Last season the Las Cruces High School Bulldawgs kept the 5A football trophy in southern New Mexico as they went 13-0 on the way to the title. throughout the season, the senior laden Bulldawgs took it to opponents offensively as they averaged 42 points a game, including seven games in which they went over 45 points.
Offensively, Las Cruces boasted not only two of the best players in the area, but in the state, as running back James Hall and quarterback Dante Caro put up monster numbers. The diminutive Hall, a New Mexico State signee, rushed for nearly 2,000 yards while scoring 25 times on the ground. The multi-talented Caro racked up over 2,800 total yards of offense as a runner and passer.
For Las Cruces to again make some noise in New Mexico football, junior QB Jeremy Buurma will need to step up and step up big. The 6-0 170 Buurman showed enough athleticism in limited mop up action to potentially pick up where Caro left off. Buurman was solid as a thrower, but more importantly, Buurma showed the ability to make plays with his feet, again giving the Bulldawgs a dual threat QB. With his limited runs, Buurman averaged over eight yards a carry.
Along with the loss of Hall and Caro, Buurma will need to find receivers to throw to. Top pass catchers Jacob Lilly and Patrick Jaquess were also lost to graduation. The loss of all these playmakers should give Buurma plenty of touches to see if he is able to carry the heavy load.