Quarterback Change Catalyst for Broncos Comeback Victory

Garrett Jones finds Brennon Lamee for an 8-yard TD in Clovis North’s 41-27 win over Ridgeview at Veterans Memorial Stadium, September 20, 2019. PHOTO BY MICHAEL FORD/CLOVIS ROUNDUP

Sometimes in the face of adversity, one simple change can be the difference between success and failure. But, you wouldn’t have to tell that to the Clovis North Broncos football team. 

After a slow start in the team’s 41-27 victory against Ridgeview on Friday night, coach Michael Jacot made a change at quarterback that inarguably altered the fortunes of his team.

The Broncos found themselves down 13-0 with 6:49 in the first quarter. Trenton Luera, who had been very effective throughout the first four games of the season, struggled by missing receivers and throwing an early interception that lead directly to points.

That’s when Jacot sent in backup Garrett Jones to take over the offense and provide a spark.

And that’s exactly what happened.

Midway through the second quarter, still down 13, the Broncos started moving the ball effectively for the first time in the game.

The drive lead by Jones, culminated with a bullet pass up the middle of the defense to Brennon Lamee from eight yards out to put the Broncos on the scoreboard, securing some much-needed momentum.

The Broncos defense held up its end of the bargain, getting that ball back for Jones to go to work once again.

Jones, who threw for 328 yards and 5 TDs, found a groove that many quarterbacks could only dream of.

He found Lamee twice more in the third quarter, including a lofted 42-yard bomb down the left sideline to extend the Broncos advantage to 27-13.

Ridgeview answered with 14 straight of its own, but it didn’t deter Clovis North, nor did it stifle its momentum.

The Broncos forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter, both by Jacot’s son, defensive-back Michael Jacot Jr.

Both interceptions came at crucial junctures when Ridgeview was marching down the field, including one in the end zone in a 27-27 tie. Each were converted into touchdowns and the Broncos wouldn’t allow their opponents another chance to score.

The Broncos now sit with an undefeated 5-0 record heading into the bye week. Clovis North will resume its schedule October 4 against Clovis West when TRAC play begins.

West has fallen on difficult times since its 2-0 start, losing its last three games by a combined score of 77 to 32.

“A win for two weeks is really good,” Jacot Sr. said. “Obviously going into league that’s a big deal, but for us more importantly, we’re not thinking about that. We know we’re 5-0…and so everything is positive going into the bye week.”

Michael Ford
Michael graduated from Fresno State in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism. During his time at the university, he served as sports and managing editor for The Collegian, Fresno State’s student-run newspaper. In addition to the Clovis Roundup, Michael has written for The Fresno Bee, the Kingsburg Recorder and Selma Enterprise. He has a passion for sports and can be found on the sidelines at local games, bringing the citizens of Clovis the athletics news they deserve.