On Saturday, two rivals collide as the Las Cruces Kings play host to the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs as both teams will look to remain unbeaten.
The defending Rio Grande Football League champion Kings are coming off a 28-6 road win over the West Texas Bulldogz in Amarillo, while the Desert Dawgs escaped the West Texas Outlaws to the tune of 17-13 one week ago.
“We are expecting the game to be a barn burner,” Kings CEO Derek Smith told DFUSA. “It is a rivalry game and Alamo and the Kings always play to the end. We don’t expect them to come out and lay down. We expect them to bring the heat.”
Against the Outlaws, the Desert Dawgs threw four interceptions but still managed to hang on to the win as the defense rose tall late in the game and got the ball back for the offense which then made it a two-score game.
“That was huge when Sean Powe stripped that ball and basically won the game for us at that point,” Desert Dawgs head coach Kenny Mitchell told DFUSA. “Then we got us that field goal to secure that victory for us.”
“The biggest thing we need to work on is limit our turnovers. If we can limit our turnovers I think we’re going to give the Kings a run for their money.”
Linebacker Zak Heffner is an integral part of the Alamogordo defense which hopes to turn the tide in their series with the Kings and come out with a win.
“They played tough last year,” Heffner said. “They obviously beat us. I don’t remember if we scored any points. I don’t think we did, so we need to work on our offense and our defense is going to keep on keeping on. We’re going to go in with a lot of heart. They’re our biggest rivals so we’re going to bring it to them.
Just one hour separates the two programs, which are very familiar with each other.
“The Kings don’t look past any team, especially teams in our division, because we know that on any given day, the underdog team can have a day where everything goes right and end up coming out on top,” Smith said. “We have a good relationship with The Dawgs, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, heads ring, and we don’t expect for it to be any different this weekend.”