Visiting Centennial scored a miracle touchdown on the final play of the first half, then scored two more TDs in the first 3½ minutes of the third quarter and Centennial went on to a 42-9 victory over Manzano on a toasty afternoon at Wilson Stadium.
Hawks senior quarterback Lance Frost threw for 226 yards and five touchdowns — three of them to Darren Rodriguez. It was the middle of those three scores that changed this game.
Centennial’s Joseph Hernandez kicked a 31-yard field goal with 10.6 seconds left before halftime, breaking a 7-all tie. Manzano QB Dakota Powell was picked off by Nathan Perez of the Hawks with 2 seconds left, at midfield, giving Centennial a chance at a desperation throw.
As the half ended, Frost went over the top, to Rodriguez, for a stunning half-ending touchdown.
“I was pretty shocked,” said Frost. “I didn’t expect that to happen.”
That was 10 points in the final 10 seconds of the second quarter for Centennial, which led 17-7 over a Manzano team that had played well through nearly all of the first two quarters.
Things quickly ballooned in the third quarter, as Centennial scored three touchdowns in the first 6½ minutes of the third quarter for a 36-7 lead.
— James Yodice
CENTENNIAL 42, MANZANO 9
Centennial 7 10 19 6 — 42
Manzano 7 0 2 0 — 9
Scoring: C, Darren Rodriguez 67 pass from Lance Frost (Joseph Hernandez kick); M, Dakota Powell 2 run (Isaiah Hernandez kick); C, J.Hernandez 31 FG; C, Rodriguez 50 pass from Frost (J.Hernandez kick); C, Marco Rodriguez 31 fumble return (J.Hernandez kick); C, Aidan Trujillo 21 pass from Frost (kick failed); C, Gabriel Acosta 16 pass from Frost (kick failed); M, safety, punter tackled in end zone; C, D.Rodriguez 8 pass from Frost (kick failed). Records: C 3-0; M 1-2.
First downs: C 19; M 11. Rushes-yards: C 41-170; M 37-125. Passing: C 13-22-1—226; M 7-19-3—78. Total offense: C 396; M 203. Punts-avg.: C 1-38.0; M 4-27.8. Fumbles-lost: C 1-0; M 1-1. Penalties-yards: C 12-80; M 8-79.
HOPE CHRISTIAN 44, MORIARTY 0: At Milne Stadium, senior quarterback Nick Henry threw for 300 yards and three TDs in the first half alone as the Huskies (3-0) swarmed the Pintos (1-2).
Jared Knowles scored two rushing touchdowns in the first half, as Hope led 35-0. Henry finished 10-of-15 for 359 yards and four scores.
“Our receivers are doing their job, and our line is protecting me unbelievably,” said Henry. “I have enough time to make any decision I need to.”
The Huskies scored 16 seconds into the game on a 61-yard strike from Henry to Jake Cosper. Vince Quezada had three touchdown receptions for Hope, covering 57, 20 and 59 yards.
The Hope defense limited Moriarty to 95 total yards.
— James Yodice
HOPE CHRISTIAN 44, MORIARTY 0
Moriarty 0 0 0 0 — 0
Hope 14 21 6 3 — 44
Scoring: H, Jake Cosper 61 pass from Nick Henry (Vince Quezada kick); H, Jared Knowles 5 run (Quezada kick); H, Knowles 25 run (Quezada kick); H, Quezada 57 pass from Henry (Quezada kick); H, Quezada 20 pass from Henry (Quezada kick); H, Quezada 59 pass from Henry (kick failed); H, Quezada 22 FG. Records: HC 3-0; M 1-2.
First downs: M 6; HC 15. Rushes-yards: M 42-78; HC 17-98. Passing: M 2-3-1—17; HC 11-17-0—379. Total offense: M 95; HC 477. Punts-avg.: M 8-32.1; HC 1-41.0. Fumbles-lost: M 0-0; HC 2-1. Penalties-yards: M 5-25; HC 3-20.
BERNALILLO 50, ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 0: At the Academy, the Spartans (3-0) bashed the Chargers (1-2), with senior quarterback Damian Gutierrez throwing for three touchdowns. Bernalillo was last 3-0 in 1979, and will try for its first-ever 4-0 start Friday at home against Shiprock.
Senior receiver Reyes Herrera caught two touchdown passes and also returned an interception for a score. Adam Abeyta, Gabriel Romero and Tony Morrison added rushing touchdowns.
VOLCANO VISTA 56, OÑATE 14: At Nusenda Community Stadium, quarterback Jake Deatherage threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more, and Jacob Werner caught a TD and returned a punt for a score as the Hawks (2-1) trounced the Knights (0-3).
ST. PIUS 27, KIRTLAND CENTRAL 19: At Milne Stadium, junior quarterback Derek Rivera ran for two touchdowns and threw a pair of touchdown passes to Isaiah Griffin for the Sartans (1-2).
The Broncos (0-3) were within 21-19 in the waning moments, and even had a chance to tie the game with a 2-point conversion. It failed, and St. Pius tacked on a late TD for the final margin.
LOS LUNAS 26, SANDIA 10: In Los Lunas, Nick Gaerlan’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Cody Vocu midway through the third quarter proved crucial as the Tigers (3-0) — who led the Matadors (1-2) 13-10 at halftime — scored the final 19 points.
The homecoming victory for Los Lunas started 1 hour, 45 minutes late due to inclement weather and didn’t finish until 11:15 p.m.
Derek Chavez added an insurance TD, a 23-yard run, in the fourth quarter for the Tigers. Gaerlan threw for 246 yards and two scores, and he rushed for another 52 yards.
The Los Lunas defense sacked Sandia QB Junior Silva nine times. Sandia running back Leshawn Joseph rushed over 100 yards in the loss.