LAS CRUCES — Mayfield concluded its regular season with a 35- loss to Artesia at the Field of Dreams Saturday afternoon, marking the second straight season the Trojans have lost to the Bulldogs.
Mayfield finishes the season 4-6 and 0-3 in district play. Artesia improved to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in district play with the win.
Artesia is likely to be the No. 1 overall playoff seed at the 5A level. Mayfield will likely reach the postseason, although its specific seed will be determined in the NMAA selection show Saturday night.
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How it happened
Artesia scored a 56-yard touchdown on the second play of the game, but Mayfield managed three consecutive defensive stops in the first quarter with a turnover on downs, a fumble recovery and an interception. Mayfield penetrated Artesia territory once before its possession ended with a turnover on downs, and Artesia’s touchdown in the final minute of the opening period gave Artesia a 14-0 lead.
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Artesia outscored Mayfield 21-0 in the second quarter with a 36-yard touchdown run, a trick play touchdown and a 16-yard touchdown pass. Artesia led 35-0 at half time.
“We practiced a lot better than we played today. Artesia is the No. 1 team for a reason. I think they won the line of scrimmage today, bottom line, and we had a hard time with them,” head coach Michael Bradley said . “Our kids played hard. There’s no question about it. We had a great week of practice this week, but we just didn’t match up well.”
The clock ran continuously after halftime due to the state’s 35-point mercy rule. Neither team scored in the second half.
Mayfield recorded 27 yards of offense in the first half and 107 total yards for the game. Artesia recorded 268 yards of offense and 360 yards for the game.
The loss marked the Trojans’ second shutout loss of the season (the first being against Organ Mountain) and their third district game allowing at least 35 points.
Both teams await the NMAA playoff seeding selection show Saturday night.
Stephen Wagner is a sports reporter for the Las Cruces Sun News. He can found on Twitter at @stephenwag22 and reached at [email protected]