The Las Cruces Bulldawgs looked every bit the Class 6A title contender it is in the state of New Mexico on Thursday night beating Montwood 44-18.
The Bulldawgs were hitting on all cylinders from start to finish. After Montwood scored first to go up 6-0 in the first quarter, the Bulldawgs rattled off 44 straight points.
Las Cruces has a very good offensive unit and can beat teams with the run or the pass. Defensively, the Bulldawgs just had better speed than Montwood and they had a good game plan to slow the Rams down.
The Bulldawgs were starting several new faces on the defensive side of the ball but those new players were fundamentally sound.
Las Cruces will hurt teams in all phases of the game. The Bulldawgs weren't bad in special teams either.
Bulldawgs QB Kameron Miller, RB Junshiro Molinar, WR Isaiah McIntyre and DB Aeneas Reynolds were among the stars for LCHS on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, for Montwood the Rams showed they have some skill at wide receiver with Alex Cepeda and Andrew Perez. Those two will make a lot of plays this year for the Rams. Montwood needs to shore up its run game and at times the offensive line struggled to keep the Bulldawgs linemen out of the backfield.
The Rams will get better under veteran coach Chuck Veliz. The Rams lost a lot of key skill people off of last year's team and it takes times to replace those type of players. It'll be interesting to see how the Rams respond against Midland High at home next week. I would expect a high sense of urgency coming from the Rams.