Las Cruces HS looks to same formula to defend back-to-back titles

Created: 08/22/2014 7:19 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

Next Friday night will be the first New Mexico GameDay of the high school season. The football games officially start next week, and KOB's Andy Morgan headed south to Las Cruces to find out what the two-time defending state champions have up their sleeve.

Defending a state title is about as difficult as it gets when it comes to New Mexico high school football, but that's exactly what Las Cruces High was able to accomplish last season under head coach Jim Miller.

The expectations remain the same as they turn the page to this season.

"You go back-to-back…boy, there's high expectations. You've got a bull's eye on your back," Miller said. "These kids have to work hard. They're not complacent; they're not living on what we did last year or two years ago."

Miller is in his 17th season with the program, and has already won six state championships.

At this point, the Bulldogs continue to reload rather than retool.

"It's not about taking a step back," Miller said. "It's about getting kids in there that have an opportunity to play when those seniors graduate. And now, they know it's their turn."

While the Bulldog offense can light up the scoreboard, Miller's football philosophy remains the same. It's about keeping the other team out of the end zone.

"That's the thing – with defense, that wins championships," Miller said. "And that's the old cliché, but it really does. They don't score, they don't win."

Las Cruces begins their two-time title defense on August 28 as the Bulldogs host El Paso Montwood.

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