LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE NEW MEXICO’S TRUE HEROES: After a highly successful inaugural program in 2014, the State of New Mexico, along with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, is searching for the next round of New Mexico True Heroes - New Mexicans who make their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
The New Mexico True Heroes Program is online now at NewMexico.org/TrueHeroes. The nomination form asks two key questions: “What makes this person a New Mexico True Hero?” and “How have the nominee’s efforts made a difference in his or her community?”
The 2014 New Mexico True Heroes included: John Masterson (Roswell) for his bravery in ceasing a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School, Jan DeMaggio (Albuquerque) for her creation of dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses, Chuck Howe (Angel Fire) for his work in aiding veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Jim Stogsdill (Albuquerque) for the advocacy and protection he and his group provide for children in abusive or intimidating situations.
Nominations remain open through Friday, October 9. A panel of judges from around the state will determine the top ten finalists, and four New Mexico True Heroes will be named this fall. The honorees will take part in a series of community events in their hometowns and get special recognition during the festivities surrounding the 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, December 19.
THIS WEEK’S GAMES TO WATCH FOR: Week 6 commences with a showdown between Southern Miss and Marshall in a Conference USA league game. Both teams are 1-0 in C-USA games this year and the young series is ties alltime at 5. Saturday, four more C-USA games are slated, including two divisional battles between Middle Tennessee and WKU, and Louisiana Tech and UTSA. In nonconference play, North Texas hosts the FCS’ Portland State, looking for its first win of the season.
The Mountain West has all 12 teams on the field for league games, including four division matchups. Boise State and Air Force look to stay atop the Mountain Division, taking on Colorado State and Wyoming, respectively. In the West race, leaders San Diego State and UNLV are taking on Hawai`i and San Jose State, respectively. For a complete schedule with series notes, see page 1.
RECAPPING WEEK 5: Both the Mountain West and Conference USA had blowout league games in week 5. In four MW games, the winners outscored their opponents by almost 23 points per game. In four C-USA league games, the victors came out on top by an average of 28 points per game. In nonconference action, each league had just won victory. For the MW, New Mexico rallied from a double-digit defecit in the second half for a 38-29 win in the Rio Grande Rivalry against in-state foe New Mexico State. For C-USA, Louisiana Tech also took on an in-state rival, trouncing Louisiana Lafayette, 43-14. Complete C-USA and MW results for week 5 are available in the attached PDF.