Cloudcroft’s Brent Wells drags down Fort Sumner running back Richard Canales during Friday’s clash in Fort Sumner. The Bears rallied with the game’s final 21 points to post a 21-18 victory over the host Foxes. (CNJ correspondent: Andrew Chavez)
By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
When Clovis Christian was able to get something going Friday night against Floyd, the Broncos seemed to have every answer.
Brad Lee ran for two touchdowns, threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Jason Martinez and caught a pair of TD tosses from Kyle Kropf as Floyd won its six-man District 3 opener from the Eagles 55-28 at Jim Hill Field.
Leading 6-0 late in the first quarter, Lee scored on a 4-yard run to set off a string of four touchdowns in less than two minutes. When the smoke cleared, Floyd (3-2) led 27-14.
Clovis Christian (2-3) never got any closer the rest of the way.
“They played a great game,” CCS coach Greg Darden said of the Broncos. “They just ran the ball down our throats.
“We had a lot of missed tackles and those type of things, but I can’t take anything away from Floyd.”
Lee’s touchdown pass put the Broncos on the board midway through the opening period. He also had a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter, then helped Floyd put the game out of reach with TD receptions of 1 yard and 66 yards from Kropf in the final period.
“It was kind of sloppy, but it was a good win for us,” said Floyd coach Rafael Roybal, whose team dressed only nine players for the varsity. “Our kids were doing some good things tonight.
“We’re getting a little better every week.”
Ryan Boatman, returning from an injury, caught touchdown passes of 28 and 42 yards from Dustin Handley. Handley added a 42-yard TD run late in the game, and sophomore Tyler Shipman returned a fumble 46 yards for a score late in the third period.
The Eagles were hurt by an ankle injury which sidelined sophomore receiver-defensive lineman Keeson Bell. Still, Darden said his squad never let up.
“We played to the end of the game, and I’m proud of that,” he said. “We played hard.”
In a junior high preliminary game, CCS rolled to a 47-0 victory over Floyd.