BWith a short week leading into Friday’s home game, the Wildcats couldn’t afford to take off the weekend and got in a Monday practice.
Whether they got in a full day of football Saturday is up for debate. A battle of top 5A teams never materialized, as host Eldorado pounded its way to a 35-0 win Saturday evening at Wilson Stadium.
Longtime Wildcat coach Eric Roanhaus told James Yodice of the Albuquerque Journal there were three types of people — those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened — and the Wildcats were the latter two on Saturday.
Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley said a weekend film session didn’t change much about their perspective, except let coaches reinforce what happened, and why it happened.
“We’ve just got to do our jobs,” Kelley said, “Do what we’re supposed to, not what we want to. The times that we did stop them, we did what we were supposed to do.”
What happened: Bottom line, Eldorado played well. They scored on five of their first six drives, but even saying that takes away from the Eagles — their unsuccessful drive started off a Clovis turnover with six seconds left in the second quarter, and a jump ball pass from the Wildcat 28 was incomplete.
Eldorado (2-0) went 4-for-8 on third down, 3-for-3 on fourth down — twice on a 13-play drive to end the scoring — and only punted once.
“They played really well,” Kelley said. “We made them look pretty good, too.”
What didn’t happen: Clovis, obviously, getting on the scoreboard or moving the ball. They went 2-of-6 on third down, and one was the result of an Eldorado personal foul penalty. Of their 11 first downs, seven came after the Eagles had completed their scoring.
The key play: The first fourth down the Eagles faced was an obvious “go for it” situation. They faced a fourth and 5 from the Clovis 29, and they’d averaged 6.4 yards on the nine previous plays of the drive. So instead of a pooch punt or a 46-yard field goal, the choice was a screen pass to Chris Sedillo.
Sedillo was well past the first down marker before he was brought down for a 14-yard gain. He scored three plays later on a 1-yard run, the first of three on the day. That was a 13-play drive, and the Eagles would have three more drives of 10 or more plays on the night.
What’s next: Coming off the blowout, the Wildcats will try to erase the memories of a blowout from last year. The Wildcats host La Cueva, which got a huge night from Ronnie Daniels (16 carries, 278 yards) in a 49-0 win.
And Eldorado? Well, they’re facing Rio Rancho on the road this week.
And starting Friday, it’s likely the Wildcats will be Eagle fans for the rest of the season. Every big Eldorado win makes Clovis’ loss a little more understandable when the playoff brackets are drawn.
Provided, of course, Clovis can prove Saturday was just a hiccup.
“We might have screwed ourselves up as far as seeding later, but we’ll be all right,” Kelley said. “We just can’t let that happen again.”