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Clovis West football pounds Buchanan

Buchanan High had no answer for Clovis West on Friday night.

The No. 2 Golden Eagles' shotgun wing-T offense produced 404 yards -- 360 rushing -- en route to a 37-7 blowout victory over the No. 14 Bears.

It ended a three-game Buchanan winning streak in the rivalry. The teams share Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium as their home field.

"This win means the world to us," said Clovis West running back Kendall Brock. "This one is definitely high on the list for best wins."

The Eagles (6-1, 2-0 Tri-River Athletic Conference) set the tone on the opening drive by going 80 yards in seven plays capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by Brock. The drive only took 1 minute 18 seconds.

They scored on four of their next six first-half possessions.

Clovis West had the Bears defense running all over the field with its motion, fakes and reverses.

The openings that were created by all the havoc in the backfield allowed Hunter Burns to run for 165 yards on 15 carries. Brock added 144 yards on 21 carries.

"It's tough with all the misdirection. Teams don't know how to stop it," said the University of Nevada-bound Brock.

The Eagles defense was just as dominant in the first half, giving Buchanan no chance to make it a game. The Bears totaled just 45 yards on 18 plays in the first half compared to 288 yards on 45 plays for Clovis West.

Buchanan also fumbled twice, the last setting up the Eagles at the Bears 25 with 1:40 left. Ian Hall hit Burns for an 11-yard touchdown that put Clovis West ahead 31-0 and put an exclamation point on a half that the Eagles controlled in every facet.

Buchanan (4-3, 0-2), which has lost three straight by an average margin of 23 points, had just 125 yards total offense before four long runs late in the fourth quarter helped it finish with 203.

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