Strong second-half effort fuels Central past Clovis North in Thursday night TRAC showdown

Quarterback Adrian Martinez. [Photo by Lynette Daniel]

By Johnny Martin | Sports Reporter

The Clovis West Golden Eagles improved to 3-0 in the TRAC with just two weeks to play as they took down the Clovis East Timberwolves 41-6 on Friday, Oct. 21 at Lamonica Stadium.

The Golden Eagles looked to stay on track facing a struggling, but feisty Timberwolves squad desperate for their first win. Things did not come easy early on as they could muster seven points in the first quarter.

“It’s always a scary team in Clovis East just because they have some really good weapons on offense,” Clovis West head coach George Petrissans said. “I just think for any team we prepare for it’s really about us; it’s about how we prepare, how we execute and any given Friday night anyone can play anybody so we really just focus on us.”

Clovis West (5-2 overall) was able to find its touch in the second quarter, led by quarterback Adrian Martinez. The junior had two touchdowns through the air and another on the ground in the second quarter alone, giving the Golden Eagles a big lead at the half.

With his team up big, Martinez would not play in the second half, finishing his night completing 12 of 17 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his 75 yards and a touchdown on just two carries on the ground.

“I’m glad we got everybody into play,” Martinez said. “Our mindset going into this week was to not take East for granted and play to our level. We came out strong from the jump and we got everyone a chance to play.”

The Golden Eagles tacked on 10 more points in the second half on their way to the 41-6 victory. The win sets up the marquee matchup in their next game as they’ll play the Central Grizzlies (7-1) for what will be for the TRAC championship.

“This is what we were striving for from the beginning in January when we set up our goals, was to be able to get to this game,” Petrissans said. “I know our kids are excited and I know they’re in it.”

Clovis West will have to travel to Central Friday, Oct. 28 as they try to take down the high-powered Grizzlies, who have yet to lose this year at home. As they look forward to their matchup with Central, the Golden Eagles know there is still room for improvement especially if they want to beat one of the top teams in the valley.

“If we want to win and be the best team in the valley we can’t make mental errors,” Martinez said. “Being disciplined, we’ve just got to stay on top of our mental game that’s our biggest game right now.”