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Clovis West football takes care of Central

It was a game much anticipated for more than a year. And it took Clovis West High 48 minutes of football time -- about 2 hours and 30 minutes of real time -- to reduce Central and what was supposed to be a Tri-River Athletic Conference showdown to rubble Friday night.

The Central Section's second-ranked Golden Eagles launched Kendall Brock for 311 yards rushing and three touchdowns -- increasing his season total to 30 -- and compiled 579 yards total in a 51-28 virtual name-the-score conquest over the No. 7 Grizzlies at Koligian Stadium.

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The dream night for Clovis West included some help in Kern County, where No. 16 Liberty-Bakersfield shocked No. 1 and previously unbeaten Centennial 20-19.

"Heartbreaker for my friend Cody [Kessler]," Brock said of the Centennial quarterback, "but that should put us to No. 1 I think."

The Eagles (8-1, 4-0) have clinched at least a tie for the TRAC title and can win it outright -- and surely the section's No. 1 seed for the Division I playoffs -- with a win against No. 10 Clovis (6-3, 3-1) next Friday at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium.

"We will not overlook Clovis -- not at all," said Brock after increasing his season total to 1,612 yards.

It was 51-13 against Central (6-3, 2-2) before Clovis West first-year coach Mike Parsons yanked his starters midway in the fourth quarter. And this was a year after the Grizzlies drilled the Eagles 24-3 at Memorial Stadium.

"Not the same Clovis West team," Central defensive coordinator Rich Clayton would say this week.

Clearly.

"We had a great week of practice, the best since I've been here," Parsons said.

That 24-3 score on Oct. 16, 2009, have anything to do with it? "Absolutely, the kids were embarrassed by Central, and that was brought up."

Hunter Burns rushed for 129 yards and quarterback Ian Hall 54 in a 526-yard mauling on the ground.

Central had no match for a Clovis West offensive line consisting of tackles Jeff Barth and Chad Specht, guards Will McComas and Patrick Markarian, and center Jack Horstmann.

Equally impressive was the defense led by end Donovan Lewis, linebackers Jordan Brown, John Winston and Wesley Segal and deep backs Gerald Nutt and James Bitter.

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