2015 ALL-USA New Mexico Football Team

2015 ALL-USA New Mexico Football Team


2015 ALL-USA New Mexico Football Team


USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA New Mexico Football Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2015-16 season.

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COACH OF THE YEAR: Heath Ridenour, Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

Ridenour took the reins at Cleveland in 2012 on the heels of the Storm’s historic 2011 season in which they went 13-0 and won their first-ever state title. Four years later, Ridenour led the team to a repeat of those heroics this fall. The Storm were an offensive juggernaut this fall, averaging nearly 50 points per game.


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gabe Ortega, Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

Ortega did a little bit of everything for the Storm this fall. As a dual-threat quarterback, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,530 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 912 yards and three more scores. A free safety on defense, Ortega made 66 tackles and nabbed three interceptions. The New Mexico recruit also served as the team’s’ punter, averaging an impressive 43.4 yards per boot.

First Team

QB Gabe Ortega (6-2, 190, Sr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

RB Jimmy Gallegos (5-9, 190, Sr.), Sandia (Albuquerque)

RB Isaac Vance (5-9, 160, Jr.), Mayfield (Las Cruces)

WR Devin Beard (6-0, 165, Sr.), Hobbs

WR Marcus Williams (6-5, 185, Sr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

TE Roland Chavez (6-4, 210, Sr.), Clovis

OL Henry Hattis (6-7, 270, Sr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

OL Grant Hermanns (6-6, 255, Sr.), Rio Rancho

OL George Nino (6-1, 315, Sr.), Centennial (Las Cruces)

OL Trevor Noblitt (6-1, 215, Sr.), Estancia

OL Bryce Wade (6-6, 230, Jr.), Eldorado (Albuquerque)

Second Team

QB Kameron Miller (6-2, 185, Sr.), Las Cruces

RB O’Maury Samuels (5-11, 195, Jr.), Los Lunas

RB Bronte Staugaard (6-0, 165, Sr.), Portales

WR Brandon Baeza (5-8, 155, Sr.), Las Cruces

WR Julian Segura (6-3, 195, Sr.), Alamogordo

TE Ethan Duff (5-7, 165, Jr.), Artesia

OL Cameron Burkley (6-0, 280, Sr.), Centennial (Las Cruces)

OL Morgan Dunnahoo (5-11, 230, Jr.), Hatch Valley (Hatch)

OL Nate Garcia (5-11, 260, Sr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

OL Santos Taylor (6-2, 280, Sr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

OL Dylan Weaver (6-6, 255, Jr.), Piedra Vista (Farmington)


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Noah Sweitzer, Eldorado (Albuquerque)

Sweitzer totaled 181 tackles in his senior season to lead Eldorado to the Class 6A championship game. Returning from a lacerated kidney injury he suffered as a junior, Sweitzer also topped 1,000 yards as a running back for the Eagles.

First Team

DL Sean Davis (5-11, 255, Jr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

DL Jeremy Karngbaye (6-4, 200, Jr.), Portales

DL Noah Pierce (6-3, 230, Sr.), Mayfield (Las Cruces)

DL Teton Saltes (6-6, 235, Sr.), Valley (Albuquerque)

LB Francisco Arguello (6-2, 220, Sr.), Robertson (Las Vegas)LB Caleb Ortiz (6-4, 245, Sr.), Estancia

LB Noah Sweitzer (6-1, 210, Sr.), Eldorado (Albuquerque)

DB Carlos Carrasco (5-8, 150, Sr.), Artesia

DB Cade Hackey (6-3, 185, Jr.), Hatch Valley (Hatch)

DB David Inman (6-1, 175, Sr.), Eldorado (Albuquerque)

DB Caleb Meyer-Hagen (6-3, 175, Sr.), Hope Christian (Albuquerque)

Second Team

DL Fernando Acosta (6-0, 195, Jr.), Clovis

DL David Brown (6-3, 220, Sr.), Eldorado (Albuquerque)

DL Adrian Grajeda (5-9, 160, Sr.), Hatch Valley (Hatch)

DL Ricardo Silva (5-7-210, Jr.), Roswell

LB Landry Hayes (6-1, 185, Sr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)

LB Corey Noel (6-0, 175, Sr.), Las Cruces

LB Santiago Mora (5-9, 180, Jr.), Moriarty

DB Aaron Bean (5-10 165, Sr.), Atrisco Heritage Academy (Albuquerque)

DB Kurt Kelley (5-8, 155, Sr.), Clovis

DB Adam Lujan (5-8, 150, Sr.), Estancia

DB Marc Sotelo (5-8, 165, Sr.), Centennial (Las Cruces)


K David Duran (6-0, 170, Sr.), Cleveland (Rio Rancho)


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