Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mayfield football for 2008

The Mayfield Trojans will have a big target on their back as usual as the 2008 season approaches. The Trojans have won three straight 5A state football titles and have lost just one game in the process.

Mayfield was last seen winning the state title last December against Clovis in a 49-48, triple-overtime classic in Clovis.

The Trojans were hit hard by graduation, losing the likes of quarterback Matt Sandoval, running back/linebacker Yanni Suter and defensive backs/receivers Freddy Young and Nathan Enriquez among others.

Mayfield will be strong on the offensive line and will have experience in the backfield with Jacob Ceniceros returning to lead the way. J.D. Ordunez also returns for Mayfield and gives the Trojans an experienced and productive player on both sides of the ball.

The Trojans will have to find a replacement for Sandoval at QB and that won't be easy. But MHS has been very good at the QB slot and if someone steps up, don't be surprised to see the team rattle off a bunch of wins.

Defensively, the Trojans will also have to find plenty of reinforcements.

A tough schedule is in store for MHS. The Trojans start the season at El Paso Chapin and El Paso Montwood and then come home for games with Carlsbad and Cibola. The Trojans are also at Rio Grande and entertain Eldorado before district play.

The Trojans have won three straight state titles and have played in six of the last seven title games.

It's going to be a new season for MHS in many ways. How far the team goes will depend on how good the team has worked in the offseason and how quickly some of the new guys develop.

- Felix