Floyd made a game of it against Clovis Christian for a while on Friday night.
In the end, though, the Broncos didn’t have the firepower to stay with the Eagles.
Clovis Christian rolled up 549 total yards — 277 rushing, 272 passing — and pulled away to a 54-8 victory in an 8-man District 4 contest at the Yucca complex.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Eagles (6-2, 1-1 district), and means they will host Logan (7-2, 1-1) with a playoff berth on the line in next week’s regular-season finale.
Junior running back Mike Urioste scored four touchdowns for the Eagles, including an 80-yard run early in the final period.
Sophomore quarterback Kevin Naceanceno ran for two scores and completed 16-of-27 passes for three touchdowns.
Senior tight end Cordy Wilhoit caught five passes for 137 yards and took a shovel pass from Naceanceno 50 yards for the game’s first tally.
Still, the Bronchos (2-7, 0-2) trailed only 12-8 after a 40-yard run by junior quarterback Hunter Terry and Terry’s conversion pass to J’Kobie Lee early in the second period.
“The first half, I thought we came out a little tight,” Eagles coach Jason Swann said. “We had some big plays, but when we had to march it we’d make some mistakes.”
Urioste, who finished with 153 yards rushing and eight receptions for 83 yards, said he was confident his team would come around.
“The second half, we did what we needed to do,” Urioste said. “It was a ballgame at the beginning, but then we stepped up and pulled away. The line really blocked well for us.”
The Eagles made use of the shovel pass several times, something Swann said he thought would work against Floyd’s defensive alignment.
“We’ve wanted to do it,” he said. “When we saw the defense they were playing, we knew it was going to be there.”
Meantime, CCS held the Broncos to 211 total yards. Terry rushed for 68 yards and completed 9-of-16 passes for 57 yards.
“The defense played well,” Swann said. “They (Broncos) had the one big play, but other than that I thought we did a good job of shutting everything else down.”
Urioste said the Eagles are anxious to play Logan with what’s at stake.
“It’s single-elimination now; it was kind of that tonight,” he said. “If we lose we’re done, but I’m confident we’ll do well.”
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