Today we recap the semifinal action from the 2012 prep football play-offs.
Las Cruces 55, Eldorado 28 | Brackets Here
This Saturday at Wilson Stadium the Eldorado Eagles played host to the visiting Las Cruces Bulldawgs in a 5-A Semi Finals match-up between two of 5-A's finest. The loss is a tough one to stomach for Eldorado after coming off a great win over rival La Cueva last weekend, however the Eagles still deserve credit for their never back down attitude, and the success they had on the field this season. Las Cruces would end up pulling away after leading 27-21 at the half, in a game that saw a lot of first half action. Eldorado seemed to be able to find a few big plays in the first half and that kept them in it up to that point. Las Cruces was able to come out of the half and explode for 28 points while allowing only one touchdown in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. The Las Cruces Bulldawgs proved just how much depth they have this year having 24 seniors on the roster and today was a prime example of what depth, talent and coaching can do for a program as Jonathan Joy was able to rack up around 280 yards passing and over 110 yards rushing, Also chipping in for the Dawgs was J.J Grenados who had over 100 yards rushing, Asutin Salas who had around 150 yards rushing, totaling a massive 650 yards of complete offense that accumulated 55 points on the board showing just how potent this Bulldawg offense really is. The depth of the Dawgs defensive line and offensive line are the true takeaways from todays game, and with a very big Sandia team awaiting them in the 5-A finals depth on the line will prove to be a major factor in deciding who is victorious.
Sandia 37, Volcano Vista 5 | Brackets Here
The Semi-Finals here in Albuquerque New Mexico saw what ended up being a pretty lopsided affair on Friday Night, as the Sandia Matadors ended up routing the hosting Volcano Vista Hawks. For the Hawks the loss ends a great regular season and post-season run. For the Matadors the win helps launch the team back into the state championship game since 1977. The Matadors were able to stop one of the more potent offense's this play-offs and the defense was lead by Camrron Bean who had a monster game defensively with 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles that Sandia was able to convert and gain the advantage. Offensively the Matadors were decently balanced and leading the way was Craig Coffman who has proved reliable all year long. Also contributing for Sandia was Terrance Barela at wide receiver, Aaron Smith at Running back, Brendan Barker at receiver, and Daniel Cones at Running Back. The Matadors will await the Winner of the Las Cruces Bulldawgs and the Eldorado Eagles.
Los Lunas 24, Aztec 20 | Brackets Here
The Los Lunas Tigers faced off against the hosting Aztec Tigers for a 4-A Semi-Final Matchup
and the Los Lunas Tigers avoided disaster as they were able to barely edge out the much improved Aztec Tigers, on Saturday afternoon. For the Aztec Tigers the loss is a tough one to swallow after coming off a great overtime thriller last week against Artesia. For Los Lunas, the win takes them to the Championship game where they will be looking to take on the Goddard Rockets, both teams are undefeated up to this point and should make for a great matchup. Leading the way for Aztec was Adam Lucero who finished the game with 255 yards passing with 3 touchdown, but he also had 3 interceptions that left the door open for Los Lunas to come back into the game. Los Lunas was lead offensively by Chris Wisneski who had 134 yards on 10 completions, with 2 touchdowns and two completions. The running back core of Darron Gallegos and Jalen Chavez was at it again racking up a combined 231 yards rushing on 50 rushing attempts. Los Lunas will look forward to getting to the state championship game, but a dangerous Goddard team awaits.
Goddard 35, Belen 7 | Brackets Here
The Goddard Rockets and the Belen Eagles faced off on Friday Night, and the end result is the Rockets earning yet another trip to the State Championship game following a lopsided victory over Belen by the tune of 35-7. For the Eagles this halts an impressive regular season, for Goddard this means they are one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal. For Goddard the night was won due in large part by Cody French at Running back who had 3 rushing touchdowns, and Anthony Ornales at Quarterback who had a kick return for a Touchdown, also Contributing to the offensive cause was Dean Mcdaniel at Running back with a touchdown of his own. David Sweet and David Chavers also made their presence felt on the defensive side of things. The Rockets will go on to face off against the Winner of Los Lunas and Aztec.
St. Mikes 18, Lovington 7 | Brackets Here
The St. Michael's Horseman traveled to Lovington to face of against arch-nemesis Lovington on Saturday, and for once would come out of Lovington with a key win that ended the Lovington Wildcats season, and gave the Horseman a chance to play for the blue trophy once more. For Lovington the loss caps off a decent regular season and one that will help benefit the Wildcats in terms of experience and rebuilding in the long run. For St. Mikes leading the way offensively was Cory Serna who had 136 yards with one interception, also helping out for the Horseman was Paul Ortega who had 100 yards rushing and Salomon Martinez who had around 60 yards rushing. The Horseman will be set to take on the Silver Colts in what will be a food State Championship game with revenge on the mind of one team and perfection on the mind for the other.
Silver 37, Ruidoso 10 | Brackets Here
The Silver Colts played host to the Ruidoso Warriors on Friday night a team they had beaten previously in the year, it seems as though history would repeat itself on Friday Night, as the Colts would hang on to win 37-10. The loss ends a great run by Ruidoso and propels the Colts into the State championship. Leading the way for the Colts was Derek Salas who had 194 yards passing and 3 touchdowns and Nevada Bencomo who had a touchdown of his own. The Silver defense deserves a lot of credit also leading the charge defensively was Dakota Bencomo. The Colts would hang on to win and score a spot in the Finals where they will hope to get another chance at the St. Michael's Horseman, or the Lovington Wildcats if fate deems it so.
Santa Rosa 34, Hatch 20 | Brackets Here
The Santa Rosa Lions took on the Hatch Valley Bears. The Bear were leading a very good Santa Rosa team at the end of the first period but ended up tied 20-20 in the fourth quarter before Santa Rosa was able to turn it on and get a huge win over Hatch, a team they have had their troubles with in the past. This year however history did not repeat itself for the Lions. The Loss for Hatch stops the Bears dreams of playing in the state championship in their tracks and is a tough loss to stomach. For Santa Rosa and the whole Lion community the win is huge and will take the Lions to another State Championship game where they Lions will Face off against Tularosa in what should be a great St. Championship game in 2-A. Leading the way for the Lions was, Tim Valverde and Marcus Lopez who had over 150 yards combined rushing on the day.
Tularosa 26, Texico 21 | Brackets Here
The Tularosa Wildcats and the Texico Wolverines were set to do battle on Friday and battle is just exactly what the two teams did, for a whole game it was a real grudge match. Finally the commotion stopped and the final seconds of the clock ran out, leaving The Wildcats with a hard fought victory and a trip to the State championship game. The Wildcats were lead offensively by Jarred Rocha and Jim Coleman who had 160 yards receiving on 11 catches.. The Wildcats will go on to face off against the winner of Santa Rosa and Hatch Valley.