Christian Rossi threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Rose with 5:19 remaining – one play following a Broncos fumble recovery – as Clovis North High kept Clovis West winless Friday night with a 42-35 victory.
It was Rossi's fourth touchdown pass for No. 11 Clovis North (4-1, 1-0 Tri-River Athletic Conference), which overcame a 14-point deficit. His 25-yard strike to Josh Lovingood tied the score midway through the fourth quarter.
Rossi returned to the Broncos lineup after missing the past two games with a knee injury.
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Tyler Bustamante had 143 rushing yards for No. 13 Clovis West (0-6, 0-1), highlighted by a 73-yard touchdown run that put the Golden Eagles ahead 35-28.
But after Clovis North tied the score, Bustamante fumbled to set up the Broncos' final touchdown.
Clovis West drove to just outside the red zone with 1:39 left, but a final heave into the end zone on fourth-and-inches was broken up.
Jaryd Weakley threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Eric Jett, as the No. 1 Cougars coasted in their TRAC opener at Lamonica Stadium.
Yoon Conner led Clovis (6-0, 1-0) with 132 rushing yards, highlighted by a 27-yard touchdown that made the score 14-0 in the first quarter. Weakley finished 14 of 20 for 219 yards and three interceptions.
The Cougars shut down Clovis East's ground game, limiting the Timberwolves (1-5, 0-1) to 21 total rushing yards on 16 carries.
Tulare 48, El Diamante 14 Tulare High's football team, ninth-ranked by The Bee in the Central Section, added to the woes of visiting El Diamante with a 48-14 win Friday. Xavier Stephens rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns for Tulare (6-0). Oscar Reyes had a 75-yard scoring pass to Alex Espinoza, John Pimentel returned an interception 43 yards for a score and William Stallworth had a 97-yard kick-return TD. El Diamante (0-6) scored two fourth-quarter TDs.
Sunnyside 48, Madera 21 Errian Wingfield rushed for 332 yards and four TDs to lead Sunnyside to a 48-21 County/Metro Athletic Conference-opening win over Madera. Wingfield scored on runs of 16, 2, 72 and 66 yards for the defending CMAC champion Wildcats (5-1, 1-0). Christian Ramirez rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns for Madera (4-2, 0-1).
Fresno Christian 23, Riverdale 12 Austin Rurick rushed for 180 yards, ran for a 10-yard touchdown, kicked a 17-yard field goal and added two extra points as Fresno Christian (3-3) pulled away for a 23-12 nonleague win over Riverdale (2-4).
Chris Brown's 11-yard scoring run – the first of his two touchdowns – sparked a 24-point unanswered spree by the No. 4 Panthers against the Apaches (2-3) in a County/Metro Athletic Conference opener at Tom Flores Stadium.
Brown rushed 20 times for 107 yards, and Nic Kinder passed for 122 yards.
Sanger's Johnny Pinedo passed for 111 yards, including a 50-yard score to Jose Garcia.
Something had to give and it did for the Patriots with a quick 21-0 lead in a North Yosemite League game that matched two winless teams at Sunnyside High Stadium.
Nick Peterson completed 15 of 22 passes for 221 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown to Kayln White. Silas Jones caught three passes for 102 yards.
Hoover's Andrew Ballin rushed eight times for 99 yards, the bulk of it on touchdown jaunts of 17 and 61 yards.
Chris Goodie paced the Hoover defense with a 29-yard fumble return for a score.
Hugo Martinez rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and Rigo Gonzalez chipped in 157 rushing yards to lead the Redcats (4-2, 1-0 West Sierra League).
JC Chavez passed for 83 yards and ran for 52 while accounting for both Panthers (2-5, 0-1) scores.
Kingsburg High quarterbacks Austin Bray and Brandon Steele combined for four touchdown passes, two of them to Trevor Price, as the 20th-ranked Vikings swamped visiting Exeter 54-20 on Friday night in Central Sequoia League action.
Bray's two scoring passes and a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown by Roman Rosales helped stake Kingsburg (4-2, 2-1) to a 40-7 halftime lead.
Joey Kunkel had 199 rushing yards for Exeter (3-3, 1-1) and accounted for all three Monarchs scores.
The Chris Cain-to-Deontay Greenberry connection hooked up for five touchdowns as the No. 17 Panthers (6-0) crushed the visiting Chieftains (2-4) to open the North Sequoia League season.
Cain completed 13 of 15 passes for 281 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. Greenberry caught seven passes for 173 yards and five scores.
DeVaughn Gaines threw two touchdown passes and returned a punt 60 yards for a score to ignite a 27-point third quarter and lift the Redskins (5-1) past the host and winless Lions to open the NSL slate.
Gaines had scoring passes to Dustin Gaither of 37 yards and to Steven Lara of 46 yards. Devin Gaines also broke off a 50-yard touchdown run.
Kerman's Jay Beene passed for 123 yards, but he was picked off three times.
Robin Pedranti caught a tie-breaking 28-yard touchdown pass from Harley Glines as the Badgers won a defensive battle in an NSL opener.
Glines, who completed 10 of 14 passes for 201 yards and two picks, accounted for Yosemite's other touchdown with a 1-yard run.
Cody Sanders had 24 rushing yards for the Hawks, including a 1-yard touchdown.
Both teams are 2-4 overall.
Three Selma players eclipsed 100 yards rushing as the Bears trounced Immanuel in a Central Sequoia League game while racking up 650 yards of total offense.
Aaron Chambers had 135 rushing yards, Angel Bogarin had 134 and Stephen Saldate had 100. Jake Morales added 50 rushing yards for Selma (4-2, 1-1) and three touchdowns.
Sam Isaak rushed 12 times for 66 yards for Immanuel (1-6, 0-3), including a 6-yard touchdown.
Brandon Gomez ran for two touchdowns, his second a 1-yard burst that gave the visiting Blue Raiders a 21-7 lead they had no trouble holding in this nonleague game.
Gomez rushed 20 times for 82 yards and scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards for the Blue Raiders (3-3).
Jacob Hernandez, who ran three times for 70 yards, scored on a 68-yard run for the Cardinals (1-5).
Elijah Robles rushed for 124 yards, including an 81-yarder, and Larry Jenkins added three rushing scores for the Pioneers, who led 49-0 at halftime.
Tucker Mendonca added 125 passing yards for Mt. Whitney (4-2, 2-0 West Yosemite League), highlighted by a 47-yard pass to Jermal Clark for the game's first touchdown. Clark later scored on a 76-yard punt return.
Tevin Loftis rushed 20 times for 35 yards for Hanford West (3-4, 0-3).
The Tigers (1-5) scored in every quarter in winning this East Sequoia League opener in Orosi (2-4).
Darius Lyles rushed for 84 yards with a 34-yard touchdown and Isaac Salcedo ran for 83 yards with a 10-yard score. Phil Woods completed 10 of 14 passes for 146 yards and added a 13-yard touchdown run.
Zachary Perigo rushed 21 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers (4-2, 3-1) coasted in East Yosemite League action. Fabian Acuna added 108 rushing yards, 106 coming on two long touchdowns.
Miguel Rivas passed for 135 yards for Monache (3-3, 3-2).
Brandon Avalos rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries and scored three times to lead the host Grizzlies (3-4, 1-3) over the Thunderbirds (0-6, 0-3) in an EYL game.
Fernando Gonzalez completed 7 of 12 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Mark Bernal also had two interceptions for the Grizzlies.
Porterville 36, Tulare Western 13: Michael Forrester rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns to power the No. 14 and defending EYL champion Panthers (5-1, 3-1) against the visiting Mustangs (1-5, 1-4).
Forrester, who carried the ball 17 times, broke open a close game with consecutive scoring runs of 9, 1 and 58 yards. Cody Henwood also threw for 107 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown to Lalo Nevarez.
Mustangs quarterback Darien Leal completed 19 of 32 passes for 172 yards and teammate Eddras Pizano scored on a 15-yard interception return.
Mission Oak 48, Chavez 13: Corbin Quinonez threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns in an the Hawks' EYL rout in Tulare.
Mission Oak (5-1) improved to 3-1 in league, while Chavez fell to 0-6 and 0-3.
Madera South 33, Roosevelt 10: Ranferi Pineda rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown, and scored on an 86-yard kickoff return for the No. 19 Stallions (6-1) in a North Yosemite League opener.
Pineda, who rushed nine times, broke off a 62-yard scoring run. Lalo Guzman had a 73-yard interception return for the Stallions.
Jeremy Whigham had 17 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown for Roosevelt (2-4).