Prep Football: Here we go again

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School senior corner Jaden Isler returns a punt during Thursday afternoon’s practice session. The Wildcats open their season today against defending 5A champions Mayfield High School. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor It only seems right that the Clovis Wildcats get first crack at ending the Mayfield Trojans’ […]

Mayfield beats Clovis in season-opener — again

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Michael Cohen and Taylor Muse tackle Mayfield quarterback Mathew Sandoval in Clovis’ 21-13 loss on Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If the Mayfield Trojans are going to defend their Class 5A state football championship, it figures that Chris Hutchinson will be a major factor. A […]

Lady Cats dominate Mayfield in final

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Clovis and Mayfield share a lot. Each has won a state title recently, each are 5-0 this season, and each breezed through the first two round of the Mel Otero Invitational tournament. But Saturday’s tournament title contest turned out to be no contest as the defending Class […]

Trojans take title

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Clovis junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews tries to outrun Mayfield’s Peter Suter during the second half of Saturday’s Class 5A championship game at the Field of Dreams Stadium in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — Just when it looked like the Clovis High Wildcats had taken […]

CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY: Trojans pursue perfect finish

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mayfield’s Jim Bradley, still fiery after nearly 50 years coaching in high school and college, said he’s never gone into a season where he didn’t think his team could win every game. “Well, that’s not true — I did coach at New Mexico State,” he quipped. The senior-laden, top-ranked […]

Mayfield eliminates two-time 5A champs

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Top-ranked Las Cruces Mayfield scored on a fumble recovery and a blocked punt Friday night and turned back two-time defending champion La Cueva 21-7 in a Class 5A state semifinal playoff game at Wilson Stadium. The Trojans (13-0) will meet either second-ranked Clovis (11-1) or No. 3 crosstown rival Onate (11-1) […]

Resilient Clovis defensive effort not enough

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — If you looked only at the stats — 19-4 in first downs, 289-62 in total offense, 61-30 in plays from scrimmage, all favoring Mayfield — you’d figure it was a blowout. But the Clovis High Wildcats nearly got Friday’s season opener at Field of Dreams into […]

CHS alum turning heads at college

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers In his second season at Trinidad State (Colo.) Junior College, former Clovis High pitcher Darren Davis is hoping to take the next step. The sophomore right-hander is getting some looks from four-year schools at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels, as well as the NAIA. “I’ve talked to […]

Trojans trounce Texico

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Texico’s Tony Clement is fouled by Mesa Vista’s Kenneth Martinez as he drives to the basket during the first half of a Class 2A quarterfinal game Wednesday at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Texico and Mesa Vista were busy trading baskets when the […]

Preparing for payback

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Clovis defensive coordinator Darren Kelley talks to the Clovis Wildcat defense Thursday during practice. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Jim Bradley and the Mayfield Trojans are feeling a little claustrophobic. With rain and drizzle blanketing the eastern part of the state for the better part of a week, the Trojans […]

La Cueva hammers Mayfield

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A powerful rushing attack, a tenacious defense and big plays at the right time. The big, bullish and still undefeated La Cueva Bears on Friday night added a new chapter to the playbook that southern teams have thrived on for years. Matt Quillen scored four touchdowns and quarterback Tyler Davis […]