Week 5 Player Preview

Posted On: 08/17/20 8:22 PM

The running back position in Class 5A is saturated with returning talent. The top eight running backs based on total rushing yardage from 2019 (per MaxPreps) return to their respective schools in the spring. You have to look all the way down to No. 9 (Thomas Montoya, Farmington) before you find a senior among the 5A rushing leaders. Here are the top five running backs in Class 6A:

Luke PadillaLukePadilla5'9" | RBCapital | 2021StateNM, Capital: The No. 1 rusher in Class 5A last season with 1,852 yards and 23 touchdowns returns for what he hopes is an encore performance. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Padilla is already the school’s career rushing leader with a season left. Clearly the No. 1 player in his hometown, Padilla doesn’t get a whole lot of love statewide because football is a distant second to basketball in Santa Fe and Capital is at best the No. 2 team in the market. However, expectations are high for the Jaguars with most of the starters returning from last season’s team that hosted Artesia in the first round of the playoffs. If Capital goes far, Padilla will carry them there.

Sean HaysSeanHays6'0" | RBAlamogordo | 2021StateNM, Alamogordo: The Tigers won a playoff game and

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