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Clovis West vs Liberty: Players to watch, quick hits, series history

Austin Kemp takes a look at the keys to the game.

No. 11 Clovis West and No. 3 Liberty will meet for the second time this season when they get together this Friday night. The Patriots defeated the Golden Eagles the first time around by a score of 17-7 on September 6 at Lamonica Stadium. This time, Clovis West will travel down the 99 to Bakersfield in attempt to get to their first semifinal since the 2016 season. Liberty finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and is coming off a bye, while Clovis West sits at 4-7 after defeating Clovis North in the opening round of the Division I playoffs a week ago.

Date: November 15

Game Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Liberty Patriots Stadium; 925 Jewetta Avenue, Bakersfield

Clovis West players to watch:

  • QB, Bradley Senneway (Sr.) — 11-14, 288, 3 TD last week.
  • RB, Brandon Wafer (Sr.)
  • WR, David Pierro (Jr.) — 7 catches, 196 yards, 2 TDs last week.
  • WR, Dewayne Benjamin (Sr.)
  • DL, Derek Moreland (Jr.) — 9 sacks, 3 forced fumbles this season
  • LB, Mateo Morales (Sr.)
  • LB, Tanner Ewell (Sr.)

Liberty players to watch:

  • QB, Haden Mann (Jr.) — 1,530 yards, 11 TD, 5 INT this season. 73 carries, 408 yards 9 TDs rushing.
  • RB, Prentice Boone (Jr.) — 857 yards, 5 TDS
  • WR, Roman Henderson (Sr.) — 26 receptions, 543 yards, 7 TDs; 2 kick return TDs
  • LB, Dylan Tooker (Sr.) — 68 tackles, 11 TFL, 8 sacks
  • LB, Dylan Holmes (Sr.) — 57 tackles, 7 TFL

Quick Hits:

  • Both teams were missing key pieces in their first meeting. Clovis West played without RB Brandon Wafer, WR Chris Shambourger, and LB Nathan Mendoza. Liberty played without starting QB Haden Mann.
  • Liberty head coach Bryan Nixon is 17-7 all-time vs. TRAC schools while being the head coach of the Patriots.
  • Liberty starting RB Prentice Boone (featured above) did not play in the Patriot’s finale vs Bakersfield two weeks ago. His status for this week is unknown.

Series history (Playoff games listed second): Clovis West leads 6-5 all-time

2019: Liberty 17-7

2018: Liberty 47-14

2017: Liberty 31-30

2016: Liberty 28-24

2014: Liberty 21-6

2009: Clovis West 31-21

2008: Clovis West 22-19, Clovis West 14-6

2007: Clovis West 9-0

2006: Clovis West 27-14, Clovis West 28-26

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