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.