Junior linebacker Tristan Stone returns an interception for a touchdown in their game vs. Centennial. Photo Credit to Una Woisin

The La Cueva Bears football team look to continue their winning ways and their undefeated record of 3-0 on Thursday as they take on the West Mesa Mustangs at Nusenda Community Stadium. Let’s take a preview of the upcoming game:

La Cueva Bears (3-0, 0-0 in District 2/6A)

Wins: Cibola 42-8, Cleveland 30-7, Centennial 42-14

Losses: N/A

Key Win: Cleveland

Team Outlook: After three straight wins to open up their season, the La Cueva Bears have shown the type of contender they could quite possibly be in Class 6A.With a strong defense that has only allowed 29 total points amongst their three opponents, an offense that has scored 114 points on their opponents, and their record-breaking quarterback Dylan Summer, this team has shown strides early. “Our defense is very strong and full of a lot of athletes,” senior defensive end Ryan McClain said. “We have beaten good teams these last three weeks. This is the season we have been working for.” The Bears offense has attacked the passing game a little more this year, and with a receiving core of Reece Wilkinson, Tristan Roswold, Grant Giesler and Seth Beller, it has worked in their favor.

West Mesa Mustangs (2-1, 0-0 in District 4/6A)

Wins: Del Norte 34-6, St. Pius 27-14

Loss: Volcano Vista 34-7

Key Win: St. Pius

Team Outlook: The Mustangs have made plenty of improvements under head coach Ron McMath this season, and look to get their first winning season since 2011. Quarterback Gabe Sanchez for the Mustangs offense has helped the team greatly and is likely the #1 person the Bears defense will look out for on the field. He is athletic and light on his feet, and could scramble out of the pocket easily if the defense doesn’t spot that happening right away. The defense for the Mustangs was containing the passing game of Volcano Vista, so if the Bears throw short passes and let the receivers go upfield, that would still work.

This game will take place on Thursday, 9/14, at 7:00 pm at Nusenda Community Stadium.