Offensive lineman from state football champion Artesia signs with ENMU

After helping the Artesia Bulldogs win back-to-back state football championships, senior offensive lineman Enrique Armendariz hopes to bring that championship tradition to Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales.

He signed a national letter of intent Wednesday at the Bulldog Bowl with friends, coaches, teammates and other well-wishers in attendance.

Armendariz might have not made the headlines as an offensive lineman, but his blocking led Artesia to back-to-back state titles in 2022 and 2023.

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“Your confidence helped us the last two seasons. We’re proud of you,” said Artesia head football coach Jeremy Maupin before Armendariz signed his letter.

He said Armendariz was a catalyst in the 2023 5A football state title game against Roswell High School. The Bulldogs won the game 35-21 in Artesia as the Bulldogs won their 32nd state title overall.

Artesia’s Izac Cazares (left) runs behind Enrique Armendariz during the 2023 5A state championships in Artesia. Armendariz will play college football at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales later this year.

“He helped move the ball forward,” Maupin said of the senior’s performance during the playoffs.

A look at ENMU’s football program

The Greyhounds finished last season with a 5-6 overall record and tied for sixth in the Lone Star Conference with West Texas A&M and Western Oregon with 2-6 records.

The University of Texas at Permian Basin (UTPB) won the league title with an 8-0 record.

ENMU ranked second in offense in the Lone Star Conference in 2023 with 4,369 total yards with 48 touchdowns.

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UTPB was first in total offense with 6,284 total yards and 77 touchdowns.

Defensively, UTPB was first and…


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