Bakersfield High plunged into a hole and then missed by inches of climbing all of the way out.
Clovis North fell into a hole before "Bam Bam Bolu" launched the Broncos out of it.
Central found things a bit dicey at Hanford before Michiah Quick — true to his name yet again — returned a kickoff for a touchdown to calm the waters.
Clovis was no match.
Edison provided that mismatch.
And that, in a nutshell, is what unfolded to the Central Section's top five football teams in a part sensational, part dramatic Friday night.
What a heartbreak for No. 1 Bakersfield in the state's intersectional game of the night.
The Drillers, down 21-0 in a flash at the state's No. 19 Oaks Christian- Westlake Village, drove 63 yards to set up a potential 29-yard game-winning field goal by Coleman Olivas with 6.3 seconds remaining.
But the junior missed wide left by half the length of a football — just as he had on a 28-yard attempt in the first quarter, only that went wide (barely) right — and the Drillers lost 51-50. He was 6 for 6 in conversion kicks.
"Bam Bam" Bolu Olorunfunmi, meanwhile, cleaned up an embarrassing sequence of problems for No. 2 Clovis North at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Broncos, defending section Division I champions, committed a combination of four personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the first 13 minutes and fell behind 19-6 to an Atascadero team it crushed 41-21 on the coast last season.
Isaiah Cooks' third touchdown of the game — an 80-yard kickoff return — provided the 19-6 margin for a Southern Section school of 1,400 students, more than 800 fewer than Clovis North.
Then Olorunfunmi took over.
He answered the kickoff return with an 80-yard TD and would also bolt 27 and 98 for scores on a night he finished with four TDs in all.
A year after making Cal-Hi Sports' All-State Sophomore team, he did this while displaying a combination of toughness and speed unmatched in the section. And he had considerable help from tackle Eric Besalda and Bee All-Star guard Isaiah Duran on the left side of the Broncos' front.
At Hanford's Neighbor Bowl, Quick's 93-yard kickoff return gave Central a 30-16 lead early in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies remained in command for a 36-16 win over the Bull-pups.
It was a test of will for Central, coming off a 31-7 loss at Valor Christian-Highlands Ranch in a game the Grizzlies lost two-way star lineman Sharif Williams (knee) for the season.
Friday was a night the County/Metro Athletic Conference made a statement, including an emphatic one from No. 5 Edison at Lamonica Stadium.
It was there that junior quarterback A.J. Greely — a remarkably gifted replacement for Khari McGee (now at the University of Arizona) — sprinted the Tigers into an early lead, Kevin Nutt dashed 73 yards for a TD on the first play of the second half and No. 5 Edison humbled defending Tri-River Athletic Conference champion and No. 4 Clovis 43-6.
That was also the head-coaching debut for the Tigers' Matt Johnson.
The CMAC also had Memorial whipping Centennial of the Southwest Yosemite League 34-13 and No. 20 Sanger defeating defending North Yosemite League champion Sunnyside 24-20.
And go figure: Oregon State-bound quarterback Marcus McMaryion completed only 13-of-27 passes for 177 yards and no TDs, but No. 13 Dinuba turned to junior running back Michael Wright (212 rushing yards, 5 TDs) for a 35-13 win at Madera.
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