Tykee Woods, Adrian Martinez and Clovis West High served last in a predictable, playoff-level nonleague duel as the Central Section’s seventh-ranked Golden Eagles defeated No. 6 Bullard 31-27 Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
There were seven lead changes, the last going to Clovis West when Martinez completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chad Day with 5 minutes remaining.
That came four plays after Woods intercepted a Jack Taylorpass that deflected off the hands of the Knights’ Daylan Zarate, giving the Eagles possession on Bullard’s 19 with 6:13 to go.
Dakota Helms intercepted a Taylor desperation heave to finish the game.
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The lead changes in a contest sure to have Division I seeding repercussions in six weeks were: Clovis West 10-7, Bullard 14-10, Clovis West 17-14, Bullard 20-17, Clovis West 24-20 and Bullard 27-24 before the Martinez-to-Day connection in the right corner of the stadium’s west end zone.
The Eagles (3-2) snapped a three-game losing streak in a series they now lead 27-10.
Martinez passed for 260 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 55 yardsand another score for Clovis West, which will have a bye next week before returning to The Vet to open Tri-River Athletic Conference play against No. 9 Clovis North (3-2) on Oct. 7.
Taylor, a three-year starter, passed for 192 yards and four TDs for Bullard, which will also have a bye next week before beginning County/Metro Athletic Conference play with a showdown at No. 11 Sanger (4-0) on Oct. 7.
Clovis West 31, Bullard 27
Clovis West (3-2)
B: Bradley Jorge 30 pass from Jack Taylor (Brandon Simonian kick).
C: FG Eli Riofrio 20.
C: Chad Day 19 pass from Adrian Martinez (Eli Riofrio kick).
B: Daylan Zarate 5 pass from Jack Taylor (Brandon Simonian kick).
C: Jayden Helms 36 pass from Adrian Martinez (Eli Riofrio kick).
B: Parker Jacobs 39 pass from Jack Taylor (run failed).
C: Adrian Martinez 7 run (Eli Riofrio kick).
B: Dupree Bagda 38 pass from Jack Taylor (Brandon Simonian kick).
C: Chad Day 16 pass from Adrian Martinez (Eli Riofrio kick).
Rushing: Clovis West, Adrian Martinez 16-55, Miguel Junior Rodriguez 1-4, Nick Coleman 3-32, Jayden Helms 1-5, Donovan Gonzales 1-3. Bullard, Marcus Fulcher 10-24, Jack Taylor 5-2, Bradley Jorge 14-72, Daylan Zarate 7-30, Davion Franklin 2-2, Ontario Walls 2-20.
Passing: Clovis West, Adrian Martinez 27-39-0-260. Bullard, Jack Taylor 12-24-2-192.
Receiving: Clovis West, Rodney Wright 6-40, Miguel Junior Rodriguez 7-59, Thomas Curran 2-19, Chad Day 4-72, Brigham Bray 2-10, Jayden Helms 1-36, Nick Coleman 5-24. Bullard, Bradley Jorge 2-39, Daylan Zarate 3-22, Bradley Jorge 3-54, Marcus Fulcher 2-23, Davion Franklin 1-6, Dupree Bagda 1-38.