NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The final week of the regular season was full of big plays as district titles were on the line. Here is a breakdown of some of the actions.
Defending state champion Cleveland hosted rival Rio Rancho at Lightning Bolt Stadium for what would be a tie game. However, after trailing by 14, the Storm shocked the Rams and scored 35 unanswered to claim victory.
In District 2/5, Wilson Stadium played host to a battle of unbeatens between Farmington and La Cueva. After the Scorpions got on the board early, the Bears proved why they are one of the top teams in the state as they erupted for 62 points to win the district title.
“We made good adjustments early, you know they had a good first drive early, went all the way down and scored and I feel like the defense did what they had to do to make adjustments and get to the QB,” coach Back said. “That’s a good QB, it’s hard to bring him down and we were able to get to him and make some big plays.”
The Manzano season ended Thursday night. Coach Stephen Johnson and several players joined Van and Jared in the studio to discuss the 2022 season.
First-class learning center First-class performance
This week’s First Class Learning Center First Class Performance goes to La Cueva wide receiver Ian Sanchez. In the Bears win over Farmington, Sanchez had five receptions for 108 yards and three touchdowns.
NMAA Student Athlete of the Week
This week’s NMAA Student Athlete of the Week is Artesia quarterback Nye Estrada. The junior is second in the state in passing with approximately 2,500 yards and more than 30 total touchdowns while leading his team to a district title. Estrada also holds his own in the classroom as he maintains a 3.7 GPA.
“You know, football can get stressful, but my team helps me a lot with how well they play, so it takes stress off me and in the classroom I just focus and get my work done,” he said. “I’d like to be an engineer, so you know I’m working to get there, but it’s a goal of mine.”
Estrada is a hard worker and it shows on the field. His number, 39, is not a common one for a quarterback, but it is a reminder to him of what it takes to be successful.
“I actually moved into Artesia from Carlsbad and in 7th grade I was like the 4th string QB I think and I was given number 39. So, my second year it was the lowest open number and I took it. So, I just thought to stick with it. I worked hard, grew a lot with my guys.”
Everguard Solar Shining Light
This week’s Everguard Solar Shining Light goes to the Gateway Christian Warriors. The defending 6-man state champions went undefeated in the regular season and once again defeated the no. The team is one step closer to winning the title, which is something they wanted to do for coach Reeves, who passed away last season.
American home furniture and mattress drive it home
The American Home Furniture & Mattress Driving It Home Play of the Week goes to Cleveland quarterback Josh Perry. With his team trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Perry ripped off a 45-yard touchdown run, the first of 35 unanswered for his team in the victory.