Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Don't Count South Out.(Sports)

Byline: KEN SICKENGER Of the Journal

No smoke or mirrors were used, and as far as I know, no one stuck any pins in a Jim Bradley voodoo doll.

And yet, two Southern New Mexico prep football powers actually got knocked off in Albuquerque over a span of two days last weekend.

Manzano's 31-21 upset win over then-No. 1 Mayfield the team Bradley coaches and Highland's 28-14 manhandling of fifth-ranked Clovis had high school football fans, coaches and players around the state buzzing.

Could these scores mean Albuquerque might finally end its seven-year big-school championship drought this football season? Has the North finally made up some ground on the all-powerful South? …

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