Edison 25, Central 17
It's Edison High again in the West Side Showdown. But, oh my, what a difference this time.
One year after they humiliated the Grizzlies 70-17, the fourth-ranked Tigers not only escaped 25-17 at Koligian Stadium, they did so in the most bizarre manner.
Edison got some breaks and made some while rallying to win it with two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes.
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Those scores appear somewhat ordinary -- runs of 1 yard by DeWayne Scott and 16 by Tevin McDonald.
But several plays that preceded them were far from it.
Scott's touchdown came with 9 minutes and 2 seconds remaining, giving the Tigers a 19-17 lead.
The 18-play, 66-yard march saw Edison convert a fourth-and-6 play after it was 3rd-and-14; convert a 4th-and-8 play after it was 3rd-and-17; convert third-and-goal from the 17 on a pass interference penalty; and, finally, score by inches when Scott went right and was plowed at the goal line.
Then, the Tigers got the ball back three plays later when Central's Kameron Brooks, on 3rd-and-16, made a sensational catch on a deflected ball near the first down, but fumbled, with Edison standout two-way lineman Wesley Flowers hustling in front of his team's bench to recover on the Grizzlies' 26.
Clovis North 28, Fresno 7
The No. 18 Broncos built a 21-0 halftime lead behind Alec Mechikoff's scoring runs of 35 and 22 yards.
Broncos quarterback Chris Mariscal completed 13 of 22 passes for 214 yards with scoring throws of 9 yards to John Pulido and 21 to Davis Hayes.
Clovis East 35, Sanger 0
Just as the No. 19 Timberwolves were in danger of falling out of the top 20, they put it together with a rousing first win at Lamonica Stadium.
Jean Johnson-Bey (17 carries, 216 yards) and Khary Coleman (eight for 100) sparked a pounding ground game. Johnson-Bey had scores of 60 and 44 yards, and Coleman had a 65-yard touchdown.
Buchanan 43, Redwood 21
The top-ranked Bears pulled away from the Rangers in the second half at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.
Buchanan ran 41 plays in the first half but led only 22-7 after Nigel Simmons' second touchdown, a 6-yard run with 38 seconds left. Redwood stymied the Bears on two goal-line stands and Buchanan missed a field goal try.
But Buchanan rolled to three straight touchdowns to start the second half.
Kingsburg 28, Washington 21
Tyler Bray passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, leading Kingsburg past Washington 28-21 in a nonleague game in Easton.
Kingsburg, ranked No. 15 in the section by The Bee and No. 1 in Division IV, improved to 2-0. Washington, which started the season in the Top 20, fell to 0-2.
The Vikings looked to have Friday's game in Easton in hand when they scored twice in the fourth quarter to make it 28-14 with 7 minutes left.
But on the first play after the kickoff, Washington quarterback Adam McCurley connected with Donald Phelps on a 68-yard touchdown pass.
The Panthers never got the ball back. The key play of the game came on fourth-and-1 at midfield with about 2 minutes left. Garrett Steele ran 17 yards on the play, and Kingsburg ended up running out the clock at the Washington 10.
Steele totaled 173 yards and three scores. McCurley was 16-for-27 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a 2-yard option pass from backup quarterback Yaffet Thomas for a touchdown.
Mt. Whitney 41,Monache 40
Mt. Whitney High spotted Monache the first three touchdowns of the game, then rallied to beat the Marauders 41-40 in a wild nonleague football game Friday night in Porterville.
Mt. Whitney won it on Shannen Gonzales-Chang's 1-yard run with 46 seconds left and Titus Grayson's 2-point conversion on a pass from Tanner Mendonca.
Mendonca completed 22 of 35 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns for the Pioneers, who improved to 2-0. Chris Smith added three touchdowns and caught three passes for 137 yards.
Tyler Grayson rushed 12 times for 152 yards.
For Monache, Andrew Pirego's 26-yard pass from Pablo Martinez gave the Marauders their last lead.
Woodlake 28, Farmersville 6
Josh Quijano rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the host Tigers' victory.
Quijano scored on runs of 30 and 37 yards, and Daniel Rodriguez -- who added 94 yards rushing -- had a 20-yard score. Joel Chavez also completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Fernandez.
Chowchilla 14, Le Grand 7
The Redskins, No. 2 in Division IV, survived on the road after building a 14-0 lead through three quarters.
Chad Neal scored on a 1-yard run and Devin Gaines passed 17 yards to Garrett Slate for a touchdown in the first half.
Le Grand made it close when Abraham Yanez threw a 31-yard scoring pass to Zack Moreno.
It was the closest game since the series between rivals separated by 11 miles resumed in 2006. Chowchilla won the last three games by an average margin of nearly 24 points.
Corcoran 49, Mission Oak 0
The Panthers recorded their second straight shutout while keeping the first-year Hawks scoreless through three games.
Nick Correa scored on runs of 13 and 23 yards, Pete Armbruster rushed for 105 yards and Austin Fugate threw for 101 to lead the Corcoran offense. The Panthers have outscored their opponents 72-0.
Sierra 35, Fowler 28
Quarterback Colton Zimmerman rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns to lead the undefeated Chieftains past the visiting Redcats in Tollhouse.
Fowler quarterback Tanner Davies completed 24 of 36 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown and also scored two touchdowns.
Hoover 29, Madera South 8
Shane Martinez threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and Tevin Ivy scored twice Thursday as the 17th-ranked Patriots won their second straight.
Ivy had 168 yards combined rushing and receiving. He hooked up with Martinez on a 75-yard scoring pass and added a 24-yard touchdown run.
Madera South's Ryan Logan capped the scoring with a 28-yard run.
Reedley 13, Sunnyside 10
Rafael Torres kicked the winning 33-yard field goal with 6 seconds left Thursday to cap the unbeaten Pirates' comeback from 10 points down at halftime on the road.
Torres tied it with a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Reedley's Daniel Mora rushed 20 times for 131 yards and a touchdown, and Richard Casteel led the defense with an interception.
Roosevelt 41, Granite Hills 0
After a couple close losses, the Rough Riders got their first victory of the season with a rout of the Grizzlies at Sunnyside Stadium.
Kerman 14, Coalinga 0
The Lions used a balanced ground attack to remain unbeaten.
Aldo Valencia scored on a 15-yard run in the second quarter and Tony Castillo clinched it with a 2-yard burst in the fourth against the winless Horned Toads.
Tulare 35, Lemoore 13
Xavier Stephens had 102 yards rushing and two touchdowns, helping the No. 6 Redskins win their 22nd straight regular-season victory.
Stephens helped break open a close game with scoring runs of 45 and 2 yards after Lemoore had pulled within 21-13.
Tigers quarterback Scott Loper passed for 166 yards and Tulare counterpart Trevor Jones for 159.Tulare's defense got a big play from Jacob Guerrero, whose return of a fumble 25 yards for a score sent his team ahead 14-0.
Madera 61, Chavez-Stockton 30
The Coyotes secured coach Randy Blankenship's 200th career victory by beating the visiting Titans.Blankenship improved to 200-106-2 in 25 seasons at six schools.
Lindsay 63, Parlier 0
Quarterback Adam Gamboa and tailback Jonathan Duarte both scored twice and the Cardinals made their third straight win look easy.
Gamboa completed 6 of 8 passes for 174 yards and rushed for 38 more. He scored on runs of 27 and 18 yards. Duarte added 94 yards rushing with touchdown runs of 31 and 24 yards.
Strathmore 54, Fresno Christian 19
Jesse Soria rushed 12 times for 204 yards and five touchdowns, and Mario Lemus added two scores on an interception return and a touchdown pass to help the host Spartans stay undefeated.
Mendota 18, Riverdale 13
Estefan Velasco's 8-yard touchdown run gave the host Aztecs, ranked No. 3 in Division VI, an 18-7 lead in the third quarter that was enough insurance to avoid an upset.
Velasco finished with a game-high 15 carries for 94 yards.
Timmy Brown tried to rally Riverdale with 11 of 21 passing for 151 yards with two touchdowns. But Brown also was intercepted three times.
Mendota also got scoring from Sergio Chavez's 35-yard interception return and Jorge Hernandez's 46-yard run.