RIO RANCHO, N.M. — In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced Isaiah Chavez of Rio Rancho High School as its 2019 Gatorade New Mexico Football Player of the Year.
Chavez is the fourth Gatorade New Mexico Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Rio Rancho High School, following Michael Love (2005), Troy Harris (2008) and Josh Foley (2016).
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Chavez as New Mexico’s best high school football player.
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced this month, Chavez joins an elite group of past state football award-winners, including Emmitt Smith, Matthew Stafford and Christian McCaffrey. Other city Gatorade football honorees have been Alan Branch (2004), who played at Cibola High School, plus Cleveland High’s Cole Gautsche (2011), Gabe Ortega (2015) and Dorian Lewis (2018).