CLOVIS — Running back Micah Gray was responsible for all four Clovis touchdowns as the Wildcats rallied to beat visiting Eldorado 31-28 in the first round of the Class 6A state football playoffs on Friday night.
Gray rushed for 250 yards and ran for three touchdowns.
Sixth-seeded Clovis (8-3) led 14-0 in the second quarter before the 11th-seeded Eagles rallied to take a 21-17 halftime lead.
Eldorado (5-6) scored on its first possession of the second half for a 28-17 cushion but Gray answered with his third rushing score.
With eight minutes left in the game, Gray hit Aaron Heredia on a 17-yard halfback option TD for the lead.
“It went back and forth,” Clovis head coach Eric Roanhaus said. “It was a very good high school football game.”
Clovis advances to play No. 3 Las Cruces next week.
No. 8 ALAMOGORDO 45, No. 9 DEL NORTE 14: In Alamogordo, Kyle Hooper passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns, Dee Smith and David Johnson each scored twice and the Tigers topped the Knights (5-4-1) in the 5A opening round.
Hooper completed 20-of-27 passes and added 104 yards and a touchdown rushing for Alamogordo (7-4), which advances to play top-seeded Artesia next week.
“We definitely know each other, we’ve had three years of dogfights,” Alamogordo coach Dale Hooper said of Artesia. “Our kids are excited.”
— Journal Staff
No. 5 LOS LUNAS 60, No. 12 KIRTLAND CENTRAL 10: In Los Lunas, the Tigers scored on all nine possessions and ripped the Broncos via the 50-point mercy rule in the Class 5A playoffs.
Los Lunas (8-3) advances to the quarterfinals for a rematch with its rival, No. 4 Belen (8-2), next week.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Gaerlan accounted for four touchdowns and 223 of the Tigers’ 498 yards of total offense while Michigan commit O’maury Samuels rushed for 175 yards on just six carries, scoring touchdowns on runs of 41, 65 and 45 yards.
Junior Jacob Luna added 100 yards on four carries and scored on TD runs of 65 and 29 yards. Gaerlan connected with senior Martin Trujillo on TD tosses of 45 and 8 yards and added a 49-yard scoring throw to Hunter Wisneski. The senior also grabbed a pair of interceptions.
Kirtland Central junior quarterback Bryson Dowdy finished with 110 yards total offense, going 7-of-15 for 81 yards passing with an 11-yard TD pass to Cadan Flack midway through the second quarter.
Tyler Jenks gave the Broncos their first points when they trailed 47-0 early in the second quarter. Kirtland Central (6-5) finished with 186 yards of total offense.
— Kenn Rodriguez