Rams test Ruidoso tonight in district football

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams can take a big step toward their goal of defending their District 4-3A championship as they travel to play the Ruidoso Warriors tonight (7 p.m.) at the midway point of the Rams district schedule. “The records are over,” second-year Ram head coach Andy Correll said. “We’re 1-0 and that’s […]

Ram football begins district tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It’s true, the Rams have won just one game out of their first seven, but their goal from Day 1 has been to repeat as District 4-3A champions, and that mission begins this evening as the Rams three-game district schedule begins tonight at Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute (7 […]

Rams one game from district schedule

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer As the cold air begins to arrive in eastern New Mexico, so does the Portales Rams’ final pre-district opponent. The Rams host the Roswell High Coyotes Friday night at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) to finish out their pre-district lineup. Many New Mexico high school football coaches schedule a weak […]

Rams use bye week to reload for district

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a slow start, the Portales Rams operated as a well-oiled machine last Friday night to earn their first win of the season in comeback fashion at Tucumcari — now they have nine days to recuperate, recover and fine-tune the machine before hosting Roswell High at Greyhound Stadium Oct. […]

Rockets sure to test Rams tonight

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A sleeping giant. That’s how Portales Ram head football coach Andy Correll and defensive coordinator Mark McAfee both described their Ram football team this season. Both coaches hope their slumbering behemoth (0-4) wakes up tonight at Roswell’s Wool Bowl against the Class 4A Goddard Rockets (3-1). “The biggest thing […]

Rams want to ‘break through’ tonight

PNT Staff Report For the second straight year, the Raton Tigers (1-1) have the opportunity to be the Portales Rams (0-3) first football victim of the season — but this time, the game is at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) and it’s homecoming. In their meeting last year, the Ram’s dominated for the first win of […]

Rams still fighting for first win of season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales coaching staff believes their team will bounce back after a tough road loss last Saturday as the Rams host Slaton, Texas at Greyhound Stadium (7 p.m.) “If we just try to get better every week, the wins will come eventually,” Ram assistant coach and defensive coordinator Mark […]

Hirschi Huskies hustle Rams in Lubbock

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams expected to be tested Saturday night against Wichita Falls-Hirschi at Lubbock’s Lowrey Field. If Saturday’s game was a test, the Rams want a re-do after a 31-6 loss. The Rams (0-2) fell into a 21-0 halftime hole, and never found their way out of it. “We […]

Portales seeking first win

PNT Staff Report The Portales Rams head east to Lubbock tonight in search of their first win of the young season. Head coach Andy Correll’s crew are at Lubbock’s Lowrey Field tonight to play Wichita Falls-Hirschi (7 p.m.) “They’re extremely athletic,” Correll said. “(They’re) very quick, very fast. We’re going to have to definitely play […]

Rams host Cardinals tonight in season opener

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer For the second straight year, the Portales Rams begin their season against the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion. The game is at 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Stadium. “They’re going to run the same offense and defense as they ran last year, so […]

Rams getting defensive

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Ram defense was the team’s backbone last season in its run to the Class 3A state championship game, and despite losing several key contributors, it once again figures to be a team strength as the new season begins. The Rams have just four players who played on […]

Rams prepare for Saturday scrimmage

Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Less than one week away from Saturday’s scrimmage against Hatch at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl, the Rams offense and defense are much further along than they were at this time last year, according to coaches. “It’ll really be our first contact versus someone besides ourselves,” second-year Ram head coach Andy Correll […]

Portales plans to pursue the pass

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Rams didn’t throw the ball that much last year. Second-year Rams coach Andy Correll said that’s going to change. “We’re throwing to spots, running crisp, clean routes, and still (retaining) the ability to go deep when we have to,” Correll said. One year after shocking New Mexico […]

Camp Correll kicks off

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer The future of the Portales High School football program is on display this week in the annual Ram football camp at the Ram practice field. Following a season in which the Rams played in the state championship game, second-year head coach Andy Correll has two goals for this camp. […]

Rams ready to step up to expectations

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer So much for low expectations. Andy Correll took over the Portales Ram football team last season and promptly won the District 4-3A championship followed by hosting the Class 3A state championship contest at Greyhound Stadium. Now, less than a month before Correll begins his sophomore effort as the Ram […]

No surprise for coaches, Rams get snubbed again

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Nobody gave the Portales Ram football team respect all season, so why start now? Despite shocking many by winning Class 3A football runner-up status, just one Ram made the All-State first team. “I shouldn’t have been shocked after the way the north seeded us (seventh in the state playoffs),” Ram […]

Rams celebrate Cinderella season

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Dinner may have been chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, but the main course Monday night at the Portales High School cafeteria was Ram pride. Portales Ram football players, parents and supporters attended the 2006 football awards banquet adding the exclamation point to a Ram season in which first-year […]

Rams sudden success surprising

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a 2-9 season a year ago, not many could have imagined a state-championship appearance by the Portales Rams under first-year coach Andy Correll. But that’s what happened. Correll knows the sudden success will raise expectations for next season, and that’s a good thing, he said. “The expectations cannot […]

Rams … or repeat?

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers When the Portales Rams met Las Vegas Robertson in the 2006 season opener, little could anyone have known those teams would be playing again for the Class 3A state title. Under first-year coach Andy Correll, Portales struggled for much of the season before squeaking out a District 4-3A title. The […]

Rams hope to ‘run’ to a championship

By Mickey Winfield They ran their way to the District 4-3A championship and right on through the Class 3A playoffs. Now the Portales Rams will take a run at the state championship on Saturday afternoon against Las Vegas Robertson. “I think right now, we have a lot of confidence that we can run it at […]