LAS CRUCES – For the first time in a few weeks, the Mayfield Trojans played like the team that was seeded No. 1 for New Mexico's Class 5A playoffs.
A week after almost being knocked out of the postseason by Eldorado, Mayfield blitzed visiting Clovis with a near-perfect first half as the Trojans advanced to the state championship game with a 38-0 rout of the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in the semifinal round at the Field of Dreams.
"Last week was a freak, and so was this game," Mayfield coach Michael Bradley said. "Nothing went our way last week. Everything went our way today."
Mayfield (11-1) visits La Cueva (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in the 5A title game. The Trojans and Bears will play at Wilson Stadium.
The schools have not met in the finals since 2003.
"La Cueva is a very good football team," Bradley said. "It's gonna be a huge challenge for us."
Tailback Brandon Betancourt rushed for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Mayfield which scored on its first four possessions.
Betancourt scored on runs of 5 and 2 yards, and Wyatt Tharp added a 1-yard touchdown run. Brock Baca tacked on a 49-yard field goal for a 24-0 lead, and on the next Clovis snap the Trojans' Michael Hallock returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown and a 31-0 lead at halftime.
The Trojans had 285 yards of total offense in the first half.
Fourth-seeded Clovis (9-3) came into Saturday having won six straight, all against playoff teams. Mayfield's win denied Wildcats coach Eric Roanhaus his 300th career victory.
"Clovis didn't do anything right, and we took advantage of everything they gave us," Bradley said.
After turning the ball over six times in a 36-29 overtime win over Eldorado last week in the quarterfinals, Mayfield only gave it away once Saturday.
• Top-seeded Tularosa won the Class 2A state championship Saturday, blanking visiting Lordsburg 35-0.
• Socorro beat visiting Raton 21-17 in the other Class 3A semifinal Saturday. The third-seeded Warriors play No. 1 Lovington in the state championship game.