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Bullard football falls just short of Clovis East

Bullard High, playing its first Central Section opponent after being outscored 90-19 in two losses to state-ranked teams, came within inches of an upset Friday against section No. 5 Clovis East.

Shawn Kuehter's 47-yard field goal attempt with 30 seconds to play missed just left and the Timberwolves (3-1) held on for a 21-19 win.

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The Knights, ranked 15th in the section by The Bee, got their shot to win by forcing Clovis East into a three-and-out.

Daniel Corona's punt was downed at the Bullard 8, and the Knights (0-3) took over with 2:04 to play and no timeouts.

Backup quarterback Markus Espinoza completed 4 of 6 passes for 62 yards to set up the game-winning opportunity. The biggest play was a 40-yard bomb, while scrambling, to Alex Garduno down the Timberwolves' sideline.

Clovis East, which trailed 11-6 at the half and struggled to hang on to the football (four fumbles, three of which Bullard recovered), came out firing out of its double-wing T on the opening drive of the second half.

The Timberwolves took 7 minutes off the clock on an 11-play drive that covered 60 yards, capped by Manuel Conde's 12-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down reverse. Clovis East's Jerral Brown ran in the 2-point conversion to put his team ahead 14-11.

Clovis East forced a punt on the ensuing possession and went right back to its punishing ground game, which churned out 329 yards on 48 attempts for the game.

The Timberwolves ran Jerral Brown and Khary Coleman almost exclusively on a 72-yard, 11-play drive. Brown ran four times for 13 yards, including a huge fourth-down conversion, and Coleman for 53 yards on six carries including the 5-yard touchdown that put the Knights ahead 21-11 with 8:53 to play in the fourth.

Coleman finished with 166 yards on 17 carries and had two touchdowns.

Bullard's Beau Hine, a Clovis transfer playing in his first game since being ruled eligible by the CIF, started at quarterback and linebacker. He rushed for 14 yards and was 2-of-5 passing for 18 yards.

The Knights' rushing attack was led by Demetrius Warren's 88 yards and two touchdowns.

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