ALAMOGORDO — Travis Davis was always prepared for the idea of filling someone’s shoes at running back for the Clovis Wildcats. He just had somebody a lot older than Juan Rivas in mind.
Davis, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior, had long looked forward to the chance to do what he did Friday, as he stepped in after Rivas suffered an injury and ran for 95 yards in Clovis’ 27-14 win over Alamogordo.
“I was trying to step up a lot for my teammates,” Davis said.
But he wasn’t looking to replace Rivas, Stefan Mills or Manuel Robles. He had his dad, Pacer Davis, in mind.
Travis plays the same position his dad did, wears the same No. 21 jersey his dad did and gets his tutelage from Eric Roanhaus just like his dad did.
Davis doesn’t have a touchdown. He narrowly missed one on a 31-yard second-quarter sweep down the right side, and his 53-yard burst up the left sideline with Clovis protecting a 20-14 lead pretty much closed the book on the Tigers.
“It felt good,” Davis said of the run. “I was trying not to get caught from behind — and that’s exactly what happened — but it was a good feeling knowing I was helping win the game.”
Quran Wiggins, who rushed for 170 yards, finished off the drive with a 7-yard run for his third touchdown.
Davis will have a lot more opportunity, with Rivas likely to miss at least six weeks with a broken clavicle.
A fitting tribute: Prior to the contest, both teams met on the sidelines to honor Bruce Scroggins, who died July 26. Scroggins was an assistant in the Clovis football program for more than 20 years, and was Alamogordo’s head coach from 1993 to 1997.
A trophy was created for the event that will stay at the high school, and a recurring scholarship was set up in Scroggins’ name.
“That was great,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “That’s something Bruce would have liked.”
Best drive: The Wildcats established the run to open the second half, going with a 10-play scoring drive on nine runs between Wiggins and Davis. But the drive, which featured a third-down and a fourth-down conversion on Wiggins runs, was fueled mostly by a leaping grab by receiver Michael Johnson for 31 yards. Wiggins scored from 3 yards out to end the drive.
Worst drive: The Wildcats had two three-and-outs — one in each half, and both immediately following Alamogordo scores. The first one, early in the second quarter, takes the nod with a holding penalty and a sack of quarterback Kyler Brewer-Hill.
Best defensive series: There are a few to pick from with four Alamogordo turnovers, but Kelley credited those to early-season Alamogordo miscues instead of an iron-clad defense.
But a three-and-out for the Tigers is the winner, with three Dwaundle Baker runs adding up to minus-5 yards to end the first quarter, as Kevin Armstrong and Matt Southard caught Baker in the backfield on consecutive plays.
Worst defensive series: Alamogordo’s opening score required just 37 seconds off the second-quarter clock. It was quick, and it came with plenty of help from the Wildcats. The Tigers got 15 yards after the second play from a late-hit penalty on linebacker Emery Sierra, who otherwise had a solid game, and the Clovis secondary cheated to end in anticipation of Baker, who instead pulled up and found Taylor Weary for a 55-yard touchdown strike.
Next: The Wildcats have two weeks at home, starting with Cibola Friday night. Last season, the Wildcats beat an injury-depleted Cougar squad to run their winning streak to five games.