Triple R Report’s Game(s) of the Day September 30th, 2016: Trinidad Miners @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (CHSAA Class 1A Santa Fe League Football)

On this wonderful last Friday and final day of September we have a crucial Santa Fe League football matchup. The Trinidad Miners head up to the Arkansas Valley to do battle with their “new” Santa Fe League foe the Rocky Ford Meloneers. Rocky Ford is coming off a huge homecoming victory over St. Mary’s, their first homecoming win in 4 years. Trinidad comes off a low scoring loss to the Lamar Savages, they look to get back on track this week. Here’s how each team stacks up:


Trinidad Miners:

  • (1-4) Overall in 2016, 1st league game of the year
    • 4th in Santa Fe League
    • Moved down from 2A (Tri-Peaks League)
  • Being outscored by opponents 112-52
    • Lost to Peyton 28-0
    • Defeated Raton (NM) 27-0
    • Lost to John Mall 26-18
    • Lost to Alamosa 48-7
    • Lost to Lamar 10-0
  • Ranked 31st in Class 1A Football
  • Averaging 47.0 passing yards per game & 137.4 rushing yards per game
    • Ethan Duran leads team with 93 carries for 449 yards (4.8 yards per carry)
    • Izzy Manzanares leads team with 6 receptions for 160 yards (26.7 yards per carry)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Luis Viera-Flores (Senior)
    • Ethan Duran (Senior)

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (3-2) Overall in 2016, 1st league game of the year
    • 3rd in Santa Fe League
    • Behind Ellicott (#2) & Crowley County (#1)
  • Outscoring opponents 152-91
    • Defeated Byers 50-6
    • Lost to Limon 21-6
    • Lost to Center 55-52
    • Defeated John Mall 8-0
    • Defeated St. Mary’s 36-9
  • Ranked 19th in Class 1A Football
  • Averaging 172 passing yards per game & 173.8 rushing yards per game
    • Diego Reyes leads team with 75 carries for 389 yards (5.2 yards per carry)
    • David Trujillo leads team with 20 receptions for 351 yards (17.6 yards per reception)
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • Cody Venem (Senior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Rocky Ford got a huge homecoming win last week against St. Mary’s, while Trinidad has played mostly 2A teams (with the exception of Peyton). Look for both teams to battle with each other throughout the night. In my opinion Rocky Ford doesn’t make the playoffs without winning the Santa Fe League, this is a huge game for the Meloneers.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Rocky Ford gets the upper hand late and defeats Trinidad 28-20.”


Extra Information:

  • Last time Rocky Ford had a 3-game winning streak:
    • 9/10-23, 2011
      • Was a 4-game winning streak (went through 9/30/2011)
  • Last time Rocky Ford made the playoffs:
    • 2010
  • Last time Rocky Ford made it past the 1st round of football playoffs:
    • Prior to the 1999 season

Rocky Ford is looking for a huge win to continue their winning ways, Trinidad looks to get back on track after a bad start. Rocky Ford is the place to be in the Arkansas Valley. If you can’t make it, don’t worry I’ll have you covered on 92.1 FM & network1sports.com. Kickoff is set for 7pm, Rocky Ford band boosters are holding a tailgate prior to kickoff, so bring your money, bring your appetite and come on down to watch some great football action. We’ll see you there!