NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – This week’s game of the week featured a matchup of top five Class 6A teams – Centennial and La Cueva. Centennial entered the week perfect after taking down Cleveland and El Paso Franklin, while the Bears started the week with a 1-1 record after suffering a loss to Cleveland. This game would be tied, but the Bears ended up winning 28-21.
“Well, you’re both teams now, this is a championship-level game and it would be a sloppy fest and that’s what you get,” coach Back said. Both defenses played very well. It’s just a battle, it’s a grind, it’s an early test for us, and we knew it was going to be a battle and that’s what you have.”
Albuquerque High played in a game against Sandia on Thursday night. The Bulldogs came into the game strong, never trailing in the first half, but the Matadors completed the second half comeback and handed AHS their first loss of the season. Bulldogs head coach Tim Johnson and senior Jabby Cooper joined Van and Jared in the studio to discuss the game and an outlook for the rest of the season.
This week’s New Mexico Ford Dealers Spirit Stick was awarded to Bernalillo. The Spartans took first place in this week’s poll with 1,278 votes.
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It’s been a tough week for the Las Cruces soccer community as Orrelberg captain Abraham Romero suffered a head injury during a week two game and is in a medically induced coma. The Knights played Mayfield in a game Thursday night, and the two teams joined in a pregame ceremony to honor Romero. Orrelberg played with Romero on their minds and in their hearts and won 28-0.
NMAA Student-Athlete of the Week
Volcano Vista quarterback Elliot Paskett-Bell was named the NMAA Student Athlete of the Week after a red-hot 2-0 start to the season. The Falcons QB led his team to a victory over district rival West Mesa, contributing both through the air and on the ground. QB1 threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns, while also picking up 64 rushing yards for a total of 322 yards on the game. In the classroom, Paskett-Bell has a 3.2 GPA.
“We have a lot of great athletes here in New Mexico and in Albuquerque and for me to win, that’s actually pretty cool, and yesterday I actually got student of the week from my school, that was pretty cool too,” Paskett said- Bell said. “Coach Wallin said it well last week and described me as a gunslinger. I like to throw the ball deep and I think I have a pretty good arm. I also like to run, so when things break, I like to use my feet and try to get the ball down the field as quickly as possible. So, I think gunslinger fits my description pretty well.”
Everguard Solar Shining Light
he week 3 Everguard Solar Shining Light comes from the Centennial and La Cueva game. The Bears were up 14-7 just before halftime, and the La Cueva defense came up with a crucial stop. La Cueva went on to win by seven, and the stop was a big reason why.
“That was huge because they got the ball in the 2nd half,” coach Back said. “So, it was a big opportunity for us and a chance for our offense to breathe and everybody to rest.”
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The American Home Furniture and Mattress Driving It Home Play of the Week comes from Wilson Stadium as Sandia quarterback Malachi Tymes continues to impress. Walking high for Albuquerque in the second quarter, Tymes broke off several rushes of more than 20 yards in a single drive and finished it off by getting into the end zone to tie the game at 14. The Matador senior has 214 meters driven on the ground. and four rushing touchdowns, bringing his tally to 13 in just three weeks.