Josh Gerardo didn’t hit a home run every time he threw deep. It just seemed that way.
Volcano Vista’s senior quarterback threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone, and the Hawks drubbed Manzano 63-20 on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Stadium.
Volcano Vista piled up 718 yards of total offense against the Monarchs (0-2). This game was originally scheduled Thursday night, but lightning forced it to be rescheduled for Saturday.
Gerardo torched the Manzano secondary throughout, looking to go over the top time and again. He finished 20 of 29 for 443 yards and six TDs, with five of the six covering at least 29 yards. Among them was an 89-yard TD pass to Kieran Cordova, one of two receivers who naturally posted large numbers themselves.
Cordova caught seven passes for 233 yards and two scores, while Elliot Paskett-Bell had six grabs for 129 yards and three touchdowns for the Hawks (1-1).
Three of Gerardo’s touchdowns came in the pivotal second quarter, when Volcano Vista turned a narrow 7-6 lead into a 35-6 bulge by halftime.
He went 89 yards to Cordova, 29 yards to Paskett-Bell and 31 yards to Paskett-Bell, the last of those coming in the final 30 seconds of the first half.
VOLCANO VISTA 63, MANZANO 20
Volcano Vista 7 28 7 21 — 63
Manzano 6 0 14 0 — 20
Scoring: VV, Kieran Cordova 55 pass from Josh Gerardo (Diego Garcia kick); M, Jaylin Thompson 2 run (pass failed); VV, Cordova 89 pass from Gerardo (Garcia kick); VV, Elliot Paskett-Bell 29 pass from Gerardo (Garcia kick); VV, Tyler Martinez 4 run (Garcia kick); VV, Paskett-Bell 31 pass from Gerardo (Garcia kick); M, Isaiah Garcia 46 pass from Jared Melfi (pass failed); VV, Paskett-Bell 29 pass from Gerardo (Garcia kick); M, Melfi 20 run (Garcia run); VV, Martinez 1 run (Garcia kick); VV, Enrique Murillo 6 pass from Gerardo (Bridger Schaap kick); VV, Christian Rey 11 run (Schaap kick). First downs: VV 23; M 12. Rushes-yards: VV 34-275; M 29-67. Passing: VV 20-29-0–443; M 10-34-1–187. Total offense: VV 718; M 254. Punts-avg.: VV 1-37.0; M 5-43.2. Fumbles-lost: VV 1-1; M 1-0. Penalties-yards: VV 11-138; M 1-15. Records: VV 1-1; M 0-2.
BLOOMFIELD 36, HOPE CHRISTIAN 27: At Milne Stadium, junior quarterback Ryan Sharpe ran for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, as the visiting Class 4A Bobcats (2-0) overcame six turnovers to pull away in the second half to beat the Class 3A Huskies (1-1).
The game was called with 2:38 left in the fourth quarter due to lightning.
Bloomfield had the ball at the Huskies’ 31, third-and-2, when the game was delayed. And the Bobcats had run seven minutes off the clock after the Huskies pulled within nine points with 9:23 remaining on a 10-yard QB keeper by James Jenkins. That included a brave, fake punt call by Bloomfield on a fourth-and-15 from its own 15, when Sharpe, the punter, threw 21 yards to keep the drive going. And it was Sharpe who called the fake himself and has the authority to throw from the punt formation, Kovacs said.
The Bobcats had the better of things early, with a touchdown run by Sharpe and a 99-yard kickoff return by Drew Perez. With a pair of 2-point conversions, Bloomfield led 16-7.
Hope scored the next 12 points, including a trick-play touchdown, with running back Brent Miller throwing a 21-yard TD pass to Jenkins.
But Sharpe threw a 70-yard TD pass to Perez with 6:08 left before halftime, and Bloomfield took a 22-19 lead into halftime.
BLOOMFIELD 36, HOPE CHRISTIAN 27
Bloomfield 16 6 14 0 — 36
Hope Christian 10 9 0 8 — 27
Scoring: B, Ryan Sharpe 1 run (Sharpe run); HC, James Jenkins 4 run (Logan Fuller kick); B, Drew Perez 99 kickoff return (Sharpe run); HC, Fuller 45 FG; HC, Jenkins 21 pass from Brent Miller (Fuller kick); HC, Safety, Sharpe sacked in end zone; B, Perez 70 pass from Sharpe (Sharpe kick); B, Sharpe 2 run (Sharpe kick); B, Sharpe 14 run (Sharpe kick); HC, Jenkins 10 run (2-point run). First downs: B 18; HC 8. Rushes-yards: B 47-186; HC 31-117. Passing: B 10-22-3–135; HC 5-18-1–42. Total offense: B 321; HC 159. Punts-avg.: B 0; HC 7-28.3. Fumbles-lost: B 3-3; HC 2-2. Penalties-yards: B 3-30; HC 9-74. Records: B 2-0; HC 1-1.
ELDORADO 28, MAYFIELD 21 (OT): At the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces, Eagles quarterback Elias Franco scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of overtime to give Eldorado the lead for the first time, and the Eagles intercepted a pass moments later to clinch the victory on Mayfield’s series in OT.
Eldorado had tied the game at 21-all on a Franco touchdown pass with 1:52 to go in the fourth quarter.
ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 51, TUCUMCARI 0: At the Academy, quarterback A.J. Rivera threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth as the Chargers (2-0) had their second straight blowout win.
Academy has outscored its two opponents 101-0 in two games, which both ended in the first half.
Kellan Gehres caught two TD passes and also returned a punt for a touchdown. Cole Conway went over 100 yards rushing and added a TD.
CENTENNIAL 43, WEST MESA 13: At the Field of Dreams in Las Cruces, Ian Lopez ran for an 89-yard touchdown on the Hawks’ first play from scrimmage, and Centennial (1-1) beat the Mustangs (0-2) in the afternoon game at the FOD.
One of West Mesa’s two touchdowns was an interception return for a score.
ST. PIUS 41, KIRTLAND CENTRAL 34: At Nusenda Community Stadium, Marco Ybarra rushed for four touchdowns (on runs of 66, 47, 20 and 6 yards), and Dominic Esparza returned two kicks for scores as the Sartans (1-1) held off the Broncos.
FRIDAY NIGHT: No. 1-ranked Cleveland held off hard charging El Paso Franklin 35-32.
Quarterback Evan Wysong ran for 106 yards and two early touchdowns, and Braylen Ford had a pick-6 to help the Storm (2-0) take a 21-6 lead.
Lucious Dickson rushed for 92 yards and added two TD runs for Cleveland, both in the second quarter. The Storm led 35-14 at halftime in a game that was delayed 97 minutes in the first half by lightning.
Gary Herron of the Rio Rancho Observer contributed to this story and information from the Las Cruces Sun-News was used in this report.