Timberwolves pounce on Overfelt, never look back

By Daniel Leon, Sports Intern

Photo by Bill Hallier Clovis East running back Marcus Washington, only a sophomore, makes a move against Overfelt High School in the Timberwolves 62-12 victory on September 25. Washington ran for five touchdowns and 319 on the evening.
Photo by Bill Hallier
Clovis East running back Marcus Washington, only a sophomore, makes a move against Overfelt High School in the Timberwolves 62-12 victory on September 25. Washington ran for five touchdowns and 319 on the evening.

The Clovis East Timberwolves couldn’t have got off to a better start in Friday’s night’s homecoming 62-12 blowout victory over Overfelt at Lamonica Stadium.

The T-Wolves (3-2) started the game with a bold risk and it paid off in a successful onside kick. The ‘Wolves would drive in from midfield and cap their drive with a Marcus Washington touchdown run to go up 7-0 one minute into the game.

After battling back and forth the next couple drives, the ‘Wolves would strike in again – this time on a touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Semien to junior wide receiver Tanner Tucker.

Down 14-0, Royals’ quarterback Daimyn Zepeda tested the Clovis East pass defense by attempting a deep pass, only to be intercepted by linebacker Jesse Hernandez who returned the ball all the way down to the Overfelt 25-yard line. The T-Wolves cashed in on the takeaway with another connection from Semien to Tucker, this time from two yards out for the 21-0 lead.

In the ensuing possession with the ball inside their own 15-yard line, the Clovis East offensive line opened up a gap on the left side and Washington rumbled 87 yards down the Overfelt sideline to put his team up 28-0 late in the opening quarter.

“Our tempo kind of slowed them down and I had some really good blocks,” Washington said. “I hit the outside and our guys just swept up the corners. [The blockers] made it easy for me to just take it all the way down.”

But Clovis East wasn’t done with its first-quarter scoring. The defense would come away with another takeaway by pouncing on an Overfelt fumble on a handoff at the Royals’ 29-yard line. The takeaway would help set up a 29-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Chacon. The score would cap a 34-0 first quarter of fun for the Timberwolves.

“We feel that our offense is really explosive,” Clovis East head coach Jim O’Brien said. “We feel that we can put up a lot of points and we always have the attitude that we’re going to score every chance we get.”

Washington made his mark again in the second quarter, busting free for a 77-yard touchdown run down the Clovis East sideline. The ‘Wolves led the Royals 62-0 at the half.

“Marcus [Washington] is the man,” Clovis East head coach Jim O’Brien said. “Our offense goes through him and Trey [Semien]. If they take one away, I know I have the other, but for a sophomore he’s incredible.”

Washington finished the evening with 319 yards rushing on 16 attempts and five touchdowns while Semien accounted for three scores through the air.

“It feels good to win because we actually haven’t won our Homecoming in like seven or eight years,” Washington said.

Overfelt (0-3) would eventually find their way to the end zone midway through the third quarter on a short touchdown run from running back DeVaughn Johnson and again with about two minutes left in the game on a short touchdown strike.

“It’s nice to get back on the winning track,” O’Brien said. “Our kids are working really hard and we’re just trying to get into position to get ready for league, so we’re very happy.”