We’re just six weeks away from the first game of the 2022 high school football season. Teams are close to returning to the field for the first day of practice, and many players across the state are already starting to workout in preparation for the season. It’s time to take a look at the Robertson Cardinals schedule in 2022, and break down what their season may look like this Fall.

Week 1: Eastmark: The Cardinals begin their state championship with an out of state opponent coming to Cardinal stadium. Eastmark from Mesa, AZ will make the trip to Las Vegas for this Saturday afternoon contest. Last season Eastmark went 7-4, winning their section before losing in round one of the postseason.

Week 2: @Cobre: The Cardinals hit the road in week two for a trip to Cobre. Last season the Cardinals defeated the Indians 46-0 in a week two home contest. Last season’s game against Cobre saw Mateo Contreras break out in the passing game with six catches for 183 yards and two touchdown receptions. Jesse James Gonzales also scored his first varsity touchdown and ran for 78 yards in the victory.

Week 3: @Santa Rosa: This week three trip will be the only time the Cardinals are on the road for back to back games in the regular season all year. Last year the Cardinals defeated the Lions 42-7 in week three. Contreras had two more receiving touchdowns against the Lions, while Gonzales ran for 164 yards and a touchdown himself. Santa Rosa running back Andres Madrid was the lone bright spot for the Lions last season, and will likely be the focal point once again this season after rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown last season.

Week 4: Ruidoso: The Cardinals closest win of the 2021 season was a 12-7 victory over Ruidoso in week four. After reaching the state championship game in 4A last season, the Warriors have moved down to 3A for the 2022 season, and this early season non-district contest has the potential to be a postseason preview. 93 yards rushing for Gonzales and 83 yards receiving from Contreras were crucial in last season’s close victory.

Week 5: Bye

Week 6: @Tucumcari: Last season the Cardinals enjoyed an easy 56-6 victory over the Rattlers, it was the second of three consecutive mercy rule victories in 2021. Gonzales ran for 126 yards and a touchdown in the blowout victory. This season the Cardinals will travel up I40 to Tucumcari as the Rattlers look to bridge the gap between themselves and the defending state champions.

Week 7: Pojoaque Valley: For homecoming this season the Cardinals will welcome Pojoaque Valley to Cardinal stadium for the first time since 2016 when the two teams were in the same district, a contest the Cardinals won 57-6. Robertson did also face the Elks in 2017, defeating them on the road 51-0. Since the two last played the Elks have shown signs of improvement, going 5-4 last season, including a 64-12 victory over District 2-AAA opponent Santa Fe Indian School.

Week 8: @St. Michael’s: A state championship rematch is the Cardinals district opener. The Cardinals and Horsemen matched up against each other two times last season, both in Cardinal stadium and both resulting in massive Cardinal victories. The regular season matchup against the Horsemen saw Ken Montoya have his biggest game of the year with 91 yards receiving and a touchdown reception in the 44-7 victory. The two of course matched up in the state championship game as well, with Robertson capturing the blue trophy in a 28-7 victory.

Week 9: Santa Fe Indian School: Last season the Cardinals made quick work of the Braves, winning in a 53-0 mercy rule. The game saw Gonzales have a career high three rushing touchdowns to go along with 126 yards on the ground. 

Week 10: Raton: The Cardinals get a chance to avenge their lone district loss from a season ago when the Tigers travel to Las Vegas. Raton and Robertson played perhaps the game of the year in AAA football in 2021 when the Cardinals made the trip to Raton. The Cardinals fell just short that Friday night, losing 28-26, failing to convert a two point conversion with under a minute left that would have almost certainly sent the game into overtime. The Cardinals will have to figure out how to stop Tiger running back Cayden Walton this season, who had as much success as any individual against them last season, rushing for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

Week 11: @West Las Vegas: Vegas Bowl 2022 will be played on the West side for the first time since 2018. Robertson defeated WLV twice in 2021, extending a winning streak over their cross town rivals that dates back to 2009. The game being at WLV means it will also be the first time since 2018 that the Vegas Bowl takes place on a Friday night instead of a Saturday afternoon. 

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