Compiled by CNJ Sports Editor Rick White
Clovis at Mayfield
7:30 p.m. tonight,
Las Cruces Sports Stadium
2002 records: Clovis 9-3, Mayfield 12-1
Head coaches: Clovis, Eric Roanhaus, 26th year, 235-81-5; Jim Bradley, 17th year, 154-40-6
Last meeting: Mayfield 14, Clovis 0, 2002 regular-season
Basic offense/defense: Clovis, pro-set/50; Mayfield, Power I, 50 double-eagle
Players to watch: Clovis, Ryan Denton, QB, 6-4, 192, Sr.; Ben Teconchuk, WR, 6-1, 183, Sr. Scott Fahsholtz, DT/OT, 6-2, 254, Sr.; Mark Young, CB/WR, 6-0, 182, Sr.; Mayfield, Jeremy Lawson, QB/S, 6-2, 195, Sr.; Anthony Ostland, FB/DE, 6-2, 205, Sr.; Enrique Carrillo, RB/LB, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Raul Calderon, OT/DT, 5-10, 200, Sr.
By the numbers: Roanhaus and Bradley have a combined 74 years of high school coaching experience. The two have combined to win 15 state titles.
Numbers-gate: Clovis drew the ire of Bradley by switching player’s numbers at last week’s scrimmage against Las Cruces High. “I can’t believe old Roanie would do that,” Bradley said. Clovis coaches said it was pay back, accusing Mayfield of having four or five players wearing the same number during its scrimmages. Bradley said he doesn’t change numbers.
Ranked: Mayfield is ranked third in the Albuquerque Journal’s preseason coaching poll behind Las Cruces High and Carlsbad. Clovis is ranked fifth. Both received one first-place vote.
He’s No. 1: Clovis defensive coordinator Darren Kelley said the key to the game is controlling Lawson on the option. Kelley said Lawson isn’t much of a threat throwing the ball. Bradley said the athletic Lawson — an all-state basketball player — is being recruited by several Division I schools as a wide receiver. Lawson was knocked unconscious on a crossing route over the middle by all-state free safety Joey Garcia in the first half of last year’s game and did not return to the game.
Quotable: “He’s going to have the ball in his hands 80 percent of the time,” Clovis defensive coordinator Darren Kelley about Lawson. “In order for us to have a chance, we have to stop him.”
On the radio: KWCA, 680 AM, KCLV, 1240 AM, KKYC, 102.3 FM or KICA, 980 AM