An early turnover caused a spark, and Hobbs could never douse the flames.
The Clovis Wildcats dominated from the beginning, and let off the gas late before leaving Watson Memorial Stadium with a 30-0 win over district rival Hobbs.
In wrapping up the District 4-5A title and upping its winning streak to five games, Clovis (8-2, 2-0 district) rolled out a 431-yard night on offense and never allowed the Eagle offense inside the red zone.
In a battle of power-rushing teams, Quran Wiggins and Travis Davis combining for 233 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.
“We did really good tonight,” said Wiggins, a 6-foot, 182-pound junior who carried the ball 20 times for 131 yards. “We’ve got to give credit to our offensive line tonight. We’ve got to give big credit to Travis Davis (14 carries, 102 yards) for stepping in for Raymond Beachum tonight. He did a great job.”
Meanwhile, Clovis held Patrick Smith, Class 5A’s leading rusher, to 60 yards on 20 carries.
“We did a good job tonight,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “Our goal was to hold (Smith) under 100 yards and put up a zero on the scoreboard.”
Wiggins scored Clovis’ first touchdown on a 5-yard run four minutes in, set up by linebacker Kevin Armstrong’s interception on the third play of the game.
“Turnovers were really big,” said Armstrong, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound junior. “It’s a spark, and once you light it, you can’t put it out.”
Hobbs coach Bruce Dollar’s main lament was that Hobbs quarterbacks completed more passes to Clovis defenders (four) than to their own receivers (three).
“They’re stronger, they’re more physical,” Dollar said. “We got whipped, both sides of the ball.”
Meanwhile, Kyler Brewer-Hill and Jordan Hill each threw a touchdown pass for Clovis.
Brewer-Hill found Shane Thompson for an 80-yard score midway through the third for a 23-0 lead, and Hill connected with Blake Wiley for a 15-yard scoring toss to finish up matters.
The Wildcats spent the rest of the night milking the clock and knelt on the ball inside the Hobbs 10.
Davis added a 3-yard run on Clovis’ first second-half drive and Andrew North had a 38-yard field goal for the Wildcats.
Clovis now waits until Saturday to see if it receives one of the top four seeds in Class 5A, which includes a first-round bye and homefield in the second round.
“We should,” Wiggins said, “but you never know.”
That’s an area where Dollar can agree, as Hobbs (3-7, 1-1) hopes to sneak into the Class 5A field.
“Anybody who thinks they can predict the seeding is a lunatic,” Dollar said. “I should know, because I’ve been on two of those things, and anything can happen. I just hope we get seeded so we can play again."