Portales — Robertson II

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By Kevin Wilson It was a sunny day in Las Vegas, N.M., with highs nearing the 80s and a clear night, with temperatures in the mid-50s when the Portales Rams and Robertson Cardinals first met to open up the 2006 Class 3A football season. The days now, are cold and windy in Portales, and snowfall [...]

Hurlburt personnel feel uneasy about move to Cannon

Freedom Newspapers A fine alabaster sand cradles the edges of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where teal pockets of shallow ocean give way to deep, navy expanses. In this paradise in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, tourism and the military have jockeyed for space. “Fort Walton is bound on the south by coastal waters, bound on the [...]

Rams hope for redemption against Raton

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer There’s no question that the Portales Rams are going to be home next weekend. The question is whether or not another football team joins them. Due to playoff histories, both third-seeded Las Vegas Robertson and 14th-seeded Shiprock owe Portales a game, guaranteeing homefield advantage should Portales reach the second [...]

Hounds win with special teams

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The offense had a solid day, and the defense made big plays. Still, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds’ special teams were as responsible as anything for Saturday’s 33-30 win at Abilene Christian in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both squads. He [...]

Raton remains undefeated with win over Rams

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor BLACKWATER DRAW — Raton had the start no team would dare dream about — one offensive play and a 14-point lead. But it was no dream for the visiting Tigers, who sustained a small “tidal wave” and used six interceptions to rescue a lethargic offense in a 28-8 win against [...]

Undefeated squads set for clash

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor The year was 2003 and first-year Raton coach Brock Walton was seeking his first win. In an attempt for win No. 1, Walton went for two. With four minutes left, his Tigers had scored a touchdown against the Rams to pull to 14-13. Walton called his final timeout and [...]

Depth a strength for Hound running game

By Dave Wagner The Lone Star Conference’s top rushing team in 2004, Eastern New Mexico University expects to put together another potent flexbone attack next fall despite the graduation of quarterback Steven Hinson. ENMU averaged just over 220 rushing yards a game last year led by the elusive Hinson, who finished with 1,006 yards and [...]

Young QBs in competition at ENMU

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University special teams coach Michael Walton has added quarterbacks coaching duties to his plate for the 2005 football season, and he knows his work is cut out. The Greyhounds, who completed the first of four weeks of spring practice on Saturday, must replace a two-year starter in Steven Hinson. [...]

Raton looks to contain 1-2 punch from Rams

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By Dave Wagner Raton coach Brock Walton believes the key to the Tigers’ game against Portales High on Friday night is containing senior quarterback Tyler Rutherford and senior running back Chris Carter. Easier said than done, counters PHS coach Glenn Johnson. “With our offensive scheme and philosophy, I don’t think you can take (both of [...]

Rams escape challenge from Raton

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By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — The Raton Tigers went for the biggest upset of the high school football season. They ended up with a moral victory instead. The host Portales Rams stayed perfect on the season when a two-point conversion from the visiting Tigers came up short in a 14-13 Ram win at Greyhound [...]