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Four college players from RR in bowl games

December 19, 2018

Four of nine former Rio Rancho high school football players are headed with their Division I teams to postseason bowl games; the other five players were with the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University, neither of which was bowl eligible.

Taking a look at former Rio Rancho high school football players at Division I:

? Josh Foley (RRHS), New Mexico State (3-9): Redshirt freshman was buried deep on the depth chart at running back and saw no action for the Aggies.

? Evan Tafoya-Vallo (RRHS), New Mexico State: True freshman offensive lineman was red-shirted in 2018.

? Keshawn Banks (RRHS), a true freshman at San Diego State University (7-5), played in 11 games for the Aztecs, with one solo tackle and five assisted tackles, and one tackle for a loss. SDSU will meet Ohio University in the Frisco Bowl in Frisco, Texas, on Dec. 19.

Desmond Branch

? Desmond Branch (CHS), Georgia Tech (7-5): The redshirt senior defensive

lineman started all 12 games and had 13 solo tackles, with assists on 18 others, plus three tackles for loss for the Ramblin’ Wreck. Georgia Tech is headed to the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, where his father, David, grew up, facing Minnesota on Dec.26.

? Henry Hattis (CHS), Stanford (8-4): Junior offensive tackle saw action in all of the Cardinal’s games, and his team is headed to the Sun Bowl for the second time in three years in El Paso on Dec. 31; the Cardinal will face Pitt there.

Grant Hermanns

? Grant Hermanns (RRHS), Purdue University (6-6): Sophomore left tackle started all 12 regular-season games; the Boilermakers will be playing in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, facing Auburn, on Dec. 28.

? Gabe Ortega (CHS), University of New Mexico (3-9): A redshirt sophomore safety, Ortega played in 11 games, with two tackles, an assisted tackle and a tackle for loss.

? Marcus Williams (CHS), University of New Mexico (3-9): The sophomore tight end saw action in 10 games and had 13 receptions, going for a total of 138 yards, with three TDs.

? Hayden Wilson (CHS), University of New Mexico (3-9): A redshirt freshman offensive lineman, Wilson didn’t get into any games for the Lobos in 2018.

? Former RRHS three-sport standout and former NMSU wide receiver Chris Williams played for Montreal and Hamilton this past season, his sixth in the Canadian Football League. He played in four games for the Alouettes, with 15 receptions for 285 yards and one touchdown, and then four games with the Ti-Cats, with 10 catches for 114 yards and no TDs. He’s a free agent going into 2019.

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