CHS TRACK: Mead, Cats fall short in district meet

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Clovis High’s Manuel Robles takes a handoff from Kolt Merren during the Wildcats’ winning 400 relay effort. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Mead plans to play football in college at New Mexico State, and admits he’s anxious for that opportunity. For the next week, though, he’d like to […]

Mead receives honor

CNJ staff Clovis High senior running back Brian Mead was one of 50 players chosen in February for the Old Spice Red Zone player of the year award. Mead, Clovis’ all-time leading rusher with 4,266 yards and 55 touchdowns for his career, was one of two players chosen from New Mexico. The other was Artesia […]

Clovis star RB will be an Aggie

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Clovis senior running back Brian Mead chose Div. I New Mexico State University over the New Mexico Military Institute’s junior college program. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior Brian Mead is passing up a free ride to New Mexico Military Institute to pursue his dream of playing Division […]

Mead named Top 5A Player of the Year

CNJ staff Clovis senior running back Brian Mead was named Class 5A Player of the Year by scout.com. The 5-foot-7 Mead led the Wildcats to a 7-4 record this season with his 2,183 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns, which led all New Mexico running backs. For his career, Mead rushed for 4,268 yards and 55 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Matadors cut Cats’ bid short

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Sandia’s Michael Scarlett gets past Clovis High’s Jaden Isler to catch a 35-yard touchdown pass during Friday’s Class 5A state quarterfinal playoff game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After congratulatory handshakes with Sandia’s players, Clovis senior linebacker Cade Wheeler squatted on the 40-yard line and […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Sandia ousts Cats in quarterfinals

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Sandia’s Derris Jackson dives for extra yards against Clovis High in Friday’s Class 5A state quarterfinal game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer At no point during the 2006 season had Clovis’ locker room been so quiet. In a game that came down to the wire, […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats survive at Carlsbad

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer CARLSBAD — Jordan Mendoza and Bryce Hill took advantage of a second chance. Mendoza’s 19-yard pass to Hill on fourth-and-9 kept alive a key drive, and Brian Mead scored on a 6-yard run a few plays later as Clovis survived a scare to beat Carlsbad 20-13 on Friday at […]

Cats add 1,000-yard rusher

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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 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats soar past Eagles

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Clovis running back Manuel Robles is brought down by Hobbs defenders Brandon Solomon, left, and Thomas Schnaubert during Friday’s district game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer For a second-straight game, Clovis senior Brian Mead ran himself into the storied Clovis High record book. Mead rushed […]

Clovis O-line single-minded in purpose

Greg Price Outside of the football, the five starters who make up Clovis’ starting offense line are typical high schoolers. Classes, hobbies and friends are synonymous with their lives as much as football. For instance, senior tackles Skyler Hodson hopes to go into landscaping after he graduates. Junior guard Dominique Chairez plays golf and said […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Mead breaks Kelley’s rushing record

Football: Clovis vs Goddard

Clovis senior running back Brian Mead (28) became the school’s all-time leading rusher with his 188-yard effort during Friday’s 34-26 loss to Artesia. Wildcats assistant coach Darren Kelley held the mark for 21 years. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley sees a lot of himself […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Balanced Bulldogs bounce Cats

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis sacks Artesia quarterback Landry Jones early in Friday’s matchup at Leon Williams Stadium. Jones passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns in Artesia’s 34-26 win. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High defense was bracing for Artesia’s vaunted passing attack, led by junior quarterback […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats dig deep for win

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Clovis High fullback Manuel Robles breaks off a long run in Saturday’s 21-13 win over Cibola in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What happened: Clovis ended Cibola’s chances for an undefeated season with a 21-13 victory Friday night at Milne Stadium. Why it happened: After holding Cibola scorelss […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats outlast Cibola

Clovis vs Cibola

Clovis High’s Blake Hicks (88) and Michael Cohen (75) bring down Cibola quarterback Jonathan Mader (6) at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque on Saturday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clinging to a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter, visions of Clovis High’s heartbreaking loss to Palo Duro […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Defense hangs in for Cats

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Clovis High fullback Manuel Robles shrugs off Goddard’s Gabriel Flores at the Wool Bowl in Roswell on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — With 9:49 remaining in the first half of Clovis’ eventual 35-21 victory over Goddard Friday night, the homestanding Rockets began a drive that led […]

Cats outlast Rio Rancho

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Clovis High’s Derrick Phillips avoids Andrew Mastriano after a second-quarter interception. Clovis beat Rio Rancho 36-33. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff For the second-straight week, Clovis was plagued by mental mistakes. At least this week, Clovis managed to escape with a win. Brian Mead rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner […]

Mead helps Cats cage Bears

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Clovis High running back Brian Mead runs through the tackle of La Cueva’s Richard Bohlken during the third quater of Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After going scoreless in the first half, the Clovis Wildcats exploded in the final two periods en route […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats gear up for La Cueva

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Clovis junior running back Manuel Robles will be a key factor tonight against La Cueva. (CNJ correspondent: Nick Layman) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis High senior linemen Brenton Hartel and Brandon Ayres feel they’re up for the challenge of facing a massive La Cueva line that includes a pair of Division I signees. […]

Cats adjust to loss of receiver

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Clovis High junior Barret Stewart is brought down after catching a pass for a 7-yard gain during the second quarter of the Wildcats’ 34-14 victory over Eldorado on Friday night in Albuquerque. (CNJ correspondent: Niock Lyamn) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Ever so quietly, the Clovis High football team went into its […]

Wildcats rev up running game

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Eldorado threw the first shot Friday night, but the Eagles couldn’t withstand Clovis High’s counterpunch. Senior running back Brian Mead rushed for 203 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns and junior Manuel Robles added 148 yards, including a devastating 77-yard TD run in the second […]