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Week 5 Observations

Week 5 Observations Photo: MGN

J.P. Murrieta
September 23, 2017 10:44 PM

Talk about making a statement!

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The Manzano football team lost to Rio Rancho in the 6A state semifinals in 2016, but the Monarchs returned the favor in 2017.  Manzano pounded the Rams 55-7 on Saturday.  Jordan Byrd had four rushing touchdowns on the game.  Something tells me Rio Rancho won't forget this result if/when they meet in the playoffs.

Speaking of making a statement, the Cleveland Storm look like they're getting better every week.  The Storm went score-for-score with offensive minded Artesia on Friday night, beating the Bullodgs 56-49. The two teams combined for over 1,100 yards of offense.  Cleveland quarterback Angelo Trujillo threw five touchdowns (Artesia's Taylor Null one-upped him with six scores).  Mark this one down as a candidate for game of the year along with Aztec-Los Lunas from week one.

From shootouts, to blowouts:  I counted 15 shutouts on Friday night.  Is the offense that good?  Is the defense that bad?  Are the matchups that one-sided?  Yes, yes and yes.

The Belen Eagles are proving they are a force in 5A.  Belen beat Roswell 29-7 behind a great performance from running back Diego Casillas.  He rushed for almost 300 yards and four touchdowns.

Speaking of touchdowns, Hobbs is fun to watch. Eagles quarterback Gavin Hardison puts up big numbers every week.

A game of inches: Capital upset Moriarty 14-7 on Friday night.  The Pintos had a chance to tie the score in the closing seconds.  Dylan Tapia lunged for the goalline, but one official said his knee was down before the ball crossed the plane.  (Will Webber of the Santa Fe New Mexican had video of the final play posted on his Twitter feed)

GAME TO WATCH

Artesia at Los Lunas is the best game of the week.  Former Artesia player/assistant coach Jeremy Maupin will host his alma mater.  It should be a playoff-like atmosphere in September.

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