Volcano Vista’s football team left Wilson Stadium toting a 2-0 record, but the Hawks also left Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights far from fulfilled.
“We’re happy with the win,” senior quarterback Josh Williams said, “but the performance wasn’t like it should have been.”
Williams accounted for all five Volcano Vista touchdowns – three in the air, two on the ground – as the Hawks built a huge halftime lead before settling for a 34-17 victory Thursday night over Manzano.
The Hawks led 28-0 at halftime, but had virtually no pep in their step after halftime.
And with a humongous road trip to Las Cruces looming a week from Saturday, Volcano Vista was in no mood to blow its own horn.
“We know if we want to go far,” said Williams, who threw for 228 yards, “we can’t play like that.”
Williams said the Hawks had a lazy week of practice after a convincing 37-3 season-opening victory over Sandia.
Tight end Josh Barton used the word “lackadaisical.”
“And that showed during the third and fourth quarters,” Barton said.
It was, for a half, a terrific showing for the Hawks.
On the opening drive, Williams capped it by throwing a 21-yard touchdown pass to Helio Lopez. On the next drive, he hooked up with David Cormier on a 44-yard, third-down TD pass, and the Hawks led 14-0 barely six minutes into the game. It was Cormier’s third TD reception of the young season.
The Hawks doubled their lead in the final 4½ minutes of the first half, with Williams tossing 15 yards over the middle to Barton, and then Williams scoring on a 12-yard run with 41.6 seconds left. He leapfrogged a Manzano defender at the 3 en route to the end zone.
By this point, the Monarchs (0-2) had been outscored 81-0 through the first four quarters of the season, after a 53-0 shellacking by Cleveland last week that lasted only a half.
Sophomore running back Jordan Byrd finally got Manzano into the end zone, with a 21-yard scamper late in the third quarter.
Williams answered with his second running TD before the quarter was over for a 34-7 lead.
A bad punt snap led to a safety, and Manzano QB Orlando Perez threw 12 yards for a score to Dominick Konstan with 7 seconds left in the game.
Hawks coach Chad Wallin said a flu bug worked his way through the team in the last week.
“After coming off a big game last week, it felt like a tough game to get ready for,” Wallin said.
Volcano Vista had almost equal amounts passing yards (228) and rushing yards (223). The Hawks had 20 of their 24 first downs in the opening half.
“We’re not content with this 2-0 thing,” Barton said. “It could turn around in a snap.”
– James Yodice
SANDIA 51, ATRISCO HERITAGE 7: At Nusenda Community Stadium, Jimmy Gallegos had a monster night and the Matadors (1-1) gained a little redemption with a blowout win over the Jaguars (0-2).
Gallegos scored five touchdowns, three rushing and two receiving, and racked up 278 yards from scrimmage for Sandia. He rushed 15 times for 198 yards, had three receptions for 80 more and pulled down an interception for good measure.
“I don’t think I’ve had a game like that in high school,” Gallegos said, “but it’s all about the line and the quarterback doing their jobs. I wouldn’t have had anything without them.”
Gallegos said the Matadors had a serious, competitive week of practice after ending up on the short end of a one-sided opener against Volcano Vista.
“After the Volcano game, our tempo really changed at practice,” he said. “Everyone was fighting for spots and really wanted to fight to make each other better.”
The Matadors’ determination was evident early Thursday night as Sandia rolled to a 37-0 halftime lead and limited the Jaguars to 18 total yards.
The landslide started when Gallegos returned a punt 30 yards to the AHA 8 midway through the first quarter. He ran it into the end zone on the next play to make it 7-0.
After another Atrisco Heritage punt, Gallegos took a short pass from Jacob Archibeque and rambled in to complete a 61-yard touchdown reception. He added a 52-yard TD run and caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Archibeque before halftime.
“I guess the receptions were the best part,” Gallegos said. “I don’t get too many of those.”
Gallegos added one more short touchdown run in the third quarter before calling it a night.
Aaron Bean’s 21-yard run in the third quarter accounted for the Jaguars’ lone touchdown. Sandia had 471 yards, compared with 151 for Atrisco Heritage.
– Ken Sickenger