Scott Fahsholtz (left) and Steven Gulley will play in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s Class 4A-5A all-star football game next Friday in Albuquerque.
By Dave Wagner
Scott Fahsholtz and Steven Gulley have been bookend tackles for the Clovis High offense over the last couple of years, so it’s only fitting they finish their high school football careers together on the South squad in Friday’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A-5A all-star game.
They are the Wildcats’ only representatives in the 61st annual contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. at UNM Stadium in Albuquerque.
“It was one of our main goals all year, besides trying to win,” Fahsholtz said of making the squad. “Me and Steven have been best friends for a long time, and we’ve played football together for a long time.
“It’s pretty neat we get to go out together, although I think some of our (other) people should also be on the team.”
The players left Saturday night for Albuquerque. They will report today, with several two-a-day practice sessions scheduled during the week.
They were chosen the top two offensive linemen last fall in District 4-5A. Neither is necessarily planning on playing college football, although Gulley will attend Eastern New Mexico University and said he may try to walk on for the Greyhounds next spring.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Gulley said of the all-star berth. “I’ll be able to play with some of the guys I played against the last two or three years.”
While they both played tackle at CHS, the 5-11, 250-pound Gulley was chosen as a guard for this game.
“The reason they did that is because they thought I was too small to play tackle,” Gulley said. “It’s going to be a new experience. I haven’t played guard since my seventh grade year.”
Fahsholtz, who is 6-1, 255, said because he and Fahsholtz have known for quite a while they’d be in the game, they’ve tried to maintain some conditioning. He admits, though, it’s not like being in-season.
“We’ve been running a lot, so we’ve stayed in pretty good shape,” he said. “We know how to push each other.
“It’s one more chance to hit somebody. I hope they put us on the same side (of the line). That would be pretty neat.”
Neither Gulley nor Fahsholtz expects to be asked to play any defense in the game, although they saw spot duty on that side of the ball for the Cats. Both played most of the fourth quarter and the three overtimes of the Cats’ 31-24 win over Carlsbad in the regular-season finale at Leon Williams Stadium.
“I would like to have played more (defense),” Gulley said.
Fahsholtz said an ankle injury sustained in the season opener at Mayfield probably limited his time overall on defense, but he noted he was able to knock down a couple of passes in the third OT against Carlsbad.