The only time Clovis dropped the ball figuratively Friday night, Alamogordo dropped the ball literally.
The first play of scrimmage for the visiting Tigers looked like a 82-yard touchdown pass, but Alamogordo receiver Markus Miller lost the ball just after breaking into Clovis territory.
The lost fumble was a break a superior Wildcats squad didn’t end up needing in a 40-0 rout of Alamogordo at Leon Williams Stadium. The win was the 300th for longtime Coach Eric Roanhaus, making him the third coach in New Mexico history to reach the milestone.
Alamogordo (0-1) never got closer than Miller did the rest of the night, reaching Clovis territory only three times en route to 141 yards and four first downs.
Wildcats senior Quran Wiggins eclipsed that by himself, rushing 17 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns before he was pulled midway through the third quarter.
Juan Rivas added a pair of touchdowns, while quarterback Jordan Hill and running back Raymond Beachum each reached the end zone once for Clovis (1-0), winners of 13 straight at Leon Williams Stadium.
“It’s nice to have four guys who are legitimate threats,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “They’ve got to watch the quarterback, they’ve got to watch both backs. They can’t leave anybody alone.”
Wiggins, who rushed for 1,501 yards as a junior in 2009, picked up where he left off with 59 yards rushing on the first drive alone, including a 5-yard score to the right pylon without a defender in sight.
From there, the Wildcats’ defense shored up, and needed no help stopping the Tigers the rest of the night.
“It’s great, having the guy next to you working hard,” said junior Kenny Betts, who forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout, “and you know you just can’t let them down.”
Alamogordo coach Tommy Standefer said the Tigers were simply overmatched.
“That’s a good football team,” Standefer said. “It’s the same type of system I played in 30 years ago, and they’re still doing it.
“We just got pummeled.”
Beachum nearly reached a 100-yard night, with 94 yards on 11 carries, including a 1-yard burst in the fourth quarter to enact the mercy-rule running clock. Rivas had scoring runs of 8 and 3 yards, Hill had a 38-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Wiggins also added a 12-yard TD that put the Wildcats up 26-0 at the half.
Kelley said the true tests are coming up, with a road game Saturday at Eldorado and a visit from defending Class 5A champ La Cueva in two weeks.
“We’ve got to see what kind of leadership we’ve got,” Kelley said, “and we’ve got to see if we’re not satisfied.”
Chris Wilson led the Tigers with 48 yards rushing on 16 carries.