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: 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: 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: 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: 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,” […]