This is where the mysterious cloud that has been hanging over Clovis West for two months is removed.
One way or another, good or bad, a lot more will be learned about the eighth-ranked Golden Eagles (3-5, 2-1) in a Tri-River Athletic Conference game against No. 3 Central (6-2, 3-0) Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
In, out and back into The Bee's rankings in a season that has featured the Central Section's most difficult schedule, the highlights for Clovis West have been a 27-14 nonleague win over No. 9 Bullard and the return of senior running back Taylor Bustamonte two weeks ago after missing 53/4 games with a broken hand. The Eagles have averaged 39 points with him; 15 without him. And he teams with Tristan Edwards as a formidable tandem in coach Mike Parsons' wing-T shotgun.
Central, meanwhile, is coming off a punishing 30-14 win over No. 5 Clovis North. But not all is stable in the Grizzlies den. Bee All-Star receiver/kick returner Michiah Quick, who has gone to Notre Dame and Oklahoma on recruiting visits, will play, but with a bad shoulder. And coach Justin Garza will again go "with the hot hand" at quarterback in veteran Eric Jimenez and sophomore Nick Szpor.
Also, Reedley (2-6, 2-1) faces Roosevelt (3-5, 1-2) in a North Yosemite League game at Sunnyside, and No. 17 Western (5-3, 2-1) faces Monache (2-6, 1-2) in the East Yosemite.