Here are some notable New Mexico football players to watch in the 2019 state playoffs
Farmington QB Caleb Carrillo
Carrillo has incredible poise in and around the pocket, especially under duress.
He can feel pressure and still make the smart, accurate throws, and a non-district game at Aztec earlier in the season summed up that ability.
Carrillo dropped back and tried to cross left, but ran into a couple of his linemen fending off incoming defenders. He turned counterclockwise and began rolling right. He had just enough space to start scanning for open downfield targets.
Just a few yards in front of Farmington's own goal line, he was grabbed by the hips and was about to be brought down. And yet, Carrillo had the presence of mind to locate an open receiver and fire the ball down the right side.
And after enduring a season-low 67.7 quarterback rating with three interceptions against Durango, Carrillo's passer rating in his last five games is 149.5.
Carrillo, who has a 127.1 passer rating this season, is demonstrating time and again he can rise above in tougher times. He's completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,992 passing yards and 36 touchdown passes.
Bloomfield LB Kenyon Mosley
Like much of the Bobcats’ core group on defense, Mosley is quick and instinctive playing to the ball.
He can help in blitzing the pocket, and he’s also ready to grab hold of runners when dropping back into coverage.
He’s also an aggressive and willing defender on special teams. He can track down the ball carrier, snatch them up and throw them right to the ground, just like he did on at least one occasion playing against Hope Christian.
Mosley has 60 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high 9.5 sacks this season.
Centennial QB Aidan Trujillo
Trujillo’s a dual-threat presence, generating 2,379 yards of total offense this season. He also has 35 total touchdowns.
Trujillo can feel pressure and is ready to apply necessary stiff arms against incoming defenders.
He also keeps his eyes downfield, quickly surveying how much open-field space he can work with in both the run and passing games.
Las Cruces RB Johnny Terrazas
Terrazas can leap over traffic to create some separation from defenders cutting through the inner creases.
Terrazas is a steady runner and drops his shoulders bracing for initial contact. He can also fight off defenders running on the outside.
Terrazas has seven touchdowns over his last three games. He has 17 touchdown runs this season and is averaging 122.3 rushing yards per game.
Carlsbad WR Shamar Smith
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Smith has more than 700 all-purpose yards, including more than 500 receiving yards.
He can break off defenders for easy scores and contort his body to catch both high and low passes.
Smith’s also effective in the wildcat formation, creating mismatches on the ground using his bigger frame.
Artesia WR Braxton McDonald
McDonald is an explosive playmaker for the Bulldogs.
He has 1,316 receiving yards and 19 touchdown receptions this season.
McDonald’s also dangerous on kick returns, tallying 248 yards and a touchdown.
Alamogordo RB Sean Hays
After gashing Artesia with 290 rushing yards to close out the regular season, Hays now has 1,473 rushing yards and 13 touchdown runs entering the playoffs.
Hays has run for 200-plus yards in three of the Tigers’ 10 games this season.
Ruidoso LB Kyle Weaver
Weaver has 125 tackles, three sacks and one pass deflection this season.
Weaver generated 11-plus tackles in eight of Ruidoso’s 10 games this season, recording 19-tackle performances twice.
Tularosa QB Traiton Griffin
Griffin can do plenty of damage with his legs, posting 726 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
He hasn’t been particularly effective with his arm, throwing for just 789 yards and eight touchdown passes with a competition percentage of 32.7 percent, but he’s had some brighter outings.
Such games included a 172-yard performance and 133.9 passer rating against Lordsburg. And despite completing just three passes for 72 yards against Tucumcari, Griffin’s three throws were touchdown passes that turned into a 177.1 passer rating.
Silver QB Walker Wenzel
Wenzel’s another dual-threat player, tallying 1,935 yards of total offense with 22 combined touchdowns.
He’s also had three games with triple-digit passer rating numbers, including a 160.4 passer rating against Chaparral.
Santa Teresa RB Adrian Rodriguez
Rodriguez has 904 rushing yards and four touchdown runs, and he can also put defenses on guard with the big gains.
Rodriguez had 65 and 60-yard runs, respectively, in his last two games against Silver and Chaparral, respectively.
Cleveland RB Dorian Lewis
Lewis can muscle in the four or five-yard gains, and he can also break free for the larger gains.
He’s averaging 7.2 yards per carry, and he has 1,038 rushing yards an 17 touchdown runs.
Lewis can also be dangerous on intermediate passing routes and turn them into sizable touchdown receptions. He has 288 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions on 14 catches.
La Cueva QB Austin Smith
Smith has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,587 yards and 25 touchdown passes.
He’s also a dependable runner approaching or within the red zone, logging 173 rushing yards and eight touchdown runs.
Clovis RB Jeston Webskowski
Webskowski can rack up yards on the ground.
He’s averaging 6.9 yards per carry for 1,243 rushing yards and 20 touchdown runs. He ran for 100-plus yards seven times this season.
Webskowski can also extend drives in the passing game, tallying 31 catches for 421 yards and three touchdown receptions.