Rams drop shootout at Ruidoso

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — After playing a catch-up game for the most part, the Rams will now play a different kind of game — a waiting one. After a 56-35 loss at Ruidoso, Portales’ season hangs in the balance of a seeding meeting tonight after it failed to qualify for one of […]

Wildcats win district with defense

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Clovis’ Cade Wheeler returns an interception for the games first score during the first half against Carlsbad Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Clovis defeated Carlsbad 42-6. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats will take a nine-game winning streak into the state playoffs thanks to a strong defensive […]

Midwestern State roughs up Hounds

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ENMU special teamers Corey White (left) and Fide Davalos tackle Midwestern State’s Jessie Lewis on a first-quarter kick return during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Midwestern State hardly looked the part of a .500 team Saturday night. […]

Melrose romps to easy win in quarterfinals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Carlos Ruiz was back in action Friday night and provided the Melrose Buffaloes with a big lift. Not that they needed a whole lot. The top-ranked and top-seeded Buffs opened defense of their state six-man title with a 48-0 quarterfinal victory over Roy-Wagon Mound. Melrose (10-0) advances […]

Texico routs Jal for district title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Just in time for a seeding committee near you: A statement game from the Texico Wolverines. With more struggles than they’ve been accustomed to over the last two state championship years, the Wolverines capped off the 2005 regular season by clobbering Jal 47-7 on Friday night in a […]

Nazareth rolls past mistake prone Steers

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — Twice Farwell snapped the ball over the punter’s head. Another time, the punter lost his shoe. It was that kind of night for the Farwell Steers. In contrast, Nazareth scored on its first two plays and added a third score on special teams before the game was six […]

Unbeaten Buffs keep rolling

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Melrose’s Zach P>ack is pushed out of bounds near the goalline by Floyd senior Brad Lee on Saturday. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — The Melrose Buffaloes proved they can win without star running back Carlos Ruiz. With Ruiz sidelined with a heart murmur, Brock Graham led an efficient offense […]

Weekend prep summaries

CNJ staff Football Saturday District 2-1A Fort Sumner 54, Mora 14 Fort Sumner 14 18 22 0 — 54 Mora 0 8 0 6 — 14 Scoring summary First quarter FS — Cass Dimitroff 49-yard run (kick failed), 8:59 FS — C. Dimitroff 25-yard run (pass failed), 4:57 FS — Safety, Mora’s Jeorge Trujillo tackled […]

Tarleton turns back ENMU

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Kwame Darko tries to wrap up Tarleton State running back Derrick Ross on a second-quarter run in Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University got a little too big a dose of senior Derrick Ross. Ross, who entered the game […]

Cats hold on for win at Artesia

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Clovis junior Brian Mead rushed for 265 yards and two touchdowns. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ARTESIA — In a back-and-forth game that featured more than 1,000 yards of offense, a hustling play on special teams in the game’s final minutes proved to be the difference. Clovis never trailed in […]

Unbeaten WT outlasts Hounds in overtime 52-51

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ENMU Jason Tezeno (4) leaps over West Texas A&M defender Don Hooks as heads towards the end zone during Saturday’s clash at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium in Canyon, Texas. (Amarillo Globe-News: Robin O’Shaughnessy) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer CANYON, Texas — The numbers were staggering — 1,183 yards of offense, 103 points, 14 touchdowns — […]

Friday’s area prep capsules and summaries

CNJ staff Prep capsules Melrose 74, Tatum 35 Records: Tatum 4-3, Melrose 7-0 Impact: Melrose continues toward an unbeaten regular season Difference: Melrose outscored Tatum 30-0 over the last 11:28 of the game. Difference-makers: Tatum, Albert Castro scored all five touchdowns. Melrose, Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 400 yards and scored six touchdowns and […]

Artesia overwhelms outmanned Rams

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ARTESIA — With a shorthanded squad and a road trip to face one of New Mexico’s top programs, a moral victory was all most expected for Portales. The Rams got that, while Artesia took an easy victory on the field. With nine starters out with either injury or suspension, Portales was […]

Clovis runs past Matadors

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews, right, celebrates his third quarter touchdown with teammate Brian Hudson during their 51-12 win over Sandia Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jesse Wolfersberger It all starts up front for the Clovis Wildcats. Junior Brian Mead rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns and junior Rishard Matthews added […]

Hounds hand Angelo State first loss

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ENMU running back Jason Tezeno is brought down on a second quarter run by a pair of Angelo State defenders in Saturday’s homecoming game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — A subtle switch helped Eastern New Mexico University turn around Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South […]

Cats cruise to win over Goddard

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Goddard’s Jesus Baca is tackled by Clovis defenders Mel Grassel (71), Chase Denton (56) and Cade Wheeler (26) during Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Sweet to Matthews is becoming music to Clovis’ ears. Wildcats senior quarterback Devin Sweet and junior wide receiver Rishard […]

Hounds win seesaw game from Abilene Christian

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore quarterback Michael Benton rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score Saturday to help lift Eastern New Mexico University past Abilene Christian 33-30 in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. ENMU (3-2) erased deficits of 16-7 and 22-14, then held on […]

Clovis clips Rio Rancho in final seconds

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer RIO RANCHO — Clovis rolled the dice twice in the final minutes and came out a winner of its fourth straight game. In what turned out to the winning drive, senior quarterback Devin Sweet kept the drive on a short fourth-down run and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass […]

Clovis Christian romps to victory over Pine Hill

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Clovis Christian’s Dustin Handley runs down the sideline during the second quarter of Friday’s game against Pine Hill at Jim Hill Field. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer A little home cooking can go a long way. Senior Dustin Handley scored six touchdowns as Clovis Christian mercy-ruled Pine Hill 52-0 […]

Wildcats dominate 2nd half

CNJ staff ARTESIA — Fueled by what Clovis coach Shaun Gill thought was a bad call, Clovis scored three times in the second half and beat Artesia 3-0 Tuesday in a non-district game. Angel Fernandez scored twice for the Wildcats and Luis Miranda added the other goal. In a scoreless game, Clovis was called for […]