Bullard High beat Sunnyside 28-7 Friday night, its fourth straight win to wrap up second place in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.
The Knights head into the Central Section Division I football playoffs with momentum. That's a plus because Bullard (8-2, 4-1) went 3-7 last season and sat out the postseason.
Bullard's Demetrius Warren reached a milestone (of many this season) when he went over the 2,000-yard mark in rushing. He ran 11 times for 139 yards to push his school-record total to 2,064. Along the way, he scored two touchdowns -- the first 14 yards and the second 64 that pushed him over 2,000 yards.
Niko Pacheco completed just 3 of 4 passes, but they went for 101 yards, including a 33-yarder to Jesse Cortez for a score.
Sunnyside (6-4, 2-3) was led by Errian Wingfield's 131 yards rushing on 28 carries and a touchdown.
The seventh-ranked Panthers finished an undefeated regular season by holding the winless Lions to 5 total yards on 36 plays in Easton.
Washington got three touchdowns from Donald Phelps. Deontay Greenberry caught 10 passes for 166 yards and two scores, giving him 72 catches for 1,514 yards and 23 touchdowns for the season.
The Panthers figure to be the top seed in D-IV again this year after winning the section championship last year.
Chris Santos scored two third-quarter touchdowns and the Apaches escaped when the Coyotes missed a conversion kick after a fourth-quarter TD.
Sanger (4-6, 2-3) won its second straight to pull into a three-way tie for third place in the County/Metro Athletic Conference, joining Sunnyside and Memorial.
The Coyotes (4-6, 0-5) scored with 2 minutes to play on Christian Ramirez's 39-yard run but missed the conversion kick, then failed to recover an onside kick.
Santos, Jose Garcia and Johnny Pinedo combined for 238 yards. Ramirez had 179 yards.
Mt. Whitney High won the Cowhide Game for the first time in five years, beating Redwood 17-7 on Friday night at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.
The Pioneers (7-3, 5-1) placed second in the West Yosemite League behind unbeaten Hanford and won the Sid Hosking city championship trophy, which El Diamante had locked up since Mt. Whitney last won it in 2006.
The Pioneers, under first-year coach Marty Martin – the former Clovis West and Kerman boss – rallied from a 7-2 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Darius Armstead gave Mt. Whitney the lead with a 27-yard scoring catch on a pass from Tucker Mendonca, then Mendonca iced it with an 8-yard scoring run with 2:33 left.
Mendonca's TD capped a 70-yard drive that started after a Redwood turnover on a short Pioneers punt.
A strong defensive performance led by Nick Kavadas and Ray Alcaraz helped bolster Mt. Whitney. Kavadas had a fumble recovery and two sacks, and Alcaraz hauled in two interceptions. Larry Jenkins added a tackle for a safety.
Both teams aired it out, with Mendonca passing for 193 yards and Redwood's Raul Alvarez registering 238, including a 37-yard scoring pass to Manuel Rubalcaba, who had five catches for 100 yards.
Armstead had 112 yards on 10 receptions.
Redwood (5-5, 3-3) still leads the Cowhide series 32-24-1.
The Trailblazers beat their city rivals for the first time since the season-ending Battle for the Saddle series began in 2004.
The Miners had won six straight in the series since then.
The Spartans finished unbeaten in the East Sequoia League by winning the 88th Battle of the Bell game between Tulare County rivals. The Cardinals had won the previous three meetings in the series that started in 1920.
Juan Medrano rushed 35 times for 165 yards and a touchdown to lead Strathmore (9-1, 4-0). Julio Arellano opened the scoring with a 45-yard run in the first.
Jacob Hernandez kept Lindsay (2-8, 1-3) in it with 93 yards rushing on 20 carries. He scored on runs of 6 and 22 yards.
Michael Baker threw four touchdown passes, increasing his three-year career total to 71, as the No. 5 Grizzlies (8-2, 4-1) remained in Tri-River Athletic Conference title-tie contention.
Baker passed for 237 yards, and Michiah Quick scored four times -- three on receptions and the other on a 60-yard punt return -- as Central stayed within range of Clovis (9-0, 4-0), which will close the regular season at home tonight against Clovis West (2-7, 2-2).
Clovis East (1-9, 0-5) finished winless in the TRAC for the second-straight year.
The host Eagles (4-6, 1-3) beat the winless Mustangs for the second time this season to escape the West Sequoia cellar.
The Tulare High Redskins returned to their high-octane form Thursday night while keeping control of both a long-standing city rivalry and the East Yosemite League football championship.
One week after Mission Oak shocked Tulare, the Redskins rebounded with a 62-16 victory over Tulare Western before an estimated crowd of 5,500 in the 47th annual Bell Game at Bob Mathias Stadium.
The win also cinched a share of the EYL championship with Delano with 7-1 records, but Tulare beat the Tigers 32-21 in their head-to-head matchup.
The shellacking of Western was more in line with Tulare's 8-0 start to the season, when the Redskins averaged 55 points per game.
Last week, they were held to two late touchdowns in the 17-14 loss, handing over control of the city championship to Mission Oak – playing just its third varsity season.
Xavier Stephens rushed 18 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead Tulare (9-1, 7-1). Oscar Reyes completed 14 of 15 passes for 294 yards and three scores, including a 92-yard connection with Jakob Hasten-Stevens. And Tulare got interception returns for touchdowns from Cedric Parker (26 yards), Alex Espinoza (40) and John Pimentel (45).
Western (3-7, 3-5) led 10-7 early on the strength of Jordan Maquinalez's 65-yard touchdown pass from Darrien Leal and Jason Quiartes' 33-yard field goal.
Thursday's victory kept the Victory Bell in cardinal and gold for the fifth straight year. Tulare leads the series 34-13.
The Tigers handled the Titans for the sixth time in the 7-year-old Battle for the T intracity series to earn a piece of the EYL title.
Senior Zachary Perigo, the Central Section's leading rusher, gained 423 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He carried the ball 30 times and made the big plays, scoring on runs of 96, 27, 46 and 5 yards for Delano (8-2).
Perigo raised his season rushing total to 2,231 yards. He's averaging 9.1 yards per carry.
Anthony Torres only completed three passes, but one of 10 yards to Daniel Herrera went for a score.
Delano limited the Titans (1-9, 1-7) to 205 yards offense, all on the ground.
The Panthers scored the last 31 points to beat their intracity rivals for the fourth straight year in the 43rd annual Granite Bowl.
Monache still leads the series 26-16-1.
Michael Forrester rushed 12 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Cody Henwood completed 12 of 17 passes for 206 yards and a score to lead Porterville (7-3, 5-3 EYL). Courtland Duckworth had six catches for 110 yards.
Miguel Rivas passed for two touchdowns for the Marauders (4-6, 4-4).
David Rico passed for 260 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score as the 13th-ranked Emperors captured the Central Sequoia League title while completing what is believed to be the first 10-0 regular season in school history.
Rico completed 14 of 19 passes, and Andrew Worthley caught five passes for 108 and two touchdowns as Dinuba remained in position for a top two seed in the Central Section Division III playoffs.
Brandon Steele passed for one touchdown and ran for another, helping the Vikings secure second place in the CSL.
Kingsburg (8-2, 5-1) is the defending D-III champion.
Steele and Austin Bray combined for 8 of 14 passing for 161 yards. Steele had a 6-yard touchdown pass to Zach Bethel and ran for a 2-yard score, as the Vikings bolted to a 28-0 lead at the half.
Kingsburg leads the series 43-34-2. The teams first met in 1922.
The visiting Cavaliers took it to the last-place Eagles in a CSL rout in Reedley.
Mitchel Pendergast ran five times for 125 yards, picking up most of it on a 70-yard touchdown run for CVC (2-8, 2-4). Josh Witschi's lone pass to Justin Dixon went for 89 yards and a score, and Peter Hilvers added touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards in a dominating performance over the Eagles (1-9, 0-5).
The Redcats (8-2, 4-0) kept their hold on the West Sequoia League championship after beating the host Blue Raiders (6-4, 3-1) for the second straight year in a battle for first place.
Fowler won last year's regular-season finale 29-13 against Caruthers, then topped the Blue Raiders 13-10 two weeks later in a section Division V semifinal en route to winning the championship.
The Redcats have won eight straight since starting the season with losses to Coalinga and Firebaugh.
The balance of power has shifted north in Clovis after the sixth-ranked Broncos improved to 2-0 against the Bears.
Christian Rossi passed for 218 yards and two touchdown and ran for another to pace Clovis North (6-3, 3-2 Tri-River Athletic Conference). Bryan Parmer chipped in with 13 carries for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Broncos opened a 27-14 lead at the half and put it away in the third quarter on Bryan Toles' 80-yard interception return.
Kailan Hill ran for four touchdowns to lift the Broncos (5-5, 3-1) past the Eagles (8-2, 2-2) in a West Sierra battle for second place.
Hill's 1-yard TD run was the only scoring in the fourth quarter.
Firebaugh got three scoring passes from Markus Espinoza. An 84-yard TD run by Carlos Ramos had given the Eagles a 28-27 lead in the third quarter.
The visiting Panthers (4-5, 2-2) wrapped up a tie for second place in the East Sequoia League.
Woodlake (1-9, 1-3) got 166 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Darius Liles.
Hoover High saved its best for last Thursday night, rallying with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Reedley 34-28 and secure second place in the North Yosemite League football race.
Andrew Ballin led the charge by the Patriots (4-6, 4-1) with 238 rushing yards. His 13-yard scoring run completed a comeback from 15 points down.
Ballin rushed 20 times and also scored on runs of 76 and 34 yards. Patriots quarterback Nick Peterson also passed for 147 yards, including a 35-yard score to Travis Patton.
Zack Martinez led Reedley (4-6, 3-2) with 24 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns. The Pirates took a 28-13 lead behind Martinez's scoring runs of 9, 17 and 6 yards and Ben Bowden's 19-yard touchdown pass to Tim Rodriguez.
Sophomore Edgar Segura scored four touchdowns – two rushing, one receiving and the other on a punt return – increasing his total to 34 as the Aztecs completed the first 10-0 regular season in the school's 18-year history.
Rafa Cervantez rushed for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Omar Cisneros passed for a score and rushed for one as Mendota – ranked 20th overall in the section and No. 1 in D-VI – won the West Sierra League with a 4-0 record.
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