NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – High school football is in mid-season form and week five was full of action. Here is a breakdown of some of the highlights.
Volcano Vista suffered their first loss of the season last week against La Cueva, and the Falcons traveled to Wilson Stadium to take on Sandia. The Matadors were fully rested after their bye week, but they may need a week to recover from Volcano Vista as the Falcons cruised to a 33-7 victory.
In Las Cruces, a rivalry game took place between the Bulldawgs and Mayfield. Las Cruces came into the game looking for their first win of the season and they were able to make it happen 35-7.
La Cueva made the trip to Los Lunas for the Bears fifth straight week against a 2021 playoff team. The Tigers entered the week on a two-game losing streak and the Bears made it three in a row in a 49-17 victory.
In this week’s game of the week, District 1 rivals West Mesa and Atrisco Heritage battle it out at Nusenda Community Stadium. The Jaguars entered the week on a three game winning streak while the Mustangs came into the game coming off an overtime win over Albuquerque High. While the Jags got a commanding lead, the Mustangs came back to make things interesting. Atrisco Heritage ended up winning 59-54 in a shootout.
“I liked our aggressiveness, I liked our offense calling game and our defense had a lot of turnovers,” coach Knezevich said. “We have to clean up by letting our quarterback out of the pocket and let him get our points.”
The Cibola Cougars had a bye this week, and they appeared on the show. Coach Howe and running back Aden Chavez joined Van and Jared in the studio to talk about their 4-0 start and an outlook on the rest of the season
NMAA Student Athlete of the Week
This week’s NMAA Student Athlete of the Week is Cibola quarterback Aden Chavez. The Cougars’ signal caller led his team to a shootout win over Farmington last week, throwing for 504 yards and five touchdowns while also adding a touchdown and 33 yards on the ground.
First-class learning center First-class performance
This week’s First Class Learning Center First Class performance comes from the Capital defense. The Jaguars limited Academy to just 107 of total offense, and forced the Chargers to -2 rushing yards. In addition, the Capital defense tallied six sacks on the night.
Everguard Solar Shining Light
This week’s Everguard Solar Shining Light goes to Abraham Romero of Orrelberg. The Knights captain remains in a medically induced coma following an on-field injury. During this week’s game, Orrelberg named Romero this year’s homecoming king as he continues to receive support on his recovery path.
American home furniture and mattress drive it home
The American Home Furniture & Mattress Driving It Home play of the week comes from Thursday night’s West Las Vegas and Rio Grande game. In the second quarter, with the game tied at 0-0, Dons senior Jaydin Vigil took a pitch and ran it 24 yards into the end zone. West Las Vegas won 34-8.