RUIDOSO – Lincoln County’s youth football leagues came to a successful close, Nov. 4, as the Minor and Major divisions held their versions of the SuperBowl at W.D. Horton Stadium.
In both cases, the Ducks were victorious. In both cases, the Ducks were champions a third year in a row.
The day started with the Minor championship between the Ducks and the Warriors, with the Ducks looking to finish an unbeaten season.
Just two minutes into the game is when the Ducks struck first, on a 60-yard run by Omari Clemins to put his team up 7-0. Less than a minute later, quarterback Layden Hiles found Tru Camejo in the endzone for the touchdown that would give them all the points they would need.
Clemins and Camejo each added one more touchdown to ensure the victory.
“It’s been great to be on this team. I really love it,” Clemins said. “It just took hard work and practice to win this game.”
While no one had really come close to beating the Ducks all season, the Warriors were determined to give them a good game.
They held the Ducks to their lowest point total of the season, and showed no quit, eventually getting on the board with a touchdown by Levi Apachito with two minutes left.
“We only got beat by one team all season,” said Warrior coach James Sainz. “The kids worked really hard these last two weeks, and I’m really proud of them.”
“The Warriors are a good team,” said Ducks coach Ben Sanchez. “But we were able to use our speed, and they’re disciplined.”
Majors stay perfect
At the Major level, the Ducks weren’t just unbeaten, they were unscored-on, shutting out the Mescalero Mud Dogs 22-0 to claim their third straight title.
Things started off when Ducks quarterback Logan Sandoval got his team on the board with a 33-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left in the first quarter.
Sandoval connected with receiver Hunter Perez for the two-point conversion, and the pair combined at the end of the first half for a 13-yard score and PAT to make it 16-0 at the break.
Perez was one of the tallest kids on the field, so it was a matter of hard work and being able to reach the high passes.
“He (Sandoval) is a good quarterback,” Perez said. “Everything he does is really good. That’s all I can really say.”
“This is a great team, but it’s really the coaches,” Sandoval said. “They did a great job teaching us football.”
There was just one more touchdown the rest of the way, a crossing-pattern touchdown from Sandoval to Perez with 57 seconds left.
“These kids are tough. We go through a lot and practice like they’re in high school,” Sanchez said. “It’s that intense. I can’t be more proud of these kids.”