Clovis rolls early, tops Atwater

September 26, 2013 

Clovis High bolted to a big lead before holding on for a 30-22 nonleague football victory Thursday night over visiting Atwater.

Marlon Watkins scored on runs of 79 and 7 yards to help The Bee's No. 7- ranked Cougars (4-1) jump out to a 30-7 lead in the third quarter.

But Atwater, which had beaten Central Section opposition in Washington (41-20) and Roosevelt (81-6) earlier this season, came marching back behind a 67-yard touchdown run by Jesse Molina in the fourth quarter and a 9-yard scoring reception by Daniel Uribe from Nathan Duran with 1:22 left in the game.

The Falcons (3-2) attempted an onsides kick, but Clovis came up with it and ran out the clock for its fourth straight win after opening the season with a 43-6 loss to No. 1 Edison.

The Cougars led 17-0 in the first quarter after a 20-yard Dakota Stilson field goal, a Fabian Serna 1-yard run and Watkins' 79-yard run.

Atwater made it 17-7 on JoJo Ochoa's 1-yard plunge, before Watkins' second touchdown put Clovis up 24-7.

RJ Hartmann fired a 33-yard touchdown pass to Brett Stelling in the third quarter as the Cougars expanded their lead to 30-7.

Clovis is idle next week before launching defense of its Tri-River Athletic Conference title as the visitor against Clovis East at Lamonica Stadium on Oct. 11.

McLane 36, Orange Cove 9

Ronald Davis scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to help the Highlanders (2-3) pull away from the Titans (0-4) in a nonleague game.

After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, Orange Cove closed to 14-9 early in the third on Luis Vasquez's 38-yard touchdown catch.

But Davis responded with scoring runs of 14, 10 and 2 yards for McLane, which received touchdown receptions of 11 yards by Bobby Wiley and 24 yards by Kenny Elder in the first quarter.

McLane is off next week and opens North Yosemite League play Oct. 11 by hosting Reedley.

Orange Cove, which has lost 12 straight games dating to last season, hosts Roosevelt next week.

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