Clovis had a rough time on defense Friday night. Manzano wasn’t much better.
In the three hours the Monarchs (6-1) and Wildcats battled, there were 1,190 yards of offense, 51 first downs and 16 touchdowns. Historically, the 66-48 Manzano victory was the fourth highest-scoring 11-man game in New Mexico prep history, according to records from the New Mexico Activities Association.
And the 116-point night isn’t far behind the state’s top fireworks shows.
Had Matt Heard’s third extra point attempt on the night sailed through the uprights, or had the Wildcats opted for a two-point conversion and succeeded after one of their other touchdowns, the effort would have matched the 115 points in Santa Fe’s 59-56 win over Valley three seasons ago.
Another touchdown for either team, and they would have eclipsed the record 119 points reached 20 years ago by Montrose, Colo. (69) and Aztec (50).
The numbers didn’t boggle longtime Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo — particularly Ryan Trujillo’s 385 yards passing and four touchdowns.
“Nothing surprises me in a football game,” Ocampo said with a relieved laugh. “I knew they were very good on offense. I know we’ve shown signs of being very good on offense. Our passing game was on, and we needed it to be on because we had a hard time running the ball against Clovis’ great defensive front. Those two defensive linemen (Kenny Betts, Fred Kelley) are pretty tough to move.”
The Monarchs shifted to a run-heavy offense after Trujillo’s fourth scoring pass of the night, a 74-yard strike to Josh Bowen for a 56-34 lead.
The Wildcats compiled 553 yards of offense, with five players rushing for at least 50 yards — Jordan Hill (95), Quran Wiggins (81), Juan Rivas (63), Raymond Beachum (54) and Tre Orozco (53).
We’ve been here before: However, the 114 points is not a Leon Williams Stadium record — if you count junior varsity contests.
Just two years ago, with many of the same players who make up the current Wildcats varsity playing as sophomores, Clovis scored 13 touchdowns in an 89-55 win over Artesia.
Oddly enough, those two varsity teams battled just last week and combined for only 20 points. Clovis defeated the Bulldogs 13-7.
Getting their kicks: Heard went 6-of-7 on extra point attempts, recorded a pair of special teams tackles and for the second-straight week had an onside kick the Wildcats recovered.
Kyle Lopez had a game to remember himself, going 7-of-8 on conversion attempts, adding a 26-yard field goal and having two onside kicks recovered by his teammates.
Lopez now has the eighth-best scoring day for a kicker in New Mexico history with 10 points (well behind Menaul’s Dominic Gutierrez, who set a national record with 29 points in 1990 on nine field goals and two extra points), and also added a 56-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter.
Next up: Clovis is hoping to finish as a 5-5 district champion, and will need two wins to do it.
Hobbs visits Friday, coming off a 42-0 loss to Goddard.
“We’ve got to just get on track,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said, “start on Monday, come for district and control what we can control.”
The Eagles started the season 4-2 before absorbing losses to 3A favorite Lovington and the 4A favorite Rockets. The Eagles have faced three common opponents with Clovis (Artesia, Goddard and Cleveland), going 1-2 in those games while Clovis went 2-1.