BAKERSFIELD – Jaryd Weakley was out of the pocket and nearly out of time.
Centennial was menacing and poised for a victory against the state's No. 25 team.
And then, Nathan Mora flashed open, Weakley lofted his best pass of Friday night and Clovis had its miracle. Minutes later, it turned into a 28-22, double-overtime road victory.
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"I was scrambling, I was improvising and I just threw the ball," Weakley said. "I give it all to Mora. If he doesn't catch the ball, that doesn't happen."
The Golden Hawks (1-2) led Clovis 15-7 with just more than a minute remaining when Weakley was flushed to his right and found Mora on the run for a 65-yard score with 48 seconds left.
"It's just one of those things," Centennial coach Bryan Nixon said. "He scrambles around, and the kid slips behind us.
"Our defense played their hearts out tonight. Everybody talks about Clovis' defense, but by God, our defense sent a statement tonight."
Clovis had just 157 yards of offense before the crucial completion, but the Cougars (3-0) weren't to be stopped after that.
Roderick Arms scored the tying 2-point conversion from a wildcat formation, and Clovis scored twice in overtime on just three plays.
"We stayed cool, calm and talked to the kids about what was going to happen on the next play," Clovis coach Rich Hammond said.
"We said, 'You guys are going to do this.' "
Yoon Conner, who finished with 157 yards on 27 carries, scored a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime.
"I came up to him before the first overtime, and I said, 'One and done,' and he does it," Weakley said. "The kid runs his butt off all the time, and he's the key. I love the kid to death."
Centennial tied it in the first overtime on Joe Bresson's third TD pass of the night, but Bresson was sacked twice on the Golden Hawks' failed double-overtime possession.
Conner needed just two touches to finish things with a 14-yard run up the gut of the devastated Centennial defense.
"At some point, you have to learn how to win some games that are ugly or where you have to come from behind," Hammond said. "There is value in playing close games and figuring things out."