The District 3 finale turned out to be a preview of the six-man state championship game.
Floyd and Melrose collide for the second time in four weeks at noon on Saturday in Floyd, with homefield advantage determined on Sunday in a coin flip between Broncos coach Jeff Gillespie and Melrose coach Dickie Roybal.
The two coaches live only a couple of blocks from each other in Clovis.
While Melrose (10-1) won a 100-55 shootout at Animas in one semifinal game on Saturday, the Broncos (10-0) earned their berth in the title game with a 49-16 victory over Mountainair.
Floyd edged the Buffaloes 28-20 at home in the regular-season finale Oct. 23.
Junior Jerrod Long caught eight passes for 167 yards and a touchdown, completed 5-of-8 throws for 137 yards and two scores and rushed 20 times for 88 yards and two more TDs.
“They (Mustangs) did a good job of shutting down Jerrod (on the ground),” Gillespie said. “But I think our passing game gained around 330 yards.”
Floyd took a 14-0 lead at the quarter when senior Jason Martinez caught a pair of touchdown passes — one from Long and one from senior Bryan Johnson. But the Mustangs (8-3), losing for the second time this season to the Broncos, rallied back for a 16-14 lead with touchdown runs by Gabriel Romero on consecutive Mountainair plays from scrimmage — the second coming after a Floyd fumble.
“We just didn’t take care of the ball,” Gillespie said of his team’s brief lapse. “We had some trouble with our center-quarterback exchange.”
Floyd righted itself, though, and led 28-16 by halftime after Long TD runs of 3 and 8 yards.
The defense took over after that, shutting out Mountainair in the second half. For the game, The Mustangs managed only 171 yards against a defense led by Brad Lee, who had 11 tackles, a quarterback sack and a pass interception.
Gillespie said the Broncos stopped Mountainair on downs after losing a fumble at their own 15, then punted and held the Mustangs out on downs at the 1-yard-line.
Johnson threw three TD passes in the game and finished with 10-of-13 passing for 193 yards.
Floyd 49, Mountainair 16
Floyd 14 14 6 15 — 49
Mountainair 0 16 0 0 — 16
F — Jason Martinez 56-yard pass from Jerrod Long (Martinez kick)
F — Martinez 22-yard pass from Bryan Johnson (kick failed)
M — Gabriel Romero 4-yard run (Mathew Chavez kick)
M — Romero 11-yard run (Chavez kick)
F — Long 3-yard run (kick failed)
F — Long 8-yard run (Martinez kick)
F — Long 70-yard pass from Johnson (kick failed)
F — Manny Carrillo 5-yard pass from Johnson (Brad Lee pass from Long)
F — Jonathon Chavez 15-yard pass from Long (Martinez kick)
First downs 10 7
Rushes-yards 27-117 25-88
Passing yards 330 83
Total yards 447 171
Comp-att-int 15-21-0 17-36-2
Punting n/a n/a
Fumbles-lost 6-3 2-0
Penalties 4-30 2-15
RUSHING — Floyd, Long 20-88, Martinez 4-14, Carrillo 2-12, Lee 1-3. Mountainair, n/a.
PASSING — Floyd, Johnson 10-13-0-193, Long 5-8-0-137. Mountainair, n/a.
RECEIVING — Floyd, Long 8-167, Martinez 2-78, Lee 2-54, Carrillo 2-16, Chavez 1-15. Mountainair, n/a.