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Clovers Gun Down Jets In Home-Opener; Gearing Up For Showdown With Monrovia

Cloverdale To Host Bulldogs For 7 P.M. Kick-Off This Friday
by Michael Stanley Staff Writer

CHS senior linebacker Chuck Strunk gives chase to an Anderson Prep Academy quarterback in the backfield during Cloverdale’s home-opening win Friday night. (Staff Photo) CHS senior linebacker Chuck Strunk gives chase to an Anderson Prep Academy quarterback in the backfield during Cloverdale’s home-opening win Friday night. (Staff Photo) Improving one week at a time, Cloverdale’s firstyear head coach John Butler was quite pleased with the progress his Clovers made in their week two, 53-0 homeopening win against visiting Anderson Prep Academy.

“It was fun; everything worked. Playing against a team that had not played against varsity speed before, you come out in that kind of game knowing that really whatever you do is going to work,” coach Butler explained. You try not to embarrass the kids you’re playing against or the coaching staff and try to get your kids some good reps. Our staff did a good job of managing quarters. Our kids executed pretty well, had fun, and they felt what it’s like to get a big win.”

The Clovers were on the board early when junior quarterback Justin Wilson connected on a 10-yard pass to senior Chuck Strunk for his first of five touchdown passes on the night.

The second score came at the 1:26 mark when senior tailback Jordan Brinkman turned a 25-yard run into a score. Wilson wasn’t finished in the first quarter, though, later connecting with senior wide receiver Trevor Lockwood on a 22-yard pass with 30 seconds remaining.

The second quarter began with a 44-yard pass and catch from Wilson to senior wide receiver Ethan Atwood for another CHS touchdown at the 10:39 mark. With 5:40 remaining until the half, Wilson threw another 10-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Wade Warren.

By the half, Cloverdale was ahead 34-0 and had placed junior varsity and freshmen subs in the contest.

Wilson ended the game going 6-for-15 passing for 138 yards and five scores, while Brinkman rushed for 125 yards on 15 carries with a score. Justin Grever tallied 106 yards on nine rushes with a touchdown.

For the CHS receivers, Atwood caught a pair of touchdown passes for 89 yards, while Trevor Lockwood reeled in a 22-yard touchdown reception. Strunk caught a pair of passes for 17 yards and a score, while Warren caught a 10-yard touchdown pass.

“We had two running backs who had over 100 yards rushing and that’s a testament to our offensive line and how hard those kids run,” coach Butler said. “We didn’t have to throw it very often, but when we did everything worked, the kids ran good routes. When we were preparing for Anderson I would give the offensive formation and then they would communicate the routes based on the alignments and perceived coverage they got. They did a real good job of doing that.”

On the defensive side of the football, the Clovers gave plenty of chase to the Jets’ two quarterbacks on the night and turned a fumble into a quick six points on one occasion.

“We want the defensive linemen controlling the gap, the space just behind the line of scrimmage in order for the football to bounce from sideline to sideline,” coach Butler said. “The kids did real well with that. Most of the plays where they tried to run the football, our kids stretched it and our defensive philosophy worked. We also had a scoop and score – Trevor Lockwood picked up a fumble and ran 60 yards for a touchdown.”

The Clovers (1-1) will open West Central Conference play this coming Friday night at home when they host the Class 2A Monrovia Bulldogs. The Clovers haven’t defeated Monrovia since the 2005 season at home, 31-6. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

“Our football team and our staff, we focus on the things we do, and we’ll use things like scout films on our opponent to determine what to practice. So we’ll see what Monrovia tried to do offensively and defensively in their last two games,” coach Butler noted. “We’ll incorporate that into preparing for them, but when it comes to actual execution and getting ready for them, we’re going to focus on what we do. Our defensive scheme with minor adjustments to their offense and the same on the other side of the ball. We’re going to come up with a plan, something real simple, and then work on what we do.”

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