Bullard High broke open a tight game with Memorial with a 17-point second quarter, beating the Panthers 38-21 Friday night to stay alive in the County/Metro Athletic Conference football race.
The Knights' Demetrius Warren rushed 23 times for 220 yards, raising his total to a single-season, school-record 1,926 yards. He scored on runs of 30, 51 and 33 yards. Kenny Hedrington held the previous record of 1,808 yards.
Warren also set a record for career points with 252, passing Travon Jones' mark of 246.
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Niko Pacheco passed for 157 yards two scores for the Knights (7-2, 3-1), No. 4 in The Bee's rankings, who trail No. 3 Edison in the standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
Chris Brown gave No. 10 Memorial (7-2, 2-2) a boost with 18 carries for 195 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown sprint. He also caught a 49-yard pass from Nic Kinder, who threw for 109 yards.
Bullard's Shawn Kuehter kicked a 47-yard field goal, the 17th of his career that surpassed the school record of 16 set by Joe Cooper, who went on to play in the NFL in the 1980s.
The host Apaches upset the No. 9 Wildcats on Johnny Pinedo's second touchdown.
Pinedo rushed for 47 yards and passed for 57 in the defensive battle. His second-quarter, 1-yard plunge gave Sanger (3-6, 1-3 CMAC) a 7-0 halftime lead.
Sunnyside (6-3, 2-2) went ahead 10-7 on Raul Enciso's 30-yard field goal in the third quarter and Errian Wingfield's 9-yard TD run in the fourth.
But Pinedo scored from 7 yards out for the winner.
Wingfield finished with 135 yards on 23 carries.
The Patriots stayed tied with Reedley for second place in the NYL behind a dominating effort from running back Andrew Ballin and quarterback Nick Peterson.
Hoover (3-6, 3-1), gearing for the playoffs, has won three of its past five games after starting the season 0-5. McLane (2-7) fell to 1-3 in league.
Ballin rushed 8 times for 116 yards and Petersen completed 9 of 15 passes for 105 yards.
The Bears (3-6, 1-3) moved out of the Tri-River Athletic Conference cellar with a win over the Timberwolves (1-8, 0-4).
Jose Licea passed for three touchdowns and Brandon Gomez rushed for 150 yards and two scores to lead the Blue Raiders.
The No. 16 Dinuba High Emperors left no doubts about winning the Central Sequoia League football championship, beating visiting Immanuel 75-7 Friday night.
David Rico threw for 116 yards and four touchdowns and Dinuba (9-0, 5-0) held the Eagles (1-8, 0-5) without an offensive score.
Rico found Andrew Worthley on scoring passes of 24 and 43 yards, connected with Ben Cameron on a 7-yarder and hit Jeremiah Valenzuela for a 33-yard score.
Valenzuela also returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown.
The Emperors clinched a tie for the title and can win it outright with a victory at Exeter in next week's final regular-season game.
Brian Alvarado drew closer to the 2,000-yard rushing mark and the Horned Toads laid it on the visiting Monarchs in a CSL mismatch.
Alvarado ran 14 times for 245 yards – boosting his season total to 1,952 – and scored five times, including an 80-yarder to cap his night for Coalinga (8-2, 4-2).
Quarterback Fabian Andrade also threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Boog Johnson and ran for a 12-yard touchdown.
Casey Cole had two interceptions for Coalinga, and returned them for 88 yards combined (44, 38, respectively).
Exeter (3-6) dropped to 1-4 in league.
The Bears (6-3, 3-2) broke on top 21-7 and cruised to victory against the visiting Cavaliers (1-8, 1-4) in the CSL.
Selma quarterback Jake Morales rushed 10 times for 148 yards. He scored on runs of 36, 7, 1 and 53 yards.
CVC's Dominic Fagundes led all rushers with 148 yards on 28 carries, including a 6-yard scoring jaunt. Tony Dragt passed for 203 yards – with three interceptions – and two touchdowns. Justin Dixon caught a 34-yarder and Josh Witschi a 23-yarder for scores.
After several weeks of featuring the passing attack, the visiting No. 8 Panthers turned to the running of Donald Phelps to stuff the Badgers in Oakhurst.
Phelps rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, helping Washington steadily pull away.
The Panthers led 14-3 at halftime after their defense stopped Yosemite at the Washington 1 in the final minute.
Panthers receiver Deontay Greenberry was limited to three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. He came into the game averaging 163.5 yards receiving and 21/2 touchdowns per game.
Bobby Woolsey rushed 20 times for 94 yards to lead the Badgers.
DeVaughn Gaines ran for 161 yards on 14 carries and scored three times to pace the Redskins (7-2, 3-1) past the visiting Chieftains (3-6, 1-3) in the NSL.
Gaines scored on runs of 9, 45 and 4 yards. Devin Gaines, who rushed 10 times for 123 yards, scored on bursts of 1 and 5 yards.
Sierra's Jake Dunn passed for 105 yards, with two interceptions, and hit Clay Jones with a 7-yard scoring pass.
Brandon Hutchings rushed 12 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns to lead the visiting Hawks in the NSL.
Ryan Colebrook took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to get the Hawks (4-5, 2-2) on the board first. Hutchings capped Liberty's run of five straight touchdowns when he scored on runs of 11 and 15 yards.
Tucker Mendonca threw for 240 yards and a touchdown, as the Pioneers kept their hopes alive of tying for the West Yosemite League title.
Elijah Robles opened the game for Mt. Whitney (6-3, 4-1) with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Jermal Clark also returned a punt 57 yards for a score.
Darius Armstead had 6 catches for 144 yards, including a 37-yard scoring pass from Mendonca, who added 53 yards rushing.
Golden West (1-8) fell to 1-4 in league.
On a fourth-and-17 play, quarterback Jaryd Weakley scrambled away from pressure and got the ball off Eric Jett, who somehow slipped past two defenders at the 5 and took it the rest of the way for a 32-yard touchdown that lifted the top-ranked Cougars to a 27-21 overtime victory over No. 7 Clovis North on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Clovis (9-0, 4-0) claims at least a tie for its first Tri-River Athletic Conference title since 2002, and with the win next week against Clovis West, can secure its first outright title since 1996.
"I give it all to him," Weakley said of his No. 1 target. "Me and Jett have had a great connection all year. He made one heck of a play. This proves that no matter what, don't count the Cougars out. We are going to fight."
Jett was seemingly posted up in the center of the field against Clovis North (5-3, 2-2), waiting for Weakley's throw after running what the Cougars call their landmark route.
"That was a good job by Jaryd getting the ball in the air and escaping a couple of guys," Jett said. "I was just thinking catch it, then worry about running."
The touchdown pass came four plays after Dakota Gordon and Nick Nevills stuffed Clovis North quarterback Christian Rossi on a fourth-and-1 play to deny the Broncos points on their first overtime possession, and lifted the Cougars on a night when they didn't appear to have their "A" game.
Clovis was held to 28 yards in the first half while falling behind 14-7 before coming to life in the second half with touchdown runs of 2 and 5 yards by Roderick Arms.
"I'm proud of our kids' fight," Cougars coach Rich Hammond said. "They don't give up. Being a good team sometimes requires you to win when you don't play your best."
Clovis missed a chance to snap a 21-21 tie in regulation when Jacob Poindexter missed a 23-yard field goal with 5:51 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars defense, however, twice held Clovis North down the stretch to force overtime.
"Our defense did a great job," Jett said. "They kept it close for us."
The Broncos tied the score early in the fourth quarter on a 48-yard touchdown from Rossi to Collin Hansen.
Clovis scored first as Adrian Salas returned an interception 55 yards on the game's first series. Clovis North responded with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Rossi to Hansen, and a 25-yard interception return by Bryan Toles.
Orosi won the battle of Cardinals and knocked Lindsay out of the East Sierra League race for first place.
Orosi (4-5, 2-2) built a 14-0 lead while shutting out Lindsay (2-7, 1-2) over the first three quarters.
Ruben Estrada, who rushed 9 times for 77 yards, scored the eventual clincher on a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The host No. 19 Stallions (8-1, 4-0) got three touchdowns from Donald Caballero to cruise to the North Yosemite League victory.
Madera South can clinch an outright title when it finishes the season next week against McLane.
Zack Martinez's 13-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter helped clinch the win for the host Pirates (4-5, 3-1), who stayed a game behind first-place Madera South in the NYL.
Martinez's touchdown run sent the Pirates ahead 41-27.
Jeremy Whigham led Roosevelt (3-6, 1-3) with 18 carries for 111 yards and one touchdown.
The host Broncos got three touchdowns from Kaylan Hill and Christian Escalante added two touchdown passes and a punt return for a touchdown.
Rigo Gonzalez scored three touchdowns and James Silva passed for two and scored another to highlight the Redcats' rout.
Zachary Perigo scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, increasing his season total to 21, as Delano closed with a 21-7 rally to defeat Porterville 21-14 and remain in contention for a share of the East Yosemite League title.
Darrien Leal accounted for four touchdowns – three on passes of 56, 14 and 22 yards to Jordan Maquinalez and one on a 2-yard run – as Tulare Western beat Granite Hills 35-20 in the EYL.
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