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 […]

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 […]

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: 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: Ex-PHS standout took to sky

Dave Scott’s career path literally took flight after college. Scott, who helped Portales win the school’s first state football title in 1979, was stationed in four countries, three continents and nine states while flying helicopters for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard. The Chandler, Ariz., resident still flies for a living, working for the Department […]

WATN: Painful lessons shape former Wildcat QB’s life

Texas Tech was deciding between two New Mexico athletes on a scholarship for the 1996 season. The Red Raiders went with All-State quarterback Chet Pharies of the mighty Clovis Wildcats, and the University of New Mexico instead picked up a skinny kid from Lovington named Brian Urlacher. “They’ll regret that the rest of their lives,” […]

WATN: Farwell’s Field played in ‘Game of Century’

Farwell’s Bobby Field became a University of Arkansas football fan on Oct. 17, 1964. That was the day he watched the Razorbacks beat the No. 1-ranked Texas Longhorns, 14-13, in a nationally televised game. Arkansas went on to win the national championship that season and Field picked the Fayetteville, Ark., university over Texas Tech and […]

Pigskin preview: Experience on Rams’ side

By Dave Wagner Clovis Media Inc dwagner@cnjonline.com Second-year coach Jaime Ramirez and the Portales Rams know they’re starting off on better footing than they did a year ago. For one thing, Ramirez comes into this season more familiar with his personnel. And the Rams, who returned only one starter last season, have a bevy of […]

Pigskin preview: Clovis’ Cass not concerned about records

By Kevin Wilson Clovis Media Inc kwilson@cnjonline.com 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 […]

Pigskin preview: Huge improvement needed on defense

By Kevin Wilson Clovis Media Inc kwilson@cnjonline.com It’s a new August in Clovis, and another opportunity to line the football trophy case. The helmets have few scratches, but they don’t have the Clovis “C” logo either. Both still have to be earned on the field. There’s a good degree of confidence in the locker room […]