The Clovis West High defense set the tone early Friday, scoring the first touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone en route to a 30-9 nonleague win against Edison at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Clovis West’s DJ Schramm, who gave an early oral commitment to Boise State, got credit for the score, with the turnover occurring while Edison was attempting to punt.
Schramm also had one of two interceptions by the Clovis West defense, with Dakota Helms adding the other pick.
Eagles kicker Eli RioFrio provided three field goals, including ones from 43 and 49 yards.
And quarterback Dante Chachere tossed two touchdowns as Clovis West – ranked fifth in The Bee’s coaches’ Top 10 poll heading into Week 3 – defeated Edison for the third straight year and kept the Tigers (0-3) winless this season.
Clovis West (1-1) has won six of the past 10 versus Edison in an interconference rivalry between two of the section’s perennial power programs.
Rough Riders enjoying rare territory
Off to a 2-0 to start, Roosevelt already had accomplished something it had not done since 2010.
Second-year coach Atnaf Harris, a former Fresno State receiver, guided the Rough Riders to a 38-13 win at Dos Palos and a 33-14 win against Chowchilla to kick off the year.
Roosevelt’s attempt to go 3-0 for the first time since 1999, however, was denied Friday as Mendota defeated the visiting Rough Riders 12-6.
Mendota, despite being a smaller school, has shown over the years that it can hang with those that boast larger enrollments.
They certainly love their football at Mendota, which is the Central Section’s defending Division V champion.
But maybe even the fact that Roosevelt kept it close game against Mendota will be enough to give the Rough Riders another boost in confidence.
Plus, the last time Roosevelt started even 2-0, in that 2010 season, the team finished 8-4.
A year ago, in Harris’ first year, Roosevelt went 2-9.
Buchanan’s Milton keeps scoring
Buchanan running Kendall Milton keeps finding the end zone.
The highly sought sophomore already had seven touchdowns entering Friday’s game at Lemoore.
He added three more in leading the fourth-ranked Bears to a 49-0 win.
Milton scored twice in the first quarter, helping Buchanan (3-0) to jump to a 21-0 lead.
His mere presence also helped Bears quarterback Ty Hall run in for a 40-yard score as Hall took off after faking a handoff to the star back.
Milton scored again, this time on a 10-yard run, just before halftime and gave Buchanan a 42-0 lead at the break.
Another close one for Clovis North
It was down to the wire for Clovis North. Again.
All of its games have been decided by no more than one score.
And unfortunately for the Broncos, it hasn’t gone their way in the past two weeks. On Friday, they fell 28-21 to Buhach Colony-Atwater after surrendering the go-ahead touchdown with 7:35 remaining.
Clovis North running back Jackson Schultz provided two touchdowns, running in from 75 and 31 yards.
Quarterback DJ Frampton threw a 52-yard touchdown to Trenton Holloway for the Broncos’ other score.
Clovis East aids Harvey relief, then Sanger rolls
Seventh-ranked Sanger (3-0) remained undefeated following Thursday’s 34-7 win against Clovis East at Lamonica Stadium.
The Apaches had blanked opponents through the first 10 quarters of the season before allowing a touchdown to the Timberwolves in the third.
Sanger has won its first three games by a combined score of 118-7.
The game served as a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Clovis East adopted KIPP Northeast College Preparatory School in Houston, where some students, staff and families have lost most if not everything to the storm and its aftermath.
Collection cups were at all entrances before and after the game. And Clovis East leadership students carried cans throughout the stadium during halftime to collect donations.
An Amazon Wish List has been created and can be found at http://a.co/4ErivWH/.
Houston public schools, including KIPP, went back to class Thursday for the first time since Harvey made landfall Aug. 25.
Can the weather get any better?
It was a great night for high school football for most of the Valley, with Week 3 kickoff temperatures Friday in the mid-80s.
Quite the contrast from a week ago, when temperatures hovered in triple digits and forced cancellations or delayed start times.
The Immanuel High cheerleaders enjoyed the nice weather and tried to get their crowd into the game.
The Eagles, however, fell 30-12 at Chowchilla.
Try to get a hold on this Fowler running back
Check out these moves during three runs by Fowler’s Pedro Ayala.
The 5-foot-5, 130-pound sophomore showed off his elusiveness all night, including a 40-yard touchdown run for the game’s first score.
And with quarterback Martin Plata also dominating on the ground – the senior scored on 30-yard and 70-yard keepers (and returned a kickoff for a 70-yard score) – Fowler cruised to a 43-0 win at Sierra.
Plata finished as The Bee’s Star of the night, rushing seven times but gaining 141 yards.
How’s this for a prime-timer?
Senior Breaun Heights returned a punt 74 yards to provide a much-needed cushion for Sunnyside.
As it was, the Wildcats still barely survived to beat Mt. Whitney 39-31 in a see-saw affair.
The game featured eight lead changes and two ties.
Mt. Whitney’s Jaedyn Pineda threw three touchdown passes but the Pioneers fell to 0-3.
Donovan Kong had two touchdowns for the Wildcats (1-2).
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