Prep football roundup: Clovis North pulls away to beat Frontier

The Fresno BeeSeptember 21, 2013 

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Crenshaw defense tries to bring down Edison's Blake Wright in the first half at Sunnyside High School in Fresno, Calif. on Friday, September 20, 2013.

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HOLY BOWL SATURDAY

No. 18 Memorial and Garces renew their rivalry for the 48th time Saturday night in Fresno. Memorial leads the series 25-19-3. Garces stopped a four-year Panthers reign with its 41-7 win in 2012. The series was rekindled in 1990 and has become a Saturday-in-September tradition.

SHOWDOWN IN DIVISION III

No. 11 Porterville's 42-21 win Friday over Hanford sets up a showdown of unbeaten Central Section Division III powers Friday when No. 9 Dinuba hosts the Panthers. The Emperors did their part Thursday with a 57-22 dismantling of Monache.

FRIDAY NIGHT GAME BALLS

Blake Wright, Edison: 228 yards and two touchdowns rushing in Tigers' intersectional win over Crenshaw.

RJ Hartmann, Clovis: 301 yards passing and homecoming king in Clovis' victory over Stockdale.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: CLOVIS NORTH 40, FRONTIER 19

Austin Autry threw four touchdown passes in his first varsity start, including a 37-yarder to Robert McIlhatton with roughly 5 minutes left that sealed the outcome, as Clovis North High beat Frontier Friday night in a nonleague football game sure to have Central Section Division I playoff seeding implications come November.

The Broncos (3-1), No. 3 in The Bee's section Top 20 rankings, had an impressive finishing kick to beat the No. 8 Titans in Bakersfield.

Clovis North also received touchdown runs of 40 and 79 yards from Bolu Olorunfunmi.

The Broncos took a 20-19 lead into the locker room against Frontier (2-2) after Autry's second touchdown pass, a 28-yarder.

Clovis North's defense pitched a second-half shutout.

Bullard 48, Clovis East 25

Quarterback Isaiah Justice and running back Sidney Washington powered the No. 6 Knights (3-0) at McLane Stadium.

Justice threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more, and Washington scored two rushing touchdowns. They combined on the first score of the night, a 24-yard touchdown pass. Justice scored the next touchdown on a 46-yard run as Bullard opened a 34-6 halftime lead.

For the Timberwolves (1-3), quarterback T.J. Randall had 18 completions to six receivers for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

Roosevelt 54, Yosemite 27

Tristian Hernandez connected with Kurtis McCoy on the longest pass play in school history — a 99-yard score — as part of a five-touchdown performance that sparked the Rough Riders (1-3) to a road win.

Hernandez hooked up with McCoy for three touchdowns and also threw a 94-yard scoring pass to Willie Fairman, who finished with four touchdowns combined receiving and rushing.

Clovis 37, Stockdale 14

Homecoming king RJ Hartmann was 25-of-42 passing for 301 yards and a touchdown and Marlon Watkins scored three times to power the No. 7 Cougars past the visiting No. 14 Mustangs at Lamonica Stadium.

Sunnyside 44, Washington 13

Malcolm Williams scored three touchdowns to power the Wildcats past the host Panthers at Chukchansi Park.

Sunnyside led 25-7 at halftime and 44-7 after three quarters. Williams scored on runs of 14 and 95 yards and then capped the Wildcats' scoring with a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He totaled 146 yards on 10 carries.

Sunnyside's Drew Jung was 5-of-6 passing for 94 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown to Alfredo Vasquez.

Sunnyside's big-score night included Ivan Jaramillo's 51-yard interception return and DeEdward Tucker's 85-yard kickoff return.

Kingsburg 49, Kerman 7

The Vikings reeled off 42 first-half points en route to the victory against the visiting Lions.

Austen Hammerstrom and Josh Sierra each scored two of the first-half touchdowns on passes from Brandon Steele for Kingsburg (4-0). Steele was 13-of-15 passing for 259 yards and four touchdowns.

Immanuel 48, Orange Cove 18

Khalil Montgomery rushed for 304 yards on 45 carries and scored four times in the visiting Eagles' win.

Montgomery opened the scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run and teammate Conley Scott scored on a 28-yard run, but the Titans countered with a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rolando Ramirez to Eric Gallegos to close the quarter down 13-6.

But Montgomery scored two straight touchdowns and Immanuel began to pull away.

Emotions ran high between the teams, leading to a scuffle in the third quarter that delayed the game about 10 minutes and finished with multiple players getting ejected.

Scott closed out the scoring for the Eagles on touchdown runs of 23 and 50 yards to finish with 132 yards on eight carries.

Caruthers 14, Sierra 0

The host Blue Raiders held the Chieftains to 133 yards rushing and 27 yards passing.

Caruthers scored early on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Christian Arredondo to Albert Gonzalez, but a failed 2-point conversion kept the score at 6-0. In the third quarter, running back Daniel Villela scored on a 2-yard run and followed it with a successful 2-point conversion run.

Villela totaled 113 yards on 17 carries.

Long Beach Poly 27, Bakersfield 7

The visiting Jackrabbits scored 12 seconds after the Drillers took their only lead of the game en route to the victory in a matchup of state-ranked teams.

Bakersfield (2-2), No. 1 in The Bee's Central Section Top 20 and ranked No. 20 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, went ahead early in the third quarter on Asauni Rufus' 13-yard run.

But Jeremy Calhoun answered for No. 9 Poly (3-1) on the next play from scrimmage, going 80 yards for the go-ahead score.

The Jackrabbits dominated the rest of the way. A fumbled snap from inside the Drillers' 1-yard line stopped one drive, but Poly scored twice in less than 90 seconds midway through the fourth quarter to cement it.

Mission Oak 34, Selma 3

Leandre Jefferson scored three touchdowns and Elijah Porchia added two scores to lift No. 17 Mission Oak (3-0) over visiting Selma at Bob Mathias Stadium in Tulare.

Porchia finished with 211 yards on 31 carries. He opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run and also had a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Hawks (3-0).

Jefferson caught two 34-yard touchdown passes from Trey McJunkin and also ran for a 39-yard score. Five of McJunkin's six completions went to Jefferson for 114 yards.

Mission Oak held Selma to 124 total yards and a 20-yard field goal to close out the first half.

Porterville 42, Hanford 21

Isaiah Jones rushed five times for 100 yards and three scores to power the No. 11 Panthers past the visiting Bullpups.

Porterville quarterback Dennis Chester was 13-of-15 passing for 241 yards and two scores, a 20-yarder to Andomo Rader II and 68-yarder to Lalo Nevarez.

Austin Hefner had a 53-yard scoring run for the Panthers.

Golden West 50, Reedley 14

The visiting Trailblazers (1-2) led 6-0 at halftime, but a 91-yard kickoff return to open the second half jump-started their rout of the Pirates (0-3).

Bakersfield Christian 28, Exeter 22

The visiting Monarchs scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to knock off the Eagles.

Paso Robles 34, Madera 16

Nathaniel Harris rushed 39 times for 196 yards and three scores to lead the host Bearcats over the Coyotes.

Madera's Nathaniel Nelson scored on a 3-yard run and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Cristian Ceja in the fourth quarter.

 

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