By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer
The Portales Rams unexpected romp through Class 3A football has resulted in a Ram boon on the All-District 4-3A list, including landing seven Rams on the first team.
The Rams placed three players on the first-team offense: senior offensive lineman Chris Christensen made the first team, as did senior running back Cruz Ontiveros and junior quarterback Chris Mosier.
Mosier led a potent Ram rushing attack that confounded opponents all season, in just his junior season, his first as Portales’ starting signal caller.
“Chris was a unanimous selection,” First-year Rams head coach Andy Correll said. “Nobody else even put a quarterback up there to challenge him. So all the coaches had a lot of respect for him.”
Portales also provided four first teamers on defense: senior defensive lineman Erett Grubbs, who broke his collar bone in the 3A playoffs, as well as senior defensive lineman Matt Pena, and linebackers Taylor Teague and Ricky Lovato.
“I feel honored to have been nominated,” Grubbs said of his second straight year on the first team. “In all honesty I couldn’t have done this without (Portales assistant coach and defensive coordinator) coach (Mark) McAfee teaching me the subtleties and little points that bring my game above those of others.”
“They earned it, they deserved it,” Correll said. “I wish we could have gotten a few more, but I’m pretty proud of those that made it. They definitely proved themselves as quality football players.”
Despite suffering a shoulder injury in the Ram district opener against Ruidoso and only playing one quarter of district football, senior running back Eric Segovia made the second team All-District 4-3A offense.
“For (Eric) to still make it on the second team, I thought says a lot,” Correll said. “The coaches definitely respected him. They were kind of glad he wasn’t ready to go, because they would have had a hard time defending him.”
Portales also put 14 Rams on the second-team.
On offense, linemen Travis Field, TJ Garcia, Jacob Brady and Aaron Duran made the cut. Segovia and Lovato both made second team at running back. Wide receiver Hunter Rackler and tight end Todd McBroom were recognized as well.
On the second team defense, senior lineman Matt Salazar made the cut, as did linebackers Zach Vigil and Brandon McAfee.
Portales cornerbacks Richard Cage and Sammy Martinez saw their name on the second team, as well as senior safety Kevin Gonzales.
Sophomore wide receiver Michael Trujillo, senior offensive lineman Kaleb Aguirre and senior kicker Ezekial Soto made All-District Honorable mention.
The Rams are holding their annual end-of-season banquet and awards ceremony Monday at 6:00 P.M at the Portales High School cafeteria. For tickets or for more information, call Susie at 477-2286