Bullard High is not only unbeaten, it's healthy.
Edison's not sure.
"We're 100%, so there shouldn't be any alibis," coach Donnie Arax said of second-seeded Bullard (10-0), which will play No. 7 Clovis West (5-5) in a Central Section Division I quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday at McLane.
It was only four weeks ago that the Knights were playing without quarterback Kerr Taubler (elbow staph infection), wide receiver Jajuan Hammond (separated shoulder), center Mike Mendoza (sprained knee), linebacker Daniel Snelling (discipline) and cornerback John Jones (sprained knee).
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Bullard limped through the County/Metro Athletic Conference at 4-0, including a 20-14 win over huge underdog Sanger and a 17-14 double overtime triumph over Edison.
Tigers coach Tim McDonald is holding his breath regarding wide receiver/safety standout Kenny Travis entering No. 5 Edison's D-II quarterfinal at No. 4 Memorial.
"He expects to be [medically] cleared," the coach said of Travis, who broke his clavicle making a catch in a 34-3 win at Merced on Sept. 25. He's missed eight games since.
Travis had also been the team's kicker, creating a glaring special teams void. But that has been filled by Fidel McDonald, a sophomore unrelated to the coach, who kicked well in a 41-6 first-round rout of Sunnyside.
It was a night of McDonalds, as Tevin McDonald, the coach's son, caught seven passes for 145 yards, including three touchdowns, from quarterback Max Schuh.
And it's Schuh who will oppose his former school.