Today we recap week 1 of the New Mexico High School Football Season. Coaches are encouraged to send in game box scores and top performers to firstname.lastname@example.org, that is how we complie the below weekend recaps and top performers.
Recap: The Cleveland Storm ranked #3 in the NMPreps.com Preseason Rankings defeated Manzano on Saturday in an impressive showing. The Storm racked up more than 500-yards of offense and were led by Quarterback Gabe Ortega who threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Running Back Jesse Nieto ran for over 100-yards for Cleveland and Adam Cook caught two touchdowns.
Volcano Vista 18, Sandia 14 Final
Recap: The Volcano Vista Hawks started out with their usual thriller Saturday afternoon against Sandia in a come from behind victory over Sandia. The Hawks got a late touchdown from Josh Williams to Kody Smith which made it 18-14 late in the game. On the day, Williams threw for two touchdown passes. Sandia was led by Trevor Waring and Ben Hamrich who each scored touchdowns.
La Cueva 26, Atrisco Heritage 25 Final
Recap: Extra points matter. Saturday Atrisco Heritage elected to go for two the first two times they scored and converted neither, the end result would be a one-point win by La Cueva. The Bears were led by Beau Kujath at quarterback who threw for over 250-yards and two touchdowns. The most important touchdown was the final throw of the game when Kujath hit Aaron Overacker in the back of the end-zone for the game winning touchdown. Atrisco Heritage was led by Ricci Alvidrez who ran for 235-yards on the day.
Sat. Goddard 34, Clovis 14 Final
Recap: Mike Whalen picked up his first "W" as a head coach with an impressive opening win against Clovis Saturday night at the Wool Bowl. The Rockets opened with a 87-yard touchdown run by Cameron Neff. The Rockets struck again when Neff hit McDaniel on a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0 Goddard in the first quarter. The Wildcats opened the second half with a touchdown, but Goddard pulled away in the second half with touchdown runs by Neff and then a Ricky Roybal interception set up a 56-yard touchdown run by McDaniel to make it 28-7. The Rockets had more than 380-yards of rushing on the night. Their secondary led by Lukkas Gutierrez and Ricky Roybal were very solid. For the Wildacts they were reported to pass the football much more than in the past trying to replace Running Back Kamal Cass. The Rockets take on Piedra Vista in week 2, Clovis hosts Cibola.
Sat. St. Mike's 28, Santa Fe 14 Final
Recap: The St. Michael's Horsemen continue to own the City Different, but on Saturday Night at Ivan Head Stadium the Demons kept it closer than most expected. The Horsemen ranked #2 in the State of New Mexico were led by Chross Jaramillo who returned a kick 70-yards for a touchdown, Isaac Chavez who threw a touchdown passes to Brandon McAllister and to Jaime Perez. Santa Fe High was led by Robert Corriz who had over 200-yards passing on the night.
Sat. Lovington 21, Hope 0 Final
Recap: The Lovington Wildcats started off on a positive note Saturday in Albuquerque against Hope Christian. Dontaie Nash ran for over 150-yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Garcia threw for 151-yards as Lovington racked up just under 500-yards of offense on the night.
Sat. Silver 49, Shiprock 0 Final
Recap: Silver opened with a big win Saturday against Shiprock thanks to an impressive 100-yard rushing performance by Franky Castillo. Zack Jasso, a junior at Silver ran for a big touchdown on the say as Silver ran past Shiprock.
Centennial 42, Onate 10 Final
Recap: The first ever meeting between the two schools will be remembered as a blow-out in front of more than 6,000-fans at the Field of Dreams. Centennial, no longer the "younger brother" dominated Onate thanks to a big time performance from Quarterback Christian Cedano who threw for 155-yards, ran for 131-yards, and scored 4 touchdowns on the night. His main target was Bryce Rewalt who scored twice and hauled in 131-yards receiving. "You have to give the (Cedano) credit," Jaquess said. "He did a good job finding his receivers but I think a lot of it was our technique. We had some breakdowns. We have a ways to go. They are a good team and he is an exceptional athlete. He kind of took over the game," First Year Head Coach Brent Jaques told the Las Cruces Sun News. Centennial now 1-0 will take on Gadsden in week 2, Onate will try to get back on track next week against El Paso Eastlake.
Alamogordo 39, Valencia 0 Final
Recap: The Tigers raised some eyebrows Friday Night with a 39-0 win over Valencia. Clearly a different team that went 1-9 in 2013 under now second year Head Coach Dale Hooper racked up big yards on offense and pitched a shutout on defense. Sophomore Quarterback Kyle Hooper threw for 240-yards and 4-touchdowns. Receiver Julian Segura caught for 126-yards, Hunter Graham ran for 181-yards and two touchdowns, and Brandon Henderson caught for 3-touchdowns. The Tigers now 1-0 take on Los Lunas in week 2, Valencia travels to Albuquerque to take on West Mesa.
Artesia 40, Belen 14 Final
Recap: You don't just roll into the Bulldog Bowl and pull out a "W". Friday Night two of the most well decorated head coaches in New Mexico met in a game that was all Artesia. After the score was 7-7 in the 1st, Artesia Quarterback Josh Houghtaling hit Matt Barlow for a 60-yard strike. Houghtaling than ran for a score, then threw a one-yard touchdown to Andy Azua, then after a three and out Houghtalng hit Azua for yet another touchdown to make it 34-7 at the half. Quarterback Justin Houghtaling threw for an incredible 508-yards and 5 touchdowns. Artesia takes on Hobbs in week 2, Belen travels to Moriarty.
Aztec 20, Bloomfield 0 Final
Recap: Aztec improved to a 1-0 season in a very important regional rivalry victory over Bloomfield Friday Night. Aztec Running Back Josh Harris scored two touchdowns on the night for the Tigers. Aztec plays rival Durango, Colorado next weekend.
Capital 25, Socorro 13 Final
Recap: The Capital Jaguars won which is the good news, the bad news is that star running back Kevin Brown has a fractured ankle according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. Manuel Segura scored two touchdowns for the Jaguars. Capital now 1-0 takes on St. Michael's next weekend.
Cibola 44, Albuquerque 20 Final
Recap: The Cougars got a big time performance from senior running back Oscar Chatman on Friday Night who racked up more than 220-yards and two touchdowns according to the Albuquerque Journal. After a bright spot for Albuquerque when Jonathan Martinez returned a kick 90-yards for a score it was all Cibola as they led 37-7 at the half. The Cougars racked up more than 400-yards of offense, Albuquerque had 175-yards total. The Buldlogs have now lost a state record 39-games in a row. Cibola now 1-0 will head to Clovis next Friday. Albuquerque will take on Del Norte.
Clayton 51, West LV 6 Final
Recap: The Yellowjackets continued their six game win streak into the 2014 season with a 51-6 win over the West Las Vegas Dons. The Jackets will be back in action next week against Eunice (just a short 600 mile round trip bus ride). Clayton was led by Koy Geary who ran for 95-yards and 3 touchdowns and by Jose Zamora who ran for 156-yards and 2 touchdowns.
Eldorado 42, Rio Grande 0 Final
Recap: The Eldorado Eagles opened in style against Rio Grande Friday winning 42-0. Texas Quarterback Commit Zach Gentry threw for just under 200-yards and 3 touchdowns on the night. Craig Buzzard and Jayce Jackson each scored touchdowns. The Eagles now 1-0 will take on Valley in week 2, Rio Grande will take on Highland.
EP Americas 35, Carlsbad 19 Final
Recap: The big story besides Carlsbad's loss to El Paso Americas is that senior quarterback Kaleb Stevens has injured his knee (test results waiting on the status). The Cavemen took an early lead after Elijah McCoy returned the kickoff 70-yards and then later scored from 10-yards out. The Trail Blazers led 21-13 at the break EP Americas pulled away with two more touchdowns in the second half. Carlsbad will take on Deming in week 2. El Paso Americas will take on Rio Rancho.
Farmington 13, Los Lunas 10 Final
Recap: The Scorpions aka the Class 4A defending state champs trailed Los Lunas 10-0 for most of this game, before making an valiant comeback at The Hutch Friday on opening night. "It was just so uncharacteristic, even though it was the first game," Bradley said. "Everybody is trying to find an identity, but that's just not Scorpion football. But all year long, we talk about the fourth quarter. We play that fourth quarter in the weight room, and we play that fourth quarter out here during conditioning," Head Coach Gary Bradley told the Farmington Daily Times. Diego Elebario scored late in the game to make it 10-6 Los Lunas, then it was Elebario again for the game winning score just under two minutes to play in the game. Farmington Running Back Chayton Salcido ran for over 100-yards on the night. The scorpions are back in action next week against Kirtland, while Los Lunas 0-1 will travel to Alamogordo.
Laguna Acoma 75, Navajo Prep 34 Final
Recap: Senior Running Back David McGee is clearly a next level back. Returning from a year where he scored over 50 touchdowns and ran for over 2,000-yards, McGee told us this summer at the combine his goal is to run for over 3,000-yards this season. Good start as he ran for 475-yards and scored 8 touchdowns Friday against Navajo Prep in a 75-34 win over the Eagles. Do the math, McGee is on paces to rush for more than 4,000-yards and score 80 touchdowns this year (if Laguna plays just 10-games). He'll likely go for big yards again next week against Santa Fe Indian.
Miyamura 37, Moriarty 27 Final
Recap: The Miyamura Patriots moved to 1-0 Friday Night with a big win against Moriarty. The game changer was Senior AJ Starkovich who scored 3 touchdowns, caught for another, and kicked a field goal. The score was 16-13 at the half, then 23-13 Miyamura, then 23-20, then 30-20, then 30-27, before the Patriots pulled away one-last time to make it 37-27. Miyamura now 1-0 takes on Cortez, Colorado in week 2, Moriarty will take on Belen.
Rio Rancho 55, Valley 0 Final
Recap: The Rio Rancho Rams came out swinging Friday Night and just dominated Valley in one of the more intriguing scores of the weekend. Ram's Quarterback Easton Bruere had a field day against Valley throwing for 270-yards (15-19 passing) and 5 touchdowns. "We played well and we have some speed. We took it away 3 times tonight and the defense played on point," Said Rio Rancho Rams Head Coach David Howes. Brady Patterson caught two touchdown passes and Angelo Lujan scored twice. The Rams take on El Paso Americas in week 2. Valley will look to get back on track against Eldorado in week 2.
Santa Rosa 25, Texico 12 Final
Recap: The Santa Rosa Lions and Texico is usually either a late season district game or a playoff game, this year it was the season opener. The Lions were led by Isaac Velasquez who returned a kick for a touchdown (88-yards), ran for a touchdown, and had a defensive touchdown in a monster season opening performance. The Wolverines were led by Mason Golden who ran for 154-yards.
Thurs. Las Cruces 44, El Paso Montwood 18
Recap: Thursday Night, August 28th the Las Cruces Bulldawgs rolled to a 44-18 win over El Paso Montwood. The Class 5A two time defending state champ looked impressive jumping to a 37-6 lead at the half. In-fact Las Cruces out gained the Rams 297-83 in yardage during the first half. The Dawgs jumped to a 44-6 lead before Montwood scored a few late touchdowns to make it a bit more respectable final of 44-18. On the night, Las Cruces was led by Junshiro Molinar who ran for over 100-yards, two touchdowns, and had an interception on defense. Kameron Miller threw for over 100-yards and two touchdowns, Isaiah McIntyre scored a touchdown, Aeneas Reynolds returned an interception for a touchdown (all this was in the first half). Las Cruces is now 24-2 since 2012 and will host the La Cueva Bears next weekend. "We came to town, they were hitting tonight, we mixed up our coverage, we gotta give 10 new guys on defense a lot of credit tonight, " Said Head Las Cruces Coach Jim Miller.
Thurs. St. Pius X 39, Del Norte 28
Recap: According to James Yodice the Sports Reporter at the Albuquerque Journal St. Pius X Sophomore Drew Ortiz had a monster night accumulating 398 total yards of offense lead the Sartans to a big 11 point win over Del Norte.
Thurs. Hobbs JV 46, Eunice 26
Recap: The Hobbs JV defeated Eunice Thursday Night by 20 points. Hobbs was led by JV Quarterback Blake Moore who threw for 353-yards (31-44) and 7 touchdowns on the night. Eunice was led by Ivan Zamora who threw for 156-yards and ran for 121-yards according to the Hobbs News Sun.
Wed. West Mesa 36, Highland 0
Recap: The 2014 New Mexico High School Football Season kicked off Wednesday Night at Community Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico as West Mesa cruised to a 36 to 0 victory. The Mustangs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after Mustang Quarterback Marcus Gonzales hooked up with Zach Schroer for a 40-yard touchdown. At the half it was West Mesa 14-0 after a 20-yard touchdown from Gonzales to Dominic Fisher.
Saturday Football Schedule
Atrisco vs. La Cueva
Cleveland @ Manzano
Clovis @ Goddard
Hobbs @ Mayfield
Lovington @ Hope Christian
Sandia vs. Volcano Vista
Santa Fe @ St. Mike's
Kyle Henderson is the New Mexico recruiting director for NMPreps.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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