ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It will be a battle of the eight and nine seeds on Saturday at the Field of Dreams football stadium in Las Cruces.
La Cueva and Onate were both 6-4 on the season heading into this year’s tournament and both are averaging over 30 points per game, but schematically these teams are very different.
The Knights are a run heavy offense that runs a triple option and has been successful through this season, while the Bears have turned more into a spread offensive team moving away from the Wing T formation.
“It’s really going to come down to if we can stop that triple option, said La Cueva Head Football Coach Brandon Back. “You know, it’s just so hard, Onate runs it really well and we just don’t see it. So, when you are going up against something that you haven’t seen all year. It makes you stay awake at night that’s for sure.”
La Cueva is averaging around 32 points per game, which is pretty good for a squad that was introduced to a spread offense at the beginning of this season.
New Offensive Coordinator and former Valley head coach Enrico Marcelli is the man behind this new air out offense and he likes the improvement he has seen.
“This team has the ability to make a run,” said Coach Marcelli. “We are getting our confidence with the offense and so we are excited about the track we are on. It’s definitely the right track.”
La Cueva is trying to get back to their powerhouse status that they held in the 2000’s. They have four state titles to their name since they were established in 1986, and Coach Back likes his team this year and the foundation that they are laying for the future.
“Well that is the hope if not they are going to fire my butt,” said Coach Back. “So, we are excited about this chance and you can’t do anything if you can’t make it to the playoffs. So we are here and we are going to take full advantage of it.”
The Bears and Knights play Saturday in Las Cruces. Game time is 1 p.m. at the Field of Dreams.