September 9, 2011

Week Three: New Mexico Prep Football Preview

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Southwest Game of the Week
MATCH UP: Volcano Vista @ Las Cruces
WHEN: Sept. 9th, Friday Night
WHERE: Field of Dreams, Las Cruces
THE LINE: Las Cruces by 14
LAST YEAR'S GAME: Las Cruces 50, Volcano Vista 14
PREP RANKINGS: Las Cruces No.3, Volcano Vista NR
LCHS IMPACT PLAYER: Goeff Segovia, Sr., DE
COACHES: Volcano Vista Head Coach: Chad Wallin; Las Cruces Head Coach Jim Miller
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: The Volcano Vista Hawks have showed that their defense is their strongpoint allowing just three touchdowns in the last two games against La Cueva and Manzano. Las Cruces is coming off a huge 30 point win over Cibola, but still looking to make a statement in their home opener. This dangerous group racked up nearly 600-yards of offense last week. To sum it up you have a A+ offense taking on a A+ defense.

Welcome to week three of the 2011 New Mexico Prep Football Season. During each day leading up to the Friday Night action, will release our weekly prep football previews by region.

This week we have some very interesting small school match ups in the Southwest Region, but the Game of the Week takes place Friday night in Las Cruces as the 0-2 Volcano Vista Hawks look for their first win of the season against the Las Cruces Bulldawgs in the Dawg's first home game of the season.

Last week Las Cruces racked up close to 600-yards of offense against Cibola and Volcano Vista gave up another second half lead to lose to Manzano 14-7 in the final minutes.

We also have El Paso Canutillo making the short trip to face off with Gadsden a team that has lost their first two games by a combined seven points.

Deming heads to Hatch Valley for a regional match up, Cobre and Lordsburg each try for their first win of the season, Silver and Tularosa square off in what should be a high scoring affair, Hot Springs hosts Ruidoso who lost big to Socoro last week, and Mesilla Valley hosts the Cloudcroft Bears in what should be a blowout.

Stat stars from week two: Last week Las Cruces High Running Back Xavier Hall ran for over 200-yards and three touchdowns against Cibola in their 48-18 win in Albuquerque on Saturday. Mesilla Valley's dual quarterback set had Tim Vida threw for 100-yards and a touchdown, while 6-f-oot-6, Devon Tourtillott threwfor 185-yards and one score in Mesilla Valley's big win against McCurdy on Satruday.

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Volcano Vista Hawks (0-2) Las Cruces Bulldawgs (1-1)
The Volcano Vista Hawks have a very solid defense but are still looking for an offensive identity. They led La Cueva 6-2 during week one before losing 16-6 and then led 7-0 over Manzano until the Monarchs scored 14 fourth quarter points to give the Hawks their second loss of the season. Why They'll Lose: If you can't move the football, you're not going to beat the Dawgs in Las Cruces with good defense. You have to bring it on both sides of the football for four quarters. Friday Night In Las Cruces The Dawgs won their first game of the season beating Cibola last week 48-18 thanks to a 200-yard performance from Xavier Hall who also ran for three touchdowns. They have a massive offensive line and a very athletic defensive front four that makes them one of the best teams in the state in the trenches. Why They'll Win: Volcano Vista has only allowed three touchdowns this season, so they'll have to have a game plan set to get the ball in the end-zone on big plays. The Pick: Las Cruces 27, Volcano Vista 7
Last week Canutillo threw six interceptions against Carlsbad in a close 21-17 loss. This week they'll look for the second win of the season against Gadsden. At the begging of the season there were high hopes for the Eagles. Winning this game is a must. Why They'll Win: Cantuillo is fired up after losing last week to Carlsbad. This week they play ball control agianst Gadsden. The Pick: Canutillo 28, Gadsden 14 Friday Night In Gadsden The Panthers are 0-2, but have lost those two games by a combined seven points. In week one they lost to Hobbs 28-24 and in week two they lost a thriller to Jefferson 17-14. They have had some success rushing the football and will look to their run game to try and pull the upset. Why They'll Lose: Hard to see Gadsden getting blown out if they don't turn the football over. I think their defense holds the Eagles to under 30 points.

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North Area Game of the Week
MATCH UP: Durango Colorado @ Aztec
WHEN: Sept. 9th, Friday Night
WHERE: Aztec High School
RADIO: 92.9 FM In Aztec
THE LINE: Aztec by 10.5
LAST YEAR'S GAME: Aztec 35, Durango 28
PREP RANKINGS: Aztec No. 3, Durango NR
AHS IMPACT PLAYER: Michael Cowden, Sr., DL
COACHES: Durango, Co.: Greg Wyatt; Aztec: Brad Hirsh
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: The Aztec Tigers beat the Durango Demons last season in a very close 35-28 game. Over the past few years Durango is one program that has played Aztec very well. Durango is 0-1 after losing to Castle View 49-21, while Aztec is 2-0 coming off a 60-0 win over Los Alamos.

Welcome to week three of the 2011 New Mexico Prep Football Season. During each day leading up to the Friday Night action, will release our weekly prep football previews by region.

The game of the week in the Northern Area is the Aztec Tigers taking on the Durgano, Colorado Demons. Last year the Demons played the Tigers close in this regional rivalry game. The Tigers are coming off a 60-0 over Los Alamos in a game that was over at halftime literally.

Speaking of Los Alamos, they open their first home game against Farmington. The Scorpions are 2-0 on the season running past Gallup and Bernalillo to start the season. Grants 2-0 faces Piedra Vista who lost big to Montrose last weekend. If Grants wanted to make a statement, now would be the time against Piedra Vista, a likely play-off team.

Robertson will look for their first win of the season against Santa Rosa who lost last weekend against Academy in Albuquerque. Robertson is 0-2 after losing to Portales and Lovington in back to back weeks. Socorro travels to Raton in the week three 3A game of the week. Raton is 2-0 after beating Trinidad and Socorro is 2-0 after smashing Ruidoso.

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The Durango Demons are 0-1 to start the season and when you're heading to Tiger Field it's not an easy place to win your first football game of the season. This is a regional rivalry game and the Demons has played this group tough over the years. Why They'll Lose: Will not be able to move the football in the second half and Aztec runs away with a big win Friday Night In Aztec The Tiger's flexed their muscle last week against a dying bird in the Los Alamos Hilltoppers winning 60-0 at halftime. Michael Perry ran for close to 100-yards and the defense kept the heating coming in Aztec's second straight win of the season. .Why They'll Win: Adam Lucero has his first big game of the year and leads his team to victory The Pick: Aztec 42, Durango 28
The Scorpions have outscored their last two opponents (Bernalillo & Gallup) by big margins and they should do the same this week. The Scorpions were a bit banged up to start the season and having this easy schedule to open the year should allow their top tier players to become healthy. Why They'll Win: Sean Gonzalez and Sean Farley combine for over 200-yards rushing The Pick: Farmington 49, Los Alamos 7 Friday Night In Los Alamos The Toppers play at Sullivan Stadium for the first time this year and host another offensive power in the Farmington Scorpions. They allowed Pojoaque to score over 50 points in week one and allowed Aztec to score 60 points in week two. The defense might play a tad better in this one, but Los Alamos has another tough road. Why They'll Lose: Lack of offense all night long and Farmington runs to a vicotry
Grants started off slow against Bloomfield last week before pulling away from the Bobcats in their second win of the season. Grants now 2-0 has a shot to make a statement against Piedra Vista Friday Night. You could say this game has play-off implications looking down the road at district placing for each team. Watch for Athlete Ryan Ramirez of Grants. Why They'll Lose: Grants has not won a big game like this in years and while they are well coached they'll make a few mistakes late that will cost them the game. Friday Night In Farmington The Panthers were served up some humble pie last week from Montrose, Colorado and sometimes those type of big losses help a good team moving forward. Piedra Vista better not overlook Grants or this could be the upset of week three. Sophomore Isaiah Valdez at Quarterback and Athlete Bryson Kurst have to have big nights. Why They'll Win: They'll come up fired up from losing in week two and jump out early and never look back. The Pick: Piedra Vist 35, Grants 22

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Metro Area Game of the Week
MATCH UP: Clovis @ La Cueva
WHEN: Sept. 10th, Saturday Night
WHERE: Wilson Stadium, Albuquerque
THE LINE: La Cueva by 3.5
LAST YEAR'S GAME: La Cueva 49, Clovis 21
PREP RANKINGS: Clovis No. 6, La Cueva No 7
CHS IMPACT PLAYER: Kenneth Betts, Sr., DL
LCHS IMPACT PLAYER: Erich Stabile, Sr., WR
COACHES: Clovis: Eric Roanhaus, La Cueva: Ed Lucero
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: As Clovis Head Football Coach Eric Roanhaus inches closer to becoming the New Mexico Prep Football winningest head coach of all-time he and the Wildcats have a very tough schedule in front of them. Last year Clovis was embarrassed at home against La Cueva losing by three scores. La Cueva is 2-0 under New Head Football Coach Ed Lucero after beating Valley 42-14. Each team has an opportunity to make send a message this weekend.

Welcome to week three of the 2011 New Mexico Prep Football Season. During each day leading up to the Friday Night action, will release our weekly prep football previews by region.

There are always fantastic games taking place from Thursday night to Saturday in the Albuquerque Metro Area and getting things started on Thursday is the Rio Rancho Rams coming off their 32-27 win over Notre Dame Prep against the still unknown Eldorado Eagles who lost last week 26-7 to Clovis in Clovis.

Onate travels to Cleveland Friday night as the Knights continue their brutal first three games of the season. Cleveland is the new New Mexico number one after beating Chapin last week 41-21. Friday night in the Metro Game to watch is Sandia vs. Highland.

The Matadors are 2-0 and their defense has been playing very well, but they'll have their hands full with the very fast Highland Hornets. Saturday in the game of the week we have the 2-0 Clovis Wildcats taking on the La Cueva Bears in Albuquerque.

Last year the La Cueva Bars won 49-21 in Clovis. Eric Roanhaus continues to chase New Mexico Prep Football History for the most career wins by a head football coach.

Moriarty at 2-0 takes on Belen in a very good 4A contest and Valencia looks to keep their winning ways up against 0-2 Bernalillo who has not scored a touchdown all season long. Stay tuned for the Southeast Preview coming next on

The Onate Knights and New Head Football Coach Caleb Hull continue their Mt. Everest type schedule climb with playing New Mexico's new number one ranked team in the Cleveland Storm. Onate has already played El Paso's Top two schools and its been ugly to say the least. Why They'll Lose: Traveling to Cleveland for the Knights is the last thing they needed after Americas and Franklin. Well, the good news is they should be ready for Las Cruces and Mayfield come district time. Friday Night In Rio Rancho The Storm is the new number one in Class 5A in both the Super 25 Rankings as well as in the latest Coaches Poll. Last week the Storm muscled their way past El Paso Chapin 41-21 thanks to a great team effort in El Paso. This is the Storm's first New Mexico team of the season. Why They'll Win: Their defense is just as good as their offense and they'll hold Onate to less than three scores in their third straight win. The Pick: Cleveland 41, Onate 13
The Sandia Matadors are 2-0, but they are lucky they are not 0-2 after playing sub par football over the last two weeks. In week one the survived four turnovers to beat St. Pius X 20-13 and then in week two they survived an overachieving West Mesa bunch to win 14-7. Why They'll Lose: Sandia's defense will be fine, but the offense won't be able to outshoot Highland in a wild one. Friday Night ABQ Highland in my opinion should be 2-0 and now they have to continue marching down the winning path in order to impress the media and the coaches for seeding purposes. Last week they buried Santa Fe in a no contest match up and as you watched on, the Hive lost a thriller in week one as Cibola scored twice in the final minutes to win 15-14. Why They'll Win: Speed is the difference in this one. Highland gets out early and stays out front. The Pick: Highland 34, Sandia 19

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Southeast Game of the Week
MATCH UP: Mayfield @ Carlsbad
WHEN: Sept. 9th, 7:00PM
WHERE: Carlsbad Stadium
THE LINE: Mayfield by 13.5
LAST YEAR'S GAME: Mayfield 42, Carlsbad 21
PREP RANKINGS: Mayfield No. 2, Carlsbad No. 5
CHS IMPACT PLAYER: Eric Galindo, Sr., RB
MHS IMPACT PLAYER: Isaac Ramirez, Sr., LB
COACHES: Carlsbad: Ron Arrington, Mayfield: Michael Bradley
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: The Carlsbad Cavemen are coming off a two game winnings streak beating both Roswell and Canutillo in consecutive weeks. Last week the Cavemen forced six interceptions against Canutillo in a big week two win. Mayfield has played a daunting first two games and they've both been thrillers. They beat Chapin 28-27 and then lost to Montwood 49-48 in overtime.

Welcome to week Three of the 2011 New Mexico Prep Football Season. During each week leading up to the Friday Night action, will release our weekly prep football previews by region.

We have some massive games taking place during week three of the prep football season in the Southeast Section of New Mexico. 1-1 Roswell will try for the upset against 1-1 Hobbs in Watson Memorial.

The Hobbs Eagles allowed 45 points against Artesia last week, while Roswell rocked Kirtland Central Saturday in Roswell.

Manzano heads to Artesia for a statewide marquee match up. Manzano's offense looked dismal last week against Volcano Vista pulling out a late quarter 14 point rally to beat the Hawks 14-7. The Bulldogs have never beaten the Monarchs and two years ago allowed Manzano to score 63 points in an ugly homecoming loss.

The 1-1 Mayfield Trojans head to Carlsbad to play the 2-0 Cavemen. The Cavemen forced six interceptions last week against Canutillo, while Mayfield lost an overtime thriller to Montwood 49-48. The Goddard Rockets now 2-0 head to face Canyon, Texas a team they beat badly during the 2010 season.

Canyon is 1-0 on the year after beating Lubbock High School in week two. Portales and Texico go at it in a small school primer. Portales in 1-1 after losing to Muleshoe, while Texico is 2-0 after beating Spring Lake Earth last weekend.

The Roswell Coyotes are the slight underdog in this game and because of their recent play, most pick'em users are going with Roswell in the upset. Quarterback James Singleton has done a great job leading the offense after two weeks. Why They'll Lose: They'll keep this game close throuhgout, but Hobbs' rushing attack will prevail in the end. Coach Dollar will be ready to stop the Coyotes. Friday Night In Hobbs The Hobbs Eagles lost their first game of the 2011 season last week giving up 45 points to the Artesia Bulldogs. In week one they had a narrow escape against Gadsden. The good news is Aderiol Moore has emerged as a top running back and had close to 250-yards last week against Artesia. Why They'll Win: Ball control and home field advantage The Pick: Hobbs 28, Roswell 27
Manzano has never lost to Artesia. Not many programs can say that. Over the last three years, the Monarchs have owned the Dogs in Albuquerque and in Artesia. Two years ago, Manzano posted 63 points in the Bulldog Bowl on Artesia's homecoming game. The Monarch's offense looked slow last week, but their defense has allowed just 13 points in two games. Why They'll Lose: With a big surprise Manzano's offense can't keep up with Artesia's offense this year. Can't see the Monarchs scoring 30 points in the Bulldog Bowl this year. Friday Night In Artesia The Artesia Bulldogs might be the most underrated team right now in the state. They beat Lovington badly in week one then posted 45 points on Hobbs when Skylor Morton had his first big time performance. These Dogs know what it takes to beat Manzano and they'll hold down the fort this year. Why They'll Win: If their defense holds tough, they'll win this game by two touchdownsThe Pick: Artesia 37, Manzano 26
All-State Quarterback Axten Franzoy is doubtful for this weekend against Carlsbad, but as you and everyone else knows Mayfield is not a one man team. They have 34 other seniors ready to hold the rope. It's been a while since Carlsbad beat Mayfield, but this year the roads look more even than not. Mayfield's defense has allowed closed to 1,000-yards of offense over the last two weeks.Why They'll Win: Their defense makes thier first showing of the season. The Pick: Mayfield 34, Carlsbad 14 Friday Night In Carlsbad The Cavemen are flying high after their week two win over El Paso Canutillo. They forced six interceptions last week and are eager to shock the state with a win over Mayfield this weekend. Their offense is clicking, but we are yet to see that player of the week game from Eric Galindo. Why They'll Lose: Carlsbad is hit in the mouth for the first time this season and can't recover after half

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