Clovis East’s Roller Coaster of Ride
In the central valley there is nothing quite comparable to Friday Night Lights and the Clovis East Timberwolves have had a roller coaster of a ride the past few weeks.
A week ago, the Timberwolves suffered a loss in what was an immediate central valley football classic. The Timberwolves hosted cross town rival, Sanger, in a typical clash between two Wing-T Offenses who aim to control the clock, limit mistakes, and get stops on defense.
The Timberwolves got out to an early lead behind Senior FB Blake Baldwin’s two first half touchdowns and an interception by Senior DB Darrin Chatman to make it 14-7 at the half. The 2nd half was a different story. Clovis East only possessed the ball twice as the Apaches led long methodical drives taking up much of the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Despite this the Timberwolves gave themselves a chance late in the 4th with the score 21-14. After the 2nd long Apache drive leading in a Sanger Touchdown, Clovis East got the ball back with around 4 minutes to go. They marched the ball down to around midfield when QB Sean Kelly scrambled for 13 yards on 4th down, but that was as far as the Timberwolves would go. A delay of game and holding penalty pushed them back and a dropped pass put the nail in the coffin as they turned the ball over on the Sanger 35 with less than a minute to go.
In what had been a phenomenal game and Central Valley football classic turned bitter as benches cleared post game leading to no hand shakes and a frenzy on social media. The next week was a COMPLETE different story for the Timberwolves.
We have a rivalry!!
Final Sanger 21 Clovis East 14
Apaches didn’t forget last year when the TWolves disrespected Chuck Shidan Field.
This year the Apaches started the Sanger flags very close to CE nation and then we now have a rivalry!
Both Administrations started to tangle pic.twitter.com/MXkEFO9yFy
— PAG METER (@PAGMETER) September 6, 2019
Clovis East visited Sunnyside and put on a clinic as they went on to beatdown the Wildcats 28-6 with much help from their defense and special teams. The Timberwolves picked off the Wildcats three times(once for a pick-six) and returned a punt for a TD. Up next for the Timberwolves(3-1) is San Joaquin Memorial(3-1) who comes in hot after a 28-21 win in the Holy Bowl.