Midwestern State roughs up Hounds

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ENMU special teamers Corey White (left) and Fide Davalos tackle Midwestern State’s Jessie Lewis on a first-quarter kick return during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Midwestern State hardly looked the part of a .500 team Saturday night. […]

Weekend prep summaries

CNJ staff Football Saturday District 2-1A Fort Sumner 54, Mora 14 Fort Sumner 14 18 22 0 — 54 Mora 0 8 0 6 — 14 Scoring summary First quarter FS — Cass Dimitroff 49-yard run (kick failed), 8:59 FS — C. Dimitroff 25-yard run (pass failed), 4:57 FS — Safety, Mora’s Jeorge Trujillo tackled […]

Rams lead early, but fall to Coyotes

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Portales junior Kevin Gonzales wraps up Roswell running back Julian Grado as Jesse Villa comes in to help on the play in the second quarter of Friday night’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The first few minutes saw nothing go right for the […]

Cats hold on for win at Artesia

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Clovis junior Brian Mead rushed for 265 yards and two touchdowns. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ARTESIA — In a back-and-forth game that featured more than 1,000 yards of offense, a hustling play on special teams in the game’s final minutes proved to be the difference. Clovis never trailed in […]

Unbeaten WT outlasts Hounds in overtime 52-51

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ENMU Jason Tezeno (4) leaps over West Texas A&M defender Don Hooks as heads towards the end zone during Saturday’s clash at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium in Canyon, Texas. (Amarillo Globe-News: Robin O’Shaughnessy) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer CANYON, Texas — The numbers were staggering — 1,183 yards of offense, 103 points, 14 touchdowns — […]

Friday’s area prep capsules and summaries

CNJ staff Prep capsules Melrose 74, Tatum 35 Records: Tatum 4-3, Melrose 7-0 Impact: Melrose continues toward an unbeaten regular season Difference: Melrose outscored Tatum 30-0 over the last 11:28 of the game. Difference-makers: Tatum, Albert Castro scored all five touchdowns. Melrose, Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 400 yards and scored six touchdowns and […]

Artesia overwhelms outmanned Rams

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — With a shorthanded squad and a road trip to face one of New Mexico’s top programs, a moral victory was all most expected for Portales. The Rams got that, while Artesia took an easy victory on the field. With nine starters out with either injury or suspension, Portales was […]

Cats cruise to win over Goddard

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Goddard’s Jesus Baca is tackled by Clovis defenders Mel Grassel (71), Chase Denton (56) and Cade Wheeler (26) during Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Sweet to Matthews is becoming music to Clovis’ ears. Wildcats senior quarterback Devin Sweet and junior wide receiver Rishard […]

Clovis clips Rio Rancho in final seconds

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer RIO RANCHO — Clovis rolled the dice twice in the final minutes and came out a winner of its fourth straight game. In what turned out to the winning drive, senior quarterback Devin Sweet kept the drive on a short fourth-down run and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass […]

Denver City blanks Portales

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Portales junior Eric Segovia runs off tackle while trying to break free from Denver City defensive back Jeremy Flores in Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Both coaches predicted Friday’s Denver City-Portales game would be a game determined by field position. The first […]

Friona’s linemen hold off Farwell for win

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — Size does matter — especially on the front lines of a high school football game. Friona’s jumbo linemen proved the point on Friday night in a 27-12 win over Farwell. Farwell coach Jacob Thompson said the line mismatch was made worse by injuries. “We had a couple linemen get dinged […]

BRAC pass distribution falls short of goal

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George Gilestra, of Clovis, reaches in the box for a ticket to Friday’s BRAC regional hearing during ticket drawing Wednesday at The North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Pass distribution for Friday’s Base Realignment and Closure hearing shattered expectations of local leaders and organizers — but not in […]

Grandstanding politicians focus on fickle matters

Freedom Newspapers Politicians, whether at the state or federal level, seldom pass up a chance to grandstand. So, just like their counterparts in Washington, D.C., made political hay by badgering baseball, Texas lawmakers seem intent on wasting time and effort on meaningless diversions outside the scope of their office instead of concentrating on the serious […]

Texico cruises into finals

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Texico senior Johnny Serrano breaks through the tackle of Fort Sumner senior Tim Segura during the second half of their Class 1A semifinal game Friday in Texico. Texico defeated Fort Sumner 42-0. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Neither rain nor fumbles nor an eight-men front could stop […]

Broncos survive defensive struggle

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush tries to protect the ball from Floyd’s Jonathan Mitchell during the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent FLOYD — Jonathan Chavez wasn’t happy with the support his teams was getting so he marched over to the home stands and exhorted the […]

ENMU swept in Wichita

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State unloaded with four second-half goals to hand the Eastern New Mexico men’s team a 5-1 loss in a Southwest Soccer Conference match on Friday, while the women’s team fell 1-0. Freshman forward Albert Robinson took a through pass from Martin Gallegos to punch in the tying goal for the […]

Unbeaten Utes dominate Lobos

By Pete Herrera: The Assocoated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Quarterback Alex Smith was efficient, Steve Savoy sure-handed and Utah’s defense too quick for New Mexico. That was a combination good enough to give undefeated Utah a dominating 28-7 victory over New Mexico on Friday night. Smith ran for two touchdowns and Savoy caught 11 passes for […]

Clovis junior TE catching on

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By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Everything about Clovis High junior tight end Chris Finch is huge, from his octopus-sticky hands that hungrily envelop passes thrown his way to his still-growing 6-foot-4 frame to his ever-present smile. He also has a big future in football, Wildcat coaches say. “He’s only going to get better,” Clovis […]

Cats feeling at home again

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Clovis senior running back Phillip Williams had a career rushing night against Rio Rancho, finishing with 275 yards and two touchdowns in Friday’s 28-21 Wildcat win at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo by Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor He didn’t like the idea of losing the battle of star running backs named […]

Buffaloes blast Mountainair

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — The only thing that came close to stopping Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz on Friday night was leg cramps. The junior speedster scored eight touchdowns as the Buffaloes crushed Mountainair 64-14 in a six-man contest. The game was stopped on Ruiz’s eighth touchdown 5:26 into the third quarter due […]