Clovis News: Sports

Bullard finds RB as it crushes Atwater

It looks like Bullard High has found its tailback.

Senior Devan Mack rushed six times for 65 yards and two touchdowns, plowing over defenders in the process, as the Knights -- ranked No. 2 in the Central Section by The Bee -- crushed host Atwater 35-12 in a nonleague football game Friday.

"We'd been hoping this kid would come along," Knights coach Donnie Arax said. "He's a specimen ... built like a brick and athletic. He took the game over for us."

Mack, a 5-foot-10 210-pounder, scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and made it 35-0 in the fourth with a dazzling 40-yard jaunt.

"He ran over about three guys, kept his balance putting his hand on the ground and kept going," Arax said.

Bullard's three running backs combined for 151 yards. Demetrius Warren had 43 yards and Jordan Jones 43.

"Three kids competing," Arax said, "that's a good situation."

The defense also turned in another strong game, finally allowing a touchdown after seven shutout quarters. Last week, the Knights blanked Merced 41-0.

Servite-Anaheim 47, Clovis West 13

The No. 3 Golden Eagles, playing without seven suspended players, were no match for the Friars -- ranked No. 6 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

Servite scored on its first possession and built a 26-0 lead behind quarterback Cody Fajardo's scoring passes of 19 yards to Rudy Guerrero and 34 yards to Chris Nicholls.

Redlands East Valley 32, Clovis East 7

The No. 11-ranked Timberwolves fell, marking the first time the players have dropped two straight in their careers.

Redlands turned two early Clovis East fumbles into touchdowns en route to a 21-0 lead and the rout was on.

Paso Robles 55, Central 42

Despite a 21-point fourth quarter, the No. 7 Grizzlies failed to make up an early 28-0 deficit to the visiting Bearcats.

Brendon Bigelow had 96 rushing yards and three touchdowns for Central, including an 81-yard kickoff return.

Robbie Burbank had 360 rushing yards and six touchdowns for Paso Robles.

Sanger 31, Sunnyside 14

Aaron Perez finished the night with 203 yards on 17 carries in the Apaches' victory over the No. 15 Wildcats.

Perez started the scoring in the first quarter when he ran for 55 yards. He added another touchdown in the first quarter -- a 51-yard run. Sanger capped the scoring in the fourth quarter on John Pinedo's 85-yard interception return.

Kingsburg 44, Dos Palos 13

Tennessee-bound quarterback Tyler Bray passed for two touchdowns to lead the No. 17 Vikings in their season opener.

Garrett Steele added three touchdown runs of 10, 47 and 15 yards.

Kerman 20, Madera South 9

L.J. Sandoval may have been the Lions' third-string quarterback when camp started, but it would have been tough to tell on this night.

A converted safety, Sandoval spread the ball around and went 11 of 19 for 119 yards after being named the starter Wednesday. The passing attack paved the way for each of Aldo Valencia's three rushing touchdowns.

Liberty-Madera Ranchos 41, Immanuel 18

Dylan Ferreira rushed for 100 yards and scored four touchdowns, including three rushing, to power the Hawks -- the No. 3 team in Division V.

Ferreira racked up 124 total yards.

Despite 183 rushing yards from Ben Fixel, Immanuel may have lost more than a game. Midway through the third quarter, quarterback Jeff Jantzen left with an elbow injury and did not return.

Also ...

Sierra 10, Central Valley Christian 9: Thomas Nolen booted a 24-yard field goal with 2 seconds left for the Chieftains.

Parlier 45, Orosi 12: Matt Garcia rushed for 183 yards and scored five touchdowns, including one on a fumble recovery, to lead the Panthers.

Chowchilla 52, Coalinga 0: Garrett Slate had a 7-yard touchdown run and kicked a field goal. Mat Ruckman returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown and Edgar Armenta scored on a 42-yard punt return.