Curry County Cats post second win

By Eric Norwood Jr.

CNJ staff writer

enorwood@pntonline.com

Clovis’ semi-pro football team scored another victory on Sunday as the Curry County Cats beat the El Paso Raiders 21-12 at Leon Williams Field, improving their season record to 2-1.

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr. Curry County Cats running back Raymond Chisom leaves two El Paso Raider defenders crawling over each other trying to tackle him on Sunday at Leon Williams Field. The Cats defeated the Raiders 21-12 to improve to 2-1 in the New Mexico Premier Football League.

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Curry County Cats running back Raymond Chisom leaves two El Paso Raider defenders crawling over each other trying to tackle him on Sunday at Leon Williams Field. The Cats defeated the Raiders 21-12 to improve to 2-1 in the New Mexico Premier Football League.

 

Quarterback John Props threw a touchdown pass to Kendale Parker, while Ryan Autrey and Philip Williams both ran for touchdowns for the Cats.

Safety Morris Sharpe started the scoring for the Cats by registering a safety in the first quarter, and Props’ pass to Parker plus the extra point made the score 9-0 at halftime.

The Cats held off the Raiders in the second half with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by quarterback Autrey and a 19-yard scamper by Williams.

The Cats lack a reliable field goal kicker, but it often came in handy in giving the Raiders bad field position. The Cats twice drove into the re

d zone in the first half, only to turn the ball over on downs.

However, the Raiders started each possession deep in their own territory, and could never sustain a drive the length of the field. The Raiders scored twice in the second half, but couldn’t convert any extra points.

Cats defensive backs and cousins Quinn Culliver and Denzel Pleasant caused a highlight-worthy interception in the first quarter.

A Raiders receiver apparently caught a deep pass over the middle of the field, and was met with a crushing hit by Pleasant. The ball popped into the air before the receiver could gain full possession, and landed in Culliver’s hands, drawing loud cheers from the stands and sidelines.

The Cats hit the road on Sunday to face the Odessa Skyforce.