Clovis West nearly pulled out a miraculous road victory Friday night.
The Golden Eagles, ranked No. 2 in The Bee's Central Section Top 20 and No. 21 in the state, came up an extra point shy in losing 34-33 to traditional Southern California power Crespi-Encino.
In only his third start, Kenny Stenhouse completed 35 of 45 passes for a school-record 424 yards to lead the host Celts.
Stenhouse passed for three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to Chris Harper with just over seven minutes remaining that proved to be decisive, as Clovis West (2-1) pulled to within a point on Patrick Elliott's 6-yard touchdown reception with five minutes left, but a botched snap on the extra point prevented the visiting Golden Eagles from tying the score.
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The first half was a shootout, as Crespi's Stenhouse completed 18 of 24 for 234 yards and two touchdowns through two quarters, while Clovis West's Kendall Brock rushed for 109 yards on 10 carries, eventually finishing with 214 yards on 39 carries.
Crespi (2-1) had difficulty stopping Clovis West's misdirection offense, a shotgun version of the wing-T. But every time Clovis West delivered a blow, the Celts answered, though they never led in the first half and went into the locker room tied 21-21.
Clovis West quarterback Ian Hall completed 9 of 23 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns. He also scored on a 22-yard run.