Fresno High came out in full force Friday, dressing in black and purple and packing the student section for homecoming against Tulare Western.
There even was an interesting halftime skit that featured floats.
On the field, the Warriors didn’t face the most ideal opponent for such a big event, considering the Mustangs entered Friday undefeated through their first four games and ranked No. 9 in The Bee’s Central Section coaches’ poll.
But it was just a year ago that Tulare Western edged Fresno with a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds.
Would Friday’s game be just as close?
And could the Warriors’ student section be the difference maker?
Fresno did get an 80-yard touchdown run from quarterback John L’heureux II.
But on this night, it might’ve taken the entire Fresno student section to defend Tulare Western running back David Alcantar.
The 5-foot-7, 157-pound Alcantar broke loose for four touchdowns by the third quarter and Tulare Western went on to win 44-7.
Alcantar scored the game’s first touchdown on a 32-yard run.
The Warriors answered with their own score.
Then Alcantar caught a 58-yard pass from Elijiah Burrell and scored on a 4-yard run before halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Alcantar added a 4-yard touchdown run.
Still, aside from the score, Fresno students seemed to enjoy their homecoming night.