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Clovis North prevails over Edison in shootout to stay undefeated

The Broncos win 41-40 and are off to a 4-0 start after winning only four games the previous two years combined.

Clovis North junior Michael Jacot returns a kickoff 75 yards in the first quarter for a touchdown, the first of his two kickoff touchdowns, in the Broncos wild 41-40 win over Edison to move to 4-0 on the season. (PHOTO BY AN EYE FOR IT ALL PHOTOGRAPHY)

FRESNO – In a game each team started their scoring with a pick 6, and on a night a full moon illuminated the night sky on Friday the 13 no less, it seemed fitting Clovis North and Edison would put on an otherworldly show. 

Some might say it was downright surreal.

But the fact remains: the Broncos are simply playing winning football. 

Clovis North continued their astounding season with a wild 41-40 win over the Tigers that featured five lead changes, taking the lead with 1:41 left in the game on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Trenton Luera to Brennon Lamee and sealed with Cade Foraker’s strip and fumble recovery at Ratcliffe Stadium to move to 4-0, matching their winning total the last two seasons.  

“Crazy stuff in the first half,” Luera said. “It was fun but it was crazy.”

For Broncos’ head coach Mike Jacot, just like he drew it up right?

“Exactly,” said the first-year head coach with a smile. “For our guys to be able to finish the way we did especially the way we started the game and then shake it off and come through in the clutch, I was really proud of them.”

Now, let’s sort some of this craziness out. 

Edison’s Richard Young picks off Luera for a pick 6 on the team’s first possession only to be answered by Matthew Arakelian’s 27-yard pick 6 for Clovis North and a 7-7 tie. 

After a safety late in the first quarter on a fumbled snap in the end zone, the Broncos’ Michael Jacot, the coach’s son who was just getting warmed up, returns the ensuing kick 75 yards to the house. 

Following an Edison TD pass on the first play of the second quarter, the Tigers made a monumental mistake and again kicked to Jacot, who raced up the middle untouched with one juke on a final defender and an 89-yard touchdown. 

No Friday the 13th curse here, that date is also the younger Jacot’s birthday. 

“A great birthday present for him,” dad said. “He’s been battling some injury stuff but I’m really proud and excited for him. I don’t tell him enough but I’m proud of what he’s been doing all along.”

A 44-yard TD run by Clovis North’s Elijah Teats opened up a 28-14 lead early in the second quarter. But Edison responded with a 6-yard TD run by sophomore Miles Lee and a 34-yard pass to Fresno State commit Dezjhon Malone from Justin Klair with 44 seconds remaining to tie the game at 28 headed to halftime. 

Edison (0-4) took the lead on a 32-yard TD pass from Klair to Glen Fason late in the third quarter, but the Broncos didn’t buckle as Luera, listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, scored on a 2-yard keeper and a 35-34 lead.  

The see-saw battle continued when Edison’s Lee scored on a 15-yard TD run with 3:35 left in the game for a 40-35 lead. But a failed 2-point conversion and a short kickoff gave the Broncos great field position at the 47. Luera then engineered a drive that included a 30 yard pass to Lamee to the 12 and capped off by the senior to junior game-winning pass.  

In addition to Arakenian’s pick-6, linebacker Nathan Arnold and offensive lineman Keenan Madsen, both big dudes, picked off passes in the second half. 

Clovis North’s Nathan Arnold intercepts a pass in the fourth quarter deep into the Broncos’ territory. (PHOTO BY AN EYE FOR IT ALL PHOTOGRAPHY)

“I go back to how well the kids are playing and the way we practice all week,” Coach Jacot said. “It’s work out there and not fun out there but Friday nights are when you have fun. And we saw it out there tonight.”

Clovis North now turns their attention to Ridgeview at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Wolfpacks’ two losses are to Liberty (21-13) and Bakersfield (24-17).

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