Favorite pregame meal: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Favorite music to listen to before a game: I listen to a variety, mainly metal.
Favorite movie: The Other Guys.
Favorite athlete: Bryce Harper.
Favorite and least favorite class: My favorite class is AP calculus and my teachers will see this so my least favorite is lunch.
Biggest fear: Being in the dark.
Dream Vacation: Alaska
Any hidden talents away from the football field: I shoot archery.
Plans after graduating from high school: Go to New Mexico State and get an engineering degree.
Favorite pregame meal: Anything that will get me energized for the game.
Favorite music to listen to before a game: Whatever is playing in the locker room.
Favorite movie: Boys of Fall.
Favorite athlete: Adrian Peterson
Favorite and least favorite class: My favorite is math and least favorite is English..
Biggest fear: Getting hurt and not being able to play.
Dream Vacation: Brazil.
Any hidden talents away from the football field: Baseball.
Plans after graduating from high school: Go to college somewhere in the Pac-12..
KIRTLAND — A mixture of youth and experience helped the Kirtland Central High School football team secure a win in its season opener for the first time since 2004.
Senior Rashaan Sorrelhorse and sophomore Keishaun Aspaas stepped up on both sides of the ball Friday night to guide the Broncos to a victory against Bayfield, Colo., 28-6, snapping the Wolverines 22-game regular season winning streak.
Sorrelhorse, the Kirtland Central quarterback, had a perfect game throwing the football. He completed all eight of his passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, while leading the Broncos defense with 11 tackles in his first game as a linebacker.
"It was my first time playing defense at all," Sorrelhorse said. "I just want to go out and give the team my all and do whatever I can."
Aspaas said having a leader like Sorrelhorse on the team is beneficial to the young players.
"It helps a lot, because if we're down he'll boost us up," Aspaas said.
Kirtland Central head coach Kevin Graham has also noticed Sorrelhorse take a larger role in team during his senior year.
"He took a step forward and grew up a whole lot on Friday and definitely emerged as one our leaders," Graham said.
For the Broncos to be successful this season, the upperclassmen like Sorrelhorse know they'll need the younger players to contribute and Aspaas did just that on Friday, breaking two long touchdowns -- a 59-yard run and a 52-yard reception on a Sorrelhorse screen pass -- on his way to 147 total yards.
"It's really nice. It shows what we have coming up and he's a really good athlete," Sorrelhorse said of Aspaas. "It's pretty big for us. We came out firing and played good as a team."
Aspaas saw limited action in one game as a freshman. The game against Bayfield was his first chance to see extended playing time.
"It boosts my confidence to know that I can do it on the varsity level as a sophomore," said Aspaas, who also recorded six tackles on defense.
Graham was impressed by the way the young running back handled his first meaningful game action.
"He's an explosive young man and has something we don't have a whole lot of, which is speed. He's dangerous from anywhere on the field," Graham said.
Aspaas is just one part of a three-headed backfield which also features Bryceson Arthur and Jacob Belin, both of whom also scored a touchdown in the win.
The sophomore running back said having three strong runners allows them all to be successful, and keeps the defense from being able to key on any individual.
"It's good because we have speed, can pound the ball up the middle and always have fresh legs," Aspaas said.
Graham said the balance of those three runners, mixed with Sorrelhorse's passing will be crucial for the Broncos throughout the season.
"It makes everything go, along with those guys up front blocking and the receivers out there blocking. Last year, we'd try to throw it at times, but we didn't have a very good outcome," he said. "I've always said I'd like to be close to 50-50 run-pass. I'm sure we won't be close but that's always a goal."
Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.