The Farmington Scorpions and La Cueva Bears will face off in the second round of the 2023 NMAA Class 6A Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7pm ET in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
What it is: New Mexico High School Football
Matchup: Farmington Scorpions vs. La Cueva Bears
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NMAA Class 6A Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: Wilson Stadium (ABQ), NM
Live stream: Watch here
The Scorpions come into the game with a 6-5 record, while the Bears are 7-3. La Cueva is ranked 2nd in the division and 4th in the state, while Farmington is ranked 7th in the division and 12th in the state.
The Scorpions have a high-powered offense, averaging 36.5 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Farmington also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Bears have a balanced offense, averaging 41.0 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 600 yards and 10 touchdowns. La Cueva also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Farmington allowing just 24.5 points per game and La Cueva allowing just 22.7 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Farmington will need to find a way to slow down the Bears’ passing game and force turnovers. La Cueva will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
La Cueva won the last matchup between the two teams last month, 42-35.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to La Cueva due to their better record and their more explosive offense. I predict that the Bears will win a close game, 38-35.