Clovis News: Sports

Week 1 Quick Blitz

Intersectional focus: A week after Bakersfield lost 42-28 at the state's sixth-ranked Long Beach Poly, a lot more will be learned about the Central Section's Division I power in three intersectional showdowns this weekend:

  • Redlands East (0-0) at Clovis East (1-0), tonight: A year after the Timberwolves lost 39-13 at Redlands East, Clovis East coach Tim Murphy says Clovis East will be at such a size disadvantage it will be "comical." That said, the Wildcats of the Southern Section, following an 11-1 season, can expect a different game this time at Lamonica Stadium: The Timberwolves had their double-wing offense rolling last week behind quarterback Daniel Corona and wing Khary Coleman (152 yards, three touchdowns) in a 49-22 rout of Edison.
  • Del Oro-Loomis (1-1) at Clovis West (1-0), Saturday: The 7:30 p.m. game at Veterans Memorial Stadium will match running backs coming off dominant performances -- Del Oro's Kenny Andri rushing for 184 yards and returning a kickoff 92 yards for a score in a 41-19 win over section defending D-I champion Bullard, and Clovis West's Kendall Brock delivering 194 yards and five TDs in a 42-21 rout of Merced. Del Oro, a year after placing second in the Sac-Joaquin Section's D-II, is ranked fifth in Northern California.
  • Bullard (0-1) at Valley Christian-San Jose (0-0), Saturday: Another out-of-town bruiser for the Knights, this time against the state's 13th-ranked Valley Christian, whose 11 returning starters from an 8-4 team feature 2009 State Sophomore of the Year Byron Marshall. He rushed for 1,035 yards and scored 23 TDs last season. The losing margin last week in Bullard's first loss since 2008 was deceptive, considering the Knights' failed to convert what should have been three TD passes.
  • APPEAL WINNERS

    Eight schools, including 2009 Division V champion Corcoran, have won appeals, allowing them to remain in the football divisions in which they competed last year.

    Others who felt they would have been at a competitive disadvantage to move up a division were Madera (D-II), Chavez (D-IV), Independence (D-III), Kennedy (D-V), Washington (D-IV), Fowler (D-V) and Coast (D-V).

    There are three possible levels of appeal -- section commissioner Jim Crichlow and his three area commissioners; the section's executive committee; and, finally, the state CIF.

    Corcoran's argument reached the state level; the other seven had their appeals upheld by the section's executive board.

    The eight schools were originally elevated one division as part of a historical section realignment move that adjusted playoff divisions by individual sport according to recent competitive history.

    The new divisions are set for two years.

    PLAYER IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    Ian Hall, Clovis West: Bullard coach Donnie Arax suspects the key for Clovis West against Del Oro, which thinks run-defense first, will be the play-action passing of Hall out of a shotgun, wing-T alignment.

    OTHER GAMES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    • Dos Palos (0-0) at Kingsburg (1-0): The Vikings' first home game in four seasons without quarterback Tyler Bray will be against a veteran Broncos outfit trying to deliver career win No. 200 for outgoing coach Mike Sparks.
  • El Diamante (0-0) at Clovis North (0-1): This game at Veterans Memorial Stadium matches teams elevated to D-I this season in the section's 11th-ranked El Diamante, which has owned the West Yosemite League for years, and the No. 18 Broncos with their first class of seniors.
  • Memorial (0-0) at Yosemite (1-0): Showdown of top North Area running backs has Memorial junior Chris Brown, who rushed for 1,137 yards and 16 TDs last year, opposing Badgers senior Cody Essary, who toasted Madera South for 152 yards and a score in a 25-6 win last week.
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