ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Manzano’s Gonzales Accounts for 5 Scores
As ridiculous as this sounds, the Manzano Monarchs walked out of Milne Stadium on Friday night frustrated and, maybe even borderline displeased.
“We had a very, very off day offensively,” Manzano quarterback Angel Gonzales said.
And this from the QB whose team scored 56 points.
Take that for what it’s worth.
True, it was far from Manzano’s sharpest performance, but the Monarchs still managed to score 49 offensive points as they routed Valley 56-24 and spoiled the Vikings’ homecoming.
Manzano (5-1) scored half its points in the first 13 minutes of the game. The Monarchs led 28-0 and the teams more or less played out the string for the final three quarters.
But, anticipating a shootout in the days leading up to Friday, Manzano coach Chad Adcox emphasized the need to begin quickly.
“We wanted to definitely be efficient on offense,” he said. “My thought all along was, Valley is a young team, with a lot of juniors, and I’ve seen them in other games get down. But they hung around. With their offense, they have a puncher’s chance.”
And yes, the Vikings (2-3), following standard procedure for them this season, got down double digits, the fourth time in five games that has happened.
But a 28-0 deficit was just an impossible climb, not that Valley didn’t try to make it interesting.
To that end, Valley quarterback Bo Coleman scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 18 points at 42-24. The Vikings went for a 2-point conversion, which would have made it a two-possession game, and there was still 10:22 left on the clock.
But that pass attempt failed. Manzano scored on its next possession as Gonzales scored on a 1-yard run — the end to a bizarre sequence.
Manzano had the ball at the Valley 1, when Gonzales appeared to score a touchdown. But he also dropped the ball, and Vikings coach Enrico Marcelli believed one of his players recovered it.
But there was an inadvertant whistle along the way, negating the play. Gonzales scored two snaps later.
Gonzales threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for three more TDs to lead Manzano which, on the whole, struggled to run the ball on the Vikings.
“They were sending nine dudes into the box. We had to throw it,” Adcox said.
The Monarchs gained 168 yards on the ground, but 79 of those yards came on two runs. The other 34 rushes, Manzano averaged only 2.6 yards per carry.
Corey Morrow’s 1-yard TD run began the scoring. Gonzales threw 17 yards to Skyler Walker moments later for a 14-0 lead. In the last minute of the quarter, Gonzales added a 16-yard run.
The Monarchs blocked a Valley punt in the first minute of the second quarter. Walker picked up the ball at the Vikings’ 2 and it was an easy score. It was 28-0.
To that stage, Valley had 16 yards of total offense. But Troy Giddings gave the home team a spark, when he returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.
But after a 12-yard TD run by Gonzales, Manzano led 35-6. Coleman threw a 6-yard TD pass to Aaron Molina on the final play of the half, and those two also hooked up for a 24-yard scoring play in the third quarter.
Manzano had committed only one turnover this season until Friday, when it had three giveaways.