Quarterback Adrian Martinez looks to option a pitch in Clovis West’s 44-7 win over Centennial, improving the Eagles’ record to 1-1. Martinez threw for four touchdowns in the first half and sat midway in the third quarter. [Photo by Lynette Daniel]
By Paul Meadors | Sports Editor
After the hard fought loss to Liberty-Bakersfield to begin the year, Clovis West had a single word for the following week: respond.
And the Golden Eagles (1-1) definitely found an answer as they scored early and often in their 44-7 thrashing of Centennial in Week 2 during a gorgeous evening on Sept. 1 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The game was over by halftime as quarterback Adrian Martinez threw four touchdowns in the first half, good for a 37-0 lead. In fact, Martinez played only the first possession of the second half before sitting.
“We got knocked down last week, but [the question is]: how are you going to get back up and respond?” said head coach George Petrissans. “I thought the boys did a great job of responding to adversity that came their way. I was real pleased with that.”
And how about Martinez, the junior and one of the top quarterbacks in the Valley. After the Eagles fumbled on their first two possessions, Martinez fired his four touchdowns to three different receivers: 19 and 26 yards to Rodney Wright Jr, 38 yards to Miguel Junior Rodriguez and 10 yards to Diego Cruz.
Jeremiah Ellison scored two touchdowns on runs of three and four yards, the second one on an option on the left side, increasing the lead to 44-0.
“Once we got the ball rolling I think it was a matter of getting our athletes into space,” said Martinez who finished the night 10-17 for 197 yards. “Once we got settled in then we all felt comfortable. We were all juiced at the beginning of the game.”
And there’s little doubt that Martinez is a big fan of fellow classmate Rodney Wright, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound speedster, almost unstoppable in the open field, calling him “a heck of a football player.”
Not lost in the offensive output, was the impressive Eagle defense, who limited the Golden Hawks to a menial touchdown late in the game, and a subsequent running clock (35 or more point lead in the 4th quarter).
“The defense is the core of our team, they’re the backbone and was putting us in a position to score,” Petrissans said, crediting his entire coaching staff for preparing the team. “It gave us the opportunity to have a short field. It was a key for us tonight.”
Clovis West takes on Edison at Sunnyside on Sept. 9 and then travels to Rocklin on Sept. 16.