New Mex­ico foot­ball scored an in­cred­i­ble week

Albuquerque Journal - - OPINION -

It’s been a red-let­ter week for New Mex­ico foot­ball at all lev­els.

Brian Ur­lacher, among the most cel­e­brated ath­letes in Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico his­tory, was in­ducted into the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame Tues­day night and is a semi­fi­nal­ist for the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame af­ter his stel­lar 13-year ca­reer with the Chicago Bears.

The Lov­ing­ton High School grad was a Lobo from 1996-99 un­der coach Rocky Long. He’s the first UNM player to be in­ducted into the col­lege hall, and New Mex­ico has high hopes for its na­tive son in the up­com­ing Pro Hall in­duc­tions.

The New Mex­ico State Uni­ver­sity Ag­gies ended a nearly six-decade bowl drought with Sun­day’s in­vi­ta­tion to face Utah State on Dec. 29 in the Nova Home Loans Ari­zona Bowl in Tuc­son. The Ag­gies’ last bowl ap­pear­ance was in the 1960 Sun Bowl, when they beat Utah State 20-13; it should be a great re-match. The Ag­gies won their sixth game of the sea­son Satur­day, best­ing South Alabama 22-17 and mak­ing them bowl el­i­gi­ble.

Con­grats to head foot­ball coach Doug Martin and his Ag­gies.

In Al­bu­querque, Man­zano High School won its firstever Class 6A cham­pi­onship Satur­day by beat­ing the sec­ond-seeded La Cueva Bears 14-7 and end­ing the sea­son with a per­fect record. The over­flow crowd at Wil­son Sta­dium was treated to a dra­matic state fi­nal that fi­nally made the Mon­archs true prep foot­ball roy­alty. It was the first cham­pi­onship for Man­zano since it opened in 1960, and the first time two Al­bu­querque teams have met in the cham­pi­onship game.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to coach Chad Ad­cox and his Mon­archs.

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