WATN: Fort Sumner’s Fikany honed skills on playground

Lance Fikany developed his running style on the playground at Fort Sumner out of necessity. “I was always playing with the older kids,” said Fikany, in his first year at Hobbs as a varsity football coach and PE teacher after four years in a similar role at Lovington. “I was always the smallest kid, so […]

WATN: Muleshoe’s Ramirez still dodging danger

Even to this day, Muleshoe’s Class 3A state semifinal game at Cowboys Stadium in 2000 seems surreal to Danny Ramirez, the team’s star running back. “I remember thinking of all my favorite Cowboys’ moments that occurred in that very stadium over the years, in particular the dynasty of the early nineties,” said Ramirez, who works […]

WATN: Gonzales played on Texico’s 1990 title team

Josefre “Pep” Gonzales believes he was born to be a salesman. “I was always working to sell something,” said Gonzales, who played offensive guard and linebacker on Texico’s 1990 Class 1A state title team. “Whether it was band candy or other school-related products, or even my own toys when I was a kid to make […]

Pigskin preview: Young Rattlers need to step up

By Thomas Garcia Clovis Media Inc. tgarcia@qcsunonline.com Tucumcari second-year coach Wayne Ferguson said he will have a young team this fall. Ferguson said the team graduated several starters from last year’s 8-4 team that finished third in the district and lost to Hatch Valley in the second round of of the Class 2A playoffs The […]

Pigskin preview: Wolverines might take lumps early

District 2-2A • 2012 record: 9-2 • Coach: Ryan Autrey (4th year, 34-11) • Returning starters (offense): 3 • Returning starters (defense): 3 • Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Tularosa 26-21 in the Class 2A semifinals. • Things 2 look 4: Texico won state championships in 2004, 2005 and 2008. The Wolverines have been […]

Pigskin preview: Muleshoe ‘starting from scratch’

District 1-2A • 2012 record: 9-3 • Coach: David Wood (18th year, 148-54) • Returning starters (offense): 2 • Returning starters (defense): 1 • Last playoff appearance: 2012, the Mules lost to Eastland 48-34 in the area (second) round. • Things 2 look 4: The Mules, who won a Class 2A Division I state title […]

Pigskin preview: Buffaloes ready to return to 8-man elite

8-man District 2 • 2012 record: 1-8 • Coach: Dickie Roybal (17th year, 133-50) • Returning starters (offense): 8 • Returning starters (defense): 8 • Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost to Gateway Christian 40-32 in the 8-man state finals. • Things 2 look 4: Two players from Clovis Christian will be on the 15-man roster, […]

Pigskin preview: Buffaloes ready to return to 8-man elite

8-man District 2 • 2012 record: 1-8 • Coach: Dickie Roybal (17th year, 133-50) • Returning starters (offense): 8 • Returning starters (defense): 8 • Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost to Gateway Christian 40-32 in the 8-man state finals. • Things 2 look 4: Two players from Clovis Christian will be on the 15-man roster, […]

Pigskin preview: Broncos forced to drop to six-man

6-man Independent • 2012 record: 2-7 • Coach: Steve Foust (2nd year, 2-7) • Returning starters (offense): 3 • Returning starters (defense): 3 • Things 2 look 4: The Broncos played 8-man football last year and struggled with numbers despite co-opting with Elida. This year, there are seven players for a scrambled-together six-game schedule, and […]

Pigskin preview: Foxes return trio of playmakers

District 1-2A • 2012 record: 4-6 • Coach: Matt Moyer (6th year, 43-15) • Returning starters (offense): 5 • Returning starters (defense): 5 • Last playoff appearance: 2012, lost to Capitan 20-6 in the Class 1A quarterfinals. • Things 2 look 4: The Foxes are going for their 21st consecutive playoff berth. They won five […]