Curry County Cats win, eye playoffs

Staff report
ALAMOGORDO — The Curry County Cats scored a pair of early touchdowns and went on to a 20-10 win over the Alamogordo Desert Dawgs on Saturday in a New Mexico Premier League football game.

Curry County finished the regular season 5-2, inclulding 4-2 for third in the league’s South Division, and will face the second-place New Mexico Wolfpack in a division semifinal playoff game next Sunday at Rio Rancho H.S. The winner then plays the first-place Albuquerque Titans in the championship game on the same field the following week.

After the Desert Dawgs kicked an early field goal, Phillip Williams scored on an 8-yard run and outside linebacker Morris Sharp recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score to make it 12-3 after one quarter.

Alamogordo closed to 12-10 with a third-period TD, but the Cats put it away with a 60-yard touchdown drive following a Kendale Parker interception. Denzel Pleasant got the score from three yards out with a bout five minutes left, and Ryan Autrey threw a 2-point conversion pass to Jacob Jones.

Sharp and fellow OLB Jeryll Parsons combined for several sacks during the game. Williams had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown nullified by a clipping penalty in the third quarter.

Assistant coach John Roanhaus said the Cats were able to take only about half of their 40-man roster available for the game.