ENMU adds wide receiver

Eldorado wide receiver Ross Williams has signed a national letter of intent to play football next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Williams led the state in receptions (48), receiving yards (980) and touchdown catches (16) as a senior in helping the Eagles reach the Class 5A state finals. He was a first-team 5A all-state […]

SOCES squeaks past opponent

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron intramural football team barely skated by the 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron, winning in overtime with a score of 36-36 to become the 2007 Cannon Intramural Flag Football champions. “It wasn’t about if […]

Rules would change if columnist in charge

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, I did a few pieces on how different a planet could be if I controlled the rules — a planet Kevin, based on the “Planet Charlie” standup routine of Charlie Viracola. Consider these rules of Planet Kevin, with explanations. More to come in the next […]

Floyd hangs 50 on Pine Hill

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent From the moment of the opening kickoff, when Pine Hill’s return team was in disarray while lining up, a victory for Floyd seemed somewhat inevitable on Saturday. As the opening act in what was dubbed “Super Saturday,” a slate of three 8-man football games at Menaul High in Albuquerque, Floyd […]

Rams fall in season-opener

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff The Robertson Cardinals erased a two-touchdown Portales lead and beat the Rams 20-15 Friday night at Greyhound Stadium. Robertson quarterback Adrian Martinez threw two first-half touchdown passes to receiver Chris Ellis, followed by a third-quarter connection from Jake Martinez to Jesse Estrada to complete the comeback. “We just didn’t do […]

Hounds scorch Bacone College in opener

Freedom Newspapers MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University broke its team single-game rushing yards record on Saturday and the Greyhounds cruised to a 63-20 win over Bacone College in the season opener for both teams. Senior quarterback Michael Benton rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns while his backup, J.T. Thompson, added 171 yards […]

Baskett finishes regular season with bang

Freedom Newspapers PHILADELPHIA — Not only did Clovis’ Hank Baskett turn in his best performance of the year Sunday in Philadelphia’s 24-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field he became the second rookie in NFL history to record two touchdown receptions of 85 yards or more in a season. One play […]

Rams win another playoff nail-biter

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer SANTA FE — The Portales Rams unexpected ride through the Class 3A playoffs continues, all the way to the state championship game. Down by a point late in the fourth quarter in Saturday’s semifinals, junior quarterback Chris Mosier led Portales on a 12-play, 71-yard drive capped by an Eric […]

Hounds feast on Javelinas in big win

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — If Michael Benton was feeling any effects from a mild concussion which knocked him out of the previous game, the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback did a pretty good job of hiding it. Benton caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Logan Capps on ENMU’s opening […]

Broncos take bashing

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT sports writer The Floyd Bronco’s homecoming game Saturday afternoon quickly turned into a scoring bonanza for the visiting Tatum Coyotes, as six different Coyotes scored, on the way to a 61-14 rout. Senior quarterback Trent Hemann scored three touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Tatum offense. “We’re not very […]

Clovis romps into Class 5A semifinals

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Big plays kill. Clovis scored on four plays of 33 yards or longer and beat Manzano 49-14 in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. “We were hitting ‘em well, we were moving the ball, we were stopping them on ‘D,’ but […]

Some questions remain unanswered for everyone

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Every so often, ideas will come into my head that I’ll just jot down. They’re all worth mentioning, but none is worth a column on its own. This weekend was chock full of them, mostly with a sports flavor. Now I present them to you, in convenient, bite-sized form: • […]

Kingsville holds off ENMU

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Junior defensive back Blair Anderson returned an Eastern New Mexico University fumble 21 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, giving Texas A&M-Kingsville the lead for good Saturday night as the Javelinas defeated Eastern New Mexico University 26-14 in a Lone Star Conference South Division football game. The 21st-ranked Javelinas (6-2, 2-2 […]

Farwell loses in “comedy of errors”

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — The Steers collapsed under the pressure of a superior foe, unable to even punt effectively. Twice they snapped the ball over the punter’s head and once the punter’s shoe came off. Nazareth (8-0, 3-0) continued to steamroll all oncomers with a 50-0 shutout at Farwell (3-5, 2-1). “It […]

Hounds stopped in overtime

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By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — The numbers were staggering — 1,183 yards of offense, 103 points, 14 touchdowns — and an overtime. After all that, a record 22,993 fans left Kimbrough Memorial Stadium after seeing West Texas A&M beat Eastern New Mexico 52-51 in overtime. After the Buffaloes scored in their first […]

How Sweet it is

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Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Sweet to Matthews is becoming music to Clovis’ ears. Wildcats senior quarterback Devin Sweet and junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews hooked up six times for 168 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats trounced Goddard 41-6 Friday night at Leon Williams Stadium. “Throwing to Rishard makes all the difference,” Sweet said. […]

Broncos pull to 2-2

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With each passing week, the Floyd Broncos appear less and less tired after games. Part of that’s due to a progression in team conditioning, and part of that is that the Broncos sometimes don’t need all 40 minutes to win. The Broncos evened their record to 2-2 with a […]

Hounds win first game of season

Freedom Newspapers WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Derrick Hunter made a big splash in his return to action Saturday night. Eastern New Mexico University’s senior wide receiver caught four passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns as the Greyhounds blanked Southwestern Oklahoma 28-0 in a Lone Star Conference crossover game. Sophomore quarterback Michael Benton rushed for 115 […]

Rams move to 3-0 with win at Raton

PNT Staff RATON — For the third straight game, the Portales Rams found themselves in a dogfight at halftime, and once again they responded. Trailing 9-6 at the half after committing four turnovers and giving up a safety, PHS coach Glenn Johnson switched sophomore wide-out Mario Salazar with senior quartertback Tyler Rutherford and the move […]

Floyd routs Bethel Christian

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By Kevin Wilson For eight days, Portales Junior High School was a second home for the Floyd Broncos. For two games, it was a bad time to be playing against the Broncos. One week after routing Lazbuddie in their home opener/homecoming game, the Broncos handily beat Bethel Christian 56-6 in their home finale Saturday afternoon […]