Sanger 34, Hoover 28
Chris Santos ran for three touchdowns – including an 11-yard burst in the fourth quarter for the clincher – as Sanger High held off Hoover 34-28 in the season opener for both teams at Tom Flores Stadium on Friday night.
Hoover's Nick Peterson passed for three touchdowns. He found Silas Jones on a 50-yard play, Kaylan White for 42 yards and Travis Patton on a 35-yard score.
Hoover – making its debut under coach Jim O'Brien, who replaced Pat Plummer – had the final possession at their own 31 and went four-and-out.
Brown scored on runs of 15, 5 and 7 yards to extend a 14-point Memorial lead to a 35-0 cushion. Brown finished with 149 yards on 15 carries.
Kinder, in his first varsity start, completed 9 of 13 passes for 182 yards.
Markus Espinoza passed for 173 yards and a score as Firebaugh built a 21-0 lead in the second quarter against the Redcats (0-2).
Gaines also scored on a 7-yard run as Chowchilla outscored CVC 21-7 in the second half.
Freshman quarterback Sam Metcalf, who passed for 376 yards and three touchdowns in his first varsity game, drove Farmersville 53 yards in 1 minute, 24 seconds to set up the winning score, coming up with key completions of 19 and 9 yards to Anthony Azevedo.
Strathmore tied the score 27-27 with 3:32 to play on a 17-yard run (and 2-point conversion run) by Juan Medrano, who rushed for 178 yards on 28 carries.
The defending Central Section Division I champion Eagles dropped to 0-2 as host Del Oro-Loomis jumped out to a 14-point lead and never looked back.
Clovis West, ranked No. 8 overall in the Central Section by The Bee, got as close as 35-18 on Mitchell Francis' 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Khalil Montgomery had 141 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for Clovis West, while Hunter Burns added 52 yards and a score on 16 carries.
The game was postponed for 30 minutes after a lightning strike before the opening kickoff.
Wasco beat Corcoran 34-12 in a nonleague football game Friday night stopped with 1 minute, 30 seconds left in the first half after the teams became embroiled in a bench-clearing brawl.
"Tempers got the best of both teams and it got ugly," Panthers coach Rich Lane said of the game played on his team's home field.
Lane said the melee started when one of his players intercepted a pass and was knocked out of bounds near the Corcoran bench by a Wasco player.
After tempers calmed down, Lane and Wasco coach Russ Prado met with the referees and all agreed to stop the game and make the score official, Lane said.
"If the kids couldn't control themselves, it wasn't worth playing on," Lane said. "It was unfortunate, a black eye for both programs, and Russ and I apologize to the fans."
Wasco improved to 2-0 and Corcoran fell to 1-1.
Clovis High survived a scare to its No. 1 Central Section ranking, overcoming three turnovers at Lamonica Stadium to stay unbeaten at 2-0.
Jaryd Weakley's 8-yard scoring pass to Garrett Olson with 37 seconds left in the first half was the difference.
It took a formidable defensive performance by the Cougars to turn away the Greyhounds. Clovis limited Atascadero to 161 total yards.
Bobby Grijalva intercepted Atascadero's last-ditch pass in his own end zone and returned it to the 7 before falling to the ground as the clock ran out.
Ryan Davis also recovered a fumble to stop a Greyhounds drive at the Clovis 30 with 6 minutes, 10 seconds left.
Yoon Connor rushed 18 times for 56 yards for the Cougars. Weakley went 7 of 14 for 51 yards -- five to Olson who had 36 yards in receptions.
Clovis had a chance to extend its lead in the third quarter, but Jacob Poindexter missed on a 45-yard field-goal try.
Tucker Mendonca accounted for three touchdowns -- including two scoring passes to Jermel Clark, who finished with 113 receiving yards -- as the Pioneers blanked the Mustangs.
Ryan Loy recovered two fumbles in the first half for Mt. Whitney, which limited Tulare Western to 158 total yards.
Cody Henwood passed for 153 yards and two touchdowns to keep the host Panthers unbeaten through two games.
Courland Duckworth caught five passes for 121 yards, including scoring grabs from Henwood of 43 and 20 yards. Mike Forrester also had rushing touchdowns of 10 and 67 yards against the Panthers.
The Emperors routed their visiting neighbors in both teams' season opener, with Michael Wright rushing for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Derek Orosco also had returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to highlight Dinuba's 28-point opening half.
Quarterback David Rico threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Worthley and also had a 15-yard scoring run for the Emperors.
Brandon Alaniz returned a kickoff 98 yards in the third quarter for Reedley, which also got a 57-yard scoring run from Tony Cortez.
Donald Campbell scored three touchdowns on runs and the Stallions ruined the host Lions' season opener.
Marcus McCoy returned an interception 80 yards for Stallions touchdown and Ryan Martin, who carried 6 times for 108 yards, scored on a 19-yard burst.
The Bears won their opener in style on the road by scoring 52 unanswered points.
Selma's Stephen Saldate rushed 10 times for 100 yards and scored on runs of 8 and 10 yards. Kane Cooper and Angel Bogarin padded the ground game with two touchdowns apiece.
Ulices Castillo provided McLane's highlight with an 85-yard scoring run.
Fernando Gonzalez broke a 58-yard scoring run in the third quarter and the Grizzlies made a defensive stand inside their own 20-yard line in the closing seconds.
Gonzalez rushed 13 times for 128 yards and completed 9 of 23 passes for 127 yards for the Grizzlies (1-1) in their road victory.
Ritchie Lopez passed for 154 yards in Lindsay's season opener.
The Chieftains scored the first 28 points in the first half en route to victory in its opener against the Mustangs in Tollhouse.
Dolan Del Fiero rushed 6 times for 108 yards and four touchdowns.
Minarets, 0-2 in its first varsity season, scored in the second quarter on Jake Corchine's 45-yard pass to Cameron White.
Sam McHatton ran for 187 yards on 17 carries and scored three times to power the Hawks.
A.J. Leon also rushed 18 times for 114 yards for Liberty.
Jeremy Hudson's 61-yard touchdown highlighted his five-touchdown night as the Crusaders blasted visiting Trona in an eight-man game.
Hudson finished with 209 rushing yards and also scored on runs of 1, 24, 49 and 11 yards.
Lemoore avoided a shutout when Brent Farris hit DaeShann Bonner for a 55-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.