Fresno reached a high of 110 degrees Friday.
And because of that excessive heat and poor air quality, a number of school districts in the Central Section modified their high school football schedules.
Fresno Unified, which canceled all outdoor activities scheduled between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., called off the junior varsity games and pushed back some varsity kickoffs to 7:30 p.m..
Clovis Unified monitored the heat and air quality readings, as well, to determine what adjustments needed to be made.
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Most football games in Kern County were called off completely.
In addition, the Caruthers at Yosemite game was canceled. And Tranquillity at McFarland was rescheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday.
And then there was Fowler, where the Redcats’ home game against Firebaugh didn’t start until about 8:50 p.m.
Look how dark the sky was by the time Firebaugh went out to the field.
Remembering Coach Garza
Before the opening kickoff between No. 2 Central and Sunnyside, the schools held a moment of silence in memory of the late coach Justin Garza.
Garza, who died in February after a six-year battle with cancer, coached at both schools.
He oversaw Sunnyside from 2010-11 before taking over at Central from 2012-14.
Central unveiled a memorial at Koligian Stadium in Garza’s honor last week.
It’s hot outside, but they’re smiling
Leave it to cheerleaders to keep the crowd in a good mood.
Here are the Tulare cheerleaders smiling while forming a pyramid during the Tribe’s game against El Diamante. Tulare entered the week ranked No. 7 in The Fresno Bee Coaches’ poll.
No Derek Carr sighting in Visalia
Derek Carr, who starred at Bakersfield Christian, didn’t attend his alma mater’s game at Central Valley Christian in Visalia, instead preparing for his fun-filled Saturday.
The former Fresno State star and current Oakland Raiders quarterback will have his Bulldogs’ No. 4 jersey retired Saturday evening at Bulldog Stadium.
The Bulldogs open the season against Incarnate Word.
Though Derek wasn’t around, fellow Fresno State great and oldest brother David showed up for the Bakersfield Christian game.
He better. David is the offensive coordinator.
As the Carr family entered Cavaliers Stadium, they talked about the excitement they expected to be generated in 24 hours at Bulldog Stadium.
Derek’s mom, Sheryl, said the entire family will be there, including his grandparents.
Rodger Carr, also a Bakersfield Christian coach, recalled Derek’s early dream of becoming a Bulldogs quarterback and how that wish was expressed to former Bulldogs coach Pat Hill.
The Carr family would find themselves on the losing end Friday, though, as CVC defeated Bakersfield Christian 21-12.
Imagine if they were on your fantasy team
The Memorial tandem of quarterback Alec Trujillo and receiver Jalen McMillan produced a fantasy football player’s dream output.
Trujillo found McMillan for a whopping six touchdowns, including deep-ball scores from 46, 69 and 80, as Memorial outlasted Lemoore 53-46.
Trujillo (21 of 26 for 488 yards) and McMillan (12 receptions for 369 yards) were named The Bee’s stars of the night. Nominate a top performance by tweeting @FresnoBeeSports with #BeeStar.
Edison hyped for big matchup
Edison brought in out-of-state competition Friday, facing one of the the top teams in Nevada.
Damonte Ranch-Reno entered this week No. 1 in the Reno Gazette Journal Northern Nevada 4A Football Rankings.
Not only that, Damonte Ranch’s quarterback, Cade McNamara, is committed to Notre Dame.
The Tigers were hyped for the challenge posed by the visitors.
Both several hours before the game …
And during the matchup.
Despite its exuberance, Edison fell just short and lost 27-26.
Tigers quarterback Steve Stephens connected on a 45-yard touchdown to Elijah Isiah with less than a minute remaining.
But Edison’s potential game-winning, 2-point conversion attempt was denied.
Game-tying extra point blocked
Clovis quarterback Payton Mayer found running back Cole Roberts for what looked like a game-tying, 2-yard touchdown with 1:03 remaining.
But the ensuing extra point was blocked and The Bee’s sixth-ranked Cougars fell 14-13 to visiting Turlock.
Roberts also scored the Cougars’ other touchdown just before halftime when Clovis trailed 14-7.
What goes around, comes around
A week after storming back from a 19-0 deficit to win 20-19, Clovis North found out what it’s like to go cold late in the game.
The Broncos jumped out to a 13-3 lead but surrendered 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to fall 16-13 to Bellarmine Prep-San Jose.
Bellarmine scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:24 remaining.
Not just the Kendall Milton show
But fellow running back Trevor Ervin is showing he can carry a heavy load, too.
Ervin scored four touchdowns Friday, including a 75-yard scoring run, as Buchanan blew out Bullard 55-18.
Milton, of course, still found the end zone, too.
He scored three touchdowns, including two runs of 38 yards.
Sanger tosses another shutout
For the second straight week, Sanger didn’t allow a point.
And for the second straight week, the Apaches scored six touchdowns.
Sanger defeated Hanford 42-0, which was the exact score last week when the Apaches blanked Fresno.
Tulare’s Edwards sets record
Tulare senior wide receiver Emoryie Edwards, a Fresno State commit, set a Central Section record when he had 12 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns as the seventh-ranked Tribe rolled past El Diamante 48-7.
Coming in, Edwards needed nine catches to tie Billy Satterfield of Arvin for the most in section history, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
In a season-opening 60-7 victory over Mt. Whitney, Edwards had seven receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Redwood’s perfect execution
Check out this nice touchdown catch by Redwood’s Jayden Sullivan.
The Rangers does a great job selling the run on the play action pass, which leads to a wide-open receiver in the end zone for quarterback Hector Gonzalez.
Redwood beat Clovis East 36-14 with Gonzalez throwing four touchdowns.
▪ Roosevelt is averaging five touchdowns a game in a 2-0 start. The Rough Riders won 38-13 at Dos Palos on Friday. Next up: Mendota.
▪ Elijah Burrell was 15-of-19 passing for 427 yards and four touchdowns, three in the second half as Tulare Western pulled away from Mt. Whitney 63-28. Keshon Butler caught all four TD passes and had nine total receptions for 380 yards.
▪ Firebaugh, the former home of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen (who’s being talked about as a potential first-round NFL draft pick), has another live arm on campus. Jeshua Gutierrez has thrown for 587 yards and seven touchdowns in two games. He threw four TDs Friday in a 36-21 victory at Fowler.