Buchanan High put an end to its brief skid.
Perhaps more importantly, the Bears got their passing game going.
Ty Hall passed for three touchdowns, including a pair to Jack Wilkins, as the Bears snapped a two-game losing streak and beat Clovis 55-21 in a Tri-River Athletic Conference game Friday at Lamonica Stadium.
In all, the Bears finished with five passing touchdowns with Carson Bailey throwing for a pair.
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Buchanan had generated just 29.4 percent of its yardage (671 of 2280 total yards) through the air entering Friday.
Buchanan was generating just 29.4 percent of its yardage – 671 of 2,280 total – through the air entering Friday.
It has helped that the ground game is powered by super sophomore Kendall Milton, who scored three touchdowns Friday.
Milton came into the night with 735 rushing yards (averaging 122.5 per game) and 12 touchdowns. Senior Trevor Ervin had gained 540 yards on 45 carries.
That the Bears (6-2, 1-2) showed they could score through the air against a serviceable Clovis defense might be an encouraging sign with the playoffs starting in three weeks.
Buchanan figures to be among the higher seeds in Division I, entering this week No. 4 in The Bee’s Central Section Top 10 coaches’ poll.
Central and Clovis West, the top two teams in the TRAC and the section rankings, both have beaten Buchanan and shown established passing games.
The Bears would appear to have the best ground game, but a solid passing attack could help prevent opposing defenses from stacking against the run.
Seventh-ranked Clovis (5-3, 1-2), meanwhile, has dropped two straight and generated just three touchdowns in its past two games combined, part of the price of playing in the loaded Tri-River.