Saturday, November 17, 2007

Manzano, Las Cruces High matchup in football

Next Saturday afternoon's matchup between No. 7 Manzano and No. 2 Las Cruces High in the Class 5A football playoffs, could be an entertaining offensive battle.

The Bulldawgs feature a good offensive line, a strong runner in running back James Hall Jr. and a solid signal caller in Dante Caro. The 9-1 Bulldawgs have scored 40 points or more on six occasions this season and are presumably itching to get back on the field after losing 14-7 to No. 1 Mayfield in the regular season finale on Nov. 9.

Meanwhile, Manzano has shown steady progress all season. The Monarchs have a dangerous quarterback in Matt Dalzall, who torched Onate High for four touchdown passes and 350 yards yards passing in Saturday's 50-19 win in the Class 5A first round playoffs.
Plus, the Monarchs have some depth at running back with C.J. Carlisle and Jordan Llamas and Dalzall isn't a bad runner himself.

I believe Las Cruces High will be able to score on Manzano's defense, which appeared shaky at times against Onate, but expect the Monarchs to be a tough No. 7 seed in the process.

Earlier in the season Manzano lost to Mayfield and the Trojans just ran all over them in a 32-20 win. Expect the Bulldawgs to run, run and run some more against Manzano and try to keep them off the field.

Of note, the Monarchs fell 25-24 to Eldorado in the regular season finale, while the Bulldawgs handled the Eagles 28-7 in a non-district affair.

- Felix