August 26, 2012

New Mexico High School Football Rankings

Ranking Index: Class By Class Team Rankings | Prospect Player Rankings

The Staff has already seen 16 teams play after scrimmage week. Today we rank the top 16. Complete Class by Class team rankings are updated each Monday Morning. Over 40 Team Previews Here Ranking The Teams

1. Las Cruces High School: The Good, no the very good... The Dawgs came out with a ton of energy and literally ran the field on Clovis. They scored three times in their first three drives and as mentioned atop, the racked up a dizzying 240-yards. Quarterback Jonathan Joy was money connecting with backs, receivers, and his tight end Kamryn Dixon for two scores on the day. Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers
2. Rio Rancho High School: The Rio Rancho Rams showed just how dominant of a team they can be if they are playing on all cylinders today. Offensively the Rams were lead by Ulises Astorga at runningback and Easton Bruere at Quarterback. Astorga ran the ball very well behind those big Rio Rancho linemen, like Devon Bennet and Robert Salgado. Despite this being Easton Bruere's... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
3. Eldorado High School: Offensively the Eldorado Eagles looked good on the night and were able to mix it up a bit with some different run and pass schemes. The offensive line held its own for the majority and created some good holes for George Pacheco to run through allowing for what would be a solid run game on the night. Defensively the Eagles surprised me at how well they were able to limit ... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
4. Cleveland High School: Even though the Cleveland Storm loose a ton of talent to graduation they retain star runningback Romell Jordan a threat to take it for 6 every time he touches the ball, Jordan will be a staple in the Storm offensive scheme this year. The Storm have a new offensive line that is undergoing construction right now, but once it has been patched up the Storm should be able to create better lanes for Romell Jordan to slash through and thus opening up the offense and the passing game. Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
5. La Cueva High School: Despite the loosing score there was some definite positives on the day for the Bears. La Cueva was able to run the ball pretty well with the help of a great combo at the runningback position in Michael Rose an absolute speedster and Chris Loidolt a kid we have seen go linebacker in past events, has now started to be a bruising back to hand the ball off to.. Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
6. Sandia High School: One of Sandias strengthes this year is depth. The Matadors are deep at basically every position on offense. From Quarterback, to Wide Receiver and runningback as well. Quarterback Craig Coffman looked good all night long throwing the deep ball with precision and the timing routs were on point as well. At runningback the committee is lead by Daniel Cones who is a tough... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
7. Manzano High School: The big question going into the 2012 season is how the Monarchs were going to fill the shoes that Quavshaun Branch left behind with his graduation departure. This question at least for the time being appears to have been answered, and the man taking up the task is Angel Gonzalez. Leading the offense on the day Martinez who is only a junior looked great, throwing the deep ball and made great decisions when running the option, Corey Morrow also had a big day running the ball... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
8. Clovis High School: The Wildcats did not have the best showing, but their was some bright spots. Junior Running Back Kamal Cass ran for over 40-yards on seven to eight touches. He is a dynamic back, that is going to have 15 or more 40-yard runs this year. Up front on defense they battled with Las Cruces and I really like the play of Kenneth Robinson and of course, love Dijon Ford their 272-pound defensive end. Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
9. Belen High School: We've been to six Belen Eagle games in my time covering high school football and have never seen Belen throw as much as they did against Hobbs. Returning starting quarterback Nick Kurtz showed off his passing skill set early on, during various roll out passes hooking up with tight ends and 6-foot-6 Zach Martin. The first score of the game came when Kurtz ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run breaking tackle after tackle. First series for Belen was very, very impressive and they did not look "run first" they looked balanced pass and run. Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
10. St. Pius X High School: The Sartan's running game is very strong and when those big boys in the trenches get a push, the Sartan's have some running backs that can do some damage. T.J. Sanchez is a runningback that did not show today due to injury but is highly regarded as a top runningback in the state. Also going to be sharing some time in the back field is Nick Stafford, who is tall for a running back but is a huge threat to take it to the house once he gets outside. Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
11. Hobbs High School: The Air Raid picked up during the second and third series and what opened the passing game was you guessed it the rushing attack from the Eagles. With dual backs Donavan Fierro and Brandon Amaya two solid backs to hand off the football to, the Eagles should keep teams in check from strictly expecting the pass. Catching up with Hobbs News Sun Sports Reporter Clayton Jones after the game, he informed me that Amaya had over 150 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
12. St. Michael's High School: Their defense allowed just over 100-total points last year thru 13 games and this year it looks as though their defense will be their forefront of their overall play. With 18 returning starters back, the Horsemen have several impact players on defense that can bring the wood and that are vey experienced. Michael Gormley along with Solomon Martinez Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
13. Alamogordo High School: On the day Alamogordo was stout while running the option and whilst running any type of offense that handed the ball off. The Tigers were lead offensively by their Quarterback Konrad Collins, the kid has heart and is a very elusive threat to have spearheading the tigers offensive attack. Helping out along the way was runningback John Matzke... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
14. Valley High School: On the day Valley threw the ball well when they had the time to do so. Bo Coleman at Quarterback lead the way offensively and showed that not only does he have the ability to hit receivers in stride but he can also be mobile and agile outside of the pocket as well. The Vikings also saw contributions from the running game despite the go to guy... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
15. Moriarty High School: Moriarty played good old fashion football. They don't have a lot of depth or size, but they were effective on both sides of the football all scrimmage long. I think that is a testament to a great coach in the very underrated Bob Allcorn and Co. who does more with less year in and year out. Honestly, Moriarty looks like a 3A program, not a 4A... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here
16. Albuquerque High School: On The day the Bulldogs got out to a rough start and kept with that pace through the majority of the scrimmage. The Bulldogs did however have brief instances in which they looked like they had some fight in them. These instances came on the defensive line and occasionally on offense. With Tomas Mora and Dion Santiago gaining some yards on the ground when the offensive line got the job done... Complete Recap/Video Highlights For Subscribers Here

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We have previewed over 35 prep football programs this summer ranging from Raton to Eunice to Aztec down to Lovington back across to Las Cruces and of course the Albuquerque Metro Area. Today we rewind on our two-a-day tour through the great State of New Mexico. Try free using the promo code "nmpreps30daysfree" thru the month of August.

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Pre-Season Team Previews - Class 5A

Las Cruces Bulldawgs
Onate Knights
Mayfield Trojans

The Skinny: The Las Cruces Bulldawgs aka the number one team in the pre-season rankings by is loaded with the state's most dominating offensive and defensive line. New Quarterback Jonathan Joy looks to lead what could be the best Bulldawg team over the last 10-years. Full Preview Here

The Skinny: This year the Knights are going to be led defensively by Geoffrey Smelser at linebacker and by Isaiah Polansky. These two guys will be the anchor for there respective positions and will help coach Hull by being the on field coaches as both players are very fottball savy. Full Preview Here The Skinny: The Mayfield Trojans have zero returning offensive starters heading into the 2012 season and return six on defense. With a very potent schedule from week one to week eleven, could this be the first year since the take over of Michael Bradley that the Trojans struggle? Full Preview Here

Manzano Monarchs
Sandia Matadors
La Cueva Bears

The Skinny: The Manzano Monarchs currently ranked number nine in our way too early Spring Football Top 100 Rankings have been among the Albuquerque Metro Elite for the last six years, but more recently they've emerged as a top five program in the state. Thier biggest off-season loss however was losing 10-year... Full Preview Here

The Skinny: The good news is that Sandia is loaded on the skill side of the football and while they've always had a problem finding a quarterback, this year they have two quarterbacks to chose from. They have a very tough late season schedule, so it's critical that they win in the first five weeks of the season to... Full Preview Here The Skinny: Chris Thompson at receiver looks to be a new name to watch and the coaches are excited about his play-making ability, Michael Rose who is one of the fastest players in Albuquerque will be the new running back. La Cueva will play in the Week One Game of the Week against Cleveland. Full Preview Here

Highland Hornets
Eldorado Eagles
Cleveland Storm

The Skinny: Last year the Highland Hornets went 6-5 on the season under First Year Head Coach Derek Maestas. Their roller coaster season started with a last second 15-14 loss to Cibola then a 54-6 win over Santa Fe, followed by a 13-8 loss to Sandia. Full Preview Here

The Skinny: Though losing some good experience to graduation, the Eagles have a roster returning to 2012 that the Eagle Faithful should be more than excited about. 6-foot-6 Sophomore Zach Gentry takes over at QB. Eldorado plays their best football by early November Full Preview Here The Skinny: In just their third season in Varsity Football Season, Cleveland went 13-0 under now retired and Legendary Head Football Coach Kirk Potter. At 5-11 and 190 pounds he'll bring the wood to running backs and receivers alike. Full Preview Here

West Mesa Mustangs
Rio Rancho Rams
Cibola Cougars
The Skinny: "It's been going very well since I took over in February. We want to win on the field, practice field, and in the community. Our offense should be pretty potent. We return Dominic Davis, who is a dual threat and we'll have a lot of athletes that can do things out in space," Said New Head Coach Ron McMath... Full Preview Here The Skinny: The Rams earned tons of statewide creditability from beating Las Cruces in Las Cruces during the play-offs and with a great crop of returning/experienced prospects for the 2012 season, many expect the Ram's to make a run at the title game as does our staff. Could this be the year of the Ram? Full Preview Here The Skinny: The Cibola Cougars return just three on offense: Cory Ross a 1,000-yard running back, Drew Janis an All-Metro Receiver, and Rick Ornelas one of the top offensive linemen you have not read about until know. Since the addition of Volcano Vista in basically Cibola's... Full Preview Here

Valley Vikings
Volcano Vista Hawks
Carlsbad Cavemen
The Skinny: The Vikings will be led by first year Head Coach Rico Marceli this season replacing long time Valley Head Coach Vince Collins who was 21-34 over the last five years. In 2011 the Vikings went a dismal 2-8 and 1-3 in District 5-5A play. The good news is literally everyone returns with variety experience. 18 returning starters Full Preview Here The Skinny: Since their move up to 5A during the 2010 season, Volcano Vista has struggled to say the least going 4-16 over the last two years. Volcano Vista a new West Side Metro Area Program has the athletes, the size, the numbers, but early on success has eluded the Hawk's Football Program. Full Preview Here The Skinny: Last Year Carlsbad beat Artesia and Mayfield in the same season. It's likely Carlsbad is better as a team in 2012, but they record might consist of just five to six wins. Bigger offense line, more seasoned skill positions, and an athletic defense will keep Carlsbad in the mix all season long. Full Preview Here

Hobbs Eagles
Clovis Wildcats
The Skinny: The Eagles suffered a dismal season in 2011 positing just two wins and ending the year on a 50-0 loss to Carlsbad. Out is former Head Coach Bruce Dollar and in is New Head Coach Charles Gleghorn who has four State Title Rings. As mentioned several times this year if... Full Preview Here The Skinny: No matter if Clovis is 5-5 or 4-6 after any season you know they are going to bring it come play-off time. It's been a long time since they've gone to the big show (2007 Triple OT Loss To Mayfield In The 5A Title Game) and while Clovis Football is not what it once was it's still an Elite Football Full Preview Here

Pre-Season Team Previews - Class 4A

Artesia Bulldogs
Centennial Hawks
Bernalillo Spartans

The Skinny: Taking over at quarterback for the Bulldogs this year is Trevor Eulenbach at 6-foot-0 and 166 pounds. Eulenbach first jumped onto the scene during his sophomore year having a fantastic year pitching for the Bulldogs baseball program. Full Preview Here

The Skinny: The New High School in Las Cruces finally opened it's doors for the 2012/2013 School Year and the prep football nation was eager to see which Head Coach would garner the new position at Centennial High School. The choice was Aaron Ocampo... Full Preview Here The Skinny: Last year a 38-0 loss to Los Alamos and a 51-26 loss to Santa Fe were their two only district losses. If they can avoid injury there is no doubt that Bernalillo will compete for a chance to play spoiler to Santa Fe and Los Alamos. Full Preview Here

Farmington Scorpions
Piedra Vista Panthers
Aztec Tigers

The Skinny: The Farmington Scorpions and Head Coach Gary Bradley do not get enough credit for what they have done since the 2008 season. When Bradley took over as Head Coach in 2008, they had some first year transition issues going 2-8, but since then Farmington... Full Preview Here

The Skinny: Last year the Piedra Vista Panthers missed the 2011 play-offs with a 3-7 season record. Few bright spots highlighted last year's schedule after their 66-26 win in the opening week against Santa Fe. The Panthers went on a six game Full Preview Here The Skinny: The key storyline heading into the 2012 season is the defending class 4A champs will have a new head coach for the first time in nine seasons after Brad Hirsch walked away from the head post after going 13-0 in 2011. The state title was Aztec's first since the 50's... Full Preview Here

Los Lunas Tigers
Belen Eagles
St. Pius X Sartans

The Skinny: Returning are 14 starters from last year's group, likely the most talented team to come out of Los Lunas maybe ever and very comparable to some of the Belen Eagle teams that made a run at the title back from 2007 to 2010. Full Preview Here

The Skinny: This year's group does not have the massive linemen they've had in the past, however their skill position players are very, very good. A much improved season is expected in 2012. Better than expected... Full Preview Here The Skinny: This year, the Sartans return 13 total starters from last year and a senior group that seems determined for success. Sartans, once again will be a top 10 4A Program under Coach Mendoza. Full Preview Here

Santa Fe Demons
Del Norte Knights
Goddard Rockets

The Skinny: They lose Ft. Lewis Commit Joshua Roybal who had over 1,000-yard all-purpose as a senior, lose a very good receiver in Moses Montoya, and also lose a 300 plus pound offensive linemen in Jared Francisco. Full Preview Here

The Skinny: Last year Del Norte allowed 416 points per game which calculates to a 41.6 points allowed per game average (one of the worst in the state). With Binkley being a former defensive coordinator for several seasons you're likely to see an improved... Full Preview Here The Skinny: Last year's Goddard team went an outstanding 12-0 before losing to Aztec in the 4A Title Game 28-27. In the 15 plus years of Head Coach Sam Jernigan, the Rocket's have yet to go undefeated in a season, however Big Blue has posted some of the most talented hard nosed... Full Preview Here

Pre-Season Team Previews - Class 3A

Lovington Wildcats
Hope Christian Huskies
St. Michael's Horsemen

The Skinny: In 2011 The Wildcats trailed the St. Michael's Horsemen 10-0 in the 3A State Title Game only to rally back 14-10 to claim their 17th Blue Trophy. While the Wildcats do lose some big names to graduation, the Wildcats return a great corps of offensive linemen and some very talented skill position players. Full Preview Here

The Skinny: Hope Christian had their prep football program established less than four season's ago and they made their first splash at prep football success with a brilliant state title run in 2011. Last year they went 11-2 with their two season losses coming against the St. Michael's Horsemen, whom they lost to 8-7 in the 3A semifinals. Full Preview Here The Skinny: A near perfect season in 2011 was foiled once again by the Lovington Wildcats in a 14-10 loss in the 3A State Title Game. Their 12-1 season was bitter sweet for obvious reasons and a perfect motto for this year's crop would be "Unfinished Business in 2012". This group is straigh loaded... Full Preview Here

Ruidoso Warriors
Raton Tigers
Academy Chargers

The Skinny: While the Warriors lose 6-foot-4, 225 pound Quarterback Samuel Williams to graduation, they have a transfer move in from Wisconsin taking at over quarterback in Bryce Pompos.A dual threat quarterback that will add to Ruidoso's running game and what we like most about... Full Preview

The Skinny: You would think that since we are a spread team we are trying to get the ball down the field constantly, but that is not the case. We want a quarterback that can be accurate in the short game and that is something that Henson does really well for us," Commented Brock Walton on his take over quarterback. Full Preview Here The Skinny: As a junior Leyba ran for 500-yards and scored 10-touchdowns. He's also ran a sub 11.1 100M time so you get the idea. Watch for Aislin Cooper to emerge as their top linemen and Cody Crosby as a dangerous underclassmen defensive back. Looks like Academy again will be in the 3A Mix. Full Preview Here

Silver Fighting Colts

The Skinny: Big losses are losing Brandon Reese a two-way athlete and losing John Valenzuela at running back. They also lose offensive linemen Taylor Tibbs and Tyler Hill. The Fighting Colts will be headlined by the Bencomo Twins (Dakota and Nevada) Dakota at linebacker and Nevada at running back. Full Preview

Pre-Season Team Previews - Class 2A

Eunice Cardinals
Santa Rosa Lions
Laguna Acoma Hawks

The Skinny: On defense they return seven starters from last year, but again losing Junior Carraza the Ft. Lewis Commit who had 10 interceptions last year is a huge loss in the centerfield. Replacing him is likely Dylan Frank in the secondary, but few athletes come around like Carraza.. Full Preview

The Skinny: Miguel Sisneros as mentioned earlier is extremely athletic and will be able to chase down any quarterback or running back out of the backfield. Mark Sena and Marcus Pacheco at the defensive tackle positions make for a fantastic combination. At linebacker, watch for Tim Valverde Full Preview Here The Skinny: The bad news for Laguna is they lose some huge offensive linemen, but other than that the Hawks return a ton of talent to the 2012 season which should make them the District Front Runner in their new district 1-2A. Returning is the very dangerous Austin Jones at receiver, as a junior Jones. Full Preview Here

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