ALAMOGORDO — Though there’s room to improve, the Clovis Wildcats were pleased with their Friday afternoon scrimmage showing against Las Cruces High.
In the annual clash of 5A squads, the Wildcats and Bulldawgs each managed six scores in the neutral-site scrimmage at Alamogordo High School.
The Bulldawgs scored twice in mid-field situations and four times in goal-line situations. The Wildcats scored three times in each situation.
“We got better as the scrimmage went along,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “We moved the ball offensively. We just made a couple of mistakes.”
Each member of the Clovis backfield scored at least once. Senior Juan Rivas opened things up with a 6-yard run, and junior Raymond Beachum tacked on a 23-yard rush.
Quran Wiggins had a 7-yard scoring run, and senior quarterback Jordan Hill had touchdown runs of 5 and 3 yards. Hill also completed a 5-yard scoring pass to senior Corbin Best.
“We were definitely better when we got back on the bus,” Kelley said, noting that junior Tre Orozco turned in a solid defensive effort.
Clovis hosts Alamogordo Friday in its season opener.
Rams scrimmage Lubbock Roosevelt — Portales High hosted Lubbock Roosevelt in a scrimmage at the Rams’ practice field, and the Eagles put four touchdowns on the board to none for the Rams.
Still, PHS coach Mark McAfee said his squad did plenty of good things.
“You want to play somebody good (in a scrimmage) to find out where you need to improve,” he said. “We’re looking at a team in the state of Texas that could make the (Class 2A) playoffs.
“We did some things well and we did some things we need to improve on.”
McAfee, a longtime Rams assistant beginning his second stint as the head coach, said the offensive line played well and helped the team move the ball more consistently toward the end of the scrimmage. One potential scoring opportunity was stymied by a holding penalty, he said.
“We were able to trap them at times and we had some sweeps that went well against a good defense,” McAfee said.
“We had some breakdowns in the secondary, which we’ll have to fix,” he said.
The Rams open the season on Friday at Las Vegas Robertson. Las year, Portales edged the Cardinals 42-41 in a shootout at Blackwater Draw.