Sophomore quarterback Josh Williams threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns and Volcano Vista did something no other team has done this year – beat the Mayfield Trojans.
And the Hawks did it in convincing fashion.
Volcano Vista (3-2) spotted the Trojans (5-1) leads of 7-0 and 14-7 in the first quarter before dominating the Las Cruces school 34-14 Friday night at Community Stadium.
Junior running back Dominico Chavez rushed for 146 yards and one score and caught a 21-yard TD pass; senior receiver Connor Anderson caught five passes and two touchdowns; and the Hawks gave the Trojans a physical pounding on a cold night.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Volcano Vista coach Chad Wallin said. “We knew we had some really young kids this year, and a lot of young starters, but we’re starting to play much better.”
Down 7-0, the Hawks drove 61 yards in 10 plays to tie it 7-7. They scored on a fourth-and-1 pass from Williams to Anderson from 2 yards out.
It was the first of three TDs the Hawks scored on fourth-down plays.
Mayfield, for a second straight possession, rolled right back down the field, getting a second touchdown run from quarterback Kavika Johnson to lead 14-7 with three minutes left in the opening quarter. The Trojans marched 80 yards on both drives.
Williams was intercepted on a fourth-and-4 from the Mayfield 7 midway through the second quarter, but the Hawks came right back and scored on a 9-yard run by Chavez on a fourth-and-3 with 52 seconds left in the half.
In the third quarter, Williams hit Anderson for an 18-yard TD on a fourth-and-3 to make it 21-14. The Hawks’ defense dominated the rest of the way, and Williams added two more scoring strikes.
“That kid’s something,” Wallin said of his quarterback. “The potential that kid has is unbelievable. He’s got that dedication and hard work, and the sky’s the limit for him.”
VALLEY 31, MANZANO 14: Coming off its bye week, Valley had one of its poorest showings of the season, but the Vikings moved their mark to 5-0 with a comfortable – if not routine – win over the 4-2 Monarchs.
Senior receiver Aaron Molina had a huge night, catching 11 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
The Manzano defense came into the night having given up just 48 points all season.
“Their defense is so good. They do things schematically that mess with your heads,” Valley coach Enrico Marcelli said.
But the Vikings’ defense forced four turnovers and limited Manzano to just 75 rushing yards.
Valley plays Atrisco Heritage for what amounts to the District 5-5A championship next Friday.
ELSEWHERE FRIDAY: St. Pius and Bernalillo both were shut out by schools from the Four Corners region.
The Sartans lost 21-0 at Farmington, while the Spartans dropped to 0-6 with a 47-0 blowout loss to visiting Piedra Vista.
Rio Rancho, reeling of late, barely hung on to beat Atrisco Heritage 28-27 Friday night; for more on that game, see today’s main Journal sports section.
A week ahead of a crucial showdown against visiting Sandia, Cleveland went out and pummelled Highland 54-0 at Wilson Stadium. The game ended due to the 50-point mercy rule.
Jesse Nieto rushed for 75 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
Andre Li Rosi had four catches for 122 yards and a TD. Kian Homme, the Storm’s junior QB, was an economic 11-of-14 for 232 yards and two scores.
Sandia was idle this week.
Week 6 concludes with West Mesa in action at Community Stadium at 1 p.m. against Oñate. The Knights were beaten 21-3 a week ago in Las Cruces by Volcano Vista.
Cibola is on its bye week. The Cougars play host to La Cueva at Community Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Here is the Week 7 prep football schedule (Journal staff writer James Yodice’s pick is in parenthesis):
THURSDAY: La Cueva at Cibola, 7 p.m., Community Stadium (La Cueva)
FRIDAY: Rio Rancho at Eldorado, 7 p.m., Wilson Stadium (Rio Rancho)
FRIDAY: Sandia at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (Sandia)
FRIDAY: Atrisco Heritage at Valley, 7 p.m., Milne Stadium (Valley)
FRIDAY: Aztec at St. Pius, 7 p.m., University Stadium (St. Pius)
FRIDAY: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, 7 p.m. (Los Alamos)
SATURDAY: Rio Grande at West Mesa, 1 p.m., Community Stadium (Rio Grande)
The Week 5 picks record was 4-1; the season mark is 28-5, or 84.8 percent.