Fourth-ranked Clovis High bolted to a 16-0 first-half lead, blocked a field goal, forced four turnovers and received a combined 71% passing from R.J. Hartmann and Jake Gatewood while coasting to a 37-6 nonleague win at No. 14 Stockdale on Friday.
The Cougars (3-1), 20-6 since a 1-2 start in 2010, took the lead on Jake Poindexter's 29-yard field goal, an 11-yard rush by Jaye Rositas and Hartmann's 2-yard rushing TD.
Poindexter's field goal was set up by Nick Nevills' blocked field goal, which Jason Black returned 51 yards. And Rositas' TD was preceded by Jordan Harper's 27-yard interception return.
Hartmann completed 11 of 18 passes, Gatewood was 8 of 9 and Garrett Olson scored on a 47-yard fly sweep after Stockdale (1-2) had reduced the deficit to 16-6 in the third quarter.
The Cougars will visit Atwater (3-0) on Friday before opening Tri-River Athletic Conference on Oct. 5 against Clovis East.
Liberty-Bakersfield 42, Buchanan 21: Scott Sakamoto caught three touchdown passes from Tyler Fry, but that wasn't nearly enough for the visiting Bears (2-1).
Sixth-ranked Liberty (3-1) stormed to a 28-0 lead behind Kole Harl's 91-yard kickoff return and Kenny Davis' score on a fumble return. Corbin Jountti carried 24 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots.
Buchanan will return home Friday to play No. 1 Bakersfield (4-0), which is also No. 6 in the state and likely about to move up.
Paso Robles 42, Madera 27: The visiting Bearcats pulled away by scoring 30 fourth-quarter points, including three of Colton Madrigal's four touchdowns.
Nathaniel Nelson helped the Coyotes (2-2) to a 12-6 halftime lead with two touchdown passes, including a 49-yarder to Evan Whitlock. Nelson finished with 267 passing yards, completing 17 of 24 attempts.
Madrigal rushed 37 times for 199 yards for Paso Robles. Nathaniel Harris put the game away with a 89-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Immanuel 26, Orange Cove 7: Theron Morgan and Adam Aleman connected for a 47-yard touchdown pass and Zachary Kawagoe ran for two more scores as the Eagles (2-2) won two in a row for the first time in four seasons, beating the visiting Titans (2-1).
Central Valley-Ceres 35, Madera South 20: Ja'quan Gardner scored five touchdowns as the Hawks (3-1) beat the Stallions (0-3). Greg Rodriguez threw two TD passes for Madera South.
Dublin 49, Fresno 14: Ondre Rudolph rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns as the Gaels (0-2) won at home against the Warriors (0-4). Robert Lowers carried 20 times for 85 yards for Fresno.
Garces 41, Memorial 7: The host Rams, ranked No. 5 overall in the section and No. 1 in D-II, raced to a 27-0 halftime lead and coasted to a nonleague win over the Panthers in their annual Holy Bowl.
A late kickoff because of hot weather pushed the game's finish to after 11 p.m.
Boys water polo: Buchanan takes title
Adam Palecek's fifth goal came with 1 minute, 11 seconds to go in the first overtime, lifting Buchanan to a 15-13 win over Clovis North for the Clovis Championships title at Clovis West.
Jerry Kittlitz followed Palecek's shot with a goal about a minute later as the Bears improved to 6-0 in one of the state's elite tournaments, a two-day, 12-team event that also drew seven schools outside of the Central Section.
Buchanan, last year's section Division I runner-up to Clovis West, advanced to the final with an 11-8 win over San Clemente. Palecek also scored five times in that one, and Taylor Smith made 17 saves. Teammate Austin Fennacy would then make 14 blocks in the championship.
- Michael Favagrossa scored six goals and Tristin Ferdinadi had 10 saves as Memorial routed Garces 20-7 on a day of Holy Bowl activities between the private schools
Girls water polo: Clovis wins St. Francis title
Miranda Coleman led seven scorers with three goals and Cassidy Crouch had 12 saves as Clovis defeated Leland-San Jose 12-9 for the championship of the St. Francis Invitational water polo tournament in Mountain View.
Coleman had scored a goal and Crouch blocked rejected three shots in the cage earlier in the Cougars 9-5 win over Davis in the semifinals.
Buchanan beat Coronado of Henderson, Nev., 25-17, 25-18 to win the Contender Bracket at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas.
The Bears reached the final by beating Seaquam of Vancouver 2-1 in the quarters and Tri-River Athletic Conference rival Clovis 2-0 in the semis.
Clovis West defeated Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas, Thousand Oaks and Mater Dei-Santa Ana before losing 2-0 to Harvard-Westlake for a third-place finish in the Bronze Bracket.
The Golden Eagles were 20th in the 48-team event, Liberty-Bakersfield 10th, Buchanan 41st and Clovis 43rd.