Clovis is looking for a district title, a top-four seed and a five-game winning streak going into the playoffs. To do so, the Wildcats will have to keep a little bit of firepower.
The Wildcats and the Hobbs Eagles, who will meet Friday at Hobbs, play every year for district pride, and a miniature cannon, a traveling trophy that stayed in Clovis last year following a 58-0 victory in the regular-season finale.
“We’re playing for the cannon,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “Hobbs will be ready to play. They’re big and physical.”
Both teams expect a tighter game when Clovis visits Hobbs (3-6), but senior lineman Michael Grooms said the Wildcats got off to a good start in district with their 42-7 win Friday over Carlsbad.
“We played great, and it’s all because of God,” Grooms said. “We had attitude blocking on every play, everybody kept working until the whistle blew.”
Passing preference: From Kyler Brewer-Hill’s 66-yard play-action bomb to Quran Wiggins, to Edwin Lee’s 32-yard diving catch on another touchdown drive, it was evident the Wildcats spent their open week working on the passing game.
Lee, a 5-11, 155-pound senior, said Friday’s 152 yards and four touchdowns through the air were a situation of taking what Carlsbad was giving the Wildcats.
Brewer-Hill had three of the touchdowns.
“I know I couldn’t have done that without the line tonight,” said Brewer-Hill, who also scored on a 1-yard keeper. “There’s no way.”
But Lee said there was room for improvement.
“I think tonight was great, except for my (second-quarter) drop,” said Lee, who added 20 yards rushing on two carries. “I kind of feel bad dragging down Kyler’s stats, but it was a good night.”
Best drive: Lots of candidates, but the award goes to the Wildcats’ drive that started with 7:33 left in the half. Clovis went 77 yards in 12 plays, overcame 15 yards of penalties and got Lee’s one-handed grab down the left sideline before Brewer-Hill scored on the keeper. The Wildcats left 1:13 on the second-quarter clock, which mattered later.
Worst drive: There’s no point picking one. Clovis scored on six of its seven drives and never punted. The scoreless drive was the product of the Wildcats running down the final 1:30 of clock.
Best defensive series: This series is the reason the 1:13 left on the second-quarter clock mattered. Clovis was leading 21-7, though the Cavemen had not played poorly up to that point.
Quarterback Jacob Galindo, trying to rally the Cavemen back to within a score, looked up the middle. He instead found Clovis junior safety Jordan Hill, who picked off the pass and took the play back to the Carlsbad 20. With 1:04 to work with, the Wildcats added another touchdown on a four-ploay drive.
Worst defensive series: Easy choice. Carlsbad’s opening drive, a 10-play, 83-yard effort, was full of big plays before Galindo found Matt Enloe for a 17-yard TD pass to the right pylon.
In fact, Enloe’s reception was the fourth play of 15-plus yards on the drive — including a 20-yard Lee Franco run on the first play from scrimmage and a 16-yard pass to Jared Meek on a third-and-6.