By Kevin Wilson
Clovis Media Inc
By the halfway point of the season, Kamal Cass may be the most prolific running back in Clovis Wildcat history. That’s not enough.
Cass is looking for a state championship in December, and a college scholarship at a Division-I school soon after.
The reigning Gatorade Player of the Year figures to be a big part of the Wildcats’ plans on offense this season.
“If something happens to Kamal, I’m moving to a monk monastery,” Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus joked. “I’m a much better coach when Kamal’s carrying the ball.”
Cass rushed for 2,580 yards and 36 touchdowns last season, both school records — and Roanhaus noted those numbers could have been much higher had he not went to the bench early in blowouts or taken potential rushing yards away with long returns on special teams (541) on kickoffs, 228 on punts).
Cass spoke with us before a practice last week about the upcoming season.
What kind of goals do you have for the season?
I really want us to come together as a team. We’re really just a group right now. We haven’t come together as a team because we’ve got a lot of young guys. We have a lot of seniors too, but we haven’t found that chemistry yet like I want to.
You own the single-season rushing yards and touchdown records for Clovis, and you’re about half a season away from being the career leader in each. Do you think about your place among the Wildcat greats?
It doesn’t come to my mind. That’s something for the fans to think about. That’s really not me. I hope to go down as one, but that’s not up to me. I want to win a championship.
You’ve always said Division-I was your goal. Is that still the case, and where?
Oh, yes sir. University of New Mexico, New Mexico State, Utah and Florida a little bit.
Are you leaning towards a closer school, or do you look at what John Dawson did by going to a far-off school like Marquette?
To tell you the truth, if I can I want to go away from home. i have a lot of dreams. I feel if I get away, I’ll be able to accomplish a lot of dreams. But if I do end up closer to home, I’ll have to work harder to accomplish them.
If you go to the Lobos or Aggies, fans will know your history pretty well. What kind of challenge do you see in a far-away school, where that’s not going to be the case and you have to prove yourself again?
That’s always been me. I like competition. I haven’t grown up to be this person that everybody sees me as. I had to work just like everyone else to get to where I am. If I do go somewhere else, I plan on doing the same thing.
You said you won’t decide on a school until football season is over. Is that a relief for you, or does it add pressure to perform?
Really, I’m not even thinking about it. I’m just trying to enjoy my senior year of high school, hopefully get a championship and let everything else fall into place.