Bullard High's flurry of offense in the second quarter and a late defensive surge were enough Friday night to edge Sanger 14-12 in a County/Metro Athletic Conference game.
The Knights -- ranked ninth in the Central Section by The Bee -- are 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, with a game next week against Madera ahead of a regular-season finale against top-ranked Edison.
The No. 19 Apaches (5-3, 1-2) scored first on a 17-yard pass from Blake Mattern to Daniel Macias.
Bullard's Isaiah Justice passed for two touchdowns to John Brown to make it 14-6 at the half.
With less than 4 minutes to play, the Apaches' Brandon Gonzalez scored on a 2-yard run, but the Knights blitzed on the attempted 2-point conversion and knocked the pass aside.
Washington 26, Liberty-Madera Ranchos 18
DeMelvin Stell unleashed a dual-purpose takedown of the previously unbeaten Hawks, catching an 80-yard pass and running 46 yards for scores in a North Sequoia League victory.
It marked the second consecutive season in which Liberty came in undefeated, only to see it undone by Washington.
Stell finished with 173 all-purpose yards and his 80-yard catch and run off a pass from Luis Escobedo made it 20-0 with 11:01 left in the first half. Washington started 0-3 but five straight wins has it 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the NYL.
Liberty twice got within eight in the fourth quarter, but Stell's 46-yard run pushed the Panthers' lead to 26-12 with 5:21 left.
The D-V top-ranked Hawks (7-1, 2-1) saw their last hopes end when an onside-kick attempt went out of bounds with 2:27 remaining.
Washington sacked quarterback Richie Brandt six times.
Sierra 27, Kerman 14
The Chieftains scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to cap the NSL upset of the Lions, who had hoped to keep winning ahead of a regular-season-ending showdown with Washington.
Dallyn Bressel started Sierra's fourth-quarter surge on his 24-yard TD reception from Brent Smith. Aaron Maldonado followed with a 1-yard run for the Chieftains (4-4, 1-2) to make it 27-7 with about 4 minutes to play — after a 7-7 tie at half.
Kerman dips to 6-2 and 2-1.
Reedley 14, Hoover 7
The Pirates pulled off a goal-line stand for the second straight week and have their first two-game winning streak since 2011.
Hoover (0-8, 0-3 North Yosemite) came out blazing, forcing a turnover on Reedley's opening drive that was converted into a 14-yard touchdown pass from Dazohn Gilchrist to Rakim Murphy to put the Patriots up 7-0.
But the Pirates (2-6, 2-1) — who lost 63-21 to Hoover a year ago — stormed right back on Daniel Guerrero's 91-yard touchdown off an option keeper. Matt Salas got the go-ahead score with 4:08 left in the first half on a 3-yard run.
Memorial 52, Madera South 14
The No. 17 Panthers — looking up at undefeated Edison and Bullard in the County/Metro Athletic Conference standings — sped by the Stallions as Andrew Trahan delivered two first-quarter passing touchdowns to Frank Dalena.
Memorial (6-2, 2-1) added five more TDs — by four players. Madera South (1-7, 0-3) got two rushing TDs from Christian Guillen.
Mission Oak 21, Tulare Western 14
Elijah Porchia helped save the No. 7 Hawks' unbeaten season, as he returned a punt 80 yards and ran 24 yards for scores in a duel of East Yosemite League leaders.
Porchia ran for 204 yards for Mission Oak (8-0, 3-0), also No. 1 in D-IV.
Tulare Western, in at No. 18 in The Bee's Central Section rankings this week, fell to 5-3 and 2-1.
Monache 24, Delano 14
Nick Aguilar, a 5-9, 210-pound senior, led a bruising attack, running 31 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Marauders' first EYL win of the season.
Monache (2-6, 1-2) rallied after a third-quarter comeback by Delano (3-5, 0-3) forced a 14-14 tie. Robert Rivera had a 34-yard touchdown run and Christopher Hernandez followed with a 4-yard TD.
Aguilar kept trucking, his second touchdown making it 21-14.
Dinuba 45, Selma 14
The Emperors' tough-to-handle two-man tandem of running back Michael Wright and QB Marcus McMaryion was at it again.
Wright ran for three scores and McMaryion and Mario Rodriguez connected for two more in the air as The Bee's No. 3-ranked D-III team conquered the Bears in a Central Sequoia League game.
Dinuba (7-2, 2-1) was up 14-0 after one quarter and 31-0 at half.
The Bears (4-4, 0-2) got a pair of TD runs from Frank Suarez to get within 38-14 with 9:40 to play.
Wright ran for 185 yards.
Kingsburg 42, Central Valley Christian 28
Brandon Steele threw touchdown passes of 15 and 65 yards to Jimmy Kesting down the stretch to help the Vikings (7-1, 2-0) break free from a 28-28 tie against the Cavaliers (5-3, 1-2) and remain atop the CSL.
Lindsay 28, Woodlake 0
Alex Jara threw for three touchdowns to lead the D-V No. 3 Cardinals in the East Sequoia League.
Lindsay (7-1, 3-0) is on a four-game winning streak. Jara has thrown for 22 touchdowns.
Woodlake is 5-3 and 1-2.
Fresno Christian 56, Riverdale Christian 6
Hunter Bachman found the end zone four times as the Eagles (5-3) routed the Ambassadors (1-5) in a nonleague 8-man game. Bachman ran 10 times for 134 yards.