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Brock lifts Clovis West football past Merced

The Kendall Brock show got the Mike Parsons era off to a blazing start.

Brock, the senior running back headed for Nevada, rushed for 194 yards and five touchdowns, to help Parsons, Clovis West High's fifth football coach in five seasons, win his Golden Eagles debut 42-21 over Merced on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

And make no mistake, the intensity is as high as ever at Clovis West, a perennial power with eight Central Section championships in its trophy case. The Eagles no doubt will be a contender this season for No. 9 under Parsons, a Chowchilla native who returned to the Central Section after leading Sac-Joaquin Section school Modesto Christian to the CIF State Small Schools championship last season.

"We're going to see some mistakes on film, and we'll clean them up," Parsons said after the Eagles dominated all but the final 3 minutes of each half. "I was happy, but we've got work to do."

Brock and an effective offensive line made up for any problems Clovis West might have had Friday night. Brock certainly proved healthy after a left hamstring injury slowed him last season.

"We definitely came out and made a statement," Brock said. "And I wanted to show people I was back and 100%."

Brock scored on runs of 8, 37, 8 and 22 yards as Clovis West -- ranked fourth in the section by The Bee -- rolled to a 28-0 lead with 2:32 left in the first half. On the two longer runs, both wide sweeps, Brock was hardly touched thanks to the work of linemen Jeff Barth, Patrick Markarian, Jack Hostmann, Josh Harris and Will McComas.

"The offense was clicking," Brock said. "We came out prepared. We want the Valley to know this offense is rolling."

Clovis West tallied 396 yards, more than half picked up by Brock, who also had a 30-yard reception. Having more offensive threats step forward was one of Parsons' immediate post-game critiques.

"We have to be able to attack teams with our entire backfield, not just Kendall," Parsons said. "Teams are going to come after Kendall. We need to be able to spread the ball around more."

Brock's fifth touchdown run, a 15-yarder following Bear Dupras' fumble recovery, put the Eagles up 35-14 and all but sealed the outcome. Clovis West would put the finishing touches on Merced with Sean Morris' 40-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

And while the coach in Parsons focused first on what needed to improve, he was far from displeased with his team's first game.

"I like the 42 points," he said. "We put the ball in the end zone."

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