It was a sudden Broncos stampede — times three.
There was scoring thievery by Clovis North High's Isaiah Duran on the first play from scrimmage.
Then yet another by former Broncos teammate Kyle Condley three plays later.
And then came a more conventional running touchdown by yet another former Bronco, Trenton Barnes, from 14 yards.
It was 18-0 City and away the team in red flew to a record-tying 51-23 win over the County in the 60th City/County All-Star Football Game on Friday night before a crowd of about 4,500 at Lamonica Stadium.
The City, which leads the series 29-21-3, had twice scored 51 points in wins over the County in 1996 (51-0) and 2008 (51-9). The game also has been played under a North/South format seven times.
Two-time Bee All-Star lineman Duran and linebacker Condley returned their interceptions of Firebaugh quarterback Josh Allen 22 and 38 yards for touchdowns in the first 1 minute, 24 seconds of a game that kicked off at 97 degrees.
"It hit my hands, I bobbled it, thought I dropped it, and then finished it," said Duran, who has been sworn into the Army. "I was like, 'Whoa, did that just happen?' It got everybody going and excited, and that's always a good thing, especially right out of the gate."
The County didn't exactly wilt as team MVP Edgar Segura (14 carries, 64 yards, two touchdowns) of Mendota and Washington's Javin Harrison (15-73, one TD) ran well.
But the team in blue never made a serious threat after Duran, Condley and Barnes further displayed why the Broncos went 32-8 with two Central Section titles and one runner-up in the past three years.
City MVP Barnes, roaring behind an offensive line led by tackles Ken- dahl Johnson of Clovis and Sam Madden of Clovis West, finished with 134 yards and three touchdowns on only six carries. That threatened the game rushing record of 155 yards by the City's Tony Ross of Clovis West in a 17-14 win in 1981.
Barnes was twice a 1,000-yard back at Clovis North, but for the most part operated in the shadow of 2013 Bee Outstanding Offensive Player Bolu Olorunfunmi, a senior-to-be who is committed to UCLA.
"I had great up-front blocking," said Barnes, a Junior National rugby player, who is undecided if he will play that sport at Central Washington or football at Fresno City. "It was just an overall fun game; I'm excited."
And there was yet more from the Broncos' Tri-River Athletic Conference stable.
On a night six City touchdowns were scored by Clovis North players, Broncos tight end Robert McIlhatton caught a 24-yard scoring pass from Edison wide receiver Tyrone Smith on an option play.
The conversion kick by Sunnyside's Larry Valencia gave City a 38-16 lead with 7:03 left in the third quarter in a deflating momentum swing for the County.
The County, trailing 31-8, followed an onside kick recovery by Kerman's Thomas Lopez to open the second half with a 26-yard TD by Segura — the second of the game for the Cal-Hi Sports State Small Schools Player of the Year. And a 2-point conversion pass from Segura to Firebaugh's Christian Patlan hacked the gap to 31-16.
But that's when the City answered with the Smith-to-McIlhatton trickery in a five-play drive led by McLane's 5-foot-5 quarterback Brandon Moua, who drew a thunderous ovation after belting out a rendition of "God Bless America" at halftime.
And the City, coached by Edison's Matt Johnson, then removed all doubt by lining up in single-back, double-tight end formation, blowing out the County defense and springing Barnes for a 45-yard score and a 45-16 lead with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter.
Another key to the City attack was Clovis wide receiver Brett Stelling, who set up Barnes' first TD with a diving, one-handed, 21-yard catch from Memorial's Andrew Trahan on third-and-3, and caught a bullet of a 14-yard scoring pass from former teammate R.J. Hartmann on fourth down to close the first half.
CITY/COUNTY ALL-STAR GAME
City 51, County 23
County 0 8 8 7 — 23
City 18 13 14 6 — 51
Ci: Isaiah Duran 22 interception return (run failed)
Ci: Kyle Condley 38 interception return (kick failed)
Ci: Trenton Barnes 14 run (kick failed)
Co: Edgar Segura 3 run (Anthony Argueta pass from Josh Allen)
Ci: Trenton Barnes 58 run (Larry Valencia kick)
Ci: Brett Stelling 14 pass from R.J. Hartmann (run failed)
Co: Edgar Segura 26 run (Christian Patlan pass from Segura
Ci: Robert McIlhatton 23 pass from Tyrone Smith (Larry Valencia kick)
Ci: Trenton Barnes 45 run (Larry Valencia kick)
Co: Javin Harrison 6 run (Noah Cronginer kick)
Ci: Dejonte O'Neal 10 run (kick blocked)
RUSHING: County, Izzac Suarez 2-16, Christian Patlan 1-(minus 2), Edgar Segura 14-64, Javin Harrison 15-73, Brandon Steele 2-3, Josh Allen 5-(minus 28). City, Trenton Barnes 6-134, Marlon Watkins 7-19, Brandon Moua 1-5, Dejonte O'Neal 7-60, Andrew Trahan 2-21, R.J. Hartmann 2-8, Trelani Johnson 4-19.
PASSING: County, Josh Allen 1-10-2-15, Brandon Steele 6-13-0-46. City, Andrew Trahan 2-3-0-33, R.J. Hartmann 2-4-0-22, Brandon Moua 2-3-0-12, Tyrone Smith 1-1-0-24.
RECEIVING: County, Anthony Argueta 1-2, David Marshall 4-41, DeMelvin Stell 2-18. City, Brett Stelling 2-33, Tyrone Smith 1-8, Josh Mills 1-11, Robert McIlhatton 1-24, Kenny Elder 1-1.
UPCOMING CITY/COUNTY GAMES
Boys volleyball: 6 p.m. Saturday at Fresno State's South Gym
Girls basketball: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buchanan High
Boys basketball: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buchanan High
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