By Lee Roy Lucero
Enchantment Sports Staff Writer
The talk going into last weekend were the battles between No. 1 Cleveland and No. 2 Eldorado, and No. 4 Las Cruces coming to Albuquerque to play No. 3 La Cueva.
How much talk?
So much that Enchantment Sports sent our very own editor Mark “Ticky” Smith to cover the Thursday Cleveland at Eldorado lightening-delay affair.
But it turned out there were other big prep games — not because of who won, but of who DIDN’T LOSE.
Here’s a rundown:
The two longest losing streaks in the state were snapped over the weekend, as Rio Grande (1-2) defeated Valencia 38-22 — snapping its state-longest 39-game losing streak. The Ravens were on the heels of the longest-ever losing streak (43).
Proview Network commentator Sebastian Noel said, “I did the Rio Grande game in Week 1 and I could tell Aaron Pavia would lead this team to a victory or two. He is a quality QB, and good for them, they work hard like everyone else. Coach Dennis Mindinis is trying to build a good team and program there in the South Valley and you want to see them get rewarded for all their hard work.”
That would have given Santa Fe the state’s longest skid.
But up north in Espanola, the Santa Fe Demons (1-2) snapped their 35-game losing streak as Jr. Kicker Tilman Conway nailed a 30-yard field goal to give the Demons a 23-22 victory!
“How about Santa Fe and Rio Grande both winning on the same weekend,” says Noel. “I have no idea who has the longest losing streak now as both of them get in the win column.”
NO. 1 Cleveland Storm 42 NO. 2 Eldorado 28
ProView Network’s play by play man Sebastian Noel added, “Last week everyone fell in love with Eldorado after they hung up 70 against the Bulldawgs, and now we know its try to go back and look at reality.”
Reality for Cleveland and opposing defenses comes in the name of Dorian Lewis, a junior running back who transferred from El Paso.
“Dorian Lewis had a night for the ages,” writes Smith. 37 carries 402 yards rushing and five touchdowns had Smith gushing over Lewis. “A performance that recalled those of Sandia’s Mike Carter, West Mesa’s Ray Barrs and Hobbs’ Timmy Smith.”
Cleveland @ Mayfield
Eldorado @ Atrisco Heritage
La Cueva 45 Las Cruces 3
“Las Cruces has sophomore quarterback Marcos Lopez, and for the first in a long time is having to rebuild,” says Noel. “That makes for a tough season… and having to play Eldorado and La Cueva back-to-back makes it for a tough couple of Fridays.
“La Cueva is the second-best team in the state,” says Noel, “maybe the best team in the state. They (Cleveland and La Cueva) started out one-two, and nothing has happened to change that. The next marquee matchup that everyone wants to see is La Cueva’s defense vs. Cleveland’s running back Dorian Lewis. That is what we want to see the last Saturday of the season.
“The La Cueva offense isn’t terrible,” adds Noel, “it’s just that defense is what they do in the NE Heights.’
The Bears’ offense was once again led by running back DeAndre Williams, who had 93 yards and three touchdowns rushing and two receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears have a really nice receiver in Connor O’toole, and their victory over the Bulldawgs came at the hands of backup quarterback Austin Smith. Coach Brandon Back knows he has options at quarterback now as most teams that lose their starters are in trouble… for La Cueva they didn’t miss a beat.
9/13 Las Cruces v. Cibola
9/14 Las Cruces @ Rio Rancho
Los Lunas 26 Sandia 10
“Nick Gaerlan threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns,” says EnchantmentSports.com’s Ed Nunez, who also did the game’s play-by-play on ProView Networks, “but it was the Los Lunas defense that stole the show. TheTiger defense sacked Sandia’s QB Junior Silva nine times and really shutdown the Matador running game, holding them 57 yards rushing (unofficial) the entire game. That’s nasty defense!”
Prior to the game Ed Nunez spoke with Tiger coach Jeremy Maupin who said, “this season they are really executing our system. The seniors have led the way and are teaching the underclass what we are doing.”
Sandia @ Centennial
Roswell @ Los Lunas
Hope Christian 44 Moriarity 0
“Vince Quezada is the kicker, has been the quarterback, free safety, and is now the Huskies’ top wide receiver as he finished the afternoon with three touchdowns,” says Noel. “In the past Quezada was the Huskies, but coach Gary Beck has put together a nice program as the Huskies found a quality quarterback in Nick Henry, who threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the in the first half. They are putting together a nice program at Hope as the Cosper boys (Jake and Ryan) are really good receivers, but the key for the Huskies is their offensive line is big. It might be the largest in 3A, and the Huskies give the QB time to make his reads, and they are impressive.”
West Las Vegas @ Hope Christian
Moriarity @ Valencia
St. Pius X 27, Kirtland Central 19
“Pius QB Derek Rivera ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more scores for the Sartans. Scott Mcgaha blocked a punt that set the Sartans (1-2) up on the Kirtland Central’s 4-yard line and it was competitive as Bronco kick returner Dallin Mangleson had an electrifying kickoff return of plus 90 yards,” says Ed Nunez.
Stay tuned to EnchantmentSports.com later this week for the Galles Chevrolet Metro Player of The Week — any guesses as to who gets that award?
Also, we’ll have our Thursday morningProView Preview as we look at the weekend’s matchups and get predictions from Noel and Adam Deihl.
Do they think Rio Grande and Santa Fe now streak with wins? Check Thursday.
Other metro area scores this week:
Farmington 28 Del Norte 7
Artesia 28 Belen 14
Carlsbad 51 Atrisco 0Mayfield 17 West Mesa 7
Piedra Vista 26 Valley 6
Rio Rancho 20 Clovis 13
Bernalillo 50 Academy 0
Volcano Vista 56 Onate 14
Centennial 42 Manzano 9
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