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Pirates’ No. 7 seed host Silver City

The Grants High School Pirates are in the state football tournament for the first time since 2011 and will host the 5-5, 1-2 fighting Colts of Silver High School, Silver City, N.M. in the first round of the New Mexico Activities Association state football tournament. The Colts, who at one time in the recent past were 3-A rivals of the Pirates, will travel to the Port of the Pirates and play at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10. The 4-A Colts play in District 3, which is split between class 5-A and class 4-A. Both classes play each other in districts but not at state. The reasoning behind that is that Silver City is just too far of a distance to compete in a district with similar sized schools - the nearest schools in its classification would be Ruidoso, Lovington and Portales.

All those schools are easily more than 200 miles away. The other schools’ in its district are Chaparral High School, Deming High School and Santa Teresa High School. The alternative for Silver City would be to travel several hundred miles to the nearest 4-A schools such as Ruidoso or Portales. The Colts are coached by Raul Diaz, who is in his third year as head coach at Silver City. Last year the Colts made the state tournament as a 11th seed and lost to West Las Vegas High School by a score of 32-29. The Colts’ leading scorers are senior wide receiver Steven Cross with 11 touchdowns, followed by running back Mikey Hernandez with six touchdowns. The Colts most recently were led by backup senior quarterback Alex Marquez. Marquez has thrown for 618 yards this season. Their regular quarter back, Walker Wenzel, a sophomore, was recuperating from an injury and may return to the line-up for Saturday’s game. Wenzel has passed for 270 yards this season. Hernandez leads the Colts in rushing yards with 736 yards. In receiving yards, Ray Macon leads the Colts with 287 yards.



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