Friday night, the big rivalry football game of the year kicks off between Mayfield and Las Cruces High. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium, expect 20,000-plus fans in the house for this one.
Lets start out by saying this is a tough game to predict. Both are very good football teams — Las Cruces is ranked No. 2 in the state while Mayfield is ranked No. 4. The Bulldawgs have beaten the Trojans four-straight times going into this one.
With that being said I like the Trojans in this one and here’s why: I think they match up well with LCHS. The Bulldawgs haven’t been able to throw the ball effectively downfield this year which is MHS’s weakness — defending the deep ball. I think LCHS quarterback Devin Perez is capable, but the Bulldawgs have to be willing to take some shots in the passing game and then the ball has to be delivered.
On the flip side, the Trojans are more balanced. Quarterback Axten Franzoy is a good player — experienced, a state title winner and playing fine football at the moment. Also, don’t overlook running back Ricky Milks — LCHS runner Xavier Hall gets the headlines but Milks could be overlooked and can rip off the big play.
My prediction: Mayfield 20, Las Cruces High 17