Offensive struggles? Clovis knocked that out with Quran Wiggins’ 70-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
No passing touchdowns? The Wildcats punched that out with Jordan Hill’s 4-yard toss to Emery Sierra.
Name it, and the Wildcats likely checked it off, dominating throughout in a 31-14 victory over Goddard Friday night at Leon Williams Stadium.
In snapping a two-game losing streak, Clovis held the power-running Rockets to 81 yards rushing and hassled quarterback David Vega with five sacks and two interceptions.
“Vega’s a heck of an athlete,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “He’s a good competitor. He’s one you would want on your team in a war. We gave him a lot of time back there to throw (early). We started coming at him a little more, and he didn’t have as much time to stand back there.”
Goddard’s senior quarterback, and his receivers, certainly felt the pressure throughout. Dropped passes plagued the Rockets, and Goddard put up 41 of its rushing yards on the game’s final drive, which ended with an academic Vega-to-David Anaya 6-yard scoring pass.
“Catch a ball here, catch a ball there, you never know how it affects the game,” longtime Goddard coach Sam Jernigan said. “For two years, they’ve taken us out of our game plan, and that’s a credit to (Clovis coach) Eric (Roanhaus). They did a good job taking us out of our rhythm.”
Throughout the night, the Wildcats (4-2) set their defensive ends loose on Vega, and the secondary didn’t get burned often. With Clovis up 21-7, senior end Matt Southard came untouched on a third-and-14 blitz. Vega tried to avoid Southard, but never saw end Richie Chavez unblocked from the other end and went down for a 10-yard sack.
“Our goal was to shut them out,” Southard said. “We didn’t do that, but in the second half, we shut them out until that last drive. In the second half, we kept (Vega) moving.”
The Wildcats scored off both Vega interceptions, and got an 11-yard touchdown run from Wiggins early in the third after an ugly bounce on a Goddard punt started Clovis’ drive at the Rocket 15.
Clovis put the game on ice with a 27-yard field goal from Andrew North midway through the fourth for a 24-7 advantage, and added a Wiggins 14-yard touchdown run after a midfield interception by Sierra.
Wiggins went for 156 yards on 20 carries — his sixth-straight 100-yard game — and junior Raymond Beachum ran for a season-high 123 yards, including a pair of 20-plus runs that set up Wiggins scores.
The Wildcats stay at home and face Eldorado next Friday.