Featured photo by Lynette Daniel – Clovis West quarterback Adrian Martinez, only a junior with scholarships offers from such Division 1 heavyweights as Cal, Oregon State and Miami, surveys the field in Eagles 23-14 win over Buchanan. Martinez passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns.
Daniel Leon | Editor
Clovis West took down league rival Buchanan 23-14 Friday night and moved to 2-0 in TRAC play thanks in large part to its explosive offensive duo of quarterback Adrian Martinez and running back/receiver Rodney Wright.
The juniors connected for touchdown passes of 41 and 37 yards in the first half before Wright added another score on a five-yard run late in the third to give the Golden Eagles a nine-point lead and make it a two-possession game.
“Those two guys are our playmakers on offense,” said Clovis West head coach George Petrissans said. “Whenever we get the ball in their hands, it’s a good thing.”
Prior to the Eagles pulling away, Buchanan cut the lead to 16-14 after engineering a long drive, which the Bears capped with a 20-yard touchdown pass on a fade from Nolan LeForge to Isaiah Tigler.
But the Golden Eagles didn’t panic – they remained composed and kept churning out yards on offense, which led to Wright’s third score to make it 23-14 inside a minute to go in the third. The Clovis West offense kept rolling in the fourth, eating up the clock while its defense made some key stops throughout the period to preserve the win.
“Our guys played so hard and this was a quality win,” Petrissans said. “Buchanan is a tough team and our guys came out here and competed. They’re hard workers, they love to play football and they responded [tonight].”
Martinez accounted for 285 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-33 passing.
“We never lost faith in our team or our ability to finish,” Martinez said. “We know when we need to score, and we held onto the ball and had a great drive [to increase the lead].”
Wright, a versatile force at both running back and wideout, recorded 10 catches for 127 yards and three total touchdowns.
“All week our coaches have been telling us about the Clovis West-Buchanan rivalry and just inputting in our head [the meaning of the game], and we came out ready,” Wright said.
Petrissans, however, sees room for improvement for his Golden Eagles (5-2, 2-0 TRAC), who take their three-game win streak to Lamonica Stadium next Friday to take on winless Clovis East (0-7, 0-2).
“The mentality of this [upcoming] week is to get better,” he said. “That’s what we’re all about – trying to get better and trying to work harder to improve, and that’s what we’re going to be doing.”
“We can’t take anyone for granted, it’s the TRAC,” Martinez said. “It’s league play and we have to prepare just like we have for [Clovis] North and Buchanan, and come ready to play.”