Clovis News: Sports

Tulare standouts orally commit

It appears Fresno State will gain a split in landing two Bee All-Star football players from Tulare High.

Edward Dillihunt, the Redskins' h-back/linebacker/kick returner, has made an oral commitment to the Bulldogs, but receiver/cornerback Marquess Wilson has pledged to Washington State.

These are non-binding commitments by players who also are being courted by Arizona State, Nevada, San Diego State and UNLV.

Dillihunt and Wilson have played on teams that haven't lost a game in two years, including a 13-0 mark last season, when Tulare won the Central Section's Division II title.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Dillihunt, whom Redskins coach Darren Bennett likens in athletic and running ability to Fresno State nation-leading rusher Ryan Mathews, is averaging 10.5 yards on 21 rushing attempts, 19.4 on 16 receptions and has scored five touchdowns.

"He just has a different gear," Bennett said. "He just plays so fast."

Wilson, at 6-3 1/2, 180 pounds, is Tulare's fastest player. He has caught 28 passes for 604 yards (21.6 average) and 12 touchdowns.

Bennett said he's better at this stage than former Redskin and current assistant Nichiren Flowers, who started at Nevada for three years.

"Marquess has size, speed and hands -- pretty much the whole package," Bennett said. "And he's one of the best [defensive backs] I've ever had."

Edison struck again

Senior DeWayne Scott, the primary running back on an Edison team that has increased its emphasis on the ground, could be lost for the season with a concussion.

The No. 5 Tigers already are playing without receiver/safety/kicker Kenny Travis Jr. (broken clavicle) for three weeks, and he'll be out for at least another three.

A first-half collision against Clovis West two weeks ago knocked out Scott and sent him to the hospital. He was released, but, in the best-case scenario, he won't return until at least the playoffs in four weeks, Edison coach Tim McDonald said.

Clovis West hobbled, too

Kendal Brock (knee ligament) returned earlier than expected and rushed for 129 yards in Clovis West's 24-3 loss to Central, but the Golden Eagles are uncertain when they'll get back starting quarterback Ian Hall (broken collarbone) and receiver/cornerback Gerald Nutt (knee ligament).

Neither played on a night then-No. 4 Clovis West was outgained 311-134 in its first loss to the Grizzlies in seven years while plunging to 2-4.

The Eagles have lost to either state- or section-ranked teams (Servite-Anaheim, Centennial-Corona, Bullard, Central) with a combined 20-4 record.

Not that interim coach Coby Lindsey considers that a consolation: "We got outplayed, I don't know how else to say it. But we also made mistakes in the sixth week of the season that are supposed to be worked out in Week 0 and Week 1. But the reality is, all we did was lose a football game, not the TRAC championship or a chance to go to the Valley championship. We need to move on from it."

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