Artesia seeded fourth in 4A state playoffs, draw a bye through this week’s first round

By BRIENNE GREEN
Sports Editor

There was no question what sort of game the Bulldog football team was looking for Friday night at Wool Bowl in Roswell: clean and dominant.

With the Class 4A state playoffs looming and the boys in orange still one win away from evening their overall record, the ‘Dogs were languishing at No. 5 in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association polls behind top-ranked Goddard, Aztec, Valencia and Los Lunas.

Having come up just short of some of the top-tier schools in Class 5A as well as District 4-AAAA champion Goddard, Artesia was clearly worthy of a top-four seed in the playoff bracket and a bye through the first round of the playoffs. But the Bulldogs knew a solid showing against the Coyotes in both the district and regular-season finale was a must in order to earn that seed. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.