Ex-Wildcat helps Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State

CNJ staff Yes, that was the same Rishard Matthews who scored 20 touchdowns as a junior at Clovis High School six years ago who helped Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State 34-31 in overtime Friday. Matthews caught 10 passes for 172 yards in Friday’s game, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick with 13 […]

Clovis breezes in district opener

Freedom New Mexico Clovis went to the air, and grounded the Carlsbad Cavemen in the process.Senior Kyler Brewer-Hill threw for 146 yards and three of Clovis’ four touchdown passes on the night, and ran a quarterback sneak for a touchdown on another Wildcat drive in a 42-7 win in Friday night’s District 4-5A game at […]

Hounds pick up first win

Sophomore Cory Baker passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns in his first start to lead Eastern New Mexico University to a 37-24 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday night at Greyhound Stadium. Baker and Southwestern quarterback Steve Day combined for 100 pass attempts in the game. Jesse Poku had 10 catches for 124 yards […]

Clovis defeats Rio Rancho 38-8

The Clovis Wildcats moved to 3-2 on the season with a 38-8 rout of host Rio Rancho. Clovis scored the last 17 points of the game after Rio Rancho (3-2) got on the scoreboard early in the third. The Wildcats scored 10 in the third on a 24-yard field goal by Robert North and a […]

Ex-CHS standout switches committment to Oregon

CNJ staff SANTA ANA, Calif. — Former Clovis High School standout Rishard Matthews has verbally committed to play football at the University of Oregon after making an official trip last weekend, according to Rivals.com. Matthews, who transferred to Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, Calif., one game into Clovis’ season, gave a verbal commitment to […]

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 […]

ENMU stomps Aggies, ends season

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ENMU junior Jason Walker put a move on Oklahoma Panhandle State freshmen defensive back Larry Thompson to score in the first half of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. By Mickey Winfield Freedom Newspapers The Greyhounds finished a disappointing season with style. Eastern New Mexico (3-7) set a school record with 531 yards rushing on the […]

Rams rout NMMI, clinch district

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Portales senior Zach Vigil brings down ENMMI Junior Mandela Thomas while junior Alejandro Chavez, left, tries to set up a block in the first half of Friday night game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams did what they had to do to […]

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. […]

Familiar foes Clovis, Mayfield meet for 5A title

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Clovis head football coach Eric Roanhaus, second from left, watches his team during Thursday’s practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus thinks revenge is a wasted emotion. Besides, it’s been more than three months since the Wildcats opened the season with a […]

Melrose returns to six-man title game

CNJ staff LOGAN — The Melrose Buffaloes are ready to defend their state six-man football championship. Senior Brock Graham ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from Carlos Ruiz and sophomore Adam Hairgrove added three touchdowns and a safety Friday night as the Buffs routed District 3 rival Logan 86-40 in a semifinal […]

Friday area prep football capsules

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Senior Richard Canales of the Fort Sumner Foxes (3-1) is brought down by senior Brent Wells of the Cloudcroft Bears (3-0). (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) CNJ staff Texico 34, Eunice 13 Records: Texico 2-2, Eunice 1-4. Impact: The Wolverines, who went 12-0 en route to Class 1A state championships in 2003 and 2004, snapped a […]

Area prep football capsules

CNJ staff Saturday Melrose 62, Mountainair 36 Records: Melrose 2-0, Mountainair 1-1 Difference: The Buffaloes started and finished the game strong, outscoring Mountainair 22-8 in the first quarter and 20-0 in the fourth. Difference makers: Carlos Ruiz found the end zone five times, running for four touchdowns and throwing for another. By the numbers: Melrose […]

State preview: Clovis game capsules

CNJ staff Aug. 27 Mayfield 35, Clovis 0 The state runner-up in Class 5A the last three years, Mayfield looked in playoff form in the season opener, pounding Clovis in a mercy-rule-shortened game at Leon Williams Stadium. “I’ve been playing (Clovis coach Eric) Roanhaus since 1980, and the shoe’s been on the opposite foot at […]

State preview: La Cueva game capsules

CNJ staff Editor’s note: La Cueva game summaries were compiled from a variety of newspaper Internet sites, including the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune. Sept 3. La Cueva 49, Eldorado 0 New season, same stifling defense. Top-ranked La Cueva shoved Eldorado backward to the tune of minus 4 yards of total offense in an easy […]

Melrose takes second title in six years

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush chases down Floyd junior Jerrod Long during the second quarter of Wednesday’s six-man championship at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — In a game featuring 134 points, going two quarters with a combined one touchdown proved nearly impossible to overcome. The Melrose Buffaloes gained control […]

Mules crush No. 11 Perryton

CNJ Staff AMARILLO — Brady Black rushed for 182 and two touchdowns as Muleshoe extended its playoff mastery over Perryton with a 30-13 win Thursday at Dick Bivins Stadium. Brant Hamilton passed for 103 yards and a touchdown and ran for another as the Mules rolled up 422 yards of offense while beating the 11th-ranked […]

Melrose RB sets national record

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz has rushed for more than 5,000 yards in the last two seasons. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Caleb Dodd has played football with Carlos Ruiz since the seventh grade, and he’s still amazed by some of the feats of his fleet-footed teammate. With the help of Dodd’s crushing […]

Melrose cranks up offense

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz reaches for a pass during Saturday’s six-man playoff game against Tatum. Ruiz was unable to hold onto the pass. (Hobbs News Sun photo: Cody Gideon) CNJ Staff TATUM — Melrose outscored Tatum 46-6 in the second and third quarters en route to an 82-47 win Saturday in the first round of […]

Texico routs Hobbs JV

CNJ staff TEXICO — Chris Phillips rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns as defending Class 1A state champion opened its season Thursday by whipping the Hobbs junior varsity 62-0. Justin Garrison and Braden Vaughan added two touchdowns each for the Wolverines, who exploded for 29 points in the second quarter en route to a […]