Two talented seniors that had both started as impact players the year before during their perfect run. After beating Clovis for the fifth time in a row during the opening week, the Trojans had their 28 game streak snapped in a loss to Montwood, Texas. Sitting at , most automatically wrote off the Trojan's title chances, but all the Trojans did was continue to beat New Mexico teams. The wins were not pretty, but the Trojans would pull out some epic close games to keep up their winning ways.
They ended the regular season with a win over Las Cruces, beat Rio Rancho and Cibola in the play-offs before meeting up with Clovis in the state title game. In a wild triple overtime thriller, the Trojans would again pull out a close one to win three in a row. Coming off a state title during the season Artesia returned a stellar group that most figured would help the Bulldogs defend their title. After a quick start Artesia had pushed their winning streak to 11 and most were beginning to feel that no team in the land would stop the Bulldogs.
Again, it would be Carlsbad to spoil the Bulldogs chance at perfection in a loss. Artesia would again lose the following week to Las Cruces After dropping two straight, Artesia seemed like a better team and they won their next seven games in a row. They beat district opponents Moriarty , beat Roswell , beat Goddard , and beat Onate in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs.
The next week in the semifinals they would beat Aztec in a nail biter , which set them to play Silver. In the fall of Lovington had some big time talent to say the least. Coming off a season the year before Lovington has the talent to make a run at the title. They beat Hobbs to open the season and jumped to a quick after wins against Silver, Cobre, Tucumcari, and Goddard. Their marquee win against Goddard was a victory which gave the Wildcats tons of momentum for their next few games.
They beat Portales in their next district game , then beat Artesia in a classic game. In the play-offs a three touchdown win over Grants set them up with a semifinal match up with Kirtland Central. They beat the Broncos and were paired against Goddard in the finals. Having beat their last three opponents by a combined the Wildcats were the big favorite having already beat Goddard by five earlier in the year.
In a double overtime historical football game, Goddard grinded out a memorable win. Lovington would win the title the following year in During the late 90's St. Pius X was starting to sniff prep football success, but underachieving years in '97 and '98 ended their seasons too early and after a loss to Ruidoso in the play-offs during the '98 season Pius finally had all the pieces of the puzzle heading into the final year of the 90's.
They then beat Round Valley, Arizona and Raton to stand at Now at , Pius did work in district beating Moriarty, Grants, and Academy by a combined score of Against Socorro in their final district game of the year, Pius suffered their first loss of the season to Socorro It seems as though that loss made the group stronger as Pius beat Silver in the opening round of the play-offs , then beat Piedra Vista in the semifinals.
Against Artesia, Pius final walked away holding the title in a victory. They won the title in , won the title again in , and were again loaded heading into the season. The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to eight games to open the year with a win over Ruidoso in the opener. They then would push the winning streak to over 10 with wins over Hobbs, Roswell and Goddard. Looking unbeatable once again, the Eddy County Rivalry Game paired the Bulldogs up against rival Carlsbad and as we've seen the past the Cavemen somehow figured out how to stop Artesia in a thrilling game.
Though the rivalry game loss stung, the Bulldogs kept to their winning ways after their week five loss. They beat Ruidoso in the play-offs , beat Bloomfield in the semifinals, and beat the Brian Urlacher led Lovington Wildcats in the title game. After losing to onate in the season, Artesia heading into the season poised to win back the state title trophy. They had won the title in , lost to Champ Onate in in the play-offs, and with a loaded team returning all eyes were on Artesia.
They were heading into the Las Cruces game where they would suffer their first loss of the season in ugly fashion losing The Bulldogs would rebound to win their next seven games in a row. They beat Moriarty to end the district season , then beat Kirtalnd Central in the quarterfinals, and then beat St. Pius X in the semifinals. Faced against Silver in the title game, Artesia dominated the southwestern giant winning The season was different no doubt.
Led by a D-1 one running back by the name of Ruben Martinez, the Toppers won their first five games in easy fashion. After their win over Belen, Los Alamos was starting to turn heads and receive a first honors in the coaches poll, but most questioned their strength of schedule. They buried district opponents and ended the regular season at , their fist undefeated season since Faced against a deadly Aztec tiger team in the quarterfinals, Los Alamos won when an Aztec place kicker missed the game tying extra point.
The most impressive stat of this season was the Los Alamos defense which shut out six opponents on the season. The season started off with a win over EP Americas. Then the Rockets then pounded Alamogordo and then beat Piedra Vista At this point Goddard was starting to roll and it was clear that Junior Quarterback David Vega was something special. In Roswell during week four, Rio Rancho came to town and was beaten , then Goddard rolled right through Portales At on the year, Goddard was ranked number one in Class 4A when they headed to Leon Williams to face off with Clovis.
A 21 point loss to Clovis was a small setback, but the Rockets seemed to get stronger from that loss. They beat Roswell and Artesia in district play by a combined and then beat Artesia three weeks later in the semifinals They outscored Artesia on the year They then beat one of the greatest all-time Aztec Tiger teams in a shootout Some say it was the greatest state title game in years.
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From to , Artesia was already amongst the most elite prep football powers in the state. They never had a losing season during that time frame and just before they closed out the decade Artesia took home one more blue trophy in the fall of ' They beat Hobbs in the opener , then beat rival Carlsbad , then beat three out of four Texas teams on their schedule. Their first loss of the year came against El Paso Coronado in game that was Artesia now at beat Roswell and Las Cruces by a combined , then knocked off Mayfield late in the season In the finals they played Hobbs and won by 13 points.
It was their fourth title in a row. The only New Mexico teams to beat Artesia from '66 to '69 was Clovis which was in the season. The Belen Eagles nearly won the 4A state title under second year Head Coach John Lerma, but lost in a thrilling state title game. Returning their three-back attack to the season, most expected the Eagles to again reach the final four or even win the whole thing. They started off the season in big fashion smashing Deming, then they beat a rising Del Norte program At they faced Los Lunas in their first district showdown.
With the Valencia County Rivalry on the line, Belen escaped with a win three three weeks later they would travel to Valencia to face the Jaguars. In a thrilling back and fourth game, Belen pulled out a victory then would rock Los Lunas in the quarterfinal round of the play-offs Facing Aztec a team that they were against in the last two-years, Belen gave up a costly two-score lead in the fourth quarter and Aztec won a thriller.
The Bulldogs had just won the title in the season with a win over Raton. They lost some good talent to graduation, but reloaded in the season. Right off the bat they were a quick , but then lost to Roswell They then one of the all-time greatest Goddard teams in a thriller and that game seemed to set the tempo for the rest of the year. After that game Artesia rolled through teams; they beat Onate , beat Cobre , beat Lovington , beat Portales , beat Tucumcari , beat Ruidoso , and beat Silver in the title game They won the title the following year also against Ruidoso.
In '89, Goddard won 12 games and won the title, in '90 they missed the play-offs and still won nine games on the year. Remember back in the day, you had to win the district or be the district runner up to make the play-offs. The team was stacked and right off the bad the defense showed they were ready with a win over Onate in week one. However, in week two City Rival Roswell beat the Rockets In a thriller, the Dogs beat Goddard in overtime Goddard never looked back and won their next eight games in a row. They beat Deming in the play-offs, beat Moriarty in the semifinals, then got revenge against Artesia in the finals winning When we think Las Cruces High Football, we might think more present day, but if we rewind to the '59 season, the Dawgs were still perfect or at least in that season they were.
They went beating Artesia in the finals Along the way they had some very impressive season wins. Sharing the same district with Sandia, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Valley, Farmington, and Highland, Las Cruces sliced through the comp and dominated the district finishing on the regular season. Their next title would come in During the period no doubt about it, Aztec had some amazing talent. However just like in years past, the Tigers were never able to win the Blue Trophy losing titles in and in They also made deep runs in and in , but were beaten in the play-offs just before reaching the finals.
From to Aztec has won a mind blowing 81 games but has lost eight key play-off games which all ended their season. During the season Aztec was loaded and ready to make a run at title. Everyone knew it and it was one of those years, you just knew Aztec and Goddard would meet in the finals.
After Aztec ran through pretty much everyone on their schedule they beat Los Alamos and Belen in the play-offs by a combined Going against Goddard in the state title game at the Wool Bowl was a great shot at redemption as Goddard was the same team that ended their season the previous year in Aztec. Aztec lost in the state title in to Artesia. They finally won their first state title inder Hirsch in going In , the Trojans had won an outstanding 14 games in their perfect run to winning the state title over Clovis.
With Junior Quarterback Matthew Sandoval taking over the helm and emerging athlete Nathan Enriquez about o make his mark, Mayfield fans still liked their chances of winning another state title. They started off the season with a win in Clovis thanks to Chris Hutchins three touchdown performance. They then beat Carlsbad and escaped Montwood, El Paso to start the year and keep the winning streak in tacked at 17 games in a row. The Trojans then beat three Metro teams with ease before running through the district. A win over Las Cruces extended their winning streak to 24 games as the Trojans finished the regular season In the play-offs they beat La Cueva and then had to stop Sandia on the goal line to win the semifinals In the title game against Alamogordo, Mayfield started off the game with a double reverse touchdown pass that set the tone for the game.
Between and Mayfield won 41 games and three state titles. The La Cueva Bears were close to becoming a Metro Power in the late 90's, but the overall talent was not quite there. In '98 they went a disappointing , but the following year things began to turn the corner in Bear Country. They knocked off Manzano, Sandia, and Eldorado in back-to-back-back games. They rolled through Gallup, beat Rio Grande, and had a close call nearly losing to Farmington in a shootout. In district they were pretty much unstoppable pound district opponents like Santa Fe, Del Norte, and Capital.
They beat Capital and beat Santa Fe At on the season their weak end of the year schedule caught up with them and they were beat by Roswell. The 70's had some of the most dominate Artesia Bulldog Football teams ever and after winning the title in '74 and in '75, Artesia had enough talent once again to make a run at three straight during the season. A quick start boosted their win streak up to five games from the previous season, but a week four loss to Alamogordo brought the Dogs back down to reality. They shut out Portales , shutout Tucumcari , and shutout Lovington in consecutive games.
They then beat Taos and in the semifinals and beat a loaded Socorro team in the title game The Bulldog season opened up with a loss to Hobbs, it was the same score as the year before against Hobbs, with the Bulldogs winning the game. After the ironic start, the Bulldogs beat Roswell, Tularosa, Carlsbad, and a good Fabens, Texas team to sit at on the season. A three touchdown win over Goddard and a three monster district wins ended the Bulldogs season at through the regular season. In the play-offs the beat Raton , beat Socorro , and then beat Bloomfield in the title game Bradley's return as Head Coach of the Trojans sparked the surge of the Trojans and in the Trojans were off to a quick start at heading into their match up with Irvin, Texas.
A loss put the Trojans at on the year, but that was the only loss the Trojans would wear all season long. The next five weeks were signs that Mayfield was now unbeatable. After that loss they beat Albuquerque , beat Manzano , beat Alamogordo , beat Gadsden , and beat Onate In their end of the year rivalry game against Las Cruces they won and beat Manzano in round one of the play-offs. A win over Roswell paired them against a very solid Clovis Wildcats team in the title game.
In one of the best games in prep football history, Mayfield beat Clovis Mayfield would win back-to-back titles the following year. When you think Mayfield Football in the present day, you think state titles and big time football, however in the early 90's Mayfield was a laughing stock until Sitting at after a loss to Tucson Amphtheate, the Trojans rocked nearly all the opponents they faced. They then beat Highland and beat Manzano in the title game Most still say the title game was played in round one giants Goddard.
Over the years the Goddard Rockets have had some amazing teams, but ironically none have gone undefeated. If the team or the team would of went perfect they might both be in the top 10 rankings, that is how good each team was. The team won their first game by just one point beating El Paso Irvin They then beat Artesia and then beat Eldorado During district play they beat Hobbs , beat Carlsbad , beat Clovis , and beat Alamogordo At on the year the Rockets faced their cross town rival, the Roswell Coyotes and would be upset During the play-offs they beat Sandia , beat Del Norte , and then beat Clovis in the title game.
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Coming off a state title during the season, most expected Lovington to again defend their crown with All-State Quarterback Jacob Jameson returning for his senior season. After start the season with a loss to Artesia, in a game the Wildcats probably feel they should of won, the Wildcats won their next five game in big fashion.
They beat Andrews, Texas big, they beat Ft. Stockton, Texas big, and then pounded West Las Vegas by 47 points. The win over Hobbs was big and gave them tons of momentum heading into district. They blasted both Portales and Ruidoso and were in the final regular season game against Goddard. Goddard's defense had been allowing less than a touchdown per game, but it's as though defense on both sides never existed as Goddard nearly escaped with a win. Lovington would cruise through the play-offs against St. Michael's, Robertson, and beat Academy in the finals Quarterback Jacob Jameson threw for 3,yards and 60 touchdowns on the season.
The Bears started off hot in the early 90's winning a combined 29 games during the '90, '91, and '92 season. In the Bears were loaded to say the least. After that short setback, the Bears rocked the rest of the comp on the year. They beat Mayfield , then rolled through six district opponents with no trouble at all. In round one of the play-off against Cibola they beat the Cougars and then beat Clovis in the semifinals. In the title game against Roswell the only team to of beaten them on the season, La Cueva got some sweet revenge winning to hoist their first title of the 90's.
During the late 60's the Hobbs Eagles were a prep football power to say the least and in the fall of , the Eagles posted their most impressive season that still outlives any of the current success the Eagles have in this day and age. They had lost the state title against Artesia and to open the season, the ironically played the Artesia Bulldogs. For the sixth straight time leading back to the season the Bulldogs once again beat the Hobbs Eagles and the '70 team that was stacked with talent sat at to start the season. From the loss the Eagles went on to win 12 game in a row.
They beat Carlsbad, Goddard, Clovis, and Lovington by a combined They beat Santa Fe in the semifinals and then beat Highland in the finals Hobbs would again win the title in The Bulldawgs were coming off one of their best seasons ever in going and with a loaded core returning, most felt that Las Cruces would be unbeatable once again in the start of the new decade. A humbling loss to Roswell was an early season eye opener and from there on out, Las Cruces was quickly back to their winning ways the next 13 weeks. They smashed Goddard, smashed Onate, beat Artesia by two scores, flew through Silver and in district play they beat Alamogordo , beat Gadsden by 21, beat Los Lunas , and beat cross town rival Mayfield They entered the play-offs at and then beat La Cueva in the quarterfinals, beat Valley in the semifinals, and then rocked Carlsbad in the finals Between the season and the season, Las Cruces won an outstanding 36 games.
Artesia has always been a prep football power from the days they opened the high school. In the season they formed one of the best teams in the entire state lead by a monster offense and a steal curtain for defense. The Bulldogs outscored each of those four teams by a combined They then beat their first New Mexico team which was Las Cruces by a score of and then beat Hobbs, Clovis, and Carlsbad in convincing fashion as well.
Late in the season it seemed as though no team would come close to beating the Bulldogs and that assumption was right on. They beat Highland in the title game. Between and Artesia won 45 games and four straight back-to-back titles. During the season, Las Cruces was led by two-junior player makers in Dante Caro at quarterback and James Hall at running back. The two were NMPreps. Football Candidates as juniors, but were outgunned by Clovis in the semifinals Returning a ton of talent to the season, the Dawgs simply rolled from the get-go. Wins against La Cueva in week three and against Manzano in week five pushed Las Cruces to the top of the polls, however Albuquerque Eldorado held the number one spot as they were unbeaten as well.
Big wins over Artesia, Onate, and Alamogordo pushed the Dawgs to a record heading into their annual rivalry game against Mayfield. In a thrilling ball game, that Mayfield had the lead during, Las Cruces found a way to come back and beat Mayfield to end the season at In the play-offs they again slugged it out with Manzano and then beat Mayfield in the semifinals. Playing against Eldorado, Las Cruces would take advantage of a special teams blunder and edge out the Eagles The early 90's were big years for the Clovis Wildcat's Football Program.
They won the state title in going with a win over Eldorado. Though they lost a good amount of talent to graduation, they had enough talent to potential make another run at the state title. Surprisingly, this talented team was beaten in week two by Amarillo High They outscored those four by a combined At they faced Eldorado the team they beat the year before in the title game and with a chip on their shoulder, Eldorado topped Clovis this time The Wildcats would end the regular season at and then beat Espanola Valley in the opening round of the play-offs.
They then beat Highland and faced Eldorado for the third time in two-years in the state title game. In a dramatic double overtime game, Clovis beat Eldorado and would win back-to-back titles. Between and the Wildcats won 46 games. The Wildcats started off the season in style with a crushing win over Portales, but in week two they would be humbled in a loss to Amarillo High. Wins over Plainview, Texas and Borger, Texas again sparked their football team's momentum and Clovis would win their next 10 games against New Mexico teams to claim the state title.
In the play-offs they beat Manzano , beat La Cueva , and beat Eldorado in the finals Their play-off run consisted of beating their three opponents to end the year by a combined score of Throughout the 80's and into the 90's Clovis played tons of Texas programs. From to Clovis played the following: Mickey Reeves one of the best athletes ever to come out of New Mexico was finally a senior and after the Coyotes won the title his junior year, most expected Roswell to again make another run at the title.
A three touchdown win over Goddard in the opener and a win over Artesia were quick signs that Roswell was absolutely loaded. A close win over Hanks, El Paso had Roswell at and the Coyotes were riding an 11 game winning streak. A win over Gallup and a win over Hobbs made it seem that Roswell was nearly unbeatable, but in week eight the Coyotes were finally tamed at least for one week with a loss to Clovis. They finished the year with a district record and a regular season record.
In the play-offs they beat Farmington , beat Las Cruces in overtime, and would meet up with Clovis for a shot at revenge in the title game. Dominating the whole game, Roswell would beat Cloivs to win their second state title in a row. Between and Roswell won 36 games. It's hard to believe that in the over years of Head Coaching for Eric Roanhaus, that just one team has gone undefeated under his storied program.
Of course, throughout the years Clovis has played some of the toughest non-district schedules which has made them a title contender nearly every year. In , the Wildcats went with big losses to Eldorado, Hobbs, and to Carlsbad down the stretch. They were beaten by Manzano in the play-offs to end the dismal season.
The following year, a seasoned group of varsity letterman stayed in the weight room nearly all season long for what would be the Wildcat season to remember. From the get-go, it was clear that Clovis was big time. With a early season record they beat Borger, Texas to move to on the season.
From the Borger game on they would beat their next five regular season opponents by a combined Along the way they shutout Borger, Goddard, Eldorado, and beat Hobbs and Carlsbad by a combined The Mayfield Trojans and Clovis Wildcats both ended the season with a regular season record and were seeded at the opposite ends of the play-offs. Clovis beat Las Cruces in the opening round , then beat Sandia , and it was the match up everyone wanted to see in the finals.
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In a action packed game with furious hits and some huge offensive plays, Clovis Legendary Head Coach Eric Roanhaus would beat Mayfield Legendary Head Coach Jim Bradley in a game that goes down as one of the greatest title games ever. The season for the Las Cruces Bulldawgs was about as bad as it gets with the Dawgs going The year before in '73 the Dawgs went The season returned a ton of talent and maybe what made them so good towards the end of the year was the fact that they played their first five games against Texas Schools.
They continued to dominate and really their only close game during the regular season was against Mayfield in a victory. During the play-offs they beat Los Alamos , beat Del Norte Del Norte had went the year before and then beat Eldorado in the finals. They held three teams to one score and shut out three others. The greatest team to never win the state title is the Mayfield Trojans.
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As you read a few spots up, the perfect Clovis Wildcats topped Mayfield in the title game The Trojans were flat out dominate from the start of the season and won their first nine games by way of knockout. Literally the Trojans blasted everyone in their path. Las Cruces gave them somewhat of a game , then the Trojans beat Manzano in the play-offs , beat La Cueva in the semifinals only in a thriller, only to be beaten one week later in the finals to Clovis The start of the 80's decade belonged to Eldorado. Going in and going in , Eldorado had knocked on the state title door a few times, but had just run into some very good football teams to be denied the trophy.
Led by future NFL quarterback Jim Everett, the Eagles would start the season with a win over Santa Fe, the same team that beat them the year before in the state title game From to , Joe Lee Dunn , promoted from assistant coach after Morrison's departure,  was the head football coach of the Lobos, compiling a 17—30 record. Frustration among the fans, athletics department and alumni over the team's struggles led to Dunn's resignation after the season.
Mike Sheppard was hired away from Long Beach State to take over as head coach of the Lobos football program on December 25, The Lobos record under Sheppard was a dismal 9— On December 5, , Dennis Franchione was hired away from Texas State and announced as the Lobos new head coach, given the task of rebuilding the lowly program after five dismal seasons. His 44 was retired at a ceremony of a UNM home football game several years later. He led the Lobos to three straight post-season bowl games —05 for the first time in school history and the Lobos have been bowl-eligible for seven straight seasons, another record.
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After 11 seasons, and an overall losing record of coaching at UNM, Long decided to resign on November 17, , two days after the Lobos' regular season ended. Mike Locksley , previously offensive coordinator at Illinois , was named head coach of the New Mexico Lobos on December 9, In late May , a former administrative assistant at New Mexico filed an age and sex discrimination complaint against Locksley with the Equal Opportunity Commission. Lopez claimed to have been subjected to age and sexual discrimination before being transferred out of Locksley's office.
The claims were later withdrawn. He was subsequently suspended without pay for ten days. Locksley led his Lobos to 1—11 records his first and second seasons. Despite fan outcry to fire him,  he returned for his third season. The high buyout was a large reason UNM chose at first not to fire him.
UNM athletic director Paul Krebs , who made the decision to retain Locksley, expected improvement in the season.
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In Davie's first season as head coach, the Lobos finished the season with a 4—9 record. In , Davie's second season at the helm, UNM compiled a 3—9 record. The Lobos lost the game to Arizona by a score of 45— New Mexico has won four conference championships, doing so through three conferences: New Mexico's biggest rival is its in-state foe, the New Mexico State Aggies, whom they play annually. The series is known as the Rio Grande Rivalry. While it is clear that New Mexico won that first game, school records seem to disagree on the score. According to New Mexico media guides the final score was 25—5 but according to New Mexico State media guides the score was 18—6.
Beginning in , the two universities played for the Maloof Trophy, but it was short-lived; the trophy was retired in Until the series was competitive with the Aggies holding a 15—12—4 lead over the Lobos. Since the Lobos have dominated the series 54—16—1 except during — when the Aggies won 7 of 10 meetings. The Lobos all-time advantage is 67—31—5, however the rivalry remains spirited. The September 26, game when the Aggies won 20—17 in Albuquerque was the th time the teams had played each other. Annually played from to , the winner of the Arizona-New Mexico rivalry game took ownership of a gun in the Battle for the Kit Carson Rifle.
The gun is a Springfield Model rifle that is rumored to have once belonged to the famous frontier scout, Kit Carson. Game scores from each game are carved into the stock of the rifle. Prior to the Insight. Each year members of the Lobos football team who distinguished themselves during the football season are honored at the Lobos Annual Football Awards Banquet.
For the football season, the following team members were honored: Cole Gautsche; Colonel H. Reece White; Academic Achievement Award: About the Clyde and Reese Hill awards: Both men were described by UNM coaches as extraordinary athletes. Clyde came to UNM after serving in the U. I update the rankings at the end of each season. Become a premium subscriber to comment on this story inside the message board - Click Here. The Rankings are based off team's final season record, points scored in a season, points allowed in a season, number of defensive shutouts in a season, margin of victory in a season, whether or not the team won the state title during that year, etc.
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