After three offensive plays, the Hobbs Eagles had a pair of first downs and were closing in on Clovis territory.
After three offensive plays, the Clovis Wildcats had a pair of touchdowns and were closing in on their first district win.
They got it in convincing fashion, rolling up 547 yards of offense in a 54-14 rout of Hobbs on Friday in the District 4-5A opener for both teams.
Clovis (4-5) scored the game’s first 34 points and never faced a fourth down in the blowout win. Raymond Beachum and Tre Orozco both topped the century mark rushing and combined for five touchdowns.
“We did a good job moving the ball and getting it into the end zone,” Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said. “Tre and Juan (Rivas) and Beachum, all three, ran well and blocked for each other.”
Beachum had 170 yards on 14 carries, and scored on touchdown runs of 16, 13 and 18 yards. Orozco ran 10 times for 105 yards, including a 51-yarder to put Clovis up 14-0 five minutes into the game, and had a 35-yard touchdown catch to go with 57 yards receiving.
Juan Rivas scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and combined with Orozco in the secondary to help hold the visiting Eagles (4-5) to just one completion for 9 yards.
“The good thing about Tre and Juan,” Kelley said, “is they go 100 miles an hour every play, every snap.”
The Eagles posted 318 yards but other than their scoring drives never got inside the Clovis 45.
“Ain’t no secret, ain’t no magic sayings,” second-year Hobbs coach Bruce Dollar said. “We got our butts kicked tonight. That’s all there is to it.”
Clovis defensive lineman Fred Kelley was happy the defense was able to recover following last week’s 66-48 loss against Manzano, a game where the Monarchs posted 637 yards.
“We stepped up on defense,” Kelley said. “Everyone was looking to us to (have a better outing). They’re physical. When they’re down, they keep their heads up.”
Fullback Reggie Mackey led the way with 127 yards on 23 carries for Hobbs. The Eagles scored on Garrett Reber’s 4-yard run late in the first half and Tyler Wilson’s 7-yard dive to the pylon on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats’ final touchdown came with the game turned over the junior varsity, and Jonathan Johnson finished scoring with a 3-yard push up the middle.
Clovis is idle next week, while the Eagles host Carlsbad. The Wildcats will resume the district season Nov. 5 at Carlsbad.