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Cats score four times in shortened scrimmage


August 18, 2019

RUIDOSO — Technically, Clovis scored four touchdowns to Las Cruces’ two. But the weather might have won the day Wednesday at Ruidoso High School.

The second of two lightning delays led the Wildcats and Bulldawgs to just skip the goal-line situation portion of the battle, and each side got on the bus to make the long trip home from the neutral-site scrimmage.

“It was a good battle,” Clovis coach Cal Fullerton said. “They got after it, we got after it. We had two lightning delays, so that was something we got to work with too,”

The teams each did 15 plays with their first-team offenses, 12 with their second-team offenses and another 15 with the first-teamers.

Clovis scored two touchdowns on tosses of 8 and 15 yards from Chance Harris to Malik Phillips, and another two on runs by Harris and Devin Gillespie.

Fullerton didn’t put much stock in outscoring the Bulldawgs, due to lack of the goal-line plays and the lightning delay eliminating five offensive plays for Las Cruces.

“It’s sometimes hard to tell if you won or lost a scrimmage,” Fullerton said. “You’re both doing things you wouldn’t do in a normal game, putting in some people you wouldn’t normally play to see if they can help you later in the season.”

The key focus for the Wildcats going forward will be to reduce turnovers. It’s frustrating in scrimmages, but Fullerton said, “turnovers can lose you a ballgame quickly” once the games count.


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