ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis’ coaching staff said the Wildcats aren’t doing a good job when they’re given adversity. The Eldorado Eagles had plenty to hand out.
Senior running back James Sedillo accounted for 199 yards and three touchdowns, and the host Eagles quickly turned a premiere Saturday afternoon game into a 35-0 blowout.
Senior wide receiver Tyler McCulloch was fourth on the team with 32 yards on three catches, but two of them were backbreakers — a 22-yard grab over the top to end a 20-point second quarter, and a 1-yard catch to end a 13-play drive and kick in the mercy-rule running clock midway through the third period.
Dating back to 2008, the Eagles (2-0) have won three of four against Clovis, including all three at Wilson Stadium.
The Wildcats, who cruised to a 40-0 win over Alamogordo in their opener, were simply run over in the second week. Clovis’ only productive drive, which ended at the 5 when a trio of Eagles stuffed Quran Wiggins on a fourth-and-goal from the 9, was one of just three times the Wildcats entered Eldorado territory — and the only time they got inside the 45.
Clovis assistant Darren Kelley said the game was decided early, when small things went wrong and the Wildcats let them snowball.
“The problem is we’re a bunch of frontrunners,” Kelley said. “As soon as something bad happened, we just laid down and quit. We didn’t play hard, we didn’t want to win. They just lined up and kicked our butts, and we allowed it to happen.”
The Wildcats managed just 152 yards on the night, 91 of them with the mercy rule in place.
“I credit (defensive coordinator William) Gentry,” Eldorado coach Charlie Dotson said. “They had some weapons.”
But only Eldorado’s weapons drew blood. Sedillo carried 27 times for 165 yards, and scored on rushes of 1, 3 and 6 yards before the 6-foot-5 McCulloch finished off the scoring. Eldorado rolled out 428 yards of offense, 284 coming on the rush.
“It’s a nice thing (having McCulloch),” Dotson said. “You put Tyler out there, the safeties have got to cover him (and open up running lanes). Tyler’s a really good player.”
Wiggins led the Wildcats with 67 yards on 12 carries, while quarterback Jordan Hill ran nine times for 51 yards and threw for another 26 yards.
Dotson figured a big win over Clovis wasn’t likely, but if it’s going to happen, it would have to come early.
“Clovis doesn’t play its best football until November, December,” Dotson said. “If we play them again, if we’re lucky enough to make the playoffs, they’ll be better.”
And the Wildcats need to get a lot better. They host defending state champ La Cueva Friday, then head to Rio Rancho Cleveland on Sept. 17.
The Eagles visit Rio Rancho High on Friday.