Ex-Wildcat helps Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State

CNJ staff Yes, that was the same Rishard Matthews who scored 20 touchdowns as a junior at Clovis High School six years ago who helped Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State 34-31 in overtime Friday. Matthews caught 10 passes for 172 yards in Friday’s game, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick with 13 […]

Ex-CHS standout switches committment to Oregon

CNJ staff SANTA ANA, Calif. — Former Clovis High School standout Rishard Matthews has verbally committed to play football at the University of Oregon after making an official trip last weekend, according to Rivals.com. Matthews, who transferred to Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, Calif., one game into Clovis’ season, gave a verbal commitment to […]

Ex-CHS standout playing in California

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Saddleback High coach Jeoff Meek said he felt like he won the lottery when former Clovis Wildcat Rishard Matthews enrolled at the Santa Ana, Calif., school earlier this month. Matthews, who left the Wildcats in the second week of the season to live with his father, made his California […]

Cats begin two-a-days Monday

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Brian Mead returns for his senior season at Clovis High School after rushing for 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, helping the Wildcats reach the Class 5A state championship game. (CNJ file photo) CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats will be looking to reload when they start two-a-day practices Monday. Clovis graduated 18 starters from […]

Cats’ WR makes verbal commitment to UTEP

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Clovis High Rishard Matthews, shown in a Class 5A state playoff semifinal game against Onate last November in Las Cruces, set a school record with 12 touchdown receptions last season as a junior. (CNJ file photo) CNJ staff Clovis High wide receiver Rishard Matthews hopes to use a big senior season as a springboard into […]

Cats edge Pampa in OT for title

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Clovis sophomore Bryce Hill scores two of his 17 points during the first half of the Wildcats’ 89-88 overtime win Friday in the finals of the Milk Cow Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats would like to make a late submission for game of the year. […]

Three Cats chosen to all-star team

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Three members of Clovis High’s Class 5A state runnerup football team have been chosen to the 2005 Class 5A-4A Golden Spread Team, announced recently by the Amarillo Globe News. Junior running back Brian Mead and junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews were chosen on offense, while senior free safety Devin Sweet was […]

Levelland boys turn back Wildcats

CNJ STAFF LEVELLAND, Texas — After a 75-67 loss at Levelland, Clovis coach Jaden Isler was quick to put the result in perspective. “We played pretty well, but that is a tough team for us to play on the road,” Isler said. “They had 12 games already, they were more seasoned that we were, and […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Dynamic duo

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews follows the block of teammate Brian Mead during Saturday’s Class 5A semi-final game against Onate in Las Cruces. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Running back Brian Mead and wide receiver Rishard Matthews are the one-two punch for a Clovis offense that’s helped the Wildcats to a […]

Cats advance to finals

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Clovis junior Rishard Matthews looks for room during the second half. Matthews scored on a 44-yard pass and a 35-yard run. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — It took the Clovis High defense a while to figure out Onate’s powerful option attack in Saturday’s Class 5A state semifinal […]

Cats roll into semifinals with rout of Manzano

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Clovis’ Chris Finch, left, and Randy Cerda take down Manzano quarterback Adam Jaramillo during the second half of Friday’s Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Big plays kill. Clovis scored on four plays of 33 yards or longer and beat Manzano […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Back in the game

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Clovis senior Devin Hanson, who was thrown by a bull at his family farm earlier this season, is fifth on the team with 41 solo tackles. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer There’s no questioning Devin Hanson’s ability to take a hit, not after he was roughed up by an […]

Clovis buries Las Cruces with fast start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If the Clovis High defense had a complaint Friday night — and, mind you, it’s not a major one — it was that the Wildcats’ offense was scoring a little too fast. Nose tackle Randy Cerda was only half-serious when he broached the subject. The Cats needed just six […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats draw Las Cruces in first round

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats were accorded the second seed in the Class 5A football state playoff bracket released Saturday, and will host 15th-seed Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Friday. Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said Las Cruces is a team the Wildcats know well. “We are real familiar with them,” […]

Wildcats win district with defense

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Clovis’ Cade Wheeler returns an interception for the games first score during the first half against Carlsbad Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Clovis defeated Carlsbad 42-6. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats will take a nine-game winning streak into the state playoffs thanks to a strong defensive […]

CHS junior focal point of defenses

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Clovis junior Rishard Matthews has 11 touchdowns and 772 total yards of offense for the Wildcats this season. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Rishard Matthews is drawing a lot of attention lately. When he lines up at wide receiver, there are normally at least two defenders nearby who stay […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Hobbs still working on fear factor

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Clovis defenders Michael Cohen, right, and Richard Alvarez combine to stop Hobbs quarterback Teron Bolton in the Wildcats’ 14-7 win over the Eagles on Friday night. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer HOBBS COACH PHILLIP ROYBAL said his Eagles may be overcoming their purple phobia. Clovis beat Hobbs 14-7 on […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats purring on offense

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 […]

Clovis runs past Matadors

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews, right, celebrates his third quarter touchdown with teammate Brian Hudson during their 51-12 win over Sandia Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jesse Wolfersberger It all starts up front for the Clovis Wildcats. Junior Brian Mead rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns and junior Rishard Matthews added […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats wideout flirts with records

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After catching only seven balls for 61 yards and one touchdown in the teams’ first four games, junior Rishard Matthews has exploded for 12 catches, 268 yards and five scores in the past two weeks. With his emergence, he found his way into the Clovis football record book, and if […]