The Clovis Wildcats received the No. 3 seed, behind top-seeded Las Cruces and second-ranked Eldorado. The top two seeds are each 10-0.
Clovis, 9-1, lost to Eldorado 22-21 in overtime in the second week of the season. Fourth-seeded Mayfield (8-2) took losses to Eldorado and Las Cruces.
“That’s what it should have been,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “Between 1, 2, 3 and 4, you have three total losses, and all three of them are among 1, 2, 3, 4.
“I don’t think there’s question on the top four.”
The top four teams in the 12-team tournament receive first-round byes and homefield advantage in the quarterfinals.
Sixth-seeded Sandia hosts 11th-seeded Hobbs for the right to play Clovis next week. Kelley said Clovis wants to host that game Nov. 21, but will have to wait until the opponent is determined to finalize matters.
• Las Cruces will face either No. 8 Manzano or No. 9 Cibola.
• Eldorado will face either No. 7 Rio Rancho or No. 10 Highland.
• Mayfield will face either No. 5 La Cueva or No. 12 Alamogordo.
In the semifinals and finals, playoff sites are determined by the playoff histories of the respective teams — the road team in the previous matchup is this season’s host.
Kelley said the process still needs tweaking, because it reduces the chances for a perennial winner to host title games since they always a host team in earlier rounds.
“I don’t think we should have to penalized (in future seasons) for winning district,” Kelley said, “but it’s no big deal.”
Kelley said the Wildcats owe home games to Eldorado, La Cueva and Mayfield, who edged Clovis in last year’s state championship at Leon Williams Stadium.
Should Las Cruces and Clovis reach the state title game, Kelley said the Wildcats would host.
Portales also gets three seed
The Portales Rams (7-3) were awarded the third seed in the upcoming Class 3A state football tournament seeded Saturday by the New Mexico Activities Association. Portales gets a first round bye followed by a home game against either sixth-seeded Cobre or 11th-seeded Robertson.
District 4-3A champion Lovington (7-3) was given the top seed, followed by the District 1-3A champion Bloomfield Bobcats.
Lovington defeated Portales 17-14, and finished the regular season as the top ranked team in Class 3A.
"We expected to be (seeded) second or third," Portales head football coach Andy Correll said. "We're just going to line up and play."