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. […]

Three prep QBs among Eastern’s signees

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott announced the signing of nine players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, including possibly the team’s quarterback of the future. Anthony Carter led Class 2A Jacksboro (Texas) High School to a 20-4 record over the past two seasons, and Elliott believes he could […]

Former CHS quarterback suffers fatal heart attack

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By Glen Seeber Clovis’ fleet-footed quarterback from the unbeaten 1973 championship team died Friday after suffering a heart attack, a family member said. Mark Anthony Trujillo Sr., 47, of Clovis “was an excellent leader as a quarterback,” recalled Mike Prokop, who played football with him that season. “That sucker could scoot,” said Randy Adrian, another […]

Clovis LB a quick study

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Senior Jeff Epps leads the Wildcats in tackles in his first season at linebacker. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Night after night, Jeff Epps watches film, trying to cram years of learning to play linebacker into one season. In charge of getting the Clovis Wildcats aligned correctly, he first checks the offensive formation. […]

Hinson stands tall in the pocket

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Eastern junior QB Steven Hinson has had a hand in 10 TDs this season. Photo by Eric Kluth. Kevin Wilson Angelo State could have had Steven Hinson as its starting quarterback for this Saturday’s game. The Eastern New Mexico junior wouldn’t mind showing them that it should have. Hinson, in his first year as the […]

Clovis’ Teconchuk is catching on

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk’s combination of sprinter’s speed and sure hands makes him a deep threat for the Wildcats. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan once cut a wide receiver because “all he does is catch touchdowns.” Cris Carter went on to have a Hall-of-Fame type career with […]

No. 19 Hounds wary of ACU

Dave Wagner o Abilene Christian has beaten the 19th-ranked and unbeaten Greyhounds four-straight times. By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dave_wagner@link.freedom.com Gary Gaines has had a tough time against most teams in his three-plus seasons as the Abilene Christian football coach. But even though the Wildcats are 3-0 against ENMU in that time — and […]

Bovina notches shutout

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — Jonathan Chisom rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and Bovina posted its second-straight shutout on the road by beating Trinity Fellowship 22-0. Chisom scored on runs of 80 and 57 yards in the first quarter as the Mustangs (2-1) jumped out to a 12-0 first-quarter lead before the offense bogged […]

Greyhounds dominant in home opener

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ENMU safety Ty Touchstone wraps up Highlands running back Andrew Garst during Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University made sure there would be no suspense this time. Junior quarterback Steven Hinson ran for three touchdowns and threw for another one Saturday night […]

Cats rout Roswell

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Clovis cornerback Angelo Sandoval tackles Roswell’s receiver Derrick Evans during the second quarter of Saturday’s game in Roswell. Clovis won 43-0. Dave Wagner ROSWELL — John Props made quite a splash in his first varsity start for the Clovis High Wildcats. So did Alex Everett. Props, filling in at quarterback for […]

Friday area prep football roundup

CNJ STAFF FARWELL — The Farwell Steers took advantage of a bad punt snap by Petersburg for the deciding touchdown early in the fourth quarter Friday night and edged the Buffaloes 14-7 in their home opener. With the ball on their own 21, the Buffaloes punt snap sailed over the head of junior Bobby Rosas […]

Texico turns back Bovina

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/Texico running back Johnny Serrano runs past Bovina’s Raymond Chisom during his first quarter touchdown run during Friday’s game at Bovina. Dave Wagner BOVINA — Less than seven minutes into Friday’s season opener against Bovina, the Texico Wolverines appeared to be headed for an easy win. Bovina didn’t give in though, […]

Farwell battling numbers game

By Eric Butler FARWELL — The Farwell Steers didn’t even make it to their first scrimmage before being hit by the injury bug. Senior Cale Stevenson, penciled in at running back, is out for the year due to a concussion and sophomore Logan McFarland, one of three players competing at quarterback, tore an anterior cruciate […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]