Bullard High’s Charles Williams and C-Jay Smith scored the first two touchdowns and City didn’t allow a point for the first time in 20 years in a 27-0 victory Friday at the 62nd annual City/County All Star football at Lamonica Stadium.
Williams, who will play at UNLV next season, scored on a 6-yard run 5 seconds in the second quarter.
Smith followed with an interception on the ensuing County possession and returned it 16 yards to put City ahead 14-0 with 11:41 left in the first half.
134 Total yards the City defense limited the County to in the 62nd annual event while recording its first shutout since 1996
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City’s dominance continued with the defense holding the County to just 134 total yards and registering its first shutout since 1996. City, headed by Fresno coach Ray Reyes, has won four straight.
This year’s City squad included players from Buchanan, Bullard, Clovis, Clovis East, Clovis North, Clovis West Edison, Fresno, Fresno Christian, Hoover, McLane, Memorial, Roosevelt and Sunnyside.
Players with D-I scholarships often have skipped the summer classic in recent years – such as Clovis West linebacker Caleb Kelly, who is heading to Oklahoma.
But Williams and Bullard teammate and Air Force signee Connor Vikupitz each elected to play.
Though players with D-I scholarships often have skipped playing in the City/County All Star football in recent years, Bullard running back Charles Williams and offensive lineman Connor Vikupitz played in Friday’s game. Williams is going to UNLV and Vikupitz to Air Force.
Though an exhibition, the blood running down Vikupitz’s nose afterward signified just how serious and how hard both teams wanted to win.
Madera receiver Kris Bueno led County with three catches for 51 yards. County also had six sacks compared to the City’s three.
But only City found the end zone.
After Smith’s score, receiver Chris Paz of Memorial hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Clovis East’s Trey Semien that made it 20-0 with 9:23 left before halftime.
Clovis receiver Coltin Velasquez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Cougars quarterback Sean Kuenzinger with 6:30 left.