Clovis seniors Isaac Edwards, left, and Chase Willis are wide receivers for the Wildcats. The two friends play rock, papers, scissors for everything.
Chase Willis is so competitive he hates to lose even at rock, paper, scissors — a game that permeates the Clovis Wildcats’ locker room.
Isaac Edwards is an easygoing homecoming king with a desire to become a pediatrician.
Friends and next-door neighbors, the Clovis seniors have combined for 13 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown in nine games alternating at wide receiver.
Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said the wide receivers are the kind of role players every team needs. He said they have overcome their athletic shortcomings — lack of speed — with intangibles such as attitude, desire and hard work.
“The nice thing is they show if you work hard, you get something for it,” Kelley said. “They might not get a lot of playing time, but they’re prepared to make the big play when called upon.”
“He’s made some great plays to keep drives going,” Kelley said of Willis. His 26-yard catch-and-run helped fuel the Wildcats’ comeback against Artesia.
Kelley said the 5-foot-9, 162-pound Willis is the team’s best blocker among wide receivers.
“I know my role,” Willis said. “I know we don’t pass much. When my number is called, I’ve got to produce.”
Part of a military family, the 5-11, 172-pound Edwards was born and lived overseas until coming to Clovis as an eighth-grader. He said being part of the team is his biggest attraction to football.
“Right now, I’m just enjoying playing football,” said Edwards, an honor student who speaks to elementary school students about staying in school and staying off drugs with his church group. “I’m not going to be playing much longer.”
Kelley said Willis and Edwards are great leaders even though they are role players.
“Both will be successful in life because they know how to work hard and they want to win,” Kelley said.