Cats lose home opener on the road

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats bent — a lot — on Friday night, and they finally broke. Playing with their backs to the wall much of the way, the Cats hung tough before Mayfield broke though in the final moments for a season-opening 7-0 victory at the Field of Dreams. […]

Rams destroy Dons in home opener

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor BLACKWATER DRAW — Here’s about all you need to know about Portales’ season opener against West Las Vegas: The visiting Dons ended their first half with 55 yards rushing and a touchdown. Ram junior halfback Eric Segovia had 54 yards and a touchdown on the game’s opening drive. The Dons […]

Hounds trounced in opener

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Suffice it to say, Central Arkansas spoiled Mark Ribaudo’s head coaching debut at Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night. Senior quarterback Chris Reil threw for two touchdowns and 227 yards and senior tailback Kentrel Rogers rushed for 107 yards and a score as the Bears rolled to a 51-0 win over […]

Stacked Silver team streaks past Green

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — If it seemed the Silver team had things its way in Eastern New Mexico University’s annual Silver & Green spring football game, it struck ENMU defensive tackle Reggie Ellis that way too. With probable starting quarterback Michael Benton and first-team All-Lone Star Conference South Division wide receiver Derrick Hunter […]

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 […]

La Cueva overpowers Wildcats in 5A final

By Rick White In a locker room filled with the low murmur of disappointment and teary-eyed teammates, Juan Gutierrez peeled off his purple jersey and shoulder pads for the final time. A sun-splashed afternoon that started with so much promise quickly dissolved into one of the most painful days of his young life. The heartache […]

Broncos fall to Melrose in title game

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — In a game featuring 134 points, going two quarters with a combined one touchdown is nearly impossible to overcome. The Melrose Buffaloes took command by shutting out Floyd in the second quarter, then lost control but regained it in the final period Wednesday en route to a 74-60 victory over […]

Three Hounds earn All-LSC South in football

PNT Staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University football team have earned first-team All-Lone Star Conference South honors in voting done by the division’s seven head coaches. Eleven members of the Greyhounds were honored overall. The selections were released Wednesday by the conference office. Representing the Greyhounds on the first […]

Broncos host Melrose in six-man finals

PNT Staff The District 3 finale turned out to be a preview of the six-man state championship game. Floyd and Melrose collide for the second time in four weeks at noon on Saturday in Floyd, with homefield advantage determined on Sunday in a coin flip between Broncos coach Jeff Gillespie and Melrose coach Dickie Roybal. […]

Lovington beats Rams to gain playoff berth

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By Dave Wagner LOVINGTON — The Portales High Rams knew their hopes of a playoff berth heading into Friday’s District 4-3A and regular-season finale against Lovington were slim and none — and as the saying goes, slim left town early. PHS hung in gamely with the Wildcats for most of three quarters before the dam […]

Hounds rout Mustangs in final game for Elliott

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott walked down the runway from the dressing room at Greyhound Stadium for the final time on Saturday afternoon, trying to savor the moment. Elliott’s 48-year coaching career — including 37 years as a college head coach, the last 11 at ENMU […]

Midwestern pulls away from ENMU

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State linebacker Fred Moore partially blocked two Eastern New Mexico University punts, helping set up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns that lifted the Indians to a 34-20 Lone Star Conference South Division victory on Saturday. MSU (7-2, 4-1 South) kept alive its hopes of an NCAA Division II postseason berth, […]

Broncos score 55 points in second half to romp

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Jerrod Long says he and three of his Floyd football teammates learned a valuable lesson this week — show up when you’re supposed to show up. With three two-way starters and senior quarterback Bryan Johnson held out early in Saturday’s six-man quarterfinal playoff game against Gateway Christian, Floyd quickly found […]

Banged-up Rams go down to sixth consecutive loss

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Ruidoso coach Ridge Bowden had the Warriors coming out throwing on their first series Friday night, figuring they needed work in that area. After a three-and-out, Bowden put his team back in a running mode. After sputtering early at times, the Warriors rode 200 yards and four touchdowns on […]

Conquerors cruise to second win of season

PNT Staff Junior Caleb Richards was in on 10 touchdowns Saturday to help the Faith Triumphant Conquerors post an 87-57 victory over San Jon at Conquerors Field. Richards ran for two touchdowns, caught two TD passes, replaced the injured Luis McCain at quarterback and threw for four scores, and also had an interception and a […]

NMMI’s ground game rolls past PHS in district opener

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Try as they might, the Portales High Rams simply couldn’t contain Jason Thomas and New Mexico Military’s powerful ground attack. Thomas rushed for 263 yards — 204 in the first half — and scored five touchdowns in the first three periods while sophomore fullback Bryson Carl added 119 yards […]

Floyd wins battle of unbeatens from Melrose

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By Eric Butler FLOYD — Jonathan Chavez wasn’t happy with the support his teams was getting so he marched over to the home stands and exhorted the faithful to stand up and cheer. TheFloyd senior gave the Broncos faithful something to holler about midway through the fourth quarter, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown lob from […]

Kingsville scores late, nips Hounds

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By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Junior running back Ryan Beard scored his third touchdown of the game, a 4-yard run with 1:07 left, and second-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 29-22 Saturday night in a battle for the Lone Star Conference South Division lead at Greyhound Stadium. Beard’s touchdown capped a seven-play, […]

Roswell High shuts out Rams

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By Dave Wagner ROSWELL — The first serious hint that the Portales Rams were in trouble Friday night occurred on the first play from scrimmage — a 57-yard touchdown pass from Roswell High quarterback Zane Klemo to Aaron Farmer. While the Rams competed pretty well most of the way, they never really recovered from that […]

Broncos get season for Melrose after thrashing Eagles

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By Kevin Wilson FLOYD — After a slow start on defense, the Floyd Broncos recovered to do their part for a matchup of two undefeated squads. Behind a steady offense and an opportunistic defense late, the host Broncos clipped the visiting Clovis Christian Eagles 70-14 Saturday afternoon. The game was called at halftime due to […]