CHS FOOTBALL: Cats soar past Eagles

Clovis running back Manuel Robles is brought down by Hobbs defenders Brandon Solomon, left, and Thomas Schnaubert during Friday’s district game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer

For a second-straight game, Clovis senior Brian Mead ran himself into the storied Clovis High record book.

Mead rushed 328 yards and five touchdowns in Friday’s 40-9 win over Hobbs at Leon Williams Stadium. The effort broke Doug Cavanaugh’s single-game record of 319 set in 1982 — against Hobbs.

The 5-foot-6, 160-pound senior rushed to the top of the school’s all-time rushing list two weeks ago.

Junior Manuel Robles added 111 yards as Clovis (6-3) opened District 4-5A play with an easy win.

Senior tight end Michael Lewis caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown for Clovis (6-3, 1-0 ), while junior quarterback Jordan Mendoza was an efficient 3-for-5 for 50 yards.

“Offensively, the front did a great job of blocking,” Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said. “Brian did a hell of a job of running. They (Hobbs) had us one-up in the box, and they were playing the run and playing Brian, and he was still able to get free.”

Junior free safety Jordan Isler snatched two interceptions for a Clovis defense that held the Eagles to nine points, the fewest points Clovis has allowed this season.

“We practiced real hard this week, and worked on all their routes,” senior strong safety Kolt Merren said. “We knew every thing they were going to run.”

The second quarter was the shakiest for the Cats as Hobbs (5-5, 1-1) scored its only touchdown when junior wide receiver Sammy Mendoza caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:06 left in the first half cutting Clovis’ lead to 21-9.

Mendoza finished with three catches for 36 yards.

Hobbs senior kicker Adam Richards hit a 56-yard field goal on the Eagles’ opening drive.

In losses to Artesia and Palo Duro earlier this season, the Clovis secondary struggled against the spread offense. But the Cats held Hobbs senior quarterback Teron Bolton to 14-of-30 passing and 191 yards.

Senior Reese Franklin led the Eagles with three catches for 72 yards, all in the first half.

Clovis began the second half with a 14-play drive that ate up 8:19 seconds of clock, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Mead with 3:41 remaining in the third quarter.

“A lot of it was the line opening up holes,” Mead said. “And as soon as I got to those holes there was no one in the secondary because they were all on the line, and it was pretty much off to the races after that.”