Memorial High survived a 300-yard aerial display by Madera, holding off the Coyotes 35-21 Friday and setting up next week's early County/Metro Athletic Conference showdown with Bullard.
The Panthers -- ranked No. 20 in the Central Section by The Bee -- moved to 5-1 after winning the CMAC opener for both teams.
Next up is a Thursday date with the ninth-ranked Knights at Chukchansi Park.
Nathaniel Nelson passed for 335 yards and three touchdowns for Madera (2-4), but the Coyotes also fumbled seven times.
Memorial made good on its chances, in part via three touchdown passes by Andrew Trahan and two rushing scores by Stevan Johnson. Trahan passed for 240 yards on 21 of 34 passing and one interception. Johnson rushed for a game-high 113 yards on 13 attempts.
Madera's Alec Gamboa had 113 yards on eight catches.
Bullard 55, Madera South 0
Dejonte Oneal rushed for 266 yards and four TDs as the Knights won a CMAC opener.
Bullard (5-1) rounded up the Stallions (1-5) early, taking a 42-0 lead by halftime, including a four-touchdown second quarter that saw Oneal run for a 70-yard score.
Quarterback Isaiah Justice threw for two touchdowns, passing for 96 yards on 5 of 8 attempts.
Roosevelt 35, Hoover 28
Quarterback Tristian Hernandez and receiver Curtis McCoy helped rescue the Rough Riders from a 14-point halftime deficit, hooking up for two TDs in a North Yosemite League opener.
Ricky McCoy and Willie Fairman also scored in the second half and coach Casey Quinn said his Rough Riders (3-3) also made key defensive adjustments in the second half against the Patriots (0-6).
McLane 34, Reedley 20
Kenny Elder scored twice in the third quarter, including a 15-yard touchdown reception for the go-ahead score, and the Highlanders held on for the NYL win over the winless Pirates.
Elder scored his second touchdown, a 20-yard reception from Brandon Moua, in the third quarter.
McLane (3-3) had trailed 13-6 in the first half before the Highlanders tied the score on Ronald Davis' 60-yard run.
Washington 40, Sierra 0
The Panthers opened North Sequoia League play by rolling past the Chieftains, capitalizing on a turnover-generating defense and the running of Javin Harrison to win at Fowler High.
Raniel Rogers opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown grab from Luis Escobedo for Washington (3-3). Rogers kept the momentum going, intercepting a pass on Sierra's opening drive and returning it all the way to the 9.
The first turnover led to a 5-yard scoring run by Harrison, and he ran for two more touchdowns and 158 yards.
Aaron Maldonado led the Chieftains (3-3) with 65 yards rushing.
Liberty Madera-Ranchos 40, Yosemite 7
The Hawks -- No. 1 in Division V -- continued their unbeaten streak with an NSL-opening blowout. Wade Wallace ran for 120 yards and quarterback Zach Richey passed for 132 yards and a score.
Yosemite's Joe Woolsey threw five interceptions, going 12 of 42 for 195 yards. The Badgers (1-5), who were held to 35 yards rushing.
Six players scored for Liberty (6-0), including a pair of rushing touchdowns from each of the Brandt brothers, Richie and Bevin.
Kerman 35, Chowchilla 14
Ryan Aulakh gave the Lions a spark to start NSL play, opening the scoring with a 63-yard fumble return in the first quarter.
Kerman (5-1) survived Troy Uphoff's 200-yard rushing game for the Redskins (2-4).
Basilio Gutierrez rushed for two scores, including a 10-yarder to put the Lions up 21-7 in the third quarter. Gutierrez finished with 54 yards on six carries.
Mt. Whitney 49, Hanford West 27
The Pioneers ran to their first win -- snapping a six-game skid dating to last year -- on the legs of running backs JaVaughn Malcolm and Hayden McCaw.
Malcolm and McCaw rushed for 126 and 209 yards, respectively, as Mt. Whitney (1-5, 1-1) won in a West Yosemite League game.
Pioneers quarterback Jordan Brooks passed for three scores.
Leo Carrillo scored three times for the Huskies (2-5, 1-2), including a 90-yard kickoff and rushing for two more.
Dinuba 24, CVC 21
Michael Wright's 22-yard run with 7:18 left was the game-winner, lifting the No. 11 Emperors to their sixth win in seven games.
The Cavaliers (4-2) had taken a 21-17 lead when Macintyre Garbini scored from 3 yards out with 8:29 to play.
That erased a 17-14 advantage that Dinuba had forged on Eric Moya's 20-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in the third quarter.
CVC turned to its running game to slow down a potent Dinuba offense led by quarterback and Oregon State recruit Marcus McMaryion. The Cavaliers' combo of Mitchell Pendergast and Garbini combined for 269 rushing yards. In addition, CVC had 21 first downs to Dinuba's 11.
Wright ran 20 times for 152 yards. McMaryion, who entered with more than 1,300 yards passing this season, finished 8 of 15 for 164 yards.
Fresno Christian 48, Maricopa 6
The Eagles have won two of their past three -- a stretch that has seen them average nearly 37 points per game.
Hunter Bachman rushed for 116 yards, two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for Fresno Christian (3-3).
Lindsay 48, Sierra Pacific 0
Jacob Hernandez rushed for three scores and 181 yards as the D-V No. 3 Cardinals (5-1) won an East Sierra League opener.
Hernandez’s TD runs included a 76-yarder in the third quarter.
Alex Jara was 14 for 19 for 186 yards and two touchdowns for Lindsay (5-1), ranked third by The Bee in Division V. Gaven Mann led the receivers with seven catches for 90 yards and a score.
Lindsay held the Golden Bears (1-5) to 74 yards of total offense.
Farmersville 35, Orange Cove 14
The D-VI top-ranked Aztecs got all they could handle in the first half from the winless Titans in an an East Sierra matchup, leading just 6-0 on a 38-yard punt return by Joseph DeLaCruz.
But third-year starting quarterback Sam Metcalf turned on the jets in the second half, throwing for four touchdowns and finishing with 249 yards on 17-of-25 passing for Farmersville (4-2). Metcalf connected with Greg Torres on a 6-yard pass in the third quarter, before finding Joseph DeLaCruz three times.
Keanu Garcia scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards for Orange Cove (0-6) and finished with 69 yards.
Mendota 45, Dos Palos 14
Edgar Segura scored five times — boosting his career total to 105 — and ran for 193 yards to lead the D-V No. 2 Aztecs (5-1) to a win to open West Sierra League play.
Dos Palos, which led after a blocked punt return for a score by Izzac Suarez, fell to 0-6.
Bakersfield 45, Liberty 10
A matchup of top-five teams was a mismatch in favor of the No. 2 Drillers, who rolled to a 31-7 halftime lead in a Southwest Yosemite League opener.
Asauni Rufus’ 50-yard TD capped the first-half scoring for Bakersfield (4-2).
The No. 4 Patriots (5-1) have held four of six opponents to seven points or less, but also allowed 40-plus in a 43-41 Week 1 win over current No. 5 Central.