Cats add 1,000-yard rusher

Clovis High defenders Cobey Isbell, right, and Derrick Phillips, left, tackle Hobbs wide receiver Reese Franklin in the Cats 40-9 victory over the Eagles at Leon Williams Stadium on Friday.

By Greg Price CNJ SPORTS WRITER

With his 125-yard effort Friday, junior Manuel Robles went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season.

It is the first time since Nathan Nuttall and Aaron Smith on the 2001 state championship team the Wildcats have had two 1,000-yard rushers in one season.

Robles has 1,005 yards in nine games.

“He’s a fun one to watch,” Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said. “Manuel’s a great complement to Brian, because you better cover both of them.”

Upon further review: Doug Cavanuagh’s single-game rushing record of 319 yards in 1992 against Hobbs is safe for at least one more game.

Wildcat senior Brian Mead officially rushed for 312 yards Friday against Hobbs, not the 328 reported in Saturday’s CNJ.

However, with 1,860 yards through nine games, Mead is closing in on Cavanaugh’s single-season mark of 2,197, also set in 1992.

The top five single-season rushing performances:
1. Doug Cavanaugh 2,197 (1992)
2. Darren Kelley 2,086 (1985)
3. Brian Mead 1,942 (2005)
4. Phillip Williams 1,889 (2004)
5. Michael Thompson 1,879 (1991)

Bragging rights: Since 1967, Clovis and Hobbs have played for a trophy called the Rebel, which is a miniature cannon. With its 40-9 win Friday, Clovis has beaten Hobbs six straight times and owns a 31-5 edge over the Eagles since the trophy was first introduced.

Stingy: The nine points Clovis allowed against Hobbs was a season low. The previous low was 14 to Eldorado in Week 2.
The Wildcats came into the Hobbs allowing 21.5 points and 262 yards a game.

The Cats allowed Hobbs 295 yards, however, they sacked senior quarterback Teron Bolton three times and picked him off twice. Hobbs was averaging 22.2 points per game.

Kelley said Clovis did want to give up a big pass play and was content to let Hobbs threw short passes.

“We did a little bit more of a Cover-2 shell, where we played a little (man-to-man) underneath,” Kelley said, “and let them catch the short stuff and make the tackles.”

It takes a thief: Senior free safety Jaden Isler picked off Bolton twice in the second half, and leads Clovis with three interceptions.

“The biggest thing with him was it clicked as far as not having to think so much,” Kelley said. “and he started being an athlete back there and running to the football.”

Caught looking: Senior tight end Michael Lewis caught his first TD pass of his varsity career, a 30-yarder on the first play of the second quarter.

Mead was the primary receiver on the play. Quarterback Jordan Mendoza saw Mead was double covered and instead spied a wide-open Lewis. The play came on third-and-25.

“I don’t think they knew that we were going to come out and throw the first play of the second quarter,” said Mendoza, who was 3-for-5 for 50 yards against Hobbs. “I saw Mike up there and I knew Mike could catch the ball.”