Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mayfield/Cibola 5A football semifinal

Friday night's clash between No. 1 Mayfield and No. 4 Cibola in Albuquerque is shaping up to be one of the season's best games.

The Trojans are solid on both sides of the ball and is healthy. Cibola is big and is hoping last year's semifinal showing will help them in this year's game.

Many believe this game will be a battle of Mayfield's speed vs. Cibola's size. But Mayfield head coach Michael Bradley thinks that Cibola has good speed.

Cibola will depend heavily on running back Chase Bennison, quarterback Jonathan Mader and a huge offensive line that includes 350-pounder, Rio Mares.

The Trojans will counter with quarterback Matt Sandoval, receivers Nathan Enriquez and Freddy Young and running back Jacob Ceniceros.

Mayfield has won two straight Class 5A football titles and hasn't lost to a New Mexico team since 2004.

The game will be close throughout and could come down to a big turnover or stop late in the game. The Trojans have played in a lot of big games over the years, while Cibola hasn't had much big-game experience.

I believe Mayfield will do just enough and it wins, 21-14.

— Felix