Cats roll into semifinals with rout of Manzano

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Clovis’ Chris Finch, left, and Randy Cerda take down Manzano quarterback Adam Jaramillo during the second half of Friday’s Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Big plays kill. Clovis scored on four plays of 33 yards or longer and beat Manzano […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Back in the game

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Clovis senior Devin Hanson, who was thrown by a bull at his family farm earlier this season, is fifth on the team with 41 solo tackles. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer There’s no questioning Devin Hanson’s ability to take a hit, not after he was roughed up by an […]

Clovis buries Las Cruces with fast start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If the Clovis High defense had a complaint Friday night — and, mind you, it’s not a major one — it was that the Wildcats’ offense was scoring a little too fast. Nose tackle Randy Cerda was only half-serious when he broached the subject. The Cats needed just six […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats draw Las Cruces in first round

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Wildcats were accorded the second seed in the Class 5A football state playoff bracket released Saturday, and will host 15th-seed Las Cruces at 7 p.m. Friday. Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said Las Cruces is a team the Wildcats know well. “We are real familiar with them,” […]

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 […]

CHS junior focal point of defenses

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Clovis junior Rishard Matthews has 11 touchdowns and 772 total yards of offense for the Wildcats this season. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Rishard Matthews is drawing a lot of attention lately. When he lines up at wide receiver, there are normally at least two defenders nearby who stay […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Hobbs still working on fear factor

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Clovis defenders Michael Cohen, right, and Richard Alvarez combine to stop Hobbs quarterback Teron Bolton in the Wildcats’ 14-7 win over the Eagles on Friday night. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer HOBBS COACH PHILLIP ROYBAL said his Eagles may be overcoming their purple phobia. Clovis beat Hobbs 14-7 on […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats purring on offense

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TWO CLOVIS WILDCATS reached milestones in Friday’s 42-35 win at Artesia. Coming into the game, running back Brian Mead needed 72 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. The junior soared past the millennium mark with 265 yards on 30 carries, giving him 1,193 yards on the ground this […]

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 […]

CHS FOOTBALL NOTES: Wildcats wideout flirts with records

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After catching only seven balls for 61 yards and one touchdown in the teams’ first four games, junior Rishard Matthews has exploded for 12 catches, 268 yards and five scores in the past two weeks. With his emergence, he found his way into the Clovis football record book, and if […]