With Bullard High 12 yards from the end zone and threatening to score a game-winning touchdown with time winding down, Clovis stepped up when it mattered most.
The eighth-ranked Cougars (2-1) deflected a pass in the end zone as time expired and held off the Knights 17-13 in nonleague action at McLane Stadium.
Bullard (0-3) began its final drive from the Knights 39 with 1:14 remaining.
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Clovis quarterback Jason Hunt tossed two touchdowns, including an 18-yard strike to Bubba Byrd during the second half that put the Cougars ahead 17-7.
Hunt also connected with Mathew Sanchez with 1:26 left before halftime as Clovis led 10-7 at the break.
And typically that’s been just about enough points to make Clovis feel comfortable behind a defense that is allowing an average of nine points per game through the first three contests.
The Knights, meanwhile, are in odd territory.
The last time Bullard started 0-3 was 2010, when the Knights eventually went 0-4 before finishing 3-7.