Clovis finishes fast against Bulldawgs

CNJ staff

ROSWELL — Clovis started slow and finished strong in Friday’s scrimmage against Las Cruces, according to Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley.

Las Cruces outscored Clovis four touchdowns to two during an 80-play controlled scrimmage. The Wildcats got the better of the Bulldawgs in a 20-play, goal-line series in which the teams started at the 10-yard line.

Kelley said it took a while for the Wildcats to get used to speed and intensity of playing a game-like situation.

“The good thing is the mistakes we made are correctable,” Kelley said. “We’re not disappointed with their effort.”

Clovis’ first team scored twice during the second of two 15-play series.

Senior Derrick Phillips scored on a 5-yard run and senior quarterback Jordan Mendoza connected with senior Bryce Hill for a 70-yard TD pass.

The Bulldawgs returned seven starters on offense and defense and it showed, especially early, Kelley said. Las Cruces scored twice on each of its possessions.

“We got better as the scrimmage went on,” Kelley said.

The Wildcats open their season Friday at two-time defending Class 5A champion Mayfield.