DJ Schramm and his fellow defenders weren’t about to let this one slip away from the Clovis West High School football team.
So when it mattered most, Schramm and Co. were all over Edison on its last gasp to preserve a 26-20 nonleague victory Friday night at Sunnyside Stadium.
Schramm, a middle linebacker coming on an all-out blitz, got to Tigers quarterback Jimmy Gray on a third-down play from the Edison 17, causing Gray to throw the ball to an ineligible receiver and bring up fourth down and a punt.
The Bee’s Central Section No. 6-ranked Golden Eagles (2-1) then ran out the clock to beat the No. 8 Tigers (0-3) in their home debut.
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“We knew we had to stay tough,” Schramm said. “We were bringing the house. We had like six guys coming and we swarmed to the ball. We’re land sharks, baby. That showed our resilience. We don’t break under pressure.”
Edison was within one score most of the fourth quarter after getting a 73-yard touchdown pass from Gray to Teyjohn Harrington.
But Clovis West didn’t bend the rest of the way.
The Golden Eagles built a 23-14 lead in the first half on a 52-yard touchdown run by Adrian Martinez, a 28-yard field goal by Eli Riofrio, a one-yard scoring run by Jeremiah Ellison and a three-yard scoring run by Martinez.
Edison scored on the last play of the second quarter, a one-yard run by Gray, to make it 23-14. Clovis West extended its lead to 26-14 in the third quarter on Riofrio’s 24-yard field goal.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 49-yard touchdown by Gray, who finished with 105 rushing yards.
Martinez, Clovis West’s dual-threat quarterback, had 135 rushing yards and 91 passing yards.