Mustangs maul Melrose

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Mountainair’s Nathaniel Romero pulls down Melrose sophomore Zach Pack during the second quarter of Friday’s 8-man game in Melrose. Mountainair defeated Melrose 42-6. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Mountainair converted its first six fourth-down plays, including two for touchdowns, and beat Melrose 42-6 Friday in an 8-man game. […]

Melrose’s opener at Tatum postponed by rain

CNJ staff TATUM — Heavy rain and lightning forced the postponement of Friday’s Melrose-Tatum football game, the 8-man season opener for both teams. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said the Buffaloes made the trip to Tatum and were warming up when the inclement weather struck. The teams will attempt to make up the game a 6 […]

Teams ready to jump into 8-man

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Clovis Christian players line up in a basic 8-man formation offense which the Eagles will use this season in their transition from the 6-man game. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After 19 seasons of playing 6-man football, the New Mexico Activities Association has opened the door this year for […]

5/14 Births

Word Noah Scott Word was born May 1 at Elmendorf Medical Hospital in Anchorage, Ala., to Caryn and Scott Word. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and has one brother, Laylon Helfferich, 14. The mother is a former Melrose resident, and the father is from Naperville, Ill. Grandparents are Johnny and Terrell Thompson of Clovis; […]

Melrose senior wins six-man award

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Senior Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the second consecutive season. (CNJ file photo) CNJ STAFF When Dickie Roybal started coaching Carlos Ruiz in 7th grade, he was uncoachable — literally. “When he first started playing, he didn’t speak a lick of English,” Roybal said. “So, that made it hard. But all […]

Texico seeking 3-peat

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Texico’s Eddy Segovia looks for room as he runs to the outside during practice Thursday in Texico. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico’s bid for a third-straight Class 1A state title has picked up momentum in recent weeks. A sub-.500 team until two weeks ago, the second-seeded Wolverines (5-4) […]

Dramatic Mustangs headed to playoffs

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Bovina squeaked out another dramatic win Friday, beating rival Farwell 6-3 on Friday with a 40-yard field goal as time expired. Senior Michael Ortiz set up the game-winner with two big plays. On the final drive, Ortiz caught a 50-yard pass that put the Mustangs on the Farwell 30-yard […]

Buffs host Longhorns in playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The formations look the same, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, even if the personnel — and the team name — have changed. The defending six-man state champion and top-seeded Buffaloes begin their title defense at 7 p.m. today contest against Roy-Wagon Mound at Melrose. Roybal noted the last time […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Buffs may be minus two starters for season

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer DEFENDING SIX-MAN STATE champion Melrose could be without two starters, including its most explosive weapon, for the rest of the season. Junior lineman Jose Arenivar suffered a broken arm two weeks ago and senior running back Carlos Ruiz is out indefinitely with a heart murmur, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal […]

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 […]