Wildcats rev up running game

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Eldorado threw the first shot Friday night, but the Eagles couldn’t withstand Clovis High’s counterpunch. Senior running back Brian Mead rushed for 203 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns and junior Manuel Robles added 148 yards, including a devastating 77-yard TD run in the second […]

Cats encouraged by outing against Bulldawgs

CNJ staff TULAROSA — Seniors Brian Mead and Rishard Matthews scored two touchdowns each and defensive end Michael Lewis returned an interception 30 yards for a score in Clovis High’s preseason scrimmage against the Las Cruces Bulldawgs on Friday. CHS assistant coach Darren Kelley said, in addition to Lewis’ TD return, the Wildcats’ first team […]

Greenwalt finds comfort with Storm

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Seattle Storm view former Clovis High standout Cisti Greenwalt as project. Storm coach and player personnel director Anne Donovan said the team was looking for a young post player when they signed the 6-foot-5 Greenwalt in late May. “Our staff watched her quite a bit when she was […]

Silver edges Green in ENMU spring game

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Silver quarterback Michael Benton, center, releases a throw during the second half of ENMU’s spring football game on Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Little things sometimes make a big difference, as Eastern New Mexico University running back J.J. Jennings found out Saturday. Jennings had […]

Defense keeps Cats in game early

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Clovis’ Randy Cerda , left, and Michael Cohen sack Mayfield quarterback David Bustillos during the first half. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — Quietly, the Clovis High defense kept the Wildcats in Saturday’s Class 5A state championship game early against top-ranked Mayfield at Field of Dreams. With the […]

State notebook: Wildcats stall after TD

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Mayfield quarterback David Bustillos celebrates a 77-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave he Trojans a 17-7 lead. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In the regular season, the Wildcats were only down at halftime twice, against La Cueva and Hobbs, and came back to win both games. On Saturday, Clovis came […]

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 […]

Prep football: Cats roll

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Clovis Jonathan Sweet tackles Las Cruces’ K.D. Davies during the second half of their Class 5A first round playoff game Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tanner Fickling took the handoff from quarterback Devin Sweet and appeared startled for a moment. With nothing but open spaces […]

Baskett burns Rebels as UNM wins opener

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By Rick White: CNJ managing editor ALBUQUERQUE — It was supposed to be a post route. But Hank Baskett noticed the cornerback shading him to the inside, and instead of cutting toward the middle, kept running straight. Sitting in the pocket, New Mexico quarterback Kole McKamey spotted the adjustment and lofted a high spiral toward […]

Rams pull away from Tularosa

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TULAROSA — With a lucky break in the first half and solid play in the second, Portales was able to return home Friday night with a 26-6 win over Tularosa. A Michael Silva run put the Wildcats (0-2) up 6-0, and it would stay that way untill the final […]

Cats get untracked against Pampa

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Clovis High’s Brian Mead rushed for 196 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns, including a 87-yard kickoff return, in the Wildcats’ 34-13 win over Pampa (Texas) on Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After struggling last week against Mayfield, it took Clovis High’s […]

Wildcats ride big plays

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — For the first time against live opposition, the Clovis High football team generally got a passing grade in Friday’s scrimmage against Las Cruces High at the Wool Bowl. The Cats’ No. 1 offense scored four touchdowns while Las Cruces tallied twice. The Bulldawgs also got a score […]

Clovis defense dominates

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats 15-7 win over Mayfield Saturday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Slowly but surely, Clovis squeezed the life out of Mayfield’s offense like a boa constrictor on steroids. The more the Trojans squirmed, […]

Not so special teams: Indians keep playoff hopes alive at expense of Hounds

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State linebacker Fred Moore partially blocked two Eastern New Mexico University punts, helping set up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns that lifted the Indians to a 34-20 Lone Star Conference South Division victory on Saturday. MSU (7-2, 4-1 South) took over second place in the division from the […]

Clovis determined not to overlook Matadors

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Clovis High School senior Elliott Hita drops back on defense during practice Thursday at the high school. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Overconfidence shouldn’t be a problem this week for the Clovis Wildcats even though they’re playing a Sandia team with two wins and more sophomore starters than seniors. […]

Big plays undo Steers

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Farwell sophomore Derrick Chandler is hit by Sudan senior Freddy Perez as he catches a pass during the first quarter of Friday’s game in Sudan. Chandler held on to the ball for a completion, but Farwell lost 27-8. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kl John Eisel SUDAN, Texas — On Sudan’s first play from scrimmage Friday […]

Mules turn thoroughbred

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Muleshoe’s defense is allowing an average of 154 yards per game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisler: CNJ sports writer MULESHOE — Muleshoe coach David Wood said he may have had a defense as good as this year’s, but not one that was faster. With a swarming mentality and speed at every position, the […]

ENMU does Coward classic ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anne Beck, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” said she chose the play to bring laughter to people in a time when the national landscape is intense. “Because it was a comedy, I thought it would be appropriate and needed,” she said. Her reasons for […]

Texico hammers Tucumcari

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Texico senior Chris Phillips runs around the end as he heads toward the end zone during the first half of Firday’s game against Tucumcari in Texico. Texico defeated Tucumcari 48-7. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Defending Class 1A state champion Texico continues to beat up on the big boys. […]

Prep football: Cats blank Goddard

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams is tackled by Goddard’s Josh Nine during Friday’s game at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (Roswell Daily Record: Andrew Kroeckel.) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — It was a story of two defenses and two defensive philosophies. The difference was Goddard’s aggressive, stunting defensive scheme worked for about a […]