Clovis News: Sports

Miners retain status as WYL's best

An early showdown for West Yosemite League football supremacy ended with the status quo of recent years still in place.

El Diamante High extended its dominance Friday with a 41-20 victory over Mt. Whitney in a WYL opener, but in defeat the Pioneers showed they are closing the gap. The Miners, en route to 6-0 league marks, won 54-13 in 2008 and 58-0 in 2007.

Mt. Whitney actually led in the latest installment of the crosstown Visalia rivalry, as Matt Pascua's 9-yard run and a Dominic Lovero kick put the Pioneers up 7-6 after one quarter.

Aaron Sing and Co. made sure it wouldn't last. The 5-9, 160-pound junior rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns.

The Miners, ranked 13th in the Central Section by The Bee, broke open a close game with a 22-6 second-half scoring edge.

Mt. Whitney is allowing 44.5 points per game in its 2-2 start.

-- Clovis East 42, Davis-Modesto 0: Sean Johnson-Bey rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns and the 20th-ranked Timberwolves scored in every quarter in routing the visiting Spartans.

-- Delano 36, Golden West 22: In a rare display of rushing prowess, Andy Del Campo ran for 179 yards, Josh Garcia 112 and Marcus Avellanoza 104 as the Tigers moved to 4-0.

-- Exeter 21, Dinuba 17: Jonathon Contreras rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Monarchs in a Central Sequoia League opener.

-- Wasco 35, Corcoran 28: Michael Martinez's 7-yard scoring run, his third of the game, capped a 21-point surge by the Tigers in the fourth quarter.