Today we rank the top prep football statewide dynasty's over the last 10-years. The criteria was simple: Teams with the most wins, teams that played in the most state title games, teams that won the most state title games, etc. From Class 5A to Class 1A today we release the current top 10 prep football dynasty's in the state.
ranking the dynasty's over the last 10-years
Number 1: The Mayfield Trojans have played in eight of the last 10 5A state championships, which is really hard to believe. Though they are 4-4 in title game bouts, the Trojans have produced one of the toughest programs to beat among the 5A titans under both former Head Coach Jim Bradley and now under current Head Coach Michael Bradley. Their most impressive feat during the last 10-years came during the 2005, 2006, and 2007 season when the Trojans won an outstanding 30 games in a row against New Mexico teams. They also wont three state titles during that fantastic run. Last year, Mayfield was 6-4 after the regular season, which was the most losses they have had in the last 10-years. All they did was win the 5A state title beating play-off seeds 3, 2, and 1. Without a doubt, Mayfield is currently the king of the state.
Number 2: Artesia has played in six state title games over the last 10-years and has a fantastic title game record of 6-0 in those games. However, Artesia's 10-year success does not rival what they've done as a program over the last 50-years. They have won 27 state titles which is currently fifth in the country. Like the Mayfield Trojans, Artesia was 6-4 after the regular season and then beat 11-0 Goddard and 12-1 Aztec to win yet another title. Their 2006 team ranks as one of the all-time best according to the NMPreps.com Top 100 Greatest Teams. That year, Landry Jones now a heisman Candidate at Oklahoma led the Bulldogs to 13-0 straight wins and a state title.
ft. sumner foxes
Number 3: Ft. Sumner is one of the most underrated programs in the state and though they play at the 1A level, their football success over the last 10-years is amazing. They are 7-0 in state title games, but ironically have only one perfect season throughout this current run. They have also had three head coaching changes during this time period and still Ft. Sumner has kept things rolling right along. In 2010, Ft. Sumner faced a must quicker and more talented Hagerman Bobcats team and managed to pull out a 17-12 victory. Ft. Sumner is the small school king.
La Cueva bears
Number 4: Albuquerque's only team that cracks the top 10 list and with good reason. Under former Head Coach Fred Romero the La Cueva Bears won three 5A state titles and produced the top two prep football teams ever to play in New Mexico. During the 2003 and 2004 season, the La Cueva Bears won 26 games in a row and won two-state titles. The 2004 team which ranks as the NMPreps.com Greatest Prep Football Team Ever scored 611 points and allowed just 22. Their last state title came in 2009 when the Bears went 12-1 to beat Mayfield. Fred Romero was fired after last season, so it will be interesting to see if the Bears can keep the program tradition alive.
Number 5: The Lovington Wildcats have played in seven of the last 10 state title games winning four state titles. They won the 2001 state title by going a perfect 13-0, won the 2004 state title beating St. Michael's, and have won the last two-state titles in 2009 and in 2010. The Wildcats continue to produce big time talent and play some of the best programs in the state, something that no other 3A program has the guts to do. For instance, last year Lovington opened up the season with 4A state champ Artesia and ended their regular season playing at 11-1 Goddard. The decade starting with Caden Jameson as quarterback and the decade ended with his cousin Jacob Jameson as the quarterback. Jacob Jameson is the only player in prep football history to win the Mr. Football Award from the 3A level.
Number 6: When you think big time Southeastern New Mexico Football, Clovis is the program that all others aspire to be. Head Football Coach Eric Roanhaus has been the head coach for more than 30-years winning multiple state titles and in 2001 finally pulled off the perfect season going 13-0 beating one of the best Mayfield Trojans teams ever. They are 1-3 in state title games in the last 10-years, losing twice to Mayfield. Last year the Wildcats went 5-7 which was their first losing season since 2000. Remember, the last time Clovis went under .500 they followed up with a 13-0 season. Will history repeat itself in 2011?
Las cruces bulldawgs
Number 7: The Las Cruces Bulldawgs currently own the City of Las Cruces and while Trojan fans might be upset with the statement, remember Las Cruces has won the last four meetings against Mayfield. The Bulldawgs have one of the best overall coaching staffs in the state and have had some amazing talent run through their program over the last 15-years. They are 2-0 in state title games winning the 2002 state title game against rival Mayfield in the only time the two powers have ever met in the finals. In 2008 the Dawgs went 13-0 beating Eldorado 26-21 in an epic title game. The Dawgs are expected once again to be a top tier team in 2011.
Number 8: The Goddard Rockets one of the hardest hitting teams in the state did not fully pick up steam this decade unlit the 2005 season when they went 9-4. Since 2006 the Rockets have played in four out of the five state title games winning two blue trophies. In 2008 and in 2009 the Rockets won back-to-back tiles behind the arm of prep football standout David Vega. Last season the Rockets went 10-0 during the regular season before falling to Artesia in the semifinals. Coach Sam Jernigan and his A+ staff do a fantastic job of running their program and trying to beat them in the Wool Bowl is pretty much impossible.
Number 9 The Aztec Tigers have been the Class 4A bridesmaid four times over the last 10-years. They are 0-4 in state title appearances most recently losing to Artesia in the finals in 2010. The Tigers have won at least nine games in each of the last eight years, something that no other Northern Program has accomplished. They also produced the biggest New Mexico recruit since Landry Jones last year when offensive tackle Matthew Hegarty chose Notre Dame. This season, Aztec will be a top flight 4A team and maybe Coach Brad Hirsch's last chance for a run at the title.
st. michael's horsemen
Number 10: Under Head Coach Joey Fernandez the Horsemen have emerged as a premier 3A football program from a city that has not had much football success over the last 20-years. Since Fernandez's take over the Horsemen have played in three state titles over the last 10-years winning the tittle in 2003 and in 2007. The Horsemen have also made the prep football play-offs 10-years in a row.