Martinez is All-State player

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Robertson junior Daniel Martinez racked up more than 1,000 yards rushing as a quarterback for this year’s Cardinal football team.

But it was Martinez’s defense that earned him a spot on the first team All-State as chosen by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

Martinez’s work as a linebacker, one of the team leaders in tackles and pass break-ups, landed him on the first team. St. Michael’s linebackers Michael Aranda and Michael Lamb were other District 2-3A first-teamers.

Martinez’s real estate-chewing style of quarterbacking did not go unnoticed by the coaches association. He was named a second-team All-State rusher as well.

Robertson kicker Keen Martinez, a soccer standout whose accuracy as a first-year placekicker elevated the Cardinals’ special teams, joined Martinez on the All-State second team.

One of the other key elements to Robertson football’s return to prominence in 2009 was the play of its linemen. Offensive lineman Estevan Baca, one of just a few seniors on the squad, was named to the honorable mention All-State lineup; defensive lineman Aaron “Tiny” Archuleta was also an honorable mention.

In his second year, head coach Richard Martinez guided RHS to an 8-4 record and the Class 3A quarterfinals.