Thursday, November 29, 2007

Las Cruces High/Clovis matchup

The second-seeded and 10-1 Las Cruces High Bulldawgs will face a much-improved and No. 3 seeded Clovis on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Field of Dreams in a Class 5A football playoff game.

Las Cruces High must play better on defense if it wants to advance to its first state championship game since 2002. Last week, the Bulldawgs were good on offense with 50 points, but gave up 45 to Manzano in a game that went down to the final minutes.

The Bulldawgs have the type of speed and a very good offensive line to make life tough for opposing defenses. Las Cruces High needs to have another strong day on offense and must eliminate mistakes on defense.

Clovis has been a team that is dangerous if it can hang around and have a chance in the fourth quarter. The 8-3 Wildcats have come from behind to beat the likes of Cibola, La Cueva and Artesia. Against Artesia and La Cueva, the Wildcats rallied from double-digit deficits.

How Clovis handles LCHS" speed and if the Wildcats can go on some long, time-cosuming drives to keep the Bulldawgs off the field, they have a chance.

But LCHS has too much speed and I figure the Bulldawgs to play better on defense. I pick the BUlldawgs 35-21.

- Felix