Championship game heats up rivalry between Las Cruces and Mayfield
POSTED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:45pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — One of the best high school football rivalries is heating up once again with Mayfield battling Las Cruces for the state championship on Saturday.
Apparel for both teams has been flying off the shelves at Sports Accessories in Las Cruces, but Owner Brian Cox said so far he's sold more blue and red than green and gold.
"I think it's because the Mayfield people are waiting for the Las Cruces people to clear out because they don't want to be in the building together," Cox said jokingly.
In his more than 20 years catering to both schools he has seen all sorts of trash talking even between siblings.
Wednesday morning Jacqueline Enriquez and her brother Ricky Tarango stopped by the shop to buy new gear.
Enriquez is a Mayfield grad while her younger brother is a Las Cruces grad.
"I love him but on this day we aren't related," Enriquez joked.
Tarango, sporting his team's vivid red colors, said their rivalry caused lots of tension growing up and as they got older they now try to cover up each other's decorations at their homes.
"She doesn't like me," Tarango said laughingly.
Mayfield and Las Cruces battled for a championship in 2002 with Las Cruces pulling out the win.
This year Mayfield beat Cruces for the district title in front of thousands of fans at Aggie Memorial Stadium.
"This is one of the greatest rivalries that I have ever seen," said Las Cruces fan Armando Quintana.
Quintana played in the rivalry game in the 80's and still holds a grudge.
"We lost against the Trojans," he said. "I think it was like 28 - 0."
Wednesday afternoon Las Cruces Public Schools held a news conference leading up to the game.
As expected, players and coaches from both teams barely acknowledged each other but coaches did shake hands and congratulated each other on successful seasons.
The championship game will be played at Aggie Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday.
RVs and trailers are not allowed for tailgating due to parking limitations with 25,000 fans expected.
Sports Accessories will extend their hours Friday night for last minute shoppers and will a have T-Shirt giveaway Saturday at 9 a.m. for the first 40 people.