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Rams stay perfect at 5-0, host Elks for Homecoming


Last updated 9/20/2022 at 3:53pm

ALBUQUERQUE — So far, so good for Portales High’s football team this fall.

On Saturday, the Rams forced five turnovers and cruised to a 32-0 victory over St. Pius to improve to 5-0 for the season.

Despite the relatively lopsided result, PHS coach Jaime Ramirez said the Sartans (1-4) weren’t a bad team.

“They were good, but our defense played great all day long,” he said. “Our offense played a good first half, (but) In the third quarter we had some penalties that were drive-killers.”

Sophomore free safety Tommy Lopez and junior cornerback Zane Mayberry had the INTs for the Rams, while juniors Nehemiah Yorfee and Layton Faust and sophomore Kaidyn Cordova posted fumble recoveries. Yorfee’s came in the fourth quarter, and he returned it 65 yards for the Rams’ final tally.

Senior Emmanuel Diahn put PHS in front 7-0 with a 2-yard run in the first quarter, then sophomore quarterback Paxton Culpepper had touchdown tosses of 4 and yards, respectively, to juniors Andru Ontiveros and Braden Beck in the second stanza.

Cordova added a 6-yard scoring run about midway through the fourth quarter.

This Friday, the Rams welcome winless Pojoaque for their 7 p.m. Homecoming tilt at Greyhound Stadium. It’s been a rough start for the Elks (0-3), who have had one game canceled due to bad weather while getting outscored 148-6 in their other three matchups.

“Their record’s not very good, but they play aggressively,” Ramirez said. “After I started watching film on them, I think they’re better than their record.”

Ramirez said senior quarterback Adam Pacheco “throws the ball fairly well (and) he’ll scramble if he needs to.” The top running back is junior Ethan Meloy Chavez, while the Elks’ best receiver is senior Jeremy Quintanna.

Cats host Roswell High — After losing a 28-27 heartbreaker to Eldorado on Friday at Leon Williams Stadium, Clovis High’s football team will bid again for its first win of the campaign when the Wildcats host former district rival Roswell High on Friday night.

Twice in the first half against the Eagles (1-4), the Cats went up by 14 points — the latter on senior R.J. Nora’s 100-yard kickoff return. Then, trailing 28-21, they scored with just over a minute left in regulation, but missed a tying PAT and Eldorado was able to recover the ensuing onside kick and run out the clock.

Meantime, the Coyotes spanked Carlsbad at the Wool Bowl 47-6 on Friday night. The Cavemen (2-3) were coming off a 55-14 home win over the Cats the previous week.

Roswell High’s only loss was to Hobbs 51-7 in Week 3. Despite that, the Coyotes come into Friday’s clash averaging just under 42 points a game.


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