Escalante Dominates As All State Teams Selected

The Escalante High School football team minutes after winning the 2015 State Championship. Photo by George Morse

Escalante Dominates As All State Teams Selected

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Escalante High School football team placed six players on the Class 2A All-State first team offense and six players on the All-State first team defense. The two-time defending state champions dominated the All-State team selected by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

Junior Waylon Hinds was selected to three different positions, earning first-team honors at running back, defensive back and punter. Hinds rushed for 455 yards on 54 carries, scoring three touchdowns.

Senior Quarterback Dominic Montano was the first-team quarterback. He rushed for 2,255 yards on 256 carries, scoring 38 touchdowns. Montano completed 35 passes in 68 attempts for 605 yards and 15 touchdowns for Escalante.

Senior Lucas Cordova was selected as first-team tight end/slot receiver. Cordova caught eight passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

Seniors Feliciano Talamante, Tomas Ortegon and Chris Martinez were selected to the first team offensive line.

For the All-State first team defense team, juniors Joseph Martinez and Diego Aguilar were selected at linebacker. Senior Joe Hurd was chosen as first team defensive end/outside linebacker. Junior Tristan Martinez and Hinds were selected as defensive backs. Senior Estevan Atencio was chosen as the first team kicker.

McCurdy Charter School senior Alex Velarde was selected to the Class 2A All-State first team defense as a lineman

         Class 4A

Pojoaque Valley High School junior Daniel Rael was selected to the Class 4A second team as a kick returner, providing one of the few bright spots for the Elks, who were 0-10 on the season.

         Class 5A

Espanola Valley High School senior Marcos Flores was selected to the Class 5A second team defense at defensive back. Flores also played quarterback for Espanola, leading the Sundevils to a 9-2 season, which was the best in school history.