Sophomore quarterback Kevin Naceanceno ran for four touchdowns and Clovis Christian recovered two fumbles in the final minute Friday night to edge Logan 26-22 in an 8-man District 4 clash, giving the Eagles their second postseason berth in four seasons.
Naceanceno’s final scoring run, from 25 yards out with 4:49 left, broke a 20-20 tie. The Longhorns got a 32-yard kickoff return from Tanner Sorrels to the CCS 40 and gained two first downs — the second one coming on a 2-yard sneak by quarterback Truitt Frost to the Eagles’ 5 with just over a minute left.
On third down from the 3, Blake Strack took a handoff over the right side, but fumbled and the Eagles’ Cory Shipman recovered at the 1 with 58 seconds left.
Clovis Christian (7-2, 2-1 district) could not run out the clock, though, and Naceanceno took an intentional safety from punt formation with 36 seconds left. His free kick was grabbed by Sorrels, but he fumbled near midfield and Clovis Christian’s Mike Urioste recovered.
Logan (7-3, 1-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first seven minutes on an 89-yard run by Josh Ruda and a 5-yard run by Strack. Naceanceno’s 17-yard run later in the period made it 14-6, but the Longhorns twice stopped the Eagles on downs inside the 5 before halftime to preserve their lead.
CCS coach Jason Swann said the bigger Longhorns’ rushing attack was tough to handle.
“They presented some challenges to us because of their ability to run the football,” he said. “We had to take some chances with our (defensive) alignments to get it stopped.
Naceanceno ran 49 yards for a score on the second play of the second half, and Urioste’s conversion run tied the game. After a three-and-out for Logan, Naceanceno broke a 69-yard TD run after keeping the possession alive with a 16-yard swing pass to Shipman on a fourth-and-4 fake punt from the Eagles’ 26.
“Kevin had two incredible runs where he went (from) one side (of the field) to the other and just broke it,” Swann said. “We were nervous coming in. The coaches knew it would be a great game and it would be tough with their power run game.”
The Eagles’ only previous trip to the NMAA playoffs came in 2006, when they lost to eventual champion Gateway Christian in the first round.