Buffaloes pound shorthanded Broncos

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — With the future of senior Carlos Ruiz uncertain, the Melrose Buffaloes did nothing to take away from their certainty as favorites to repeat as state champions. Brock Graham led an efficient offense by throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another as Melrose pounded a shorthanded Floyd […]

Different philosophies work at Wagon Wheel

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers Unbeaten West Texas A&M’s 52-51 overtime win over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday before a record crowd of 22,993 at Kimbrough Stadium in Canyon, Texas, was not a typical shootout. Instead, it was a battle of offensive philosophies — ENMU’s punishing ground game versus West Texas A&M’s spread passing […]

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 […]

“Lobo” approach works for Greyhounds

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — A subtle switch helped Eastern New Mexico University turn around Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division clash with unbeaten Angelo State. Trailing 14-7 early, the Greyhounds employed what they called their “Lobo Defense” — using two linebackers on the line of scrimmage to apply more pressure on […]

Friday’s prep capsules

Freedom Newspapers Muleshoe 42, River Road 7 Records: River Road 1-4, Muleshoe 6-0 Impact: Mulehsoe will take an unbeaten record into District 2-3A play Difference: Muleshoe scored two touchdowns in the last 50 seconds of the first half to take a 21-7 halftime lead, including a 15-yard pass from Brant Hamilton to Rudy Gonzales with […]

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. […]

Goddard runs over Rams

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer ROSWELL — Portales, 1-1 in Class 3A play so far, got a rude welcome to its first foray into Class 4A football for the season. The host Goddard Rockets, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, built momentum behind a three-man attack of Jesus Baca, Tommy Spangler and Steven Chaves […]

Hounds run to victory

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers About the only thing not going well for Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night was its passing game. It didn’t really matter, though. The Greyhounds took control in the second quarter and wore down East Central in the second half in posting a 30-13 Lone Star Conference crossover win […]

Rams crushed by Mustangs

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Both coaches predicted Friday’s Denver City-Portales game would be a game determined by field position. The first quarter, and the game, were decidedly won by the visiting Mustangs. Denver City stayed undefeated by taking advantage of good field position early and holding off Portales the rest […]

Defense stays strong for football squad

Freedom Newspapers WEATHERFORD, Okla. — For the second year in a row, struggling Southwestern Oklahoma provided just the tonic needed by the Eastern New Mexico University football team. Quarterback Michael Benton ran for one touchdown and threw a pair of scoring passes to Derrick Hunter and the defense was in control throughout as the Greyhounds […]

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 […]

Floyd posts first win of season

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor FLOYD — The Floyd Broncos started well, and finished even better thanks to senior Kyle Kropf. Kropf accounted for 151 yards of offense and four of Floyd’s six touchdowns i its first win of the year, a 38-18 home triumph over Magdalena. Floyd held off the visiting Steers with […]

Friona linemen old off Farwell for win

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — Size does matter — especially on the front lines of a high school football game. Friona’s jumbo linemen proved the point on Friday night in a 27-12 win over Farwell. Farwell coach Jacob Thompson said the line mismatch was made worse by injuries. “We had a couple linemen get dinged […]

Hunter leads Cats to victory

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Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Sporting a 100-watt, gap-toothed smile, Diondre Hunter sounded like an awestruck sophomore in the locker room after the game, addressing his senior teammates as mister. However, he didn’t play like one on the field. Making his first varsity start due to an injury, Hunter intercepted the first pass thrown in his […]

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 […]

Fourth-down stop propels Rams

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers TULAROSA — With a lucky break in the first half and solid play in the second, Portales was able to return home Friday night with a 26-6 win over Tularosa. A Michael Silva run put the Wildcats (0-2) up 6-0, and it would stay that way untill the final minute […]

Mead’s kickoff return spaks Cats

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After struggling last week against Mayfield, it took Clovis High’s offense a while to find the groove Friday night against Pampa, Texas. Held without a first down for nearly 1 1/2 quarters, junior Brian Mead got the Wildcats rolling with an 87-yard kickoff return and the offense took over from […]

Prep football capsules

Freedom Newspapers Bovina 7, Texico 0 Records: Texico 1-1, Bovina 1-1 Impact: Bovina ends Texico’s 25-game winning streak Difference: Michael Ortiz threw a 19-yard TD pass to James Lara with 4:38 left after Bovina recovered a fumble at the Texico 35. Difference makers: Junior defensive lineman spearheaded a Bovina defense that held Texico to 30 […]

Season off to bad start for Floyd

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent HOBBS — Longtime prep football coach Rafael Roybal was officially introduced to the world of six-man football on Saturday at the Southeastern Football Classic in Hobbs. And, well, it could have been nicer. Floyd, headed by Roybal, took it on the chin over and over and over as Tatum pounded the […]

Prep Capsule

Muleshoe 35, Friona 0 Records: Muleshoe 1-0, Friona 0-1 Difference: Brady Black scored twice for Muleshoe in a 21-point second quarter. Difference makers: Junior Brant Hamilton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and senior Brady Black rushed for 130 yards and three scores. By the numbers: Nine Mules caught passes, led by Caleb Heinrich […]