Excessive College Soccer Albuquerque Journal
The fall 2021 high school football season opens and first meets in Albuquerque.
Highland and Eldorado at Wilson Stadium and Sandia Valley at Milne Stadium are the opening ceremonies of the Albuquerque Public Schools on Thursday, August 19th.
For APS, Friday night’s Week 1 schedule will be highlighted by the trip from Volcano Vista to Las Cruces to face the Bulldawgs in the Field of Dreams.
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New Belen coach Phil Lopez makes his debut with the Eagles at home tonight, August 20, against the resurgent West Mesa, who haven’t lost any of their three games in the 2021 spring season.
The school, formerly known as Oñate, Orgelberg, attended Albuquerque High in Milne that first Friday.
Week 1 for APS ends Saturday afternoon August 21st with an excellent pairing of Cibola and La Cueva at Wilson Stadium. Cleveland visits Centennial the same day at the Field of Dreams, and Rio Rancho also faces a daunting road trip in Week 1 at the Wool Bowl against Goddard on Saturday afternoon.
Los Lunas’ new head coach Greg Henington trains the Tigers at Piedra Vista in Week 1 and will make his home debut against Alamogordo in Week 2.
Still looking for a new head coach, Manzano will open at home against Mayfield on August 20 at Wilson Stadium. Del Norte-Atrisco Heritage is the first week Friday night game at the Nusenda Community Stadium.
Rio Grande is the only APS team to have a week 1 bye. The Ravens open Week 2 against Atrisco Heritage at the Community Stadium, and Rio Grande will be back in the independent next season.
The most fascinating matchup on site in week 2 is Las Cruces in Cibola, also in Community, on the night after Rio Grande-Atrisco.
West Mesa and Cibola are two teams whose schedules are noticeably spruced up and are doing excellent – albeit abbreviated – three-game spring seasons.
The Mustangs play people like Centennial and Los Lunas on the non-district portion of their schedule, and West Mesa is already a member of District 1-6A with Cleveland, Rio Rancho, Cibola, and Volcano Vista, as well as Atrisco Heritage, which looked dramatically improved over the years Spring.
Cibola starts with La Cueva and Las Cruces and also faces Eldorado and Los Lunas before the district game begins.
(The full schedule for all 13 APS varsity teams plus Rio Rancho, Cleveland, Los Lunas, Valencia and Belen can be found on page B3 today).
The last Friday night of the regular season, October 29, features Cleveland in Rio Rancho and Cibola-Volcano Vista. The annual showdown between La Cueva and Eldorado takes place on Thursday, September 30th. Los Lunas and Roswell, who met in both the 2018 and 2019 Class 5A State Championship games, will meet at the Wool Bowl on September 10.
One of the most anticipated regular season games is Las Cruces in Cleveland on Friday evening September 10th.
The regular season ends on October 30th; This day includes a game at Wilson Stadium between Eldorado and Clovis. The Wildcats will have several games in the metropolitan area, including a hefty visit to Rio Rancho in Week 4. Belen will also play in Los Lunas on October 30th. But the Tigers won’t play against city rivals Valencia. The Jaguars who are now in Class 4A football simply cannot keep up with the overall Los Lunas attendance figures, so this rivalry is indefinitely.
FOOTBALL PREPARATION SCHEDULE 2021
(For APS, Rio Rancho, Cleveland, Los Lunas, Valencia, Belen)
W: Wilson Stadium
C: Nusenda Community Stadium
M: Milne Stadium
THE: Field of dreams
Thursday 19th August
Highland at Eldorado (W), 7pm
Sandia at Valley (M), 7pm
Friday 20th August
Los Lunas in Piedra Vista, 6 p.m.
Valencia in Alamogordo, 7 p.m.
Del Norte at the Atrisco Heritage (C), 7pm
Mayfield in Manzano (W), 7 p.m.
Organ Hill at Albuquerque High (M), 7 p.m.
Volcanic view at Las Cruces (FOD), 7:00 p.m.
West Mesa in Belen, 7 p.m.
Saturday 21st August
Cibola in La Cueva (W), 1 p.m.
Rio Rancho at Goddard, Wool Bowl, 1 p.m.
Cleveland at Centennial (FOD), 1 p.m.
IDLE: Rio Grande
Thursday, August 26th
Highland at Albuquerque High (M), 7pm
Rio Grande at Atrisco Heritage (C), 7pm
Volcano view at Manzano (W), 7 p.m.
Friday, August 27th
Del Norte in Valencia, 7 p.m.
Alamogordo in Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Las Cruces in Cibola (C), 7pm
El Paso Franklin in Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Piedra Vista at Valley (M), 7pm
Rio Rancho in La Cueva (W), 7 p.m.
Belen in Farmington, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 28th
West Mesa at Centennial (FOD) at 1 p.m.
Eldorado in Mayfield (FOD), 7pm
Thursday, September 2nd
Albuquerque High in Del Norte (M), 7pm
Friday 3rd September
Atrisco Heritage in Piedra Vista, 7pm
Centenary in Sandia (W), 7 p.m.
Eldorado on the Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Farmington at Highland (M), 7pm
Los Lunas in West Mesa (C), 7 p.m.
Manzano in Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Artesia in Belen, 7 p.m.
Rio Grande in Valencia, 7 p.m.
Saturday 4th September
Karlovy Vary near Volcano Vista (C), 1 p.m.
La Cueva in Las Cruces (FOD), 1 p.m.
St. Pius im Tal (M), 1 p.m.
Thursday September 9th
North to Rio Grande (M), 7pm
Sandia in West Mesa (C), 7 p.m.
Friday September 10th
Los Lunas at Roswell, Wool Bowl, 7 p.m.
Atrisco Heritage at Valley (M), 7pm
Cibola in Eldorado (W), 7 p.m.
Las Cruces in Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Clovis in Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
La Cueva at Volcano Vista (C), 7:00 p.m.
Valencia in Portales, 7 p.m.
Belen in Miyamura, 7 p.m.
Saturday September 11th
Highland at Organ Mountain (FOD), 1 p.m.
IDLE: Albuquerque High, Manzano
Friday 17th September
Cibola in Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Manzano at Albuquerque High (M), 7pm
Rio Grande in West Mesa (C), 7 p.m.
Sandia in La Cueva (W), 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Valley near Deming, 7 p.m.
Valencia in Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.
Piedra Vista in Belen, 7 p.m.
Saturday 18th September
Centenary at the Atrisco Heritage (C), 1 p.m.
Santa Fe in Eldorado (W), 1 p.m.
Rio Rancho am Orgelberg (FOD), 1 p.m.
IDLE: Vista Volcano, Highland, Del Norte
Friday September 24th
Del Norte in Farmington, 7pm
Eldorado in Albuquerque High (M), 7pm
Highland at Cibola (C), 7pm
Goddard in Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
La Cueva in Clovis, 7 p.m.
Manzano in Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
Vulkan Vista near Sandia (W), 7 p.m.
Belen at Capital, 7 p.m.
Bloomfield in Valencia, 7 p.m.
Saturday September 25th
Portales in Rio Grande (M), 1 p.m.
IDLE: Atrisco Heritage, Valley, West Mesa, Cleveland, Rio Rancho
Thursday September 30th
La Cueva in Eldorado (W), 7 p.m.
Manzano at Del Norte (M), 7 p.m.
Friday October 1st
Atrisco Heritage in Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Albuquerque High near Clovis, 7 p.m.
Cibola in Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Los Lunas in the Highland (M), 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at Sandia (W), 7pm
West Mesa at Volcano Vista (C), 7pm
Scholarships in Valencia, 7pm
Saturday October 2nd
Belen at Valley (M), 1 p.m.
Capital in Rio Grande (C), 1 p.m.
Thursday October 7th
Sandia at Albuquerque High (M), 7pm
Volcano view in the Atrisco Heritage (C), 7pm
Friday October 8th
Cleveland at Cibola (C), 7pm
Del Norte in Belen, 7 p.m.
Eldorado in Manzano (W), 7 p.m.
Rio Grande to Santa Teresa, 7pm
Valley at Highland (M), 7pm
Albuquerque Academy in Valencia, 7 p.m. Valencia
Saturday October 9th
Rio Rancho in West Mesa (C), 1 p.m.
IDLE: The cave, the moons
Thursday October 14th
Cleveland at Volcano Vista (C), 7pm
Eldorado in Sandia (W), 7 p.m.
Friday October 15th
Atrisco Heritage in Rio Rancho, 7:00 p.m.
Clovis in Manzano (W), 7 p.m.
Los Lunas at Valley (M), 7 p.m.
West Mesa in Cibola (C), 7 p.m.
Valencia in St. Pius, day / place / time TBD
Saturday October 16
Albuquerque High in Rio Grande (C), 1 p.m.
Highland at Del Norte (M), 1 p.m.
Santa Fe in La Cueva (W), 7 p.m.
Thursday October 21
Cibola at Atrisco Heritage (C), 7pm
Friday October 22nd
Albuquerque High, Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
Valencia in Bernalillo, 7 p.m.
Del Norte in Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
Highland at Belen, 7 p.m.
La Cueva in Manzano (W), 7 p.m.
Rio Rancho at Volcano Vista (C), 7pm
Sandia in Clovis, 7 p.m.
Valley on the Rio Grande (M), 7 p.m.
West Mesa, Cleveland, 7 p.m.
Thursday October 28th
Manzano at Sandia (W), 7 p.m.
Friday October 29th
Albuquerque High in La Cueva (W), 7pm
Valley at Del Norte (M), 7 p.m.
Volcano view at Cibola (C), 7 p.m.
Cleveland in Rio Rancho, 7 p.m.
Saturday October 30th
Belen in Los Lunas, 1 p.m.
Atrisco Heritage in West Mesa (C), 1 p.m.
Clovis in Eldorado (W), 1 p.m.
Rio Grande in the Highland (M), 1 p.m.
END OF REGULAR SEASON