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Hunter Beene signs with Eastern New Mexico University

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Goddard’s Hunter Beene signs to play college football at Eastern New Mexico University. Sharing this day with him is his family, from left to right: Bill Beene, dad; Rachel Gallagher, grandmother; Hunter Beene, Cage Gallagher, brother; Maria Gallagher, mother, and Sophia Gallagher, sister. (Steve Notz Photo)

Hunter Beene is expected to lay down the law on the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds football stadium this fall in Portales. The Goddard senior will pursue a criminal justice degree at ENMU.

Beene explains why he chose to pursue this career. “A lot of my friend’s dads were all cops and I grew up watching cop shows. I decided then that’s what I wanted to do,” he said. Once he goes through the academy training, Beene is hoping to be a state trooper or a detective.

In the meantime, he’s going to be patrolling the gridiron as a Greyhound much like he did at the Wool Bowl as a Goddard Rocket. Beene plays with an aggressive and attack-minded mentality, but he also plays under control, something he learned from his coaches at Goddard.

“You have to hold yourself accountable when you’re playing out there. Football is a very grinding and demanding sport. Our coaches stressed there will be consequences in the decisions we make and just to be the best versions of ourselves,” he said.

Nonetheless, Beene is going to play tough. His most memorable play came against St. Pius X in the 2019 season opener. He describes the play. “I was chasing their quarterback and I knocked him out,” that was my favorite moment,” Beene said, who will compete for a spot on defense at ENMU either at defensive end, linebacker or as a punter.

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That game set the tone for the Rockets defense which Beene anchor that went on to record two other shutouts and allowed opposing offenses an average of 12 points per game this past season.

Beene credits his two close friends on the team, Anthony Aragon and Jacob Smith for making him a better football player. “Anthony can take a million hits and not feel a single thing. He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever played alongside with.”

As for Smith, “He puts 120% on how hard he works in his passion for playing football. Both are inspiring. I love those guys they are my brothers for life.”

Hunter said he will rely on his sister’s experience as a collegiate athlete to get him through his freshman year. Bailey Beene a former Lady Goddard Rockets basketball player is in her first year as a Javelin thrower at New Mexico State University.

“She told me not to get down on myself even if it gets a little hectic and crazy,” he said. They both share a close bond and are very competitive.