#2 Cibola vs. #5 La Cueva
What a way to kick off the season with the 4A and 5A ranks getting under way this week. Our Thursday night special features two of the top ranked teams in 5A as #2 Cibola goes on the road to take on #5 La Cueva.
Cibola has a very good offense led by one of the top QB's in Jonathan Mader. Mader is a solid D1 prospect and already has an early offer on the table from the University of New Mexico. He isn't all they have, watch for big Rio Mares who is one of the states top junior prospects and also RB Chase Bennison. Bennison had a huge year last year and is a key piece to the Cougars offense. Defensively La Cueva counters with a great defensive lineman in Pedrum Khodaie. Khodaie is a house and is one of the strongest players you'll ever meet. Stud LB Justin Dugger is also one to watch. He has great speed and will double as an outstanding fullback for the Bears.
To me the key to the game is can La Cueva's defense keep the talented offense of Cibola off balance. With all that being said, prediction time. I'll take Cibola in a close one, 24-21.