New Mexico high school football week 2 highlights

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New Mexico high school football week 2 highlights


NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Last season’s top quarterback made his 2022 debut on Friday. Cibola quarterback Aden Chavez left Albuquerque to attend school in Florida, but decided to come back and finish his senior season with the Cougars. He started his season with a bang, throwing a 43-yard touchdown on the opening drive and kept it rolling from then on. Cibola went on to beat Valley 68-14.

Friday’s game of the week saw Cleveland visit La Cueva at Wilson Stadium. After the Storm’s first loss since 2019, the electric blue came out with a flash as quarterback and UNM commit Evan Wysong broke off a 68-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. However, La Cueva would make things interesting and answer repeatedly when the Storm found the end zone. The game would be decided by just four points, with Cleveland coming out on top 33-29.

“I liked our intensity,” Storm head coach Robert Garza said. “We came out excited and it was another opportunity for football. We had a rough week last week and all we could ask for was another chance to play.”

Volcano Vista and West Mesa met for an early season District 1 game. The Falcons led 14-0 in the first half, but the Mustangs fought to get back into the game thanks to a 40-yard touchdown run by receiver Chris Johnson. After that, there wasn’t much of a fight left in the red, white and blue as the Falcons rallied to a 50-20 victory.

Highland won a game against St. Pius X, and the Hornets were buzzing with a 38-14 victory. Highland head coach Phil Lovato and linebacker Aaron Loya joined Van and Jared in the studio to discuss the keys to their victory and an outlook on the rest of the season.

This week’s New Mexico Ford Dealers Spirit Stick was awarded to Volcano Vista. The Falcons took first place in this week’s poll with 1,122 votes.

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Belen Eagle Diego Avila was an absolute menace to the Manzano defense on Thursday night. The junior quarterback racked up 140 rushing yards on just seven attempts while scoring three touchdowns, all of which came in the first quarter. Belen beat Manzano 52-0 for the Eagles’ first win of the season.

NMAA Student-Athlete of the Week

West Mesa quarterback Elijah Brody was named the NMAA Student-Athlete of the Week after a solid performance in Week 1. In his first-ever game as the Mustangs’ signal caller, Brody led his team to a 56-12 victory over Santa Fe, where he threw for 224 yards while piling up six total touchdowns. The senior also maintains a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

“I’m just truly blessed and appreciate the opportunity [sic] being selected for the award,” said Brody. “Once I get into my little zone, I feel like no one can take me out of it. So, I just feel like I’m getting a good rhythm. Just grinding with a new group of guys, you know to put West Mesa back on the west side and definitely get more respect for our school.”

Everguard Solar Shining Light

This week’s Everguard Solar Shining Light took place at Wilson Stadium in the game between Cleveland and La Cueva. Late in the second half, the Bears went on a drive when Storm cornerback Andres Aguirre picked off Aiden Armenta and returned it to Bear territory. The pick pushed the Storm at the end of the half, and coach Garza knows how crucial the play was.

“We had some pressure on him, threw it up,” Garza said. “You know that gave us some momentum that we needed going into the half”

American home furniture and mattress drive it home

The American Home Furniture and Mattress Driving It Home Play of the Week comes from Nusenda Community Stadium by Volcano Vista’s Alijah Gonzales. The Falcons running back punched his ticket to the end zone from four yards out during Volcano’s 50-0 win over West Mesa.

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