Thursday, September 8, 2011

High school football notes heading into Week 3

Some quick notes going into Week 3 of high school football season.

• Las Cruces High has its home opener Friday against Volcano Vista at 7 p.m. at the Field of Dreams.

The Bulldawgs can run the football but need quarterback Devin Perez to continue his development as a passer. If Perez can throw the ball, the Bulldawgs are going to be a force to be reckoned with. So far he's proven to be a running QB. Perez has struggled throwing out of the pocket — he's small and could have trouble seeing over the line — but has proven to be better on rollouts.

LCHS has a talented team — weapons on offense and a good offensive line. Regardless, this is a top team in the state — a sure top-four team. To be a championship team, being multi-dimensional would help.

• Mayfield has had trouble on defense — in particular the secondary has struggled defending the pass.

Axten Franzoy and Ricky Milks have proven to be good at quarterback and running back, respectively.

We expected this — two returning players with state title experience.

Is there any doubt Mayfield won't be there in the end? This is a championship program, and it's early in the season.

Both Mayfield and Cruces will be in the thick of things.

• At Oñate, this is a team with less than 35 varsity players in its program.

We've talked about the Knights schedule at length — the first three games are a question of not winning or losing, but of survival. The Knights have been outscored by their first two opponents — Franklin and Americas — 116-28. Friday night they travel to Cleveland, the No. 1 team in New Mexico. Uggghhh….

The Knights have some games on their schedule one would think they could be competitive in this year — hosting Rio Rancho and West Mesa and district games against Gadsden and Alamogordo could be winnable games. They gotta get something there. A win isn't coming Friday, nor is it coming against Cruces or Mayfield later in the year.

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