Madera High put up a goal-line stand in the first overtime and Evan Rios kicked a 32-yard field goal in the second extra period Friday night to beat Mission Oak 31-28 in a Central Section Division III football semifinal at Tulare’s Bob Mathias Stadium.
The third-seeded Coyotes (9-3) advance to play at top-seeded Hanford in next week’s section final. Madera beat Hanford 73-35 in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
Second-seeded Mission Oak (9-3) tied Madera at 28 on a 2-yard keeper by Trey McJunkin with 3:53 left.
Madera tried a 57-yard field goal as time expired that wasn’t close, and both teams missed field goals in the first OT. After Madera’s miss, the Hawks got to first-and-goal from the 1 but couldn’t score.
The Coyotes held again in the second OT, setting up Rios’ winning kick. He’s 12 of 16 this season.
The first half was filled with big plays as the Coyotes took a 28-21 lead, getting the last score on a 43-yard pass from Nathaniel Nelson to Kristopher Bueno with 40 seconds left.
Madera rallied from a 21-7 deficit. Bueno also scored on a 33-yard catch and Jesus Jimenez’s second TD run.
The Hawks scored first, on McJunkin’s 76-yard pass to Artemia Padilla, and pushed ahead on a 90-yard run by Le’Andre Jefferson and Jaden Enrique’s 15-yard run.
Jimenez finished with 26 carries for 105 yards, Nelson completed 14 of 23 passes for 194 yards and two TDs and Bueno had six catches for 115 yards. On defense, Edgar Contreras had two sacks and Alec Gamboa had an interception, the only turnover of the game.
For Mission Oak, Jefferson had 18 carries for 149 yards and Padilla had four catches for 126 yards.
•Ridgeview 30, Sanger 23:
The visiting fourth-seeded Apaches came up short on two chances to tie in the final 3 minutes against the top-seeded Wolf Pack in Bakersfield.
In a see-saw game, Jamar Moya’s 77-yard touchdown catch put Ridgeview (11-1) up 30-23 with 3:05 left.
Sanger returned the kickoff to midfield but was stopped on downs at its own 41. But the Apaches (8-4) got the ball back one last time and advanced to the Wolf Pack 25 with 20 seconds left before an interception in the end zone sealed it for Ridgeview.
Brandon Gonzalez scored two TDs for Sanger, the second on a 48-yard run early in the fourth quarter. A two-point try came up inches short, but the Apaches converted a fumble recovery into Kris Elizondo’s 46-yard field goal to go ahead 23-22 with 7:02 left, setting up the final flurry.
•Hanford 40, Bakersfield Christian 21:
The Bullpups (11-1) jumped to a 28-0 lead and cruised past the No. 5 Eagles and into the section finals next week.
Bakersfield Christian (7-5) scored just before halftime to cut the deficit to 28-14 and had the ball to start the third quarter, but fumbled the ball away on its first two drives of the second half.
Hanford advances to its first section final since 2008 as it chases its first section football title.
Hanford sophomore quarterback Ryan Johnson looked the part of a polished, seasoned veteran, completing 13 of 14 passes for 175 yards and scoring the first two touchdowns of the game on rushes of 4 and 5 yards.
Joseph McDaniel scored the first of his two TDs and Johnson threw a 35-yard TD pass to Nathaniel Hunt for the 28-0 lead before leaving it up to the defense, which recovered four BC turnovers.
“Defensively, we played one of our best games of the year,” Hanford’s Josh Young said.
•Central Valley Christian 38, Cesar Chavez 35:
Collin Stockton’s 95-yard touchdown reception with 3:25 left capped a big-play night by the Cavaliers in a semifinal victory over the visiting Titans in Visalia.
No. 2 seed CVC (11-1) jumped to a 21-0 lead on Jack Vander Dussen’s 38-yard pass to Brad Taylor and two Macintyre Garbani TD runs covering 64 and 20 yards.
But No. 3 Chavez (10-2) got back in it with three straight scores, the third on a fumble recovery in the end zone.
The Cavaliers pushed their lead to 28-20 on Vander Dussen’s 55-yard pass to Steve Van Grouw, only to have the Titans tie it 28-28 at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Blake Rocha kicked a 19-yard field goal to give CVC the lead for good, and Vander Dussen hooked up with Stockton for his third TD of the game to put it away.
•Immanuel 29, Fowler 14:
Robert Grier had 31 carries for 143 yards, Aaron Daggs threw two TD passes and Dayvaughn Montgomery returned an interception 56 yards for a clinching score to help the No. 3-seeded Eagles (9-3) cruise past the No. 7 Redcats (9-4) in Reedley.
Fowler’s Izaiah Moreno scored on a 7-yard run just 17 seconds into the game for a 7-0 lead, but the Eagles quickly took control with a 16-7 halftime lead.
Immanuel held Isaac Munoz to just 47 yards rushing on 15 carries, a week after Munoz dominated No. 2-seed Kern Valley for 155 yards.
•Corcoran 27, Mendota 13:
The visiting Panthers (10-3) jumped to a 19-0 halftime lead en route to eliminating the fourth-seeded Aztecs (9-4).