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By Lee Roy Lucero
If you were stuck at the concession stand buying popcorn during the first half of last Thursday’s Cibola Cougars’ 62-18 blowout of West Mesa Mustangs, you might have missed seeing this week’s Galles Chevrolet Player of the Week, Marcus Steele.
And if you did, you missed a lot.
“It was fun game,” says Cibola quarterback Steele. “We didn’t like having a sub .500 record, so we went out and balled. We played our game.”
Cibola coach Rod Williams adds, “We got up so quick on these guys. It was like 41-7 after the first quarter. I really wanted Marcus to execute more of the offense, but he didn’t get much of a chance.”
Didn’t get a chance? Steele finished the game 10-11 for 200 yards and four touchdowns.
“Marcus only played one-and-a-half-quarters,” Williams says. “We went back and looked at his stats and were like, ‘He had four touchdowns?’ The little time he had, he made the most of it.”
Steele had a favorite touchdown this week.
“My favorite was to ‘Manz’ (wide receiver Nathaniel Manzanares). I got the ball to him, but he toe-tapped and got his feet down in the back of the end zone to get that score. That was real nice.”
“We have two more games,” says coach Williams. “Next week versus Atrisco, and the final season against Volcano Vista. We have to win out and get a little help to get into the playoffs. The guys know what they have to do, and they have been great about the whole thing. I’m proud of them, and the leadership that Marcus has given all season long, I know he will continue it.”
“We got this win and have two more games,” adds Steele. “We hope we can make the playoffs, and we know what we have to do. I love my teammates and want to keep playing. We have to finish strong.”
This year’s previous winners: Week 7 — Jeff Davison, Cleveland; Week 6 — Isaiah Chavez, Rio Rancho; Week 5 — Xavier Ivey-Saud, Manzano; Week 4 — Vince Quezada, Hope Christian; Week 3 — Dorian Lewis, Cleveland; Week 2 — Gabe Smith, Eldorado; Week 1 — Diego Casillas, Belen. All will receive trophies, made by Santa Fe’s Totally Dazzling, with their names, school and position.
The Metro Player of the Week feature is chosen by Enchantment Sports with the assistance of ProView Networks, and sponsored by Galles Chevrolet and Totally Dazzling. Each week, we will feature a top-notch athlete from the area.
To learn more about the Galles Metro Player of the Week, click here.
To make a nomination, email Lee Roy Lucero or the staff at EnchantmentSportsNM@gmail.com.