Four NMMI high school teams headed to state

NMMI Sports Press

The Colts will have a good showing at the NMAA fall state tournaments this week, with all  teams eligible to compete in post-season play — soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country and football — getting a chance to square off against the best of the best.

Colt soccer advanced to the quarterfinals of the A-3A championships with a 4-2 overtime shootout vs. Socorro High Nov. 3 on the road.

The win will pit coach John Barbour’s ninth-seeded Colts (8-9-1) against top-seeded Sandia Prep (12-8) in a 1 p.m. match Wednesday, which will be held on Field 8 at the New Mexico Soccer Complex in Bernalillo.

The winner advances to a semifinal match slated for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Field 7 in the same complex.

Complete championship information can be found here:; and the A-3A bracket can be found here:

The Colt boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won District 3/4AAA crowns at last Saturday’s meet also in Socorro.

The Institute boys’ team had four runners in the top five and six in the top 10  — including Carson Perry’s first-place finish with a time of 16:57 — easily besting second-place team finisher Cobre High School by 27 points.
The girls’ squad placed five in the top 10, led by Tessa Walker’s first-place finish with a time of 21:15. Coach Jan Olesinski’s girls’ team was 26 points ahead of their nearest rival, Tucumcari.

Those team titles earn both squads a chance to compete in the 2018 NMAA Class AAA Cross Country Championships, being held at Rio Rancho High School Saturday.

The Class AAA boys’ championship is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., while the girls will run at 12:05 p.m.

Complete championship information can be found here:

The Colt football team compiled a 6-4 record in the regular season and was selected as the No. 10 seed in the NMAA’s Class 3A state playoffs.

Coach Randy Montoya and his Colts will take on the seventh-seeded Hatch Valley Bears (5-5) at their place on Saturday with the kickoff at 1 p.m.

The Colt offense has amassed 2,025 total yards of offense this season and a 4.2-yard average per play, thanks to a quartet of excellent rushers in the backfield.

Tailback Jalil Brown leads the running attack with 650 yards on 79 carries; halfback Charles Lewis has 550 yards on 85 attempts; fullback Gus Curnutt pounded out 279 yards on 64 chances; and quarterback Jasper Best has scrambled for 222 yards on 82 rushes.

The Colt defense is led by linebacker Arturo Cuen’s 46 tackles and Roberto Laporte’s four sacks.

Complete championship information can be found here:

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