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Milton runs Bears past Timberwolves

Five star recruit Kendall Milton rushes for 230 yards on 14 carries and four TDs in 40-14 win over Clovis East.

Buchanan’s Tamar Archie recovers a fumbles in the Bears’ 4-14 win over Clovis East. Buchanan improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league. The Timberwolves are now 4-5, 1-3. (PHOTO BY JENNIFER ISOM SCHMIDTKE)

For the eleventh time in a row, Buchanan defeated Clovis East; this time it was a 40-14 drubbing which saw Bears surge midway through the second quarter and never look back—improving to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Buchanan started in a hole, though. 

On the first play from scrimmage Chandler Hamilton slipped past the Buchanan secondary, via play action, and Sean Kelly hit him for a 62-yard gain to the five yard line. Kelly would then find Ryan Hak to give Clovis East (4-5, 1-3 in TRAC) an early 6-0 lead.

It was short lived.

As soon as the Bears touched the ball, the formula was simple: get the ball to Kendall Milton.

Milton would score on his third touch to give the Bears a 7-6 lead. He then scored again, and again, and again finishing with 14 carries for 230 yards (16.4 avg.) and four touchdowns. He would add two receptions for 49 yards as well.

Oh yeah. All of this came in front of Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee who had a front row seat to see the Bulldog commit. 

In addition to the running game, which totaled 284 team yards, sophomore Ian Kirby continued his development as the starting quarterback. It wasn’t the big plays that had Kirby going like a week ago when the Bears defeated Clovis 27-20. This time it was the efficiency he showed and the ability to take what the defense gave him without trying to force anything. 

Clovis East’s Chandler Hamilton scores on a 2-point conversion in the second quarter. (JENNIFER ISOM SCHMIDTKE)

Kirby would finish a modest 14-19, 139 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, but seems to have a growing rapport with junior wide receiver Stephen Shelley. Shelley, coming off of a game-winning TD catch last week vs. Clovis, was targeted the most of all Buchanan wide receivers as he brought in five catches for 61 yards. 

Brandon Hernandez caught both touchdowns for the Bears—both were his only receptions for the night.

Clovis East (4-5, 1-3) would grab their last lead of the game early in the second quarter after they executed a Statue of Liberty play with Blake Baldwin taking it in from eight yards out. 

The Timberwolves rushed for 185 yards as a team and were led by Jo’Nation Dejohnette (14 carries, 96 yards), but there’s only so much a predominant rushing offense can do when the opponent continues to put points on the board.

Buchanan will now get set to take on Clovis North (6-3, 1-3) at Veterans Memorial Stadium while Clovis East has the pleasure of dealing with Central (9-0, 4-0) as we wrap of the regular season next week. 

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