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Clovis West football pummels Clovis

The target now -- has it not been all along? -- is a ninth Central Section football title for Clovis West High. And the top-ranked Golden Eagles will fly into the postseason bordering on perfection.

Their latest domination in a seven-game winning streak was a 56-14 win over No. 10 Clovis on Friday night at Lamonica Stadium to secure outright the Tri-River Athletic Conference championship.

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Outgaining the Cougars 215 to minus-5 yards while bolting to a 35-0 halftime lead en route to capturing its eighth straight in the series, Clovis West (9-1, 5-0) surely also locked the No. 1 seed for the section's Division I playoffs, which will begin next week.

"We all look forward to that now," said Hunter Burns, the other running back on a team featuring one of the state's finest in Kendall Brock.

Burns measured 123 yards and a touchdown on only eight carries.

It was that easy for the shotgun wing-T of the Eagles, who took advantage of many short fields while toying with a Clovis defense that had given up an average of only 136 yards a game while consecutively defeating wing-T teams Stockdale (6-0), Sanger (10-7) and Clovis East (14-0) earlier in the season.

However, there are conventional wing-Ts such as those. And then there is the Clovis West shotgun wing-T brought in by coach Mike Parsons, who led Modesto Christian to a 15-0 record and State Small Schools Bowl title last year.

"Defenses try to prepare for us," Burns said, "but our offense is so unique and crazy, they're not able to. And we've got the best O-line in the Valley."

Brock carried 17 times for 94 yards and his 31st and 32nd touchdowns of the season. And quarterback Ian Hall, who rarely is asked to throw, delivered two perfect post-pattern passes to Jacob Yahnian for touchdowns of 25 and 39 yards.

The Eagles frazzled Clovis quarterback Andrew Smith early with sacks by Donovan Lewis and John Winston. And it intercepted him later by James Bitter, Patrick Elliott and Kurtis Palacios, who returned his 15 yards for a touchdown.

"We are peaking," said Parsons, who will await today's seedings, which will be determined for all six divisions in the Porterville office of section commissioner Jim Crichlow.

"Hopefully, this works out, we'll get a bye, get healthier and see if we can make a run."

It was only two weeks ago that the D-I top seed was a bit fuzzy, with then-unbeaten Centennial, Clovis West and Bakersfield given the best shots.

But then Centennial beat Bakersfield 28-14, Liberty-Bakersfield beat Centennial 20-19 and Clovis West beat everyone like a drum -- Clovis East 28-0, Central 51-28 and now Clovis.

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