Category Archives: Colt Football

All-District and All-Academic accolades for Colt Football

NMMI Sports Press

For the fifth time in six years, the Colt football team made the state playoffs.

Under eighth-year head coach Randy Montoya, NMMI ended the regular season with a 6-4 overall record and earned the No. 10 seed, before being upended on the road in the first round of the Class 3A State Championships by seventh-seeded Hatch Valley, 44-21.

As part of that solid regular-season performance, 20 different Colt players earned 28 slots on this year’s All-District Team: five players and six spots on the first team; eight selections and 11 spaces on the second team; and 10 athletes and 11 places as Honorable Mentions.

“I thought we were represented very well on the first and second teams, especially considering we were third in our district and just how tough our district was,” said coach Montoya. “I’m just very pleased with how our kids performed and that they were recognized for their efforts.”

Of special note was the respect given to NMMI’s offensive line, with all five starters making the All-District squad. Juniors Colton Claypool and Riley Robertson were tapped to the first team, senior Zachary Martin and junior Andrew Oldfield made second team, and junior Aaron Gonzales garnered HM accolades.

“Our offensive line was definitely the backbone of our team this year,” explained Montoya. “Most of them started last season as sophomores, did the same again this year as juniors, and hopefully will all come back and start for us again next year. It’s so important because it all starts up front.”

Montoya also talked about the play and prowess of the Colts’ other first-team selections.

“[Senior] Jalil Brown made first team running back. When he was able to get loose into the secondary, he sure made things happen. [Junior linebacker] Arturo Cuen was the mainstay and leader of our defense this year. And [junior] Roberto Laporte made first team as defensive end, leading the team in sacks.”

In addition to the All-District honors, the Colts also had 18 players make the All-Academic team.

“I think this might be the most we’ve ever had on the All-Academic team.” said Montoya. “When a kid can take care of business in the corps, on the field, and in the classroom, that’s pretty special. It’s not easy earning academic accolades here at the Institute – I’m just very pleased with all of them.”

Colts fall to Bears in first round of State

Senior running back Jalil Brown breaks a tackle enroute to his first of two rushing TDs against Hatch Valley in the first round of the NMAA Class 3A State Playoffs.

NMMI Sports Press

The NMMI football team put up 21 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start, as the Hatch Valley Bears bested the Colts in the opening round of the NMAA’s Class 3A State Playoffs, 44-21.

The Bears posted touchdown drives on their first two offensive possessions, then added a third TD right before the end of the half on a 60-yard interception return, giving Hatch a 20-0 lead going into the locker rooms.

After giving up another score to the Bears at the start of the second half, NMMI’s offense finally got on-track, putting together a 10-play 68 drive, capped by a 28-yard TD rush by senior running back Jalil Brown.

A 38-yard Hatch field goal made the score 29-7 in the fourth quarter with 11:55 remaining.

The Colts’ next drive stalled out at the Hatch 42 with a pass attempt from quarterback Jasper Best to Charles Lewis falling incomplete on a fourth-and-six. But linebacker Arturo Cuen forced a Bear fumble, recovered by defensive end Roberto Laporte, getting the ball back to the NMMI offense. The next play, Brown again led the Colts into the end zone, this time with a 41-yard rush, making it a 29-14 game with 9:42 still left to play.

Two more Bear TDs – at the 6:52 and 2:25 marks – put the game out of reach, with NMMI’s final scoring drive coming with less than 2 minutes remaining. Halfback Charles Lewis ran in for NMMI’s final touchdown, a 9-yard rush finishing a 6-play, 55-yard drive.

The Colts tallied 272 total yards of offense in the contest –  just 30 yards shy of the Bears’ output – led by Brown’s 14 carries for 134 yards. Lewis gained 63 yards on 9 attempts, Best was 11 for 39 on the ground, and Cuen as fullback ground out 22 yards up the middle on 4 rushes.

Cuen also had a stellar night on defense for the Colts, leading the team with 19 tackles: 10 solo and 9 assists.

Although head Colt coach Randy Montoya was disappointed with the loss – NMMI’s third to Hatch in the first round of the playoffs since 2014 – he was pleased with the play of his seniors and happy with how the team responded to the ups and downs over the course of the season.

“I’m just grateful our seniors got to play in this game and of all the obstacles we overcame to get here,” said Montoya. “Our kids showed heart, didn’t quit, and played a much better game in the second half. I’m proud of that.”

Colt football ready to tackle Hatch in opening round of state

2018 Colt Varsity Football

Who: No. 10 NMMI (6-4) at No. 7 Hatch Valley (5-5)
What: Opening round football game of the NMAA Class 3A State Playoffs
Where: Hatch Valley Bear Stadium
When: Kickoff at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 10
Coaches: NMMI head coach Randy Montoya, eighth year (35-49); Hatch head coach Louis Howell, second year (13-10)
Last meeting: opening round of the 2016 playoffs – Hatch won at home 64-42
Season points for and against: NMMI PF (184) PA (218); Hatch PF (173) PA (190)
NMMI head coach Randy NMMI and his Colt football team are back in the playoffs for their fifth time in six years.

This season the Colts have put together a solid 6-4 overall record, earning the No. 10 seed in the twelve-team NMAA Class 3A State Championship bracket. They’ll face the No. 7 Hatch Valley Bears, on the road, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:00 PM.

“I think the seeding was just about right,” said coach Montoya about the Class 3A bracket, “that’s just where we had our team placed as well.”

This will be the third match-up in the opening round of state between Colts and Bears, with Hatch taking both previous contests on their home turf: 64-42 in 2016,and 27-10 in 2014.

“We’ve got a tough opponent – seems like the past two or three years that we’ve gone to the playoffs, we’ve been in Hatch. So we’re familiar with the area,” continued Montoya. “They’ve got a good team; I think we’ve got a good team; so should be a good showdown.”

NMMI is coming off a big road win against district opponent Tucumcari where the Colt offense produced 43 points and broke open big holes for senior backs Jalil Brown and Charles Lewis, who combined for 275 yards on just 19 carries.

“I think it was important to get back on that winning track,” emphasized Montoya. “That helped build the confidence of our kids, and made us realize that we still are a good team despite the ups and downs that all teams tend to have over the course of a season. It gives us some momentum going into the playoffs.”

The Hatch Valley Bear offense runs multiple formations to throw teams off guard, and they do a good job at it.

“Our defense is going to have to recognize those formations in order to stop them,” said Montoya.

Defensively, the Bears run a flex nose – sort of a “difference between a 5-2 and a 5-3.” said the NMMI coach. “Their front line is solid with a nose guard that is really tough and linebackers that flow really well. It will be a good test for our O-line.”

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 Brown leads the running attack with 650 yards on 79 carries; halfback 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.

“Without having a quarterback, we’ve been having to switch things up on offense these past few weeks, said Montoya about his own offensive unit and game plan. “But we’ll show multiple fronts, see if we can take advantage of anything they’ll give us on defense.”

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

NMMI typically runs a split 4-4. “We’ll mix things up with our split,” said Montoya, “try and run some blitzes and see what we can do depending on the formations they come out in.”

When asked about the keys to the game, coach Montoya stressed the turnover factor.

“In big games like this, we’ve got to take care of the ball – turnovers are going to be huge. And again, recognizing formations: lining up correctly so that we don’t get out leveraged. We also need all three aspects of the game to play well: the offense needs to take care of the ball, the defense needs to be aggressive, and the special teams can’t take any plays off.”

“We’re excited about this opportunity, hoping to do something that hasn’t been done around here in about 14 years – that’s win a playoff game. That’s what we’re shooting for,” finished the coach. “We’ve have a good week in practice, so I think we’re up for the challenge.”

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:

Colts defeat Rattlers; await playoff results

Jalil Brown takes the first offensive snap of the game for the Colts and takes it to the house for a 52 yard touchdown.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Military Institute Colt football team defeated the Tucumcari Rattlers 43-14 on Friday at Rattler Stadium in Tucumcari, NM.

Lance Miller runs for a positive gain. He would later score his touchdown as he ran for 24 yards on six attempts.

The Colts started the game by stopping the Rattlers in their own territory and forcing them to punt. The next play after the punt the Colts scored on a 52 yard run to give them a 7-0 lead. The Colts defense would step up when it needed to for the next two Rattler drives. NMMI forced two fumbles inside their own five yard line to give the offense the ball. The offense took the ball 94 and 80 yards for touchdown after the fumbles to give the Colts a 21-0 lead.

NMMI scored on their next possession going 80 yards on 14 plays capped off by a three yard touchdown run by Lance Miller to make the score 28-7 Colts with 2:39 left in the second quarter.

With 13 seconds left in the first half Jasper Best found Charles Lewis for a 22 yard touchdown to go into half time up 35-7.

Jorge Iruretagoyena forces a fumble inside the Colt five yard line. The fumble would be recovered by NMMI.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but the Colts did score in the fourth quarter on a Jalil Brown 48 yard touchdown scamper. Jasper Best would get a two point conversion after a bad snap on the extra point attempt to go up and win the game 43-14.

Jalil Brown was the leading rusher for the Colts gaining 192 yards on nine carries. He also caught two passes for 22 yards. Charles Lewis ran for 83 yards on 10 attempts and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Head Colt football coach Randy Montoya gave his whole team credit for the victory.

Charles Lewis with his touchdown run. Lewis would rush for 83 yards on the night.

“The kids came out blazing and did a terrific job out there today. The offensive line created holes for Brown and Lewis. The passing game got a few completions during the game and the defense got a couple of turnovers when Tucumcari was about to score I am very happy for the guys tonight.”

The Colts await to see where they will be in the playoff bracket as they will find out their opponent on Saturday night.

Montoya’s thoughts on the teams playoff seeding. “I think we are in, but nothing is guaranteed. I like our chances of making the state tournament, but we are in a tough district. We will see where the seeding committee puts us on Saturday night.”