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Prep football: Selection Saturday predictions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With the Class 6A regular season over, the New Mexico Activities Association tonight will select and seed the 12 teams for the playoffs, which begin next week.

Here is how the Journal has seeded the top 12:

Albuquerque Journal Sports Staff Writer James Yodice.

Albuquerque Journal Sports Staff Writer James Yodice.

Cleveland (10-0) is a slam-dunk No. 1 seed. From this chair, Eldorado (8-2), Mayfield (7-3) and Las Cruces (7-3) also will get first-round byes.

The Eagles get a bump to No. 2 after Las Cruces was slammed 56-27 by Mayfield on Friday night in the District 3-6A title game.

The Trojans were iffy for a first-round home game prior to Friday, but now almost assuredly will end up as the No. 3 overall seed. As for the Bulldawgs, they shouldn’t fall beyond No. 4, despite the lopsided nature of Friday’s setback.

As for seeds 5-8, which all host first-round games next weekend, we start with Rio Rancho (7-3) at No. 5. The Rams probably would have remained inside the top four had Mayfield not won Friday, so Rio Rancho, which lost head-to-head to Las Cruces, slips to the fifth slot.

Clovis (7-3), the District 4 champion after holding off determined Carlsbad on Friday night, likely goes No. 6, then it’s Volcano Vista (6-4) at No. 7 — but do not be surprised if the Hawks are No. 6, with Clovis at No. 7. Manzano (6-4) is practically a lock for No. 8.

From my keyboard, Sandia (7-3) is headed toward a 9 seed, with Hobbs (6-4), Cibola (6-4) and Atrisco Heritage (5-5) rounding out the field.

Here are my projected first-rounders:

Atrisco Heritage at Rio Rancho (winner to face Las Cruces);

Cibola at Clovis (winner to face Mayfield);

Hobbs at Volcano Vista (winner to face Eldorado);

Sandia at Manzano (winner to face Cleveland).

Classes 5A, 4A

My projected top four in Class 5A are Centennial, Artesia, Piedra Vista and Moriarty. In 4A, there are two 10-0 teams in Portales and Hatch Valley; the Rams have more quality wins and will go No. 1. Bloomfield (9-1) and Robertson (7-2), which closes the regular season at noon today with West Las Vegas, seem likely to fill out the top four.

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