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Berrendo 8th grade Border Conference Champs

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Berrendo 8th grade Border Conference Champs (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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For the inaugural Border Conference Championship, head coach Ray Gutierrez set the tone by coming out in shorts and a sweatshirt in chilly temperatures with windy and misty rain falling.

Berrendo coach Ray Gutierrez receives an ice bath after winning the Border Conference Championship. Below, Javyn Morales with his second score of the 3rd quarter. Berrendo beat Clovis 48-0 Thursday night to become the 8th grade Border Conference Champions. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

With no tape of their opponents to watch — what did they do? They played football like they have done all season and put it on the Clovis Marshall, 48-0 at the Wool Bowl Thursday night.

“It means we are on a new mission every year,” Gutierrez said after winning his first Border Conference Championship. “It is a great accomplishment in our first year and it feels really good. The boys worked really hard and wanted it really bad and they got it. We were limited on what we could use to prepare and it was a lot of mental toughness, and a lot of go-get-them attitude.”

To set the tone, on the opening kickoff of the game, Berrendo pulled an onside kick, which they recovered at the 45-yard line and in four plays, their quarterback ran it over from the 1-yard line as they converted on a 2-point conversion to lead 8-0.

Javyn Morales with his second score of the 3rd quarter. Berrendo beat Clovis 48-0 Thursday night to become the 8th grade Border Conference Champions. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

“It was the Special Teams we talked about earlier in the week,” Gutierrez said. “Special Teams are a part of our game plan. We only had reads to go off of, and we didn’t have the personnel to talk about. The boys did a really good job being disciplined and running their stuff.”

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Clovis could do nothing right all night as their quarterback threw an interception on their next possession. The key of the game was the Bulldogs’ offensive line as they opened holes for Javyn “The Truth” Morales. Morales ran for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns on offense and he intercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs rolled up over 400 yards on offense all on the ground. The Bulldogs attempted five passes in the game.

“They were shifting toward the heavy side every time,” Morales said. “It means everything to me. We had a lot of doubters before we came out here, we’re just glad to make them realize they were wrong. I misjudged the other interception or that should have been pic-six as well.”

The biggest hit of the game was when Bulldogs’ defensive player Cesar Fierro hit a Clovis player and stopped him in his tracks. Time had to be called and the player had to be helped off the field.

“It was just a hit,” Fierro stated. “I’m going to remember that for the rest of my life.”

It is hard to argue about the success of what coach Gutierrez has built over the last seven years at Berrendo. Three straight City Championships and now the inaugural Border Conference Championship — the sky is the limit for the Bulldogs and coach Gutierrez and his staff.

Coach Gutierrez has finished undefeated this season going 7-0.