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Robertson head football coach Leroy Gonzalez addresses his linemen during practice on Wednesday. The defending state champion Cardinal host Portales on Friday night.
Football kicks off tonight

It seems the road to the new Class 4A state football championship goes through Las Vegas — specifically Cardinal Stadium.

The preseason pick to repeat as state champ, Robertson begins that road on Friday night at home with a game against Portales.

Kickoff is 7 p.m.

RHS head coach Leroy Gonzalez said he doesn’t mind his team being in the spotlight ever since the Redbirds ran roughshod over opponents en route to the title — the school’s third state football championship — last December.