LAS CRUCES — Three weeks. Three blowout losses. And three games of anger and frustration pent up and ready to explode on Mayfield’s final home opponent before starting district play.
Mayfield’s (3-3) 49-7 win over Belen (1-5) Thursday night at the Field of Dreams couldn’t have come at a better time for a Trojan team that desperately needed a victory to snap its three-game losing streak . Mayfield lost by at least four possessions to each of its 6A cross-town rivals in the last three consecutive weeks and hadn’t claimed a lead over an opponent since Week 2.
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But against the Eagles, Mayfield played like a team ready to release three weeks worth of frustration.
“(The win) was huge. We knew as coaches that we were better than what we showed against those 6A teams, but you’re going up against a brick wall sometimes,” Mayfield head coach Michael Bradley said. “But our kids played hard those games, and we were ready for this game. They played well.”
Mayfield scored his first first-quarter touchdown in the month of September, took his first lead in three weeks and only trailed for less than three minutes in a desperately-needed win to boost the Trojans back to a .500 winning percentage. After allowing a touchdown on Belen’s first possession of the game, Mayfield rattled off 28 straight points to close the first half and take a 28-7 lead at halftime.
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The Trojans immediately answered Belen’s opening touchdown with a score of their own less than three minutes later, and running back David Guerra took a pitch from quarterback Anthony Carrillo for a 14-yard score to give Mayfield a lead on the second play of the second quarter . Jisiah Lara powered in a score from a yard out to stretch Mayfield’s lead to two possessions, and Carrillo connected with Lara on a 35-yard touchdown pass. It marked his third consecutive game with a touchdown pass.
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“Overall, the kids are confident. I don’t think there was any hesitation after that first quarter (when the teams were tied 7-7). The offense got back in there and ran the ball up and down the field all night long ,” Bradley said. “And when you can do that offense, the defense picks it up.”
Mayfield’s steamroller continued after halftime, rattling off two more touchdowns, including a 46-yard catch-and-run by Lara. The Trojans’ lead reached 35 points with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter. The clock ran continuously after Mayfield’s lead stretched to 42-7.
Belen did not score after its opening drive of the game. Mayfield subbed in its reserves midway through the final period.
Mayfield travels to Deming next week in its final game before its district opener against Goddard Oct. 14. Belen returns home to play Goddard Sept 30.
“Deming, it’s almost like they’re in our district. It feels like it,” Bradley said. “They’re a good football team. Just a hard-nosed, grind-it-out team and they’ve got some great players, so it’s going to be a great game for us.”
Stephen Wagner is a sports reporter for the Las Cruces Sun News. He can found on Twitter at @stephenwag22 and reached at [email protected]