By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
TWO CLOVIS WILDCATS reached milestones in Friday’s 42-35 win at Artesia.
Coming into the game, running back Brian Mead needed 72 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. The junior soared past the millennium mark with 265 yards on 30 carries, giving him 1,193 yards on the ground this season.
“I’m not into all that stat stuff,” Mead said. “I just play.”
Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said his running back had a good game.
“He did a great job getting up into the hole and holding onto the football,” Kelley said. “We knew going into the game that we could run the ball, we just had to take care of it and get it down the field.”
This is the second time in as many games that Mead has racked up more than 200 yards. He had 207 against Sandia.
JUNIOR RISHARD MATTHEWS’ 70-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Bulldogs was his eighth on the season, giving him the school single-season record.
“It feels pretty good,” Matthews said. “Devin just put it in the right place. I didn’t think I was going to be able to catch up to the ball though.”
Kelley said we can expect Matthews to pad that record.
“That’s great,” Kelley said about Matthews’ milestone. “And that’s going to continue to go. He’s a great receiver and he’s going to continue to make big plays and score.”
SENIOR MATT ULIBARRI HAS been like a football-seeking missile this season.
Ulibarri recovered Kris Vierra’s fumble on his potential game-tying punt return, giving the speedy cornerback a team-high three fumble recoveries.
Ulibarri has also blocked five kicks this year.
When the opposition lines up for an extra-point, Ulibarri said he goes into a zone.
“I try not to think,” he said. “I zone everything out and look at the ball. As soon as the ball moves half an inch, I’m gone already.”
FRIDAY’S SHOOTOUT GOT REVVED up as the first quarter wound down.
The game was scoreless until the last play of the first period, but over the next 21 plays, the teams combined for five touchdowns.
Both teams had long scoring plays, Mead got into the end zone on runs of 53 and 58 yards and Artesia’s Denny Burnett hooked up with Scott Poe for a 65-yard touchdown pass.