Sunday, November 21, 2010

Las Cruces and Mayfield in state semifinals again

Big weekend upcoming in Las Cruces for Las Cruces High and Mayfield, as both will take the field for the Class 5A state football championship semifinals.

Both will be in tough matchups.

No. 4-ranked Las Cruces will go to Albuquerque to face No. 1 Manzano on Saturday afternoon.

No. 6 Mayfield will host No. 2 La Cueva on Friday night at 5 p.m. The Bears beat the Trojans earlier this season, 45-12, at the Field of Dreams.

Still, don’t count out either LCHS or MHS from reaching the state finals. Both have the state playoff pedigrees to go the distance. They are also battle tested.

Last weekend saw the Trojans upset No. 3-ranked Cleveland, 21-13, in Rio Rancho. While that was going on, the Bulldawgs won a wild 28-27 game over Eldorado at the Field of Dreams. Those games should have been enough to shake the playoff kinks out.

Both of these programs believe they will win every time they take the field and play that way. It shows.

I expect, at the very least, competitive games from both ends of the docket.

Looking forward to the state semifinals this weekend.

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