SANGER — Edison High's latest story was different, again, but with the same result.
Finding typically serious resistance from Sanger, top-ranked Edison nonetheless turned to its strength -- defense -- and a receiver with that Sunday look, Tyrone Smith, to escape with a 25-7 County/Metro Athletic Conference victory over the No. 16 Apaches on Friday night.
The Tigers, also ranked No. 24 in the state overall by Cal-Hi Sports, improved to 6-0 a week after they had to rally for a 24-17 win over a Clovis West team now 1-5.
Edison's tricks then counted a late fake-punt run, a blocked punt and a magical run by quarterback A.J. Greeley -- a franchise-type player as a junior.
And to think Greeley was replaced briefly in the third quarter Friday by Memorial transfer Hunter Swearingen, who just became eligible.
Out as quarterback but not out of the game, Greeley merely caught a 16-yard pass from Swearingen on second-and-15 and, soon after, danced for 5 yards out of a Wildcat formation on fourth-and-4.
His mojo back, Greeley then connected with 39- and 34-yard TD strikes to Smith in plays that weren't fair, were they? I mean, the scores involved a 6-foot-3 athlete with extraordinary leaping ability against 5-7 defensive backs.
As sensational as they were, defense remained Edison's constant.
Sanger (4-2) stung the Tigers early with its option offense before the Apaches were swallowed by Edison's defensive front of Yasmon Haynes, Vance Sams, Kevin Vance and Anthony Shepard.
They represent trench strength that the Tigers have often lacked in a series still led by Sanger, 18-15. And the Apaches have conquered Edison greats such as Ricky Manning Jr. and Clifton Smith along the way.
But this Tigers story, well ...
Wow! Drillers drill Liberty
Friday's D-I scores that really matter are these: Bakersfield 45, Liberty-Bakersfield 10 and Clovis North 37, Clovis West 17.
Here are previous D-I scores of importance: Liberty 43, Central 41 (triple OT); Clovis 28, Centennial 21; Clovis 37, Stockdale 14; Edison 43, Clovis 6; Edison 24, Clovis West 17; and Clovis West 27, Bullard 14.
Crunch the numbers and what screams out is Bakersfield's punishment of Liberty, especially given what Liberty pulled off against Central. The other is Edison's throttling of Clovis.
So, while we're only at the season's mid-point, it's impossible to not envision the D-I title classic -- Edison vs. Bakersfield -- in what would be a don't-blink dash for all the speed.
But the burning question: Who gets home field as the No. 1 seed?
Central boost: Wilson back and dominant
Central running back Nick Wilson has returned to near top form after missing 21/2 games with a shoulder injury.
And that means what to the No. 5 Grizzlies (4-2)?
"We're real good without him," Central coach Justin Garza says. "But we're scary with him."
Arizona-bound Wilson has delivered touchdowns of 60 yards or greater the past three games in wins over Buchanan (42-0), Tulare (56-35) and El Diamante (42-7).
They've ranged from a 61-yard rushing bolt in a 189-yard night against Buchanan to an 80-yard scoring reception against Tulare.
"We have a lot of good backs," Garza says. "The difference is Nick can go coast to coast -- every play."
The degree of difficulty, however, increases for Wilson and the Grizzlies in five days.
Waiting for them is No. 6 Clovis (5-1) in a Thursday Tri-River Athletic Conference game at Lamonica Stadium.
Hawks make impact with stunning win over Porterville
Mission Oak's head-snapping 27-9 upset of Porterville on Thursday in the East Yosemite League likely will be more helpful to the Hawks than it will be hurtful to the Panthers in regard to down-the-road playoff seeding.
"It's a plus for Oak and half a minus for Porterville," section commissioner Jim Crichlow says.
For the D-IV Hawks (6-0), ranked 18th, the conquest carries bonus value because it came against a 10th-ranked Porterville team (5-1) that plays in D-III.
For the Panthers, it's what Crichlow and his seeding committee consider a "quality loss," given the opponent.
"And by all accounts," Crichlow adds, "it was against an Oak team that probably should be in D-III, maybe even D-II. But that's another issue."
Surely that will be addressed soonin the section’s next two-year cycle of division realignment.
Meanwhile, the Porterville loss was delightful in the eyes of the South Rebels.
Porterville, Dinuba and South entered this week’s playranked Nos. 1-2-3 by The Bee in D-III.
Dinuba has lost to Porterville, so South (6-0) would like to think it will be in position to pilfer the top D-III seed with a 10-0 regular season, including a South Yosemite League title. Will that be automatic, should Porterville go 9-1 and place second to Mission Oak in the EYL?
“Oh no,” says Crichlow, whose staff’s primary seeding considerations are overall record and strength of competition, not necessarily in that order.
Another difficult seeding call is shaping up in D-IV with defending champion and No. 13 Wasco (5-1) and Mission Oak.
Wasco’s only loss was 35-7 a month ago to No. 2 Bakersfield, a D-I perennial power.
OK, class: What’s that called?
You got it.
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