Three ties and four lead changes later, Tulare Western High still had some horsepower to outlast Fresno in a Week 6 thriller Friday night at Mathias Stadium.
David Alcantar finally put the Mustangs (3-2) in front for good on a 6-yard run – his third rushing touchdown and fourth TD overall – with 14 seconds to play and Tulare Western held on to beat the Central Section No. 19-ranked Warriors 41-35 in a potential Division III playoff preview.
Fresno’s Lee Major gave his team a 14-13 lead on a 7-yard touchdown run with 4:16 left in the third, but the Warriors (3-2) played catch-up most of the way.
The Mustangs answered on Josh Portillo’s 5-yard run and Andre Aguilar found Dominic San Quintin for the 2-point conversion pass and a 21-14 lead through three quarters.
The teams exchanged touchdowns the rest of the way, including a Nick Southern screen pass that Santos Arreola took 57 yards down the sideline as Fresno tied it 28-28 with 6:45 left. Again down seven, after an Alcantar 12-yard run, the Warriors forged another tie on Diamond Reeds’ 11-yard touchdown catch with 3:27 remaining.
Fresno, ranked third by The Bee in D-III, nearly pulled off a final stunning play. Starting on their 34, the Warriors saw Khory Day catch a downfield pass, then lateral to Major, who lateraled back to Day with one defender to beat. Portillo was that last man, and he made the touchdown-saving tackle at the 21 as time expired.
Major finished with three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, to lead the Warriors. Alcantar ran for 82 yards and caught six passes for 111 yards.
Zach Presno rushed for two touchdowns and was named homecoming king at halftime as the Bears, ranked fourth in the section by The Bee, throttled the Panthers.
Freshman Kendall Milton also ran for two touchdowns in his varsity debut, Nolan LeForge rushed for one and also threw a touchdown pass to Jack Wilkins, and Vinny Ortiz capped the scoring with a 15-yard run.
Buchanan (4-1), the only Tri-River Athletic Conference team in action in Week 6, was coming out of its bye week following a loss at Liberty-Bakersfield. The Bears open TRAC play next Friday at No. 2 Central (4-1).
It was the fourth straight loss for Porterville (1-4) heading into its East Yosemite League opener at Mission Oak.
The 103rd edition of the rivalry game was one-sided, as the No. 8 Apaches ground up the visiting Pirates at Tom Flores Stadium.
Jalen Cropper rushed for two scores and Miguel Garcia, Andrew Azua, Christian Graney and Ricky Moreno for one apiece for Sanger, which averaged 7.7 yards per play compared to Reedley’s 1.4. The Apaches’ final score was 17-yard pass by Jacob Tijerina to Aaron Mosby.
Sanger, top-ranked in D-II, leads the series 68-33-2 and hasn’t lost at home to Reedley since 1988.
The Apaches (5-0) open County/Metro Athletic Conference play next Friday at home against No. 7 Bullard, which had a bye this week.
Reedley, held to 33 combined points in an 0-5 start, opens North Yosemite League play against Hoover at Sunnyside High.
Kazmeir Allen scored three touchdowns including the go-ahead run with about 3 minutes leftto help the No. 20 Tribe (4-1) beat the host Emperors (3-2) in a game with potential section D-II playoff seeding implications.
Allen rushed 22 times for 193 yards. He scored on a 34-yard run to put Tulare ahead after Dinuba rallied to tie on two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Allen also had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Luis Colunga scored a rushing TD for Dinuba and threw an option pass for the tying score.
Jack Foote scored the first three touchdowns of the game – and the last one – to help the Tigers wrap up their first victory of the season.
Foote rushed for two scores and returned an interception for a touchdown, and teammate Jimmie Jeff made it 27-0 in favor of Lemoore (1-5, 1-1 West Yosemite League) with a 5-yard run.
Hanford West (3-3, 0-2) got back in it in a hurry thanks to consecutive touchdown passes by Richard Mendez – 74 yards to Desmond Howard, 27 to Jacquez Marable and 63 to Josh Wiley.
Lemoore sealed it in the fourth quarter with Foote’s final touchdown and a field goal.
Jordan Perryman rushed for two first-half touchdowns and Leonard Glass added another scoring run as the D-III top-ranked Bullpups (4-2, 2-0 WYL) shut out the Miners (2-4, 0-2) for their fourth straight win.
Perryman rushed for 98 yards on seven carries for Hanford, which hosts 6-0 Redwood next Friday.
Junior quarterback Zeke Arambulo broke the ice with a 5-yard touchdown run and capped his offense’s night with a 17-yard TD pass to Mikey Melendez as the Scots (4-2) blew out to a big lead and coasted past the visiting Patriots.
Highland, after the Arambulo run, made it 14-0 when linebacker Jason Carter recovered a fumble and pitched it to noseguard Isidro Reyes for a 40-yard return. Devin Hankins kicked field goals of 43 and 19 yards and the Scots led 20-0 after three. Arambulo’s pass to Melendez made it 27-0 with 9:50 remaining.
Jose Medina got Hoover (0-5) on the board when he and Jordan Daniels connected for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Daniels added a second TD catch, an 18-yarder, set up by a pair of Medina 40-yard-plus completions to Makevel Siharath.
Myrick London rushed for two touchdowns and the Panthers did all their scoring in the first and second quarters while cruising to their third straight victory.
Joseph Bustamante and Noah Beukers also each rushed for a score for Washington (3-3), Jesus Garcia caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Victor Nava and Devontae Massey returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown. Beukers rushed 23 times for 228 yards in the Panthers’ homecoming victory.
Washington opens North Sequoia League play next Friday at Sierra while the Highlanders (0-5) open their North Yosemite League schedule at home against Fresno.
The Vikings have won four in a row after an opening loss, as Anthony Sierra threw three second-quarter touchdowns against the host Horned Toads.
Two of Sierra’s scoring passes went to Ethan Aguilar, a 5-9, 150-pound junior who had four catches for 116 yards in all. Sierra was a nearly-perfect 11 for 14 for 255 yards.
Coalinga (2-3), outgained 384-191 in total offense despite piling up 151 yards on the ground, scored its only touchdown with 49 seconds to play when Jimmy Juarez ran 3 yards.
The visiting Hawks (3-3) scored the final 20 points as the Tigers squandered a 28-14, second-half lead.
Michael Hamman booted a 33-yard field goal to snap a 28-28 tie and added a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter for the final margin as Liberty won its third straight. Kevin Todd fired a pair of touchdown passes as Patterson (3-2) jumped to a 21-0 lead.
Mark Brandt had three TD passes for the Liberty, including the tying 70-yarder to Greyson Hoelzel. The Hawks have scored 146 points in their three-game winning streak. They open North Sequoia League play in two weeks, visiting Sierra on Oct. 14 after a bye.
The Chieftains bolted to a 28-13 lead at halftime then pulled away in the second half to improve to 4-1.
Cameron Brady returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown – one of five turnovers caused by the Sierra defense, which also recovered three fumbles and picked off Woodlake quarterback Robert Stevenson one more time to go with two sacks.
The Chieftains’ two running-back attack of Chris Orange and Shane Maldonado combined for four rushing touchdowns and 226 yards. Orange ran for 118 and Maldonado 108.
Stevenson finished 9-for-17 passing with 147 yards and two touchdowns for Woodlake, (3-2) which had a two-game winning streak snapped heading into an East Sequoia League opener next Friday at Strathmore.
Charlie Castellanos hauled in a go-ahead 81-yard touchdown pass from Sean Chambers to close the thid quarter and the Lions held off the Broncos to win their third in a row.
Castellanos’ touchdown grab, his second of the game, put Kerman (4-2) made it 21-20 in the third quarter. Chambers stretched the lead on a 10-yard keeper on the Lions’ next possession, but Dos Palos (2-3) rallied.
With his team down five, Rodney Miller intercepted a pass at Dos Palos 10 and the Broncos drove the length of the field and thought they had the game-winner on a Jonathan Hernandez touchdown run, but the play was called back for holding. The drive stalled and Dos Palos turned the ball over on downs.
Tre Walker finished with 98 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Dos Palos. Christopher DeFrancesco’s 85-yard kickoff return in the third quarter gave the Broncos a 20-14 lead.
Junior Cardenas passed for four second-quarter touchdowns after running for one in the opening period as the Aztecs improved to 5-0 while blowing out the visiting Mustangs.
Cardenas finished 13 of 17 for 289 yards. Christian Conti’s 32-yard field goal got Minarets (0-5) within 14-3, but Cardenas took over from there. The first two of the TD throws went to Erick Segura, who finished with three catches for 64 yards.
Three first-half interceptions, including an Asa Shields 91-yard pick-6, helped D-IV second-ranked Chowchilla (5-0) post its fourth shutout in five games.
After the teams traded early turnovers, Chowchilla capitalized on its takeover with Justin Cantrell’s 13-yard run opening the scoring. Ronnie Reyes (14 carries, 167 yards, two touchdowns) took a counter 89 yards to make it 14-0 and Shields expanded the lead with his 91-yard interception return on Los Banos’ next series to make it 21-0 at the half.
Shields’ first interception of the game launched the drive that led to Cantrell’s TD.
The Tigers (3-2) made three first-half trips into the red zone, turning the ball over on downs at the 11 on one of the possessions. Their best drive of the second half stalled at the Chowchilla 30.
Zach Bushling, after kicking the go-ahead field goal in the second quarter, threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as the Broncs beat the winless Panthers.
Bushling’s 21-yard kick broke a 7-7 tie, then he threw 58 yards to fellow senior Ty Chad to make it 17-7. Corcoran (0-5) opened the third quarter with a field goal, but Bushling ran for a 6-yard score and senior Hunter Ellis went 90 yards on the catch and run off a Bushling pass to give Kern Valley (4-2) a 20-point edge. Ellis had an 18-yard TD run in the first quarter.
The Panthers’ Yovany Del Angel capped the scoring with a 55-yard run.
Joseph Garcia rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown and a 2-point conversion and Edgar Barajas also powered in for two short touchdown runs as the Spartans improved to 5-0 with their second straight shutout.
The Cardinals (3-2) held off the D-VI second-ranked Golden Bears (2-3) to snap a two-game losing skid.
Orosi opens East Sierrra League play next Friday at Farmersville while Sierra Pacific is at home against Lindsay on Thursday in an East Sequoia League opener.
The Badgers needed overtime to pull out the victory – their third in a row – and improve to 5-1.
The roundup is compiled from reports by Bee staff writers, the Merced Sun-Star and local schools. Coaches: to include your results, email email@example.com.
How The Bee’s Top 20 fared
1. Clovis, idle
2. Central, idle
3. Liberty-Bakersfield, idle
4. Buchanan d. Porterville 48-0
5. Clovis West, idle
6. Stockdale, idle
7. Bullard, idle
8. Sanger d. Reedley 48-0
9. Garces d. No. 14 Edison 27-20
10. Bakersfield d. No. 11 Ridgeview 26-19
11. Ridgeview l. to No. 10 Bakersfield 26-19
12. Redwood d. Golden West 24-21
13. Clovis North, idle
14. Edison l. to No. 9 Garces 27-20
15. Hanford d. El Diamante 21-0
16. Selma, idle
17. Sunnyside, idle
18. Memorial, idle
19. Fresno l. to Tulare Western 41-35
20. Tulare d. Dinuba 30-24