Wildcats fans gear up for title game

Clovis High School senior Autumn Skinner, 18, draws a paw as fellow senior Kymberly Helton, 17, also works on a sign for the door of their Spanish III class Thursday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer

The hallways at Clovis High School are decked out in purple and white. The colors represent the Wildcat football team, which will face the Mayfield Trojans in the state-championship game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

School officials said the students are also showing their “purple pride” by covering their car windshields with inspiring shoe polish phrases: “Go Wildcats” and “We’re No. 1.”

The high school students have also decorated the school’s sidewalks with multi-colored chalk urging the Wildcats to prevail over the Trojans.

Booster Club President Bill Simon said a send-off pep rally is planned for 4 p.m. today in the parking lot at Clovis High School. Simon said the cheerleaders, drill team and band are expected to be on hand to perform.

“The public is invited,” Simon said. “I hope everyone shows up in purple clothes to line the streets and show the Wildcats some support.”

Simon said he expects about 2,500 Clovis fans to travel to Las Cruces for the final game of the season.

Clovis resident Jim Denton said he will be one of those fans. “I went through the Clovis school system,” Denton said. “I’ve been attending Wildcat football games since 1967.”

Denton said he will be showing his spirit by donning purple attire and yelling positive reinforcement to his son, Chase, and the rest of the Wildcats.