Eagles soar into 8-man playoffs

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers

FLOYD — The Clovis Christian Eagles soared in a 70-12 rout of the Floyd Broncos on Saturday, and punched their ticket to the New Mexico 8-man football playoffs in the process.

The Eagles earned the No. 8 seed, and will face top-seeded Gateway Christian next weekend in Roswell.

“We executed real well,” Clovis Christian coach Greg Darden said. “I think we were still coming off the Melrose game (a 58-28 win last week).

“ I think we were still playing a little excited, but as far as execution they did well. The blocking was good, the running was good, the coaches had them prepared both offensively and defensively.”

The visiting Eagles opened up the game outscoring the Broncos 22-9 in the first quarter, and followed that up with a 24 point second period, to put the Eagles up 46-12 at the half.

“I think really, Floyd was a little out-manned,” Darden said. “ I think we came out with a goal in mind, because we knew we had to win that game to get into the playoffs, so that’s why we came out and played.”

For Floyd (1-7-1), despite the disappointing season, Roybal knows he has something to build on for the future.

“It was an up and down game, we did well in spots,” Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said. “It’s just one of those years where not everything goes right but the kids did about as well as they could.

“We’re hoping we can (build on this season). We’ve got seven sophomores coming back, and we’ve got three freshmen, and some younger kids, so we’re hoping that we can build. You never know for sure, but we’re hoping we can.”

Darden figured with a losing record, his Eagles (4-6) would have to face Gateway Christian.

“We played them at the beginning of the season,” Darden said. “They are a good team. They deserve the No. 1 seed, I’ll tell you that right now. But it’s a brand new season now, and anything can happen.

“Right now, our boys are playing great ball, their doing anything we ask them to do. They’re excited, and they’re looking forward to the challenge.”