Highlights from the first round of Central Section football playoffs.
It figures that a game matching two veteran coaches headed toward retirement wouldn't end after four quarters.
Never miss a local story.
Redwood High rallied to tie in the final minute, then beat Hoover 29-22 in overtime Friday night in a Central Section Division II first-round playoff game at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.
It marked the last game for Hoover's Pat Plummer, who went out 174-165-4 in 32 seasons (the last 24 at Hoover).
John Yavasile, 156-90-4 in 22 seasons at Redwood, sees his career extended to a quarterfinal game next week against Memorial.
The fourth-seeded Rangers fell behind 16-7 at halftime and 22-14 in the fourth quarter.
But they stopped a two-point conversion that would've put the game out of reach, then drove to tie it on Dillon Root's 1-yard, fourth-down run with less than a minute to play. Joaquin Murillo hit Travis Beck for the tying two-point conversion.
In overtime, 13th-seeded Hoover (4-7), the North Yosemite League champion, elected to play defense first. K.C. Pearce responded with a 20-yard TD on fourth down, one play after dropping a pass.
Then on Hoover's first play from the 25, Michael Brown intercepted for fourth-seeded Redwood (8-3) to clinch it.
Quarterback Jordan Stallworth ran for a touchdown, passed for a touchdown and scored on a 70-yard punt return to highlight the No. 5 Panthers' (8-3) rout of the visiting Stars (4-7).
Mike Vinuela (14 carries, 130 yards), Titus Garrett (10-101) and Rasean Jones (17-96) helped Memorial not miss Chris Brown, who sat out with a sprained shoulder.
Brent Farris ran for a touchdown and passed for another to lead the ninth-seeded Tigers (7-4) past the host Apaches (5-6).
Sanger had beaten Lemoore 20-12 during the regular season.
Tanner Silveira caught Farris' 22-yard TD pass in the third quarter and kicked a field goal. He had four catches for 115 yards.
Sanger rallied on Connor Luallen's 1-yard TD run in the fourth, but missed the extra point. The Apaches got a late safety to make it close.
Jose Garcia had 14 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown and John Pinedo added 12 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown to lead Sanger.
Sophomore D.J. Martin ran for 273 yards and five touchdowns on 36 carries to carry the eighth-seeded Mustangs (6-5) to their first playoff victory since 2004.
That was the year they reached the section final and lost to Clovis West -- the school they'll meet again in next week's quarterfinal.
For ninth-seeded Buchanan (6-5), Seth Moranda finished 21-of-33 passing for 291 yards and two touchdowns, both to Zach Umfress, who gained 89 yards on six catches. Kenny Castle had 115 yards and a touchdown on 19 rushing attempts.
After falling behind 14-0 in less than four minutes, the Bears rallied to tie. But they slipped again in the second quarter, trailing 27-17 at halftime, then gave up an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to start the second half.
A late Buchanan touchdown and onside-kick recovery were too late to make a difference.
Martin ran for 296 yards against Buchanan in a 44-24 regular-season win.
The eighth-seeded Rough Riders (8-3) got three interceptions from Elijah Brown and two rushing touchdowns by Paul Juarez to beat the visiting Lions in Division IV -- the school's first playoff victory since winning the 1953 Valley championship.
Roosevelt advances to play at top-seeded Dos Palos.
Fabian Buenrostro rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns, but the No. 8 Tigers (6-5) couldn't seal the win.
The No. 9 Scots (5-6) scored the winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when Cody Jones returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown.
Jacquan Ford rushed for 159 yards for Highland and Ryan O'Leary scored two touchdowns.
Alec Mechikoff rushed 25 times for 147 yards and the seventh-seeded Broncos (5-6) scored twice in the first half en route to a shutout of the visiting No. 10 Pirates (5-6) in Division II.
Bryan Parmer scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and Colin Hansen caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Chris Mariscal on the last play of the first half.
Mariscal finished with 133 yards passing, 107 to Jon Pulido. William Szpor passed for 108 yards for Reedley, which beat Clovis North 28-7 last year when both teams were in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.
Clovis North plays at second-seeded Garces next week.
Kane Cooper rushed for 123 yards and caught two touchdown passes as the Bears (No. 7 in Division IV) steamrolled to their first playoff victory since 1980.
After Bakersfield Christian scored the first touchdown, Selma (6-5) responded with 41 straight before halftime.
Selma quarterback Jake Morales threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Cooper in the first quarter before scoring on runs of 70 and 21 yards. Morales finished with 119 yards on eight carries.
Christian Carlin had 84 rushing yards for the No. 10 Eagles (6-5).
Selma advances to play at second-seeded Washington, which beat the Bears 62-27 in Week 4.
Michael Hernandez and Victor Villareal each scored two touchdowns to lead the second-seeded Cardinals (9-2) past the visiting No. 7 Eagles (6-5) in Division V.
Firebaugh threw an interception on its first play of the game, and two plays later Adam Gamboa broke a 43-yard TD run for Lindsay.
Villarreal (92 yards), Vinny Carlos (85) and Gamboa (85) led a potent Cardinal rushing attack, and Gamboa added 134 yards passing.
Carlos Ramos led Firebaugh with 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 95-yard kickoff return.
Lindsay hosts Liberty-Madera Ranchos in the semifinals after the Hawks upset third-seeded Corcoran 14-7.
Josh Gilmore threw for 156 yards and ran for two scores as the No. 4 Blue Raiders (9-2) forced a rematch with top-seeded Fowler.
Abraham Delgado added 81 rushing yards for Caruthers, which sealed the victory when Joseph Torres returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Fowler defeated Caruthers 29-13 last week for the West Sequoia League title.