Friday, November 14, 2008

Prep Football Capsules

Sun-News reports
The Class 5A playoffs open this weekend with first-round matchups across the
state. Here is a capsule look at all 12 playoff teams:

No. 1 Las Cruces
Coach: Jim Miller
Record: 10-0
Top Players: QB Dante Caro 81-121 passing for 1,431 yards and 13 TDs; 74
rushing attempts for 847 yards and 12 TDs; RB James Hall Jr. 150-1,522, 22
Key Wins: 28-14 over La Cueva, 62-21 over Manzano, 22-21 over Mayfield

No. 2 Eldorado
Coach: Charlie Dotson
Record: 10-0
Top Players: QB Armin Day 107-164 1,704 yards, 26 TDs 4 interceptions; RB
Gary Maestas 163-1,097 3 TDs; WR Ross Williams 28-853 11 TDs
Key Wins: 22-21 over Clovis, 35-15 over Cibola, 40-7 over La Cueva, 26-20
over Mayfield, 49-28 over Manzano

No. 3 Clovis
Coach: Eric Roanhaus
Record: 9-1
Top Players: QB Josh Potocke 27-55 723 yards, 10 TDs, seven interceptions;
RB Stefon Mills 165-951 15 TDs
Key Wins: 8-7 over La Cueva, 21-18 over Rio Rancho, 21-14 over Cibola

No. 4 Mayfield
Coach: Michael Bradley
Record: 8-2
Top Players: QB Austin Hooker 65-469 5 TDs, ; RB Jacob Ceniceros 156-1,206
14 TDs
Key Wins: 35-13 over El Paso Montwood, 42-20 over Cibola
Bradley says: ³This is the time of year that you have to step up. We rely on
our seniors for leadership. It has been a long year but this is the fun part
of the year.²

No. 5 La Cueva
Coach: Fred Romero
Record: 7-3
Top Players: RB Ronnie Daniels 89-499, nine TDs; RB Gus Bowe 66-361, seven
Key Wins: 38-13 over Cibola, 24-21 over Sandia

No. 6 Sandia
Coach: Kevin Barker
Record: 8-2
Top Players: QB Tanner Ireland 77-154 passing yards for 1,013 yards and
seven TDs; 80-518 yards, 11 TDs.
Key Wins: 29-14 over Cibola, 30-20 over Alamogordo
Barker says: ³We lost Marcus Washington for the season, who is an all-metro
running back and all-state safety. Hobbs can really move the football well
so hopefully we don¹t get into a shootout with them, but the defense has
played well.²

No. 7 Rio Rancho
Coach: Mike Worley
Record: 7-3
Top Players: QB Tyler Baker; WR Aaron Holt
Key Wins: 43-17 over Cibola, 24-3 over Carlsbad

No. 8 Manzano
Coach: Aaron Ocampo
Record: 7-3
Top Players: QB Tyler Krueger 102-160, 1,537 yards; WR Nick Linden 32
catches, 616 yards
Key Wins: 49-42 over Highland; 38-24 over Artesia

No. 9 Cibola
Coach: Judge Chavez
Record: 4-6
Top Players: QB Hayden Schaap; OL Rio Mares
Key Wins: 14-10 over Manzano; 42-30 over Highland

No. 10 Highland
Coach: Gary Sanchez
Record: 4-6
Top Players: QB Dylan Chavez, 129-253, 1,736 yards, 18 TD; WR Rolando
Trammel 33 catches, 629 yards; RB Brennan Howell 121 rushes 602 yards
Key Wins: 60-28 over Rio Grande, 46-16 over Los Lunas
Sanchez says: ³Our record was 4-6 and we are very happy to be in the
playoffs after last years absence. We have good team speed and fairly
athletic on offense.²

No. 11 Hobbs
Coach: Phillip Roybal
Record: 4-6
Top Players: QB Kyle Niemeyer 97-207, 1,369 yards; WR Daniel Mendoza 26
catches, 342 yards
Key Wins: 35-21 over Carlsbad; 34-27 over Roswell

No. 12 Alamogordo
Coach: Tommy Standefer
Record: 3-7
Top Players: RB Dwaundle Baker 169 rushes, 1,021 yards; QB Tony Anderson
63-165, 1,017 yards; WR Taylor Weary 17 catches, 343 yards, 3 TDs
Key Win: 29-12 over Oñate
Standefer says: ³We are happy to be in the playoffs, but we are not
satisfied with just getting in the playoffs. We are a very young team that
has gotten better over the course of the year and we are hoping to continue
that trend.²