Presented by Gene Bermudez Insurance Agency via Instagram: take_time_and_smile A Year In Review: 5 Reasons Why APS Football Scored Big in our Hearts By derickjones 12/30/2016 Albuquerque News Go big or go home, right? We love our APS football teams and this year was no different. Here's a look back at five reasons why this year scored. The Players Senior Game Day?? #wherehasthetimegone #mybabyboy #familyforever A photo posted by Carla Huish Wade (@carlabwade) on Nov 7, 2016 at 5:25pm PST For many players this year, it's their last. Seniors across Albuquerque get to hand the torch off to their classmates and friends. For many football teams, this is a make or break moment, especially since some teams are compromised primarily of seniors, such as Eldorado's Eagles. Luckily some teams like Atrisco has a good mix of key players. Regardless, all of our seniors have been an amazing amount of hard work and should be congratulated! Presented by Gene Bermudez Insurance Agency Gene Bermudez Insurance Agency Gene Bermudez Insurance Agency 500 San Mateo Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87108 (505) 268-7777 The Games Action shot from the Albuquerque Journal on Jordan Byrd @byrd_is_the_word6312 from yesterday's win against undefeated Piedra Vista. Jordan finished with 55 yards rushing and 140 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Congrats to the Manzano Monarchs! #Byrd #TeamAR #SpeedKills #AthleteReady #Performance #NewMexicoAthletes #Fitness A photo posted by Athlete Ready (@athleteready) on Oct 2, 2016 at 11:02am PDT Sometimes they're game changers, like when Manzano went up against the undefeated Piedra Vista — and won! When it comes to APS sports and football, keep your eyes on the field. You never know what may happen. The Coaches This year was a doozy for some of our APS coaches. Over the summer, Albuquerque High School Coach Curtis Flakes was forced into a resignation when his daytime job conflicted with his coaching duties. Luckily defensive coordinator Tim Johnson stepped up to take over. The Valley Vikings also got a new coach — Judge Chavez. But he's not new by any means. The once Viking himself was on the football team many moons ago and has coached for Highland and Cibola. The Stories District champs ???? A photo posted by Branden Call?????? (@beastly.brabs) on Nov 8, 2016 at 5:59am PST Part of football may be slaying the field, but it's also about the camaraderie among your peers. There's nothing like that feeling when you're deemed district champs and then talking about on the bus ride home.But there's also the sad that comes with the good, like when Albuquerque High footballers got the news about one of their cheerleaders, Vanessa Mendoza. She was in a car accident on Thanksgiving Day and is currently in coma. All of the high schools have come together, including St. Pius who donned green for the 17-year-old senior. The Successes We've highlighted Domonic Fischer a few times this year, but we just can't stop gushing over this tear jerker of a story.If you saw the news segment, then you know what I'm talking about. West Mesa High School homecoming king and varsity quarterback, Domonic Fischer handed off his homecoming crown in November to his friend Anthony Harris, a student who was diagnosed with autism. This year was also big for La Cueva — Rebekah Ney, the teams first female player, was added to the roster and got her first field action in a September game as senior backup kicker. We call this a major APS success. Subscribe to get the best Albuquerque stories delivered free right to your inbox. Yes Please! Thank you for subscribing!