Tim Simons said Wednesday that he suspected a Clovis North High breakthrough victory was coming "soon."
But in two days?
"I'm elated. This will give us the boost we need," the Broncos' coach said after they delivered clearly the most impressive victory of their two-year varsity history, a 30-7 nonleague pummeling of 11th-ranked Memorial on Friday night on the Panthers' field.
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It was precise and punishing as Clovis North's offensive line manhandled Memorial, Bryan Parmer (153 yards rushing, two touchdowns) and Alec Mechikoff (140, two TDs) methodically chewed up real estate and the Broncos defense contained one of the state's hottest running backs in Chris Brown.
"They kicked our tail," said coach Anthony Goston of Memorial, whose 3-0 start had included a 41-35 nonleague win Saturday over then-No. 10 Garces.
It was against the Rams that Brown produced six touchdowns and 416 all-purpose yards, including 280 rushing. But he had to stretch 99 yards out of 23 carries Friday.
And if there was one play that best depicted the Broncos' performance, it came on a Panthers' fourth-and-4 play from the Clovis North 5 early in the fourth quarter, when lineman Zach Boman and linebackers Edgar Sahakyan and Isaiah Duran stuffed Brown for no gain.
The Broncos also received two interceptions from linebacker James Franklin.
"We've been grinding hard and now we've got something to show for it," said Simons, the Fresno Athletic Hall of Famer and former Clovis High 24-year coach.
The Broncos went 5-7 last year, including 0-5 in the County/Metro Athletic Conference. Then this season, with their first class of seniors, their losses in a 1-3 start came by a total of seven points, including 35-31 to No. 4 El Diamante and 35-34 to No. 10 Frontier.
"Those were real physical teams and maybe we've been seasoned," Simons said. "We beat a team that's very good in every department."
Up next is a better one. Way better.
"That's another story," Simons said with a respectful smile of Clovis North's Tri-River Athletic Conference opener against No. 2 Clovis West on Oct. 15 at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Broncos, idle next week, will have an extra week to prepare for a Golden Eagles team that humiliated defending Central Section Division I champion Bullard 52-7 Thursday night.