Wildcats can sew up district title with win
Published: Thursday, November 8th, 2007
Clovis looks to continue its recent domination in District 4-5A play tonight against Carlsbad. The Wildcats have won 13 straight district games and 20 of their last 21. Clovis (6-3, 1-0) can win its fifth straight district title by beating the visiting Cavemen. Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said the game is also important for state-playoff seedings. “We’ve got to take care of business,” Kelley said. “We can’t afford to give (the selection committee) a reason not to seed us where we need to be.” The top four seeds in the 12-man Class 5A playoffs receive first-round byes. The Wildcats were ranked fourth in this week’s Albuquerque Journal Coaches’ poll. The Cavemen (3-6, 0-1) haven’t been officially eliminated from the district race. Because of tie-breaker rules, Carlsbad has to beat Clovis by at least 13 points to force a three-way tie in the three-team district that also includes Hobbs. Kelley said the Wildcats are looking for more consistency on offense. “We’ve got to do a better job of blocking up front and taking care of our responsibilities,” Kelley said. “We’re not doing a good job of getting to the second level.” Kelley said the Cavemen are a good defensive football team. “They stunt from every angle, every down and in every gap,” Kelley said. “It’s a feast or famine defense.” Carlsbad is coached by former Eastern New Mexico University linebacker Ron Arrington. The Cavemen have had two weeks to prepare for Clovis, but Arrington said he hasn’t changed much. “It comes down to execution,” said Arrington, who was named head coach this year after 10 years as an assistant at the school. “We need to be able to execute down after down.” Playoff seedings will be announced Sunday. CLOVIS GAMEDAY Carlsbad at Clovis 7 p.m. today Leon Williams Stadium * Records: Carlsbad 3-6, 0-1. Clovis 6-3, 1-0. * Last week: Carlsbad did not play. Clovis beat Hobbs 28-7. * Last meeting: 2006, Clovis 20-13. * On the radio: KCLV 1240 AM and 99.1 FM, KTQM 99.9 FM, KKYC 102. * Carlsbad players to watch: Nathan Clark, Sr., QB, 6-2, 195; Daniel Martinez, Sr., WR, 6-0, 215; Josh Waterscheid, Sr. OT/DT, 6-0. 250. * Closing in on 1,000: Clovis senior RB Manuel Robles needs 35 yards for his second straight 1,000-yard season. * A definite plus: Clovis is a plus-12 in turnover margin this season. The Wildcats have forced 27 turnovers, including 16 interceptions. * Tackling machine: Junior LB Lane Ward continues to lead the Wildcats in tackles with 97. Safeties Cerron Bailey and Stefan Mills are second and third, respectively, with 62 and 49. * On the attack: The Wildcats have been getting to the passer more in recent games. With three sacks against Hobbs, the Wildcats bumped their season total to 12. Nathan Carver, Michael Howard and Diondre Hunter lead the way with two each. * Fund-raiser: Carpet Tech is hosting a tailgate party before today’s game in an effort to raise money to install artificial turf at Leon Williams Stadium. They will be serving free brisket, chili, hot dogs and hamburgers starting at 5 p.m. Donations are welcome. Carpet Tech is owned by former Wildcats quarterback Chet Pharies. Information: 762-0086.
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