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Posted On: 01/8/21 5:47 PM

We’re less than a month away from the start of football practice for the COVID-forced spring season. We recently presented the top 5 running backs in the Albuquerque Metro Area. Now we’ll break down the position in the Las Cruces/Southern New Mexico region.

Sean HaysSeanHays6'0" | RBAlamogordo | 2021StateNM, Alamaogordo: Incredibly, the top running back in southern New Mexico still has no college offers. He’s 6-foot-1, 218 pounds, runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds and benches 305 pounds. The Tigers won a playoff game and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A playoffs last December, and Hays was a big reason why, rushing for 1,844 yards (just 8 behind Padilla) and 15 touchdowns. He rushed for 100+ yards in 10 of his 11 games. Hays had by far the most carries (257) of any running back in 5A last season. Expect Alamogordo to lean on Hays again.

Mando VillescasMandoVillescas5'5" | RBLas Cruces | 2021StateNM, Las Cruces: The top Bulldawg on the ground for Las Cruces last season was Johnny Terrazas, who ran for 1,344 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior in 2019. Making the most of his limited opportunities was the speedy Villescas, who averaged an impressive 10.6 yards per carry on the

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