Melrose returns to six-man title game

CNJ staff LOGAN — The Melrose Buffaloes are ready to defend their state six-man football championship. Senior Brock Graham ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from Carlos Ruiz and sophomore Adam Hairgrove added three touchdowns and a safety Friday night as the Buffs routed District 3 rival Logan 86-40 in a semifinal […]

Friday area prep football capsules

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Senior Richard Canales of the Fort Sumner Foxes (3-1) is brought down by senior Brent Wells of the Cloudcroft Bears (3-0). (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) CNJ staff Texico 34, Eunice 13 Records: Texico 2-2, Eunice 1-4. Impact: The Wolverines, who went 12-0 en route to Class 1A state championships in 2003 and 2004, snapped a […]

Area prep football capsules

CNJ staff Saturday Melrose 62, Mountainair 36 Records: Melrose 2-0, Mountainair 1-1 Difference: The Buffaloes started and finished the game strong, outscoring Mountainair 22-8 in the first quarter and 20-0 in the fourth. Difference makers: Carlos Ruiz found the end zone five times, running for four touchdowns and throwing for another. By the numbers: Melrose […]

State preview: Clovis game capsules

CNJ staff Aug. 27 Mayfield 35, Clovis 0 The state runner-up in Class 5A the last three years, Mayfield looked in playoff form in the season opener, pounding Clovis in a mercy-rule-shortened game at Leon Williams Stadium. “I’ve been playing (Clovis coach Eric) Roanhaus since 1980, and the shoe’s been on the opposite foot at […]

State preview: La Cueva game capsules

CNJ staff Editor’s note: La Cueva game summaries were compiled from a variety of newspaper Internet sites, including the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune. Sept 3. La Cueva 49, Eldorado 0 New season, same stifling defense. Top-ranked La Cueva shoved Eldorado backward to the tune of minus 4 yards of total offense in an easy […]

Melrose takes second title in six years

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush chases down Floyd junior Jerrod Long during the second quarter of Wednesday’s six-man championship at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — In a game featuring 134 points, going two quarters with a combined one touchdown proved nearly impossible to overcome. The Melrose Buffaloes gained control […]

Mules crush No. 11 Perryton

CNJ Staff AMARILLO — Brady Black rushed for 182 and two touchdowns as Muleshoe extended its playoff mastery over Perryton with a 30-13 win Thursday at Dick Bivins Stadium. Brant Hamilton passed for 103 yards and a touchdown and ran for another as the Mules rolled up 422 yards of offense while beating the 11th-ranked […]

Melrose RB sets national record

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz has rushed for more than 5,000 yards in the last two seasons. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Caleb Dodd has played football with Carlos Ruiz since the seventh grade, and he’s still amazed by some of the feats of his fleet-footed teammate. With the help of Dodd’s crushing […]

Melrose cranks up offense

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz reaches for a pass during Saturday’s six-man playoff game against Tatum. Ruiz was unable to hold onto the pass. (Hobbs News Sun photo: Cody Gideon) CNJ Staff TATUM — Melrose outscored Tatum 46-6 in the second and third quarters en route to an 82-47 win Saturday in the first round of […]

Texico routs Hobbs JV

CNJ staff TEXICO — Chris Phillips rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns as defending Class 1A state champion opened its season Thursday by whipping the Hobbs junior varsity 62-0. Justin Garrison and Braden Vaughan added two touchdowns each for the Wolverines, who exploded for 29 points in the second quarter en route to a […]