Featured photo by Nick Baker – Clovis North senior quarterback Brent Bailey stole the show against Edison, rushing for 192 yards and three touchdowns in addition to throwing for one in the Broncos’ 27-21 victory over Edison on homecoming night and improving the Broncos record to 3-1.
By Paul Meadors | Sports Editor
All that was missing was a giant “S” on the chest of Brent Bailey.
The Clovis North quarterback was as fast as a speeding bullet (66-yard touchdown run), as powerful as locomotive (running over defenders!) and leapt over tall buildings (the front end- zone pylon!) in a single bound on his way to four total touchdowns in the Broncos 27-21 win over Edison on September 16 to move to 3-1 on the season.
“Brent’s a player,” said Broncos head coach Casey Quinn. “He was big running the football tonight. He’s a pretty special player.”
That’s the understatement of the night for the senior who rushed 23 times for 186 yards. And little surprise here – Bailey lives and breathes football.
“I try and visualize each one of my games,” said Bailey on how he prepares mentally for games. “You can never imagine (having a game like this) but I’m so blessed. The support I have around me including my teammates is amazing.”
And how about those three plays that epitomized Bailey and his 6-foot-1, 200 pound frame:
- A first quarter option run where he bounced off Edison players, dragging two, three, and then four players for an 18-yard run capped off by his 1-yard touchdown plunge.
- A perfectly thrown 37-yard touchdown pass to Chad Fugman to take a 13-7 lead into halftime.
- And finally, that 66-yard sprint down the right sideline after he stiff-armed a would-be tackler to take back the lead at 20-14 in the third quarter where ooh and ahhs could be heard throughout Veterans Memorial Stadium.
But Edison put up a fight throughout the game, taking a 14-13 lead on a Jaylan King 45-yard touchdown run with 9:00 left in the third quarter. The Tigers then cut the lead to six on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 left in the game after Bailey rushed for his third touchdown of the game – a 19-yarder with 2:44 to go. But, after a recovered onside kick was negated due to a controversial penalty by the Tigers, the Broncos ran out the clock to end the game.
Despite falling to 0-4 on the season, Quinn called the Tigers: “The best 0-4 team in the state of California.”
Edison lost two out-of-section opponents in Brophy College Prep from Arizona 33-0 and Damonte Ranch from Reno, NV 26-10 on the road and then Clovis West 26-20 at home.
The Broncos as a team rushed 43 times for 283 yards including 17 carries and 84 yards from Jordan Ayerza, including an important 18-yard run on third and eight with 3:55 remaining in the game.
Fugman’s only catch of the night came on that 37-yarder from Bailey, a catch that Fugman said was about as good as it gets for him.
But back to Bailey, and even though the night belonged to the halftime-crowned homecoming king, the humble quarterback was quick to divert praise to his teammates, especially the big boys up front.
“Our offensive line was amazing and they opened up the holes for me – I was just doing my job,” said Bailey. “They’re proud of me but I’m proud of them honestly. They make me shine, the credit goes out to my teammates.”