Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Manzano Football Is a Work in Progress.(Sports)

Byline: Randy Harrison Journal Staff Writer

Midweek, middle of practice, and Mike Nesbitt had seen enough.

The first-year Manzano football coach blew a whistle, ordered his team off the field, and instructed the Monarchs to begin some punitive running.

Jump to a conclusion: Manzano is coming off an impressive win over the state's No. 1-ranked Class AAAAA team. Maybe the doldrums had hit workouts because they were suddenly fat and satisfied?

Hardly. They were lean and, well, mean on each other's nerves like kids in the back of a minivan on a cross-country drive. There were a few extracurricular hits, a little salty trash talk. Finally Nesbitt, instead of having to light a fire under his team, had to quell a riot.

"We had a little drama here today, boys," said one player during a subsequent water break. …

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