Winning streak in hand, the Clovis Wildcats are still not where they want to be in terms of record or execution.
“I still think we’ve got room to improve,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “We’re not completely there with what we want to do.”
The Wildcats have been off since a 48-10 win at Artesia to move the current winning streak to three games entertaining District 4-5A play.
Push the streak to five, and Clovis (6-2) will be where it wants to be — in line for one of the top four seeds in the Class 5A playoffs and a bye in the first round. Anything short of that, and the Wildcats are likely hosting a first-round game at Leon Williams Stadium.
The first step comes tonight, when the Wildcats host Carlsbad, a 49-28 loser last week against Hobbs in the first week of play in the three-team District 4-5A.
“Carlsbad had their chances to win,” Kelley said. “They moved the ball well at the end, but they just didn’t score.”
Clovis needs to defeat the Cavemen (4-5, 0-1) to ensure their Nov. 6 game at Hobbs will be for the district championship.
The key to Carlsbad is senior quarterback Jacob Galindo. He provides the Cavemen with a passing game, which should provide the Wildcats with a different look from Hobbs’ run-heavy attack.
“He’s their offense,” Kelley said of the 5-11, 175-pound Galindo. “How he goes is how the team goes.”
The key, senior defensive end Matt Southard said, is making sure Galindo doesn’t run the ball too much himself.
“Galindo runs really well,” Southard said, “so we worked on keeping him in the pocket, making him throw the ball.”
Clovis has won its last two games over the Cavemen by a combined 86-7 count, but there’s no telling what could happen if Clovis goes into the game cold. Carlsbad opened up last year’s game with a quick touchdown drive before the Wildcats shut the Cavemen out the rest of the way.
“With a week off,” Kelley said, “we want to get through the first quarter without something stupid happening.”
Carlsbad (4-5, 0-1 District 4-5A) at Clovis (6-2, 0-0)
7 p.m. today, Leon Williams Stadium
Coaches: Carlsbad, Ron Arrington, third season, 10-19. Clovis, Eric Roanhaus, 32nd season, 296-102-5.
Last week: Carlsbad fell 49-28 to Hobbs in last week’s District 4-5A opener. The Wildcats were idle.
Common opponents: Both teams have played Alamogordo, Artesia and Goddard. Clovis is 3-0 with wins of 27-14, 48-10 and 31-14, respectively. Carlsbad is 1-2, with a 17-14 win over Alamogordo, a 43-31 loss against Artesia and a 41-17 loss to Goddard.
Last meeting: 2008, Clovis 52-7.
Carlsbad players to watch: Jacob Galindo, QB, 5-11, 175, Sr.; Robbey Arrington, RB, 5-9, 135, Sr.; Nick Lara, LB, 5-9, 148, Sr.
On the radio: KCLV 1240 AM, 99.1 FM; KTQM 99.9 FM; KWKA 680 AM; KICA 98.3 FM.
On TV: 6 p.m. Saturday, KFCL Comcast Channel 98, UHF channel 41; 7 p.m. Tuesday replay.