After it was 34-24, it became 0-0.
The former is the score of Friday’s Clovis win over the Artesia Bulldogs. It pushed the Wildcats’ season record to 7-1, with a six-game winning streak.
The latter is Clovis’ record in District 4-5A play, which begins Friday night in Carlsbad.
“By district time, your learning curve should be where it’s going to be,” said Artesia coach Cooper Henderson, whose squad begins District 4-4A play in two weeks. Both teams play in a three-team district.
After visiting the Cavemen, the Wildcats have an open week before a Nov. 7 home date against Hobbs.
Both of Clovis’ opponents have 3-5 marks, but junior linebacker Emery Sierra said Clovis can’t just be better on paper.
“We can’t get overconfident because it will come back and bite us,” Sierra said. “We’ve got to play one game at a time.”
An outright district championship would give Clovis a 9-1 mark and an eight-game winning streak — both compelling reasons for the state seeding committee to give the Wildcats one of Class 5A’s top four seeds. Those four teams will receive first-round byes and a second-round home game in the playoffs.
O captains, my captains: The first four players to step on Leon Williams Stadium are the designated captains for that evening’s game.
Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said the four captains, all seniors, are picked by coach Eric Roanhaus. Senior RB Stefan Mills is always in the group. Mills, Kelley said, is the only offensive player allowed to speak to officials, and LB Lane Ward has similar responsibilities on defense.
fficials can call a penalty if any other player tries to discuss matters with them, or if they feel Mills or Ward out of line.
“Stefan’s got a 4.0 grade point average, so we let him make those decisions,” Kelley said.
When the Wildcats win the coin toss, they choose to defer and receive the ball to start the second half.
Friday’s captains were Mills, SS Steven Techonchuk, T Ryan Credle and DE Roderick Taylor.
Best offensive series: Clovis’ first drive. After holding Artesia to a three-and-out, the Wildcats embarked on a 10-play drive and overcame a pair of holding penalties. After a pair of holding calls pushed Clovis to a 2nd and 30, Stefan Mills made a one-handed grab against solid Artesia defense. The 37-yard grab put the Wildcats at the Bulldog 19, and James Howard scored on an 8-yard run four plays later.
Worst offensive series: Clovis’ second drive of the third quarter. After a 59-yard punt pinned the Wildcats on their own 14, Clovis managed six yards on three rushing plays and were penalized nine yards for holding. Fortunately, punter Andrew North got Clovis out of trouble with a 49-yard boot.
Best defensive series: Artesia’s second drive. The Bulldogs needed to answer Clovis’ touchdown, and moved the ball as far as the 45 yard line. But Sierra picked off a pass from Jake Daley and returned it about 30 yards to the Clovis 26. The Wildcats scored two plays later, as Kyler Brewer rolled out and found Moses Bibbs in the left corner of the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
Next: The Wildcats visit Carlsbad. The Cavemen are coming off a 24-3 loss to Rio Rancho. The Rams played tough with Clovis, falling short of a comeback in a 21-18 loss.