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Clovis West rolls to semifinals over Stockdale

There's a beautiful scoreboard standing behind the east end zone at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium -- bright red digital numbers on a black background -- but it must lie.

Surely it wasn't Clovis West High 14, Stockdale 14 here at halftime Friday night, was it?

Never did this truly feel like an even matchup and the final numbers reflected it as the top-seeded Golden Eagles flew behind a vintage Kendall Brock performance, outgained the No. 8 Mustangs 610-197 and pulled away for a 42-14 victory in the quarterfinals of the Central Section Division I playoffs.

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"We jumped out but then got complacent and stooped down a level," said Brock, who rushed for 293 yards and four touchdowns. "Then in the second half, we jumped on it again."

And there was no more stooping for the state's 16th-ranked Eagles (10-1), who have averaged 44 points in an eight-game winning streak.

They beat that average in a 56-14 rout of Clovis to close a 5-0 Tri-River Athletic Conference campaign two weeks ago. And they'll oppose the Cougars once again in next Friday's semifinals at Memorial Stadium after fifth-seeded Clovis won 14-7 at No. 4 El Diamante.

Clovis West has won eight straight over the Cougars, but that didn't seem to matter.

"I'm sure they'll be mad after results of the first game," said Brock, who increased his season totals to 1,999 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns. "Don't be surprised if it's another shootout."

Eagles fullback/linebacker Jordan Brown added: "They'll be more prepared. They're going to know what's coming."

Does it matter?

No section team has touched Clovis West, which only lost 34-33 at Crespi-Encino, which is ranked 21st in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

Against Stockdale (6-6), which tied for fourth in the Southwest Yosemite League, the Eagles also received 140 yards rushing by Hunter Burns, 7-of-9 passing for 95 yards by Ian Hall and pad-popping defense, featuring Brown, linebacker John Winston and end Donovan Lewis.

"They're No. 1 for a reason," said Stockdale coach Mike Snow, a 1988 Dinuba graduate. "We traded punches with them for a half, but then they kind of wore us out."

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