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Up-and-coming Enochs passes test with Division II power

Enochs High School auarterback Boomer Green, here in a game last year against Beyer, has helped guide this year's Eagles to a 2-1 start.
Enochs High School auarterback Boomer Green, here in a game last year against Beyer, has helped guide this year's Eagles to a 2-1 start. Modesto Bee

Enochs High keeps dealing with new experiences this season. So far, they're all pretty good.

Perhaps none were as impressive as the Eagles' 31-28 loss to Del Oro of Loomis last Friday night. The Golden Eagles advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title game last season, losing to Granite Bay.

"We played a heck of a football game," Enochs assistant coach Chris Cloward said at Monday's weekly meeting of the Modesto Quarterback Club at Hero's Sports Lounge in downtown Modesto. "Del Oro's got it all: new (artificial) turf, a nice canyon view, the JumboTron -- everything you can do to intimidate a team."

But, Cloward said, the Eagles competed.

"We scored first, and that kind of set the tone," Cloward said. "We learned a lot. We proved we can be an efficient passing team."

Enochs threw the ball 30 times in the second half with quarterback Boomer Green finishing with 296 yards passing and three touchdowns.

"Everybody's 2-1 -- our varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams," Cloward said. "That's good, but we're hungry for more."

DAVIS' TRIP TO SONORA -- Davis coach Brad Goudeau hadn't been to Sonora since he played there as a member of the Ceres High Bulldogs in 1988.

"It's just a great place to play," he said. "A great atmosphere."

He was also happier with his team's performance, despite a 38-21 loss.

"We were disappointed by our loss to Turlock the week before, but we played hard and with a lot of heart against Sonora," he said. "We prepared well and we played well."

Next up for the Spartans is Clovis East, a Central Section power that runs a potent Double Wing attack.

"They're probably one of the top teams in the entire Central Valley," he said. "They go foot to foot and pound away with their running game."

TESTS STRIKE MODESTO -- Modesto coach Rod Long may be in an interesting situation when his Panthers take on Jesuit on Saturday in Carmichael.

"The SATs are the same day, and we have four offensive linemen taking them that day," he said.

Long said his players may be arriving just as the game is about to start. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

"Hopefully, there's little traffic that day," Long said.

NEW PLAN FOR MC -- For the second week in a row, Modesto Christian will play a team with a Double Wing offense. Last week, the Crusaders lost to Chowchilla 46-41; this week, Argonaut comes to Salida.

"Last week, my game plan didn't work," coach Mike Parsons said. "So I'm letting my coaches figure it out this week."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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