Posted On: 06/24/20 2:02 PM

Artesia rising senior wide receiver Braxton McDonald emerged last season as one of New Mexico’s top prep playmakers, accumulating over 1,800 all-purpose yards with 78 receptions for 1,435 yards and 22 touchdowns.

However, Artesia, arguably the state’s most storied program, limped home with a disappointing 6-6 record and the 2019 season ended prematurely (by Artesia’s standards) with a lopsided loss to Los Lunas in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

Artesia’s changes for 2020 start at quarterback where senior Clay Houghtaling has graduated after throwing for 3,536 yards and 46 touchdowns in 2019. In addition, an Artesia defense that struggled at times last season must improve.

McDonald spoke with Prep Redzone New Mexico in an exclusive one-on-one interview about his hopes for the 2020 season, what Artesia must do to get back to its winning ways and his opportunities to play at the next level:

Q: We all know the standards at Artesia are extremely high and without exception state titles are annually the goal. How do the Bulldogs achieve that goal in 2020?

A: To achieve a state title, our senior class will need to show leadership on both sides of the football. We need to focus on mastering our craft

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