Homecoming, the first senior class royalty in school history, and a beautiful fall night that still required only shorts and short-sleeved shirts.
All was right for Enochs High at Chuck Hughes Stadium on Friday. The Eagles recorded their first Modesto Metro Conference football victory, a 28-0 shutout over Beyer.
"We made a lot of mistakes, but we were able to keep it together," Enochs defensive coordinator James Stacy said. "Other than that, we flew around to the ball and went where we had to go."
Enochs (3-3, 1-0) held Beyer (1-5, 0-1) without a completion in 15 attempts and intercepted two passes, the last of which was tipped, grabbed and returned 26 yards for a touchdown by Joe Burns midway through the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Boomer Green, who threw 118 times in five games, threw only five passes against Beyer. He didn't need to throw. Senior running back Nate Thomas rushed for 102 of his 173 yards in the second half and scored on two short runs.
He carried six times on Enochs' eight-play, 51-yard scoring drive to start the second half, and eight times on an 11-play, 89-yard march that started late in the third and carried into the fourth.
Enochs took over at its 11-yard line after the defense held on downs, and the drive continued when Beyer was called for roughing the kicker.
"At that point, it was still 14-0," Beyer coach Doug Severe said. "We gave them the ball back, which led to the other score."
Beyer, playing without running back Shaun Smith, rushed for 144 yards, 70 by Donnie Bibbs.
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