Make it 31 state titles for the Artesia Bulldogs.
Class 5A’s top-seeded football team — and New Mexico’s most decorated program — took another state championship on Saturday afternoon, winning 27-14 at No. 3 seed Piedra Vista at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.
“It was awesome,” said Artesia coach Jeremy Maupin, who led his alma mater to a championship in his second season coaching the Bulldogs. “It was just an all-around, fun, great season. I’m excited for our guys.”
Artesia spotted the Panthers (11-2) the first seven points, but led 21-7 by halftime.
Diego Wesson’s short TD run tied the game for the Bulldogs at 7-7 midway through the first quarter. Quarterback Nye Estrada threw a touchdown pass to Julian Rodriguez near the end of the quarter, and Peyton Greathouse scored on a 19-yard run midway through the second quarter.
Artesia extended to a 27-7 lead early in the third quarter on Estrada’s second TD pass.
CLASS 4A: In Bloomfield, the second-seeded Bobcats (12-1) won the school’s first state football championship since 1966, defeating No. 1 Silver 13-7 on Saturday afternoon.
Bloomfield spotted the Colts (11-2) an early lead on Mason Lockett’s 10-yard TD run four minutes into the game.
Bobcats’ QB Ryan Sharpe’s 1-yard TD run early in the second quarter squared the game at 7-all, which was the score at halftime.
Sharpe threw a touchdown pass to Jesse Seitzinger midway through the third quarter for a 13-7 lead. A 2-point conversion attempt failed.
Bloomfield was playing in a state football final for the third time in four years. The Bobcats were a state runners-up in 2018 to Taos and in 2019 to Portales.
CLASS 3A: No. 2 seed Ruidoso (12-1) won its first blue trophy in football since 2017, going to Santa Fe and blanking fourth-seeded St. Michael’s 12-0 at Ivan Head Stadium at Santa Fe High.
Warriors senior quarterback Cooper Pritchett threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes to Logan Sandoval — Ruidoso missed both 2-point conversion attempts — and the Ruidoso defense, in its best performance of the season, easily made that stand up as it overwhelmed the Horsemen (11-2).
Ruidoso finished the season winning its last 11 games.
“It’s so satisfying,” Warriors coach Kief Johnson said. His team lost the 4A state final a year ago to Lovington. “Our motto this year was unfinished business.”