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Las Cruces vs. Mayfield game could be sellout
LAS CRUCES, N.M. --It's the matchup all of New Mexico will have its eyes on, and it will take place in the Borderland.
The Mayfield High School Trojans and the Las Cruces High School Bulldogs, the two best football teams in the state, will square off on Saturday for the Class 5A state championship.
The game will be held at 1 p.m at New Mexico State University's Aggie Memorial Stadium, which seats around 30,000.
School officials are expecting a possible sellout on Saturday, and both coaches and players for each school know what's at stake.
"It's huge, it's the state championship. Anytime you get to a state championship game it's a huge game, and there's a little more incentive being that you're playing your rival," said LCHS coach Jim Miller. "If you're a football fan, or even if you're not a football fan, to come out and watch two teams that have multiple state championships in football weather, you couldn't ask for more."
Mayfield beat LCHS earlier this season in the district championship, giving the Bulldogs their only loss on the year. Miller knows Saturday's game will be a challenge.
"It just comes down to blocking and tackling and who wants it more, it's a very good football team, our kids are excited, I know they're excited, the city is excited, so it should be a great game," Miller said.
Mayfield coach Michael Bradley knows the stakes can't get any higher.
"I understand that this is our 50th meeting between the two schools, and what a great stage for us to play this 50th anniversary game on," Bradley said. " "Everybody's a champion, I expect a great game on Saturday afternoon. The two teams that are playing, the intensity and focus that you play in this game is unmatched by any state or any situation out there."
The LCHS/Mayfield rivalry has been voted best in the state, and voting is now underway to make it the best rivalry in the country. To vote, go to