Galles Metro Player of the Week: Power Back Breaks Loose

By Lee Roy Lucero
Enchantment Sports Staff Writer

This week’s Galles Chevrolet Metro Player of the Week is Xavier Ivey-Saud:


Manzano Running Back Xavier Ivey-Saud 


Saud says, “I have a heart for offense.” And what a heart he had last Friday night for coach Phillip Martinez’s Monarchs, with 27 carries for 217 yards and three touchdowns.

One of Saud’s touchdowns was an explosive 80-yard run. “He (Saud) broke an 80-yard run in the second half and everyone witnessed his speed,” says coach Martinez. “I don’t think people realize how fast he really is, being labelled a power back. His speed was on display on that play.”

While everyone loves the explosive offensive stats put up by Saud, it was the little things that always catches a coach’s eye.

“He had a great game finding the holes and making his moves,” says Martinez… “He also made some key blocks against pass rushers for our quarterback (Dakota Powell).”

Galles Metro Player of the Week Logo

Saud had a big smile on his face receiving the award, but at no time did he take sole credit for Manzano’s 33-17 victory over West Mesa. “It went really well for us as a team,” says Saud. “We had some players, come back this week that we have been missing. As a team I felt we all came together.”

 Headline photo courtesy:  G. Demarest /The Independent

The Metro Player of the Week feature is brought to you by Enchantment Sports and ProView Networks, and sponsored by Galles Chevrolet and Totally Dazzling. Each week, we will feature a top-notch athlete from the area.

To learn more about the Galles Metro Player of the Week, click here.

To make a nomination, email Lee Roy Lucero or the staff at

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