Once again Las Cruces High and Mayfield should be among the leading favorites to win a state title in football this fall in New Mexico.
Las Cruces entertains Montwood Thursday in Las Cruces. Mayfield will pay a visit to Franklin in two weeks. Mayfield scrimmaged Coronado Friday night at Coronado. The Trojans have some size on the lines and one of he best football players in the state in QB Kavika Johnson, who has lots of interest inluding a reported offer from UTEP.
Las Cruces features NMSU pledge, Isaiah McIntyre (WR/DB/RB) and QB Kameron Miller, son of longtime Bulldawgs coach Jim Miller.
Mayfield and Cruces High will provide good test for both Franklin and Montwood respecively and the El Paso vs. Las Cruces rivaly has had some good games in recent years. Montwood and Mayfield split 6 games, El Dorado beat Cruces High in a close one a few years ago, Chapin nearly upended Mayfield a few years ago and this year's games have the potential to be really good.
I think the early season games against El Paso will help the Cruces schools as well. Franklin's skill people will test Mayfield's defense and Montwood will test Cruces High in all three phases of the game.
Of note, Onate has a new coach in Brent Jaquess, who was the defensive coordinator at LCHS for many years. Onate plays Eastlake next week in Las Cruces.
I had a chance to see the Franklin vs. Andress football scrimmage Friday night at Andress, which Franklin won 35-21. The two teams played four 10-minute quarters.
I thought the Cougars' offense, which includes three Division I players, looked really good. Franklin's starters played about six series and scored on four of them.
On the Cougars' first play from scrimmage, quarterback Baylor Romney, a Nevada commit, found Gustavo Dorsett for a 75-yard TD pass. Dorsett is receiving some Division I interest. Romney had a lot of really nice passes during the scrimmage. Franklin running back Nick Bingham, a Texas State commit, had some really nice runs as well, including TD runs of 31 and 9 yards.
Franklin will lead to keep that up that offensive firepower as it faces arguably the city's top defense in Canutillo next week in its opener.
For Andress, really was impressed with their running backs in seniors Johnny Smith and Imari Lewis. Looks like that's going to be a good one-two punch in the backfield for the Eagles this year. Both had some really nice runs on Friday.
The Eagles put together a solid opening drive, going 80 yards in six minutes for a score. Andress' starters also played about six series.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FORECASTS AND COMMUNITIES TO TAKE CENTER STAGE EVERY FRIDAY WITH FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTING ON THE WEATHER CHANNEL
New Live Programming Segments to Forecast and Celebrate The Best of High School Football; Will Spotlight 12 Towns in 12 Weeks
ATLANTA -- August 20, 2014 -- Once fall hits, every Friday in towns across America the focus turns to one place -- the high school football field. Stores close, theatres go dark and fans flock to the field to support their team and their town. It's not about Xs and Os - it’s about community, family and tradition -- and it all depends on the weather. Cheerleaders, teams, marching bands, and hometown pride make up the fabric of this uniquely American experience. It is this spirit that will be captured in Friday Night Lightning, a new series of live programming segments that launches this Friday, Aug. 22 on The Weather Channel.
Beginning each Friday morning and featured throughout the day, live segments will include customized and regional game-time forecasts, enhanced "kick-off forecasts," and compelling human interest stories from football and weather-crazy towns across Main Street America. A ticker on the bottom of the screen will provide forecasts for featured games in towns across the country. Throughout many of the segments game footage from the NFHS Network will be featured to preview some of the week’s biggest matchups.
The Weather Channel will spotlight “12 Towns in 12 Weeks” - with stories profiling some of America's most unique and "football-crazy" communities. Some will be communities where the high school football team has become a rallying cry following a significant weather disaster, and other weeks will feature top high school programs highlighted by the national media.
Friday Night Lightning will kickoff this Friday, Aug. 22 with the story behind Joplin High School’s return to the field, following a devastating tornado three years ago.
Canutillo senior offensive lineman Jonathan Vogt has received an offer from Air Force, his second Division I FBS offer.
The 6-foot-4, 245 pound Vogt also has an offer from New Mexico State.
Vogt was key last season in the Eagles' offense and the team's run to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Vogt was a El Paso Times' All-City first team selection last season and a All-District 2-4A first team selection in 2013.
UIL Girls and Boys Basketball State All-Tournament tickets will go on sale, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10 am CST.
All-Tournament tickets may be purchased through the following options:
Participating Ticketmaster locations
Calling Ticketmaster by phone at 1-800-745-3000
Alamodome box office - walk-up ONLY (no personal checks will be accepted)
Please Note: As of August 18, 2014 ticket order forms will no longer be accepted by the Frank Erwin Center or the Alamodome. All ticket order forms previously sent to the Frank Erwin Center are being processed by the Alamodome.
Girls Basketball State All-Tournament tickets will be on sale for $75.00 (additional fees may apply).
Boys Basketball State All-Tournament tickets will be on sale for $100.00 (additional fees may apply).
If there are any issues or questions with ticket orders, please contact Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
Prep Volleyball Schedule Tuesday, Aug. 19 Franklin at El Paso High, 6:30 p.m. Hanks at Americas, 6:30 p.m. El Dorado at Eastlake, 6:30 p.m. Burges at Montwood, 6:30 p.m. Socorro at Del Valle, 6:30 p.m. Coronado at Las Cruces Centennial, 7 p.m. Eastwood at Jefferson, 6:30 p.m. Andress at Riverside, 6:30 p.m. Mountain View at Austin, 6:30 p.m. Bel Air at Bowie, 6:30 p.m. Canutillo at Parkland, 6:30 p.m. Las Cruces High at Chapin, 6:30 p.m. San Elizario at Irvin, 6:30 p.m. Horizon at Loretto, 6:30 p.m. Fabens at Ysleta, 6:30 p.m. Oñate at Clint, 6:30 p.m. Faith Christian at Tornillo, 6:30 p.m. Immanuel Christian at Sierra Blanca, 5:30 p.m.
By Felix Chavez/El Paso Times Eastwood’s Long overcomes obstacles to be one of top players in city Sometimes in life young people learn that life is unfair and they are forced to grow up much quicker than they need to. How they react to this sometimes cruel world will determine where they go, how they can turn a negative into a positive. Eastwood senior offensive lineman Greg Long has seen that unfairness in life twice during his high school life and he has been tested with many ups and downs. But today at the young age of 17, he is well on his way to coping with the tragedy of losing his mother and father, Diana Long and Gregory Vernon. Diana died of an aneurism when Greg was a freshman. Gregory died when Greg was a sophomore, leaving the teenager to mature quickly and find his own way in life. Greg did not wish to talk about how is father died. Long admits the loss of his parents sent him into a tailspin for a long time. He wasn’t doing as well in the classroom as he could and even the game of football, which he had played since he was a young kid, had lost some of his luster. Who could blame him for that after losing both of his parents at an important part of his life? Diana went to every one of his games and was the love of his life. Gregory was someone Long loved and treasured the time he had with him. Long said his father always tried his best to be at all of his games and to simply be there for him. The 6-foot-41/2 Long thinks of his parents daily and carries a photo of them on their wedding day with him and he also has a photo of them in his locker. He uses them as inspiration daily. Long has lives with guardians Diane and Donnie Spencer, who he says have helped guide him through the past couple of years. Another inspiration is his sister, Shyan, who is in the sixth grade. Long said his sister was someone who he looked up to when their parents died, praising her courage as something that helped him deal with their devastating loss. She, too, is a talented athlete, Long says. Her chosen sport is basketball. As Long tried to deal with the emotional pain, he began to find solace in his teammates and coaches at Eastwood. Long calls his coaches and teammates part of his family, part of his inspiration now. He credits them with helping him become motivated once again and he’s thankful to them for simply being there when he needed them the most. Long said that sometime during last year’s football season, he began to feel better about life and began to work hard again. And he started having fun again in football and in the classroom. The coaches and his teammates knew Long had talent. And with the inspiration to do well for his deceased parents, his guardians and to provide a positive example for his sister, Long is now thriving. He has worked hard in the weight room and his frame is a solid 270 pounds. He will move from right tackle to left tackle this year and he has caught the attention of college football recruiters. UTEP, New Mexico State and New Mexico are in hot pursuit of the talented offensive lineman. Long said he will likely wait a while to make the right decision about where he will go to college. Long is a hard worker away from sports as well. He has improved his grades, he found a job in the summer, he has a goal of graduating from college and his overall positive outlook on life has impressed coaches and teammates. Offensive coordinator Scott Veliz and head coach Phil Barrios both admire Long for overcoming what he has as a young teenager. They added that Long is a positive influence in the locker room and he’s someone the other players enjoy being around. They also believe he has a bright future in the game that has meant so much to him. I spent about 30 minutes talking to Long on Wednesday and he is a respectful kid who truly appreciates his family, his friends, his coaches, his football skills and the opportunities that await him in football and in life. What happened to Long is cruel and I can’t even begin to know what he went through by losing his mom and dad at such a young age, especially two people he cared for and loved so much. But Long has decided to be an optimist in life and he’s decided that he wants to have a positive impact on everyone he comes in contact with. And he’s succeeding. Felix Chávez may be reached at 546-6167.
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