Ducks win a pair

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Major Ducks quarterback Logan Sandoval, right, skips away from a would-be tackler and Mud Dog Aaron Sundayman pursues, Nov. 4, during the Major SuperBowl at W.D. Horton Stadium.

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.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Warrior Levi Apachito (10) runs the ball after getting the handoff from quarterback Memphis Prewitt, Nov. 4, during the Minor SuperBowl at W.D. Horton Stadium.

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.”

Courtesy photo The 2017 Minor Champion Ducks.

Majors stay perfect

Photo by Todd Fuqua Major Duck receiver Hunter Perez, far left, hauls in a pass for a point after try as Mescalero Mud Dog Lorden Chee (18) tries to defend, Nov. 4, at W.D. Horton Stadium. Looking on is Mud Dog Jason Kanseah.

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.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Mud Dog Clarence Sago (96) runs the ball as a teammate puts a block on Timothy Sanchez, Nov. 4, at W.D. Horton Stadium.

“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.”

Courtesy photo The 2017 Major Champion Ducks.

4 Comments on Ducks win a pair

  1. Tonya Sandoval // November 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm // Reply

    Great season Ducks! We are proud of you. The kids and coaches worked really hard this year!

  2. Nicole Silva // November 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm // Reply

    I would like to congratulate our minor ducks because they rocked it!! But I also would like to correct this. First and second touch downs was Tru Camejo Followed by Omari Clemins on the third and Tru to finish the game with a fourth touchdown! I love that y’all make this so special for them however I wanted to correct this. Good Job Ducks and Coaches! Awesome season!

  3. At least I got Camejo’s name right. They had him listed on the roster as “Campos”

  4. So proud of my nephew Logan! Awesome!!

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