LAS CRUCES — Since 1967, the Las Cruces High School Bulldawgs and Mayfield Trojans have developed one of the most celebrated rivalries in high school football. On Friday night, the Bulldawgs were victorious for the third consecutive year. The final score of the game, which was played at Aggie Memorial Stadium, was 13-3.

The energy was high as the two teams took the field — forcing some local “divided households” to choose sides, but coming together for the much-anticipated tradition. Fans at Friday night’s game sported their team’s colors as they cheered from the stands. Students from both schools filled up the student section at Aggie Memorial Stadium with painted faces and pride for their team.

“This is the second year I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this great rivalry,” said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing. “Both teams played hard and gave the fans a great game. I firmly believe that athletic programs teach our students lessons and values that are hard to teach in classrooms.”

During halftime of the game, a special recognition was made to Las Cruces Orthopedics & Associates, Dr. Michael McGuire, Dr. Daniel Romanelli, Dr. Paul Saiz, Dr. David Barrera and Dr. Nicholas Scarcella. This summer, Las Cruces Orthopedic & Associates hosted the second annual City of Crosses 12th Man Golf Tournament, raising $84,000 for local high school football programs.

Tournament board trustees and representatives Stacey Alley, Jeremy Gonzalez, Maria Pacheco, and Alicia Swinson were present at the game and were recognized during halftime, along with New Mexico State Senator Howie Morales.

The rivalry game brings both teams to the end of the regular season. Both teams will continue to the playoffs beginning this weekend. Three out of four of the local high schools made it to the playoffs. Centennial High School is seeded third, Mayfield is seeded fifth and Las Cruces High was chosen as the seven seed.

“You always want a chance to get into the playoffs.” said LCPS Director of Athletics Ernest Viramontes. “The district season is over, and its do-or-die, but you have a chance. You go play hard, and anything can happen. You can be the underdog and still come out on top. That’s what makes it exciting.”

Centennial High School has a bye this week, but will host a quarter-final game on the weekend of Nov. 16-17. Game details will be announced next week. Mayfield High School hosts Cibola High School this Friday at 7pm at the Field of Dreams. Las Cruces High School will host Clovis High School this coming Saturday, November 10, 2018. The game starts at 1pm and will be at the Field of Dreams.

Tickets for playoff games will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the gate.

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net