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The Las Cruces-Mayfield high school football rivalry was voted the 9th best by rivals.com in 2008.

A new poll should be out shortly and this historic rivalry, dating back to 1967, has only gotten better.

The Trojans lead the overall series 25-19-1, but have lost the last three meetings, including the 2008 playoff game.


One reason for the heated rivalry is the success both teams have had in the past fifteen years. Ten state titles have been won between the two schools since 1995, compared to only three overall before that. Since 1998, either Cruces or Mayfield have played for the state title every year except once(2004). The Trojans boast seven state championships and the Bulldawgs six. Every Mayfield title has been coached by a Bradley, Jim has won five, his son Michael has won two. On the Cruces side, head coach Jim Miller has won four out of the six state titles and is undefeated in championship games. Rudy Camunez(1959) and Rex Henington(1975) won the other championships for the Bulldawgs. The teams are 15-15 against each other over the last thirty games. Both schools once went 24 years without winning a state crown and then immediately won 3 out of 4 championships. These historical similarities only demonstrate how even these two schools have become. It's this balance, parity, and superiority that makes the annual game every November so unpredictable. About a third of the city attends this thrilling match-up year in and year out. No other city in the nation can say this. This years game is on Friday, November 5th with a district title usually at stake. The city divides to witness what some will tell you to be the best high school football rivalry in the country.

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