POSTED: Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 12:19pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 12:27pm
Around 27,000 fans packed Aggie Memorial Stadium Saturday
The Mayfield vs. Las Cruces football game is being called one of the biggest rivalries in the Southwest, and it brought in the crowd to prove it yesterday.
This state championship game almost packed Aggie Memorial Stadium. Fans from both sides almost couldn't contain their excitement.
"It's freaking wild. It's out of control. These people, they love to be here. You can tell that there's a lot of good spirit here," said Mayfield fan, Tony Garcia.
And that energy carried on throughout the entire game as the Las Cruces High School Bulldawgs took on the Mayfield High School Trojans.
The New Mexico Class 5A state championship game pinned the two rival’s together and brought Las Crucens to their feet.
One spectator said, "It's great! There is no better atmosphere than the state championship game against Cruces-Mayfield."
"It's very exciting,” said another, “Everyone is pumped up right now. We are sitting with the students. It is great."
The goal was to bring out the biggest crowd Aggie Memorial has ever seen for the 50th time these two teams have battled it out.
Las Cruces Public School's Athletic Director, Ernest Viramontes, says they didn't reach that milestone this time, but he thinks this game did reach a different one.
"I think we got the biggest record for any high school game,” said Viramontes. “Not sure about the stadium. But it still is a nice crowd."
And even though the Bulldawgs came away with the win Saturday, all of Las Cruces has a reason to celebrate. The state championship is staying in Southern New Mexico.
"That is incredible,” Viramontes said. “We know it is going to stay here. These two teams are incredibly successful."
Which is one reason why Garcia says he loves coming out to cheer on his team. "It's a hometown thing. It belongs here in Las Cruces and it feels good. It feels good to have everyone here,” he said.
There is no official word just yet on home many were in attendance at this weekend’s game, but the LCPS Athletic Director says he thinks they broke 27,000 fans.