By Lee Roy Lucero
Enchantment Sports Staff Writer
The state of New Mexico and Albuquerque Metro area was lit up by lightning all weekend long, that delayed quite a few of this weekend’s games. But it was the thunder and lightning that was brought in Las Cruces’ Field of Dreams that has local high school football fans abuzz.
Here’s a quick look back at Week 2, heading to what should be a scintillating Week 3.
Eldorado 70 Las Cruces 42
The game of the week and the performance of a lifetime from Eldorado quarterback Gabe Smith that can simply be called dominant. The Eagles (2-0) scored 70 points and put up 775 yards of offense, with Smith being responsible for 616 yards: 310 rushing and 306 passing. Added to these gaudy numbers were nine touchdowns.
Enchantment Sports spoke with coach Charlie Dotson about the game down south, “We played and traveled well, and Gabe had a really good game. Our offensive line played well. Our defense gave up 28 points, 14 on a turnover and a kick return. Happy with the performance. When you play one of the top teams in the state and score 70, you have to be happy.”
Coach Dotson, like most fans, was scratching his head a bit at the way his team romped.
“I was a little shocked that we were able to do that, but we have faith in our team,” he says. “But when you travel down there, it’s always tough. We get on the bus at noon and play at 7. We’re on the road for four hours, so to travel well is a good sign as we have to go to Clovis later this year.”
Going back and thinking of all the great performances that New Mexico football players have had, I could not think of a game like Gabe Smith’s game, and Dotson concurred.
“I have the official stats right here, “says Dotson. “He had 16 attempts for 310 yards rushing five touchdowns, 306 yards passing and four touchdowns. I can’t recall seeing another performance like Smith’s.”
Coach Dotson gave credit to the Bulldawgs as well, “It was one of those deals where you wanted to get your starting QB out of the game, but credit to the Bulldawgs; they kept on scoring. It is one of those deals that you never want to run up the score, but they kept on scoring, so we kept putting Gabe back in. He kept making plays.”
Eldorado vs. Cleveland (Thursday night)
Las Cruces at La Cueva (Friday night)
Cleveland 35 v. Franklin (TX) 21
Play by play announcer and Enchantmentsports.com contributor Ed Nunez says, “Lightning Bolt stadium lived up to its name — a 1:38 lightning delay before kickoff.
“Cleveland (2-0) came out with a 14-0 lead and we thought this is going to be a quick game for the Storm,” says Nunez. “Franklin came back and tied the score, but a last-minute touchdown run by Dorian Lewis gave Cleveland the lead.
Lewis led the Cleveland with 215 yards and four touchdowns, and quarterback Jeff Davidson gave us the final score with a 45-yard touchdown run.
“He (Lewis) is a 5-9 185-pound fireplug of a back,” says Nunez. “He is so strong that it takes two hats to bring him down. He can catch ball out of the backfield as well.”
Pine Creek (CO) 45, Rio Rancho 23
“Pine Creek is a big and fast 4A Colorado school,” says Richard Tripp, another ProView play-by-play announcer. “They really flexed their muscles on Rio Rancho, and the Rams are still trying to find their way. If their youth isn’t bad enough, Rams’ quarterback Isaiah Chavez went out of the game with injury in the second quarter and his status is unknown at this time. The Rams (0-2) went with a couple of backup quarterbacks and their offense was stagnant the rest of the evening.”
“Pine Creek’s defense was too fast and quick, and Rio didn’t have an answer,” says Tripp, “Rio’s bright spot was Sr. running back Jaylen Morgan, he ran the ball really well, so credit needs to go to the offensive line. He shows some signs that he can do some damage as district goes along.”
Rio Rancho doesn’t have it any easier as they are in Clovis next week. “They really need Chavez back,” says Tripp.
This Week: Rio Rancho @ Clovis (Friday)
Centennial 45 West Mesa 13
“This is my second week in a row calling a West Mesa game,” Tripp says. “Their coach Anthony Ansotigue is a New Mexico Highland’s alum (Go Cowboys!) and he is trying to build a program. It is going to be tough, but he is getting the kids to believe in themselves and their program. The Mustangs’ first two games have been against Eldorado and Centennial, two of the best teams in the state, and next week they get No. 1 Cleveland.” Nothing easy for the Mustangs.
Centennial (2-0) had a great game last week vs. Rio Rancho and came in this week showing it is the best team in Las Cruces. Led by quarterback Lance Frost (7-8 160 yards four touchdowns, one rushing touchdown) and wide receiver Aidan Trujillo (two touchdowns), the Hawks are showing that they are one of the better teams in the state. They have some size and weapons on defense they have fast LB’s and make things difficult on the QB. Their only setback may be depthsays Tripp. “Like all teams if they stay healthy they should be fine.”
This Week West Mesa @ Mayfield (Friday, FOD)
This Week: Centennial @ Manzano (Saturday, 1 p.m., Wilson)
Other Metro Area Games
La Cueva 45 Valley 0
Sandia 61 Atrisco 31
Volcano Vista 56 Del Norte 6
Piedra Vista 38 St. Pius X 6
Los Lunas 35 Alamogordo 12
Belen 26 Farmington 12
Manzano 33 Rio Grande 6
Hope 42 Espanola Valley 0
Cibola 35 Onate 21
Albuq. High 35 Miyamura 0