Clovis News: Sports

December 2, 2011

Highlights from Central Section football semifinals

Bakersfield 31, Clovis 14 The night for No. 4 Clovis turned ugly on its first series when the No. 1 Drillers turned a Cougars fumble into a touchdown and never looked back.

Bakersfield (12-0) will go after its state-record 35th section championship when it hosts No. 3 Bullard (10-2), which rallied to upend No. 2 Edison 40-28.

Jaryd Weakley's pass to Garrett Olson was fumbled and Bakersfield's Daris Dallas scooped it up and ran 37 yards for the touchdown just 37 seconds into the game.

The Drillers kept the pressure on with a 28-yard field goal on their way to a 24-7 first-half lead. Kyle Pope had a 2-yard scoring run, Rodrick Arms added a 1-yard burst for a touchdown and Silas Nacita busted a 59-yard run for the first of his two touchdowns.

Division III

Kingsburg 34, Dinuba 10

Kingsburg High scored 20 unanswered points and shocked No. 1 Dinuba 34-10 to earn a trip to the Central Section Division III championship.

The No. 5-seeded Vikings (11-2) avenged a 17-15 loss to the No. 1 Emperors (11-1) and have won eight straight as they prepare for No. 2 Ridgeview next Friday in Bakersfield.

Ridgeview (12-0) had no trouble with No. 3 Madera South in a 42-21 rout in the other semifinal.

Kingsburg's Austin Bray and Brandon Steele combined for 239 passing yards and two touchdowns, and Jake Rouch ran 16 times for 100 yards and a score.

Dinuba's David Rico passed for 228 yards, but the only time he got the Emperors into the end zone was on a 39-yard run to open the scoring.

Kingsburg answered with Steele's 59-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Price, who had three catches for 114 yards. Rouch then scored on a 2-yard run, Bray found Kyler Christopher with a 10-yard touchdown pass and Steele added a 2-yard scoring run to cap the blitz.

Steele was 6 for 10 passing for 128 yards. Bray was 7 for 11 for 111 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Zach Bethel to cap the scoring.

Ridgeview 42, Madera South 21 Kamari Moya-Cotton rattled off touchdown runs of 21, 16 and 36 yards to help power the No. 2 Wolf Pack into the championship game.

Ranferi Pineda had a hand in all three scoring plays for No. 3 Madera South (11-2). He had a 42-yard scoring pass to Travis Middleton and touchdown runs of 4 and 42 yards.

Division IV

Washington 35, Coalinga 0 Donald Phelps busted a 40-yard run on the first play of the game to set the tone for the defending champion Panthers, who won their 20th straight dating to last season.

Top-seeded Washington (12-0) will host No. 3 Wasco for the championship. The Panthers also eliminated Coalinga in last year's semifinals en route to their first title in 10 years.

Phelps turned in a standout all-around game. He rushed 15 times for 118 yards, and as a linebacker had six tackles and an interception return of 56 yards for a touchdown.

The Panthers defense also did a job on standout Coalinga running back Brian Alvarado, who had 18 carries for 82 yards after coming in with a 157.2 rushing average.

Chris Cain lit it up passing with 250 yards and three touchdowns. Dashown Fletcher had scoring catches of 32 and 26 yards, and Deontay Greenberry caught nine passes for 114 yards, including a 17-yard score.

Wasco 35, Mission Oak 13 The No. 3 Tigers scored the final 15 points to pull away from the No. 2 Hawks for the upset and right to face No. 1 Washington for the championship.

Senior Austin Tijerina rushed 34 times for 140 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers (11-1), who also got two scoring passes from Dhmarea Bradley.

Despite all the offense, it was Wasco's defense that put the final crunch on Mission Oak (9-2) with a second-half shutout.

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