Chris Finch, left, and Randy Cerda helped Clovis go 12-2 in 2005. (File photo)
By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer
Feeling slightly jilted he originally was an alternate to the South squad in Friday’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association North-South all-star game at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the former Clovis High linebacker was a late replacement.
He’s hoping to show one and all that the earlier omission was a mistake.
“I was a little bit disappointed,” said Sweet, one of six Wildcats on the roster. “(But) it doesn’t matter anymore. I just want to go out and prove myself.”
Other Clovis members of the team are strong safety Devin Sweet, offensive linemen Chase Denton and Aaron Simon, tight end Chris Finch and defensive lineman Randy Cerda. Like Jon Sweet, Cerda was also a late replacment on the squad.
For the Cats, it probably seems like a regular high school practice week. Longtime CHS coach Eric Roanhaus brought his staff out to coach the South squad.
“It’s pretty nice,” said Devin Sweet, who like Jon Sweet (no relation) is planning to play football at Eastern New Mexico University. “We don’t have to learn anything new this week.”
Devin Sweet, who was also the Cats’ quarterback last season, said the first couple of days of practice this week felt every bit like summer.
“It’s hot up here; it’s just like going through two-a-days in Clovis,” he said.
While Devin said it’s unlikely he’ll play on offense in Friday’s game, scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff, Jon Sweet expects to see some action at tight end, where the South doesn’t have a lot of depth.
“I’m more excited about playing defense, though,” he said. “Linebacker is more fun because you get to knock the snot out of people.
“I’m just looking forward to getting after the North side. I think we have a lot of speed on the team, and that’s going to help us in every way.”
The South has dominated the series all-time, holding a 39-19-4 edge, but the North won last year’s matchup handily 21-0.
Both Sweets said they’ve enjoyed getting to know players they’ve competed against in the past.
“It’s definitely a good thing,” Jon Sweet said. “We’re rivals during the season, but now we’re coming together as teammates.”
The main thing is to come together well enough to win the game, Devin Sweet said.
“That’s the biggest thing we’ve all talked about,” he said.