Taos places three on state team


Defensive back Jude Suazo, a senior, was selected to the 4A all-state first defensive team by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

Suazo had three interceptions and 34 tackles during a season when the Tigers went 8-4, losing in the second round of the playoffs to Portales. Suazo also started at quarterback, throwing for nearly 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns while scoring one himself.

On the second offensive team, linemen Amos Duran and Shane Martinez, both seniors, were selected by the state coaches association. The two upper classmen also combined for five sacks on the defensive side of the ball.

District rival Robertson, which finished second in the state this season, placed three players on the first-team offense and three on the first-team defense. St. Michael’s put three on the first-team offense, too, and two on the first-team defense.