The circumstances of its opponent were quite different on Friday night, but everything else was pretty much the same for Clovis Christian.
Playing at Yucca Middle School, the Eagles stayed unbeaten with another lopsided victory over an outmanned opponent — this time with a 60-0 shutout of Foothill High from Albuquerque.
Clovis Christian (5-0) has won its games by an average of 45.2 points.
Foothill (0-4) is essentially a correctional facility for juveniles and its population is composed of teenagers from around the state.
“These kids have earned the right to travel. They may have strayed somewhere in their life choices, but we’re trying to get them an opportunity to make some better decisions,” Foothill coach Pat Quillen said. “Eventually, they are going to get out and we just want to lead them in the right direction — take that energy they’ve used in the wrong direction and turn it into something positive.”
A youth group from a Clovis church was asked to supply the rooting section for the Falcons, but there wasn’t much to cheer for, even for temporary Foothill fans.
On Clovis Christian’s fourth offensive play from scrimmage, Eagles’ junior running back Mike Urioste shook off a would-be Falcons’ tackler in the backfield and then broke to the right sideline for a 54-yard touchdown run. Ahead 6-0, Clovis Christian’s next possession resulted in a 12-yard run by quarterback Kevin Naceanceno which, followed by a two-point conversion, pushed the score up to 14-0.
The Urioste-Naceanceno theme would continue the rest of the game. Naceanceno, in addition to 99 yards passing, ran for 253 yards while Urioste added 164 yards on the ground.
While Eagles’ coach Jason Swann was naturally pleased with his team’s offense, he was even happier with the shutout pitched by his defense.
“Our goal in this one was to come in blind, not to look at any film and come make the adjustments on the fly,” Swann said. “Really, we wanted to rely on our captains — Cordy Wilhoit and Mike Urioste — on making the adjustments necessary when they saw different formations.”