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Sandia's Ecstasy Is Short-Lived in Clovis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wildcats Pull It Out On Very Late TD

CLOVIS — When the Sandia Matadors scored with 28 seconds left Friday night, it looked like they would get out of Leon Williams with an unexpected victory.

Instead, Sandia left with a heartbreaking loss.

Tailback Kamal Cass scored on a 20-yard pass reception — Clovis’ only completion of the night — with 6 seconds remaining, giving Clovis a wild 38-34 win over the Matadors.


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“It wasn’t a good way to lose,” Sandia coach Kevin Barker said. “But I couldn’t be prouder of our guys. We fell down 17-0 and we fought back.”

Ultimately, Sandia (5-2) had no solution for Cass, who rushed for 268 yards and four touchdowns.

“Cass is the best back in the state. He’s the player of the year,” Barker said.

“I’m glad he’s on our team,” Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus said.

Cass’ fifth score was a short crossing route. He caught a pass from backup quarterback Cordell Tindle — subbing for the injured Dakota Yandell — and did the rest himself.

“We were lucky,” said Roanhaus, whose team (3-5) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Sandia had gone in front 34-31 with 28 seconds to go on Craig Coffman’s fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 9-yarder to Brenden Barker.

Coffman threw for 342 yards.


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Sandia begins District 2-5A play Friday against Manzano.

“We’re ready for district,” Barker said. “We’re gonna be all right. We’re no ordinary team.”

CLEVELAND 42, HOBBS 0: At Hobbs, senior tailback Romell Jordan scored four touchdowns, including an 80-yarder in a 28-point second quarter, as the Storm (4-3) dominated the Eagles.

Jordan also had scoring runs of 41 and 39 yards and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Steven Steele had Cleveland’s other two scores, on a run and a reception.

ST. PIUS 30, PIEDRA VISTA 28: In Farmington, Javier Jaramillo kicked a 39-yard field goal with 2:15 to go and he also intercepted a pass near the goal line in the waning seconds to preserve a win for the Sartans (4-4), who handed the Panthers (6-1) their first loss of the season.

LOS LUNAS 50, GRANTS 0: In Los Lunas, Chris Sanchez caught three passes for 149 yards, all for touchdowns, and fellow junior Jalen Chavez rushed for 82 yards and two scores for the host Tigers (7-0, 2-0 6-4A).