Sunday, November 11, 2007

3A, 4A and 5A football playoffs

The seedings for the high school football playoffs are set. In Class 5A, there were no surprises.
Mayfield by virtue of its 14-7 win against Las Cruces High on Friday night, was named the top seed and will play the winner of No. 8 Hobbs and No. 9 Rio Rancho on Nov. 23 or Nov. 24.
LCHS is the No. 2 seed and will also play Nov. 23 or Nov. 24 against No. 7 Manzano or No. 10 Onate. Onate visits Manzano next Friday or Saturday.
The other first round matchups are No. 11 Alamogordo at No. 6 La Cueva and No. 12 Valley at No. 5 Eldorado.
The winner of Alamogordo and La Cueva will visit No. 3 Clovis and the winner of the Valley/Eldorado game will visit No. 4 Cibola.

Mayfield is well-deserving of that top seed. The Trojans really did a great job of coming up with big plays on defense against Las Cruces High. The Bulldawgs, who averaged 40.3 points per game prior to Friday's game, moved the ball well in the second half and kept the ball away from MHS in the final 24 minutes. But Mayfield has been stingy on defense under Jim Bradley and now Michael Bradley. A possible matchup for MHS in the semifinals is against No. 4 Cibola, which is big up front and features a handful of Division I prospects.

For the Bulldawgs, a potential semifinal game with Clovis is looming. Clovis started slow this season and has been coming on of late with wins against Hobbs, Artesia and Cibola.
The Bulldawgs didn't play badly in Friday's loss, they just couldn't finish a handful of drives.

In 4A Santa Teresa is the No. 11 seed and visit Capital on Friday or Saturday and in Class 3A, Hatch Valley is the No. 9 seed and will visit Albuquerque Academy.

- Felix