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Clovis East sets tone in rout of Edison

It was back to normal for Clovis East High on Friday night.

The No. 2-ranked Timberwolves football team welcomed the return of coach Tim Murphy, unleashed their double-wing offense for 381 yards and throttled Edison 49-22 at Sunnyside Stadium.

Clovis East, which produced its only losing record (4-7) in its nine-year history last season as Murphy stepped away for personal reasons, popped Khary Coleman for a 38-yard gain on its first play and the tone was set against the Central Section's defending Division II champion.

Coleman, taking the baton from school record-breaking 2,225-yard rusher Sean Johnson-Bey (graduated), carried 15 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

"We really are back in business," said Timberwolves quarterback Daniel Corona, who rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown and passed for 65 yards while throwing his only two passes perfectly.

Regarding the return of Murphy, he said: "He definitely brings a different atmosphere."

Now 78-22 without a losing season at Clovis East, Murphy was thrilled except for four Edison pass completions ranging from 33 to 71 yards in addition to a 64-yard kickoff return.

"The adrenaline on the sideline was fun to have again. I haven't had that in a while," said Murphy, who cited a bit of burnout and the need to spend more time with his daughter as the primary reasons to check out last season.

"To see the kids smile after a football game and the feeling of all that hard work come together for 2 1/2 hours, that's good."

But not all.

"Big plays are going to be a thorn in our side if we don't fix them soon," said Murphy, who doesn't have much time.

Marching into Lamonica Stadium next Friday will be Redlands-East Valley, which pounded the Timberwolves 39-13 at home in an 11-1 2009 season.

Edison, meanwhile, will continue a nonleague schedule that promises to be brutal on its 16 starting underclassmen and coach Jim O'Brien, who has replaced Tim McDonald.

The Tigers were not without moments as sophomore quarterback Khari Magee passed for 165 yards, Jeremy Williamson outleaped defenders for receptions of 47 and 33 yards, and Davron Maxey spun a short pass into a 71-yard gain.

But they had no defense for the double wing, which O'Brien actually saw often in summer camps at Clovis East during his four years at Fowler.

"Yeah, but scrimmage stuff and game stuff is completely different," he said.

Making it happen up front for the Timberwolves were tight ends George Macias and Cody Baldus, tackles Michael Boshee and Steven Prosser, guards Garrett Lane and Colin Lewis, center Jonathan Boyce and fullback Steven Nagata.

"Their tailback is good, they run hard and have good athletes," O'Brien said. "I don't want to take anything away from what they did; they gave it to us."

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