By Kevin Wilson
Through a hot afternoon at Leon Williams Stadium, fans and players searched for cloud cover and shade, while the Southwest American Football League searched for points. All parties involved came up empty.
The Battle of the Border All-Star Game quickly turned into a blowout, and the New Mexico Premier League defenders held on for the goose egg in a 28-0 win Saturday afternoon.
The matchup of semipro league all-stars quickly turned to the NMPL, decked in white, red and gold uniforms, taking over behind three touchdown tosses by Cedric Odie and a 1-yard run by Clovis’ Manuel Robles to close out the scoring in the second.
Robles also caught a 4-yard pass from Odie, who also found Jeremy Griffiths on scoring tosses of 3 and 23 yards.
The team clicked well despite a limited time to get to know each other, said Griffiths, a Truth or Consequences native who played a season of college ball at Western New Mexico.
“We talked on the way up,” said Griffiths, a representatives of the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs. “We talked more today, came in at 12 and got set up.”
The rest of the game starred the defense, which allowed just five first downs and allowed SWAFL to cross midfield twice.
“We held up really well,” defensive coordinator John Roanhaus said. “We had 22 on the roster, and only had 12 show up. We went pretty much without subs and played well.
“They took a lot of pride playing against a Texas offense. They hear it all the time, Texas offense, Texas offense, We wanted to prove New Mexico can get after it.”
There were nine players selected from the Curry County Cats, the host for the game.