By G. Demarest

Manzano High’s football team notched its first victory of the season with a 55-14 homecoming rout over the visiting Rio Grande Ravens last Thursday at Wilson Stadium.

I feel like we took a big step forward tonight from where we’ve been,” Manzano head coach Chad Adcox said, referring to his team’s first two defeats. “The big thing for us is we need to focus on playing for four quarters and I think we did that tonight.”

Sandia Park resident Marcus Gutierrez scored his first touchdown of the season while fellow Monarchs Jordan Byrd, Orlando Perez, and Andrew Erickson each scored a pair of TDs.

It feels great,” Gutierrez said of his touchdown run, a 2-yard scamper around the left side that put the Monarchs up 35-6 midway through the second quarter. “Everyone got their drive to score tonight, and that was my drive—a sweep around the edge and I just took it right in.”

Byrd’s second touchdown capped a five-play drive that gave the Monarchs a 49-6 advantage early in the third quarter.

Manzano put in its second-unit varsity and JV players the rest of the way.

Back-up QB Michael Roybal’s 10-yard TD pass to Alex Nash rounded out Manzano’s scoring.

This was a good win for us,” said Adcox. “We’ve got West Mesa on Thursday and that’s gonna be a test, but we’ve just gotta keep getting better.”

Andy Doose was crowned homecoming king and Grace Walker was a member of the homecoming court. Both are Tijeras residents.

Ger Demarest
Ger Demarest

Ger has been writing and shooting photos of high school sports for The Independent for 15 years. His dedication to youth athletics goes beyond sports reporting. He is past president of East Mountain Little League and works as a baseball umpire. He lives in Edgewood with his family.