coach that never gets enough credit is Goddard Head Coach Sam Jernigan. Though Goddard has never posted a perfect season under Jernigan (Record Wise) the Rockets came very close in the fall of 1997. They opened the season two monster wins. They beat Onate and Alamogordo in back-to-back weeks by a combined score of 79-0. At 3-0 after beating Andress, Texas they played region rival Artesia and were beaten 14-13. That one point loss would be their only loss of the season. They then beat Sandia, Highland, and Lovington by a combined 139-13. They had shut out four opponents through six games. In district they beat Hobbs 35-0, snuck past Clovis 22-18, and beat Roswell and Carlsbad handily. In the play-offs they pounded Manzano 40-10, beat Eldorado 42-20, and met Clovis a team they had only beat by four points in the finals. In a bone crushing type game, Goddard's defense came up big once again in a 3-0 shutout to win the state title game. Numbers wise, this looks to be the best ever Goddard Rocket's team, still one more team from Goddard is ranked higher. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#14 2010 Aztec 12-1
Hendo's Breakdown: Hendo's Breakdown: The Aztec Tigers have flirted with the 4A State Title four times since 2003. They have lost all four title games under Head Coach Brad Hirsch. In 2003 they lost to Artesia 35-14, in 2005 they lost to Silver 27-20, in 2008 they lost to Goddard 49-45, and in 2010 they lost to Artesia 45-34. Coming off a rare four loss season in 2009, the Aztec Tigers returned 21 starters on both sides of the football and it was pretty much a lock and load season. The Tigers smashed Los Lunas and Los Alamos right off the bat before beating Durango, Colorado 35-28. They then scored 63, 55, 55, and 70 in their next four games. They beat their district opponents by a combined 222-25. To open they play offs they beat St. Pius X 55-21, then in a thriller beat Belen 37-33 in a come from behind win. In the title game they made the trip to Artesia where they would lose in the Bulldog Bowl to Artesia 45-34. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#13 2005 Mayfield 14-0
Hendo's Breakdown: No doubt about it Mayfield has produced some of the toughest to beat prep football teams under Former Legendary Head Coach Jim Bradley. The 2005 Trojans beat Clovis to open the season and beat Clovis in the title game to complete the perfect 14-0 season. After losing to Clovis during the 2004 season and during the 2001 season in some epic football games, the Trojans started off the year with a hard fought 7-0 win over the Wildcats. They then beat Carlsbad 49-7, beat EP Americas 35-0, beat Manzano 31-7, beat La Cueva 35-0, beat Los Lunas 40-0, beat an 11-2 Onate team 21-13, beat Alamogordo 40-7, beat Gadsden 35-2, beat Las Cruces 40-21, beat Hobbs 49-6, beat Rio Grande 10-3, beat La Cueva 21-7 in the semifinals, before beating Clovis 17-7 in the finals. Mayfield would win the title in 2005, 2006, and in 2007 making for one of the most dominate big school runs in history. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#12 1963 Highland 11-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The 1963 Highland Hornets were led by a steel curtain of a defense that only allowed 22 points all season long. If they would of played 14 games and won 14 in a row, they could very well of ranked right at the top with the La Cueva teams numbers wise. They beat Santa Fe 54-0, beat Plainview, Texas 22-15, beat Gallup 45-0, beat Roswell 12-0, beat Valley 45-0, beat Sandia 12-0, beat Farmington 50-0, beat Rio Grande 7-0, beat Manzano 66-0, beat Albuquerque in the semifinals 34-7, and then beat Las Cruces in the title game 20-0. Last summer when I was being interviewed on the radio by a local Albuquerque station, an member of the '63 Hornet's team and claimed that eight players went D-1 after that season. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#11 1973 Clovis 14-0
Hendo's Breakdown: It's hard to believe that the highest ranked Clovis team on the top 100 rankings is a team that Coach Eric Roanhaus did not coach. I think a ton of Clovis fans would argue that the 2001 team that went 13-0 is the best all-time team, however if you talk to the Clovis faithful that have followed football for decades they'll tell you that in 1973 they had two 2,000-yard running backs that helped Clovis win 14 straight, something that Clovis has still not done in any other season. They beat Manzano 39-6, beat EP Bowie 40-6, beat Dumas, Texas 20-9, beat Eldorado 21-16, beat Artesia 20-7, beat Roswell 54-0, beat Carlsbad 61-31, beat Goddard 62-6, beat Hobbs 7-0, beat Los Alamos 48-0, beat Mayfield 25-13 in the semifinals and beat Hobbs again this time for the title 16-0. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#10 2006 Artesia 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: Current University of Oklahoma Quarterback Landry Jones was a junior during the 2006 season and everyone knew the Bulldogs were the team to beat during the preseason. In the opener against Lovington, Jones and Co. buried Lovington 56-6, then beat Hobbs 42-3, beat Rio Rancho 47-21, beat Deming 50-7, beat Carlsbad 39-0, beat Clovis 34-26, beat Taos 63-0, beat Roswell 50-36 in a shootout, beat Goddard 44-7, beat Roswell again in the play-offs 55-13, beat a very good Los Alamos team 34-15 in the semifinals and then in an epic game against Goddard won the title with a 30-23 victory. Artesia would again win the title in 2007 beating Goddard again 58-31. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#9 2011 Aztec 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: Coming soon
#8 2011 Cleveland 13-0
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#7 1974 Del Norte 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: Really? A team from Del Norte makes the cut in the top 100 and in the top 10? Yes, in 1974 one of high school football's glory decades the Knights were more than perfect. They opened the season with a 42-13 win over Roswell, then beat Los Alamos 47-0, beat West Mesa 7-0, beat Farmington 37-0, beat Eldorado 27-0, beat Eldorado 27-0, beat Grants 27-0, beat Manzano 28-0, beat Rio Grande 36-0, beat Valley 56-0, beat Sandia 45-0, beat Los Alamos again in the play-offs 17-10, then beat Clovis 14-6 in the semifinals (Clovis was 14-0 in 1973) then Del Norte topped Hobbs 14-6 in the finals. One of the most underrated high school football teams throughout New Mexico High School Football. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#6 1995 Lovington 14-0
Hendo's Breakdown: Former Head Lovington Football Coach Speedy Faith won't tell you which Lovington is better between the 1990 and the 1995 team, but the overall body of work and the fact that NFL All-Pro Brian Urlacher was a senior during their fantastic 14 game run puts this Lovington from the mid 90's in a class of their own. They opened the season 2-0 and then beat Hobbs 49-0, beat Santa Rosa 39-7, beat Carlsbad 49-3, and then beat a very good Roswell team 21-20 in overtime. That win over Roswell more than likely propelled them to win their next eight games. Three weeks after beating Roswell, the Wildcats beat Artesia by four points and finished the season 10-0. They beat their three play-off opponents by a combined 143-14 and beat Silver in the finals 24-7. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#5 1979 Santa Fe 13-1
Hendo's Breakdown: From 1977 to 1980 Santa Fe was considered a prep football power house. In '77 they went 10-2, in '78 they went 11-1, and in 1979 they formed one of the best team's ever going 13-1 on the season. They opened the year with monster wins against Cibola and Sandia then lost 35-6 to Eldorado and a junior quarterback named Jim Everett. They then crushed their next 11 teams in a row to win the state title. They beat West Mesa 60-0, beat Albuquerque 36-8, beat Gallup 52-6, beat Espanola 80-0, beat Farmington 35-0, beat Roswell 41-3, beat Highland 29-21 in the title game and would meet that same team they lost to earlier in the year (Eldorado) for a shot at revenge in the title game. A close 19-15 game gave Santa Fe the state football trophy. The Santa Fe football program took a major dip almost 11-seasons later as they would go 2-52 from 1990-1994. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#4 2001 Lovington 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: One of the best All-Time Lovington Wildcat Teams claimed the perfect season in 2001 under Head Coach Speedy Faith. After beating Artesia 34-28, the Wildcats led by Caden Jameson, Rusty Hargrove, Sean Sanchez, Beau James, Josh Faith, and James Compton continued the victories with wins over Silver, Los Alamos, West Las Vegas, and Hobbs. They beat every team in 3A that year by a combined score of 373-59. They finished the regular season 10-0, then beat Cobre 39-3, beat St. Michael's 49-20, and beat Robertson in the finals 59-3. In their last five games they scored an average of 49 points per game. Arguably one of Lovington's most dangerous offensive groups ever. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#3 1999 Las Cruces 14-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The 1999 Bulldawgs won an outstanding 14 games in a row making for one of the most memorable runs in New Mexico High School Football History. Led by a junior quarterback by the name of James Lopez who would finish his career 27-1 and running back Isaac "Senior Touchdown" Gomez the Dawgs started off the season getting revenge on Goddard the team that had ended the season the year before. The beat Goddard 33-8, then beat Carlsbad 41-0, beat Los Lunas 52-0, beat EP Bel Air 41-0, beat Silver 45-8, beat Artesia 35-0, beat Gadsden 35-14, beat Onate 42-6, beat Alamogordo 63-0, beat Deming 55-0, beat Mayfield 29-15, beat one of the best Highland teams ever 28-19, beat Roswell 36-6, before beating Goddard once again in the finals 24-12. The following year Las Cruces would lose the opener to Dontrell Moore and the Roswell Coytoes, before winning 13 in a row for a second straight big school title. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#2 2003 La Cueva 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: After going 9-2 in the 2002 season the Bears entered 2003 with eight D-1 prospects on their team. They proved right off the bat that they were worth the pre-season hype winning their first three games by a combined 124-7, which included a 35-7 win over Mayfield. They continued to pound teams beating Farmington 55-0, beat Manzano 41-0, Albuquerque High then scored 21, but La Cueva scored 83 in that game. They then beat Del Norte 49-0, beat Santa Fe 5-0, beat Highland 42-3, beat Sandia 48-0, beat Las Cruces 63-0 in the quarterfinals, beat Rio Grande 27-3 in the semifinals, before beating Mayfield in a very tight game 24-21 to claim their first title under Head Coach Fred Romero. . Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
#1 2004 La Cueva 13-0
Hendo's Breakdown: The 2004 La Cueva Bears could probably be ranked in a national all-time best of the best high school team rankings if ever put together. With more than eight D-1 prospects on the team once again, La Cueva entering the 2004 season with a 13 game winning streak and quickly proved that they were again the team to beat absolutely stomping their first three opponents by a combined 136-0. They then beat Las Cruces 34-7, beat St. Pius X 36-7 and that touchdown by Pius on fourth and short would be the second to last touchdown scored on La Cueva for the rest of the season and that game took place on October 2nd. La Cueva would beat their next eight opponents by a combined 405-7. They beat Albuquerque 79-0, beat Del Norte 50-0, beat Santa Fe 61-0, beat Highland 21-0, beat Manzano 58-7, beat Eldorado 61-0, beat Las Cruces in the semifinals 35-0, and beat Clovis in the title game 40-0. Senior Running Back Frankie Baca ran for more than 2,400-yards that season helping Fred Romero win his second straight state title. The Bears won 26 games in a row making for the most dominating back-to-back years ever. Compiling the power rankings, no other team throughout history would of came close to beating this team. Please Submit To Players And Coaches From This Team To
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