As Tulare Union High School senior running back Kazmeir Allen rises up the national charts, his Tribe is doing the same in the Central Section football rankings.
Off a 56-10 victory over Delano last week, Tulare Union (7-0, 3-0 East Yosemite League) rose to No. 3 in this week’s Coaches’ Top 10 poll.
Central and Clovis West remained 1-2 in the poll, with Clovis West’s win over previous No. 3 Buchanan opening the way for Tulare Union’s advance.
According to MaxPreps, Allen leads the nation in touchdowns with 37 – one better than Wandale Robinson of Western Hills-Frankfort, Ky.
Against Delano, Allen scored matched his career-high seven touchdowns, set last month against Dinuba. He has scored 86 career touchdowns – ninth-best in section history, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
After Friday’s game at Porterville, he’s headed to a weekend recruiting visit to UCLA.
It’s not likely there’ll be a test for Tulare Union before the 53rd annual Victory Bell game Nov. 3 against rival Tulare Western, which also is 7-0 and rose to No. 6 in this week’s rankings.
Games to watch
No. 5 Edison at No. 9 Sanger – The Tigers passed their first County/Metro Athletic Conference test, thumping Memorial 41-20. The next test comes Friday at Tom Flores Stadium.
Edison is 4-3 and 2-0 in the CMAC, while the Apaches rebounded from their opening conference loss to Bullard with a 40-3 victory over Madera South.
Sunnyside vs. Fresno at Ratcliffe Stadium – The Wildcats and Warriors are tied for first place in the North Yosemite League at 2-0.
After losing 44-7 to Tulare Western, Fresno has won the past two.
Sunnyside edged Roosevelt 20-18 to open NYL play, then rolled past McLane 58-8.
El Diamante vs. Redwood – This West Yosemite League showdown will take place at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.
El Diamante sits atop of the WYL at 3-0 with an overall record 4-3. The Miners have outscored league opponents 120-41.
Redwood (4-3, 2-1) was in a little funk, losing three straight before winning two straight in the WYL after a conference-opening loss to Lemoore (4-4, 3-1), which has a bye.
Golden West (6-1, 2-1) is the WYL’s other early frontrunner.
Cowhide presale tickets
Pre-sale tickets for the 63rd Cowhide game between Mt. Whitney and Redwood go on sale Monday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at both schools.
Ticket prices are $6 (adults) and $4 (students and seniors).
The game is set for Nov. 3 at Mineral King Bowl with kickoff at 6:30 p.m.
More superlatives as recorded by Barnett:
▪ Clovis West senior kicker Eli Riofrio moved into the fifth spot in section history by making two field goals. He has 23 for his career and leads the section with nine this season. Also, he has made 31 of 33 PATs.
▪ Caruthers wide receiver Isaac Franco had five receptions for 117 yards and set a school record by catching four touchdowns in a 58-21 victory over Parlier.
▪ Mt. Whitney quarterback Jaedyn Pineda passed for a career-high 370 yards – fourth-best in school history. He also tossed four touchdowns as the Pioneers defeated Lemoore 42-35.
The Bee’s Coaches’ Top 10 poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Central (10)
2. Clovis West
6. Tulare Western