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Second-round playoff roundup


Liberty-Bakersfield 27, Central 21

Dillon Meadows' 25-yard touchdown run on Liberty-Bakersfield's first play of the second overtime lifted the Patriots to a 27-21 victory Friday night over host Central, setting up an all-Bakersfield semifinal in the Central Section Division I playoffs.

It was a rough night for the No. 4 Grizzlies, who fell behind 14-0 before tying it on B.J. Kelley's leaping 30-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter.

After both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, Liberty (8-3) held Central (7-4) out of the end zone, and Seth Buchnoff pushed a 37-yard field-goal attempt wide right.

Cason Moyer had 150 rushing yards and Meadows added 101 for Liberty.

Central's top playmaker, Brendon Bigelow, was knocked out of the game in the first overtime. Bigelow finished with 49 rushing yards and 33 receiving.

The No. 5 Patriots will face No. 8 Centennial, which upset No. 1 Buchanan.


Tulare 55, Sanger 12

Not even a power outage could dim another bright night for Tulare and quarterback Trevor Jones against overmatched Sanger in the Division II playoffs.

The top-seeded Redskins (11-0), who had a bye in the first round, looked sharp in a 55-12 blowout Friday night, the first step to a second straight section title and undefeated season.

Tulare faces No. 5 Edison in the semifinals. Sanger, the eighth seed, finishes 6-6.

Trevor Jones rushed 11 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The Redskins gave up 141 yards on the ground to Conner Luallen but not much else.

Luallen carried eight times and scored on runs of 47 and 74 yards, but the Apaches totaled just 69 more yards.

Jones, who completed 8 of 13 passes for 132 yards, had a hand in six Tulare touchdowns. He ran for scores of 1 and 4 yards and passed for four touchdowns -- 25 and 14 yards to Riley Barnes, 5 yards to Jacob Guerrero and 6 yards to Marquess Wilson.

Edison 17, Memorial 7 Dasheon Frierson scored a rushing touchdown and Max Schuh had a touchdown pass to Shaquille Moseley, both in the first half, as the No. 5 Tigers beat the No. 4 Panthers for a second straight year in the postseason.

After David Garcia scored for Memorial on its opening possession of the third quarter, Fidel McDonald nailed a field goal for Edison's final points.


Dinuba 34, Clovis North 14 The division's top seed had no trouble advancing, ending the Broncos' first varsity season.

James Pelham rushed 20 times for 197 yards and scored on runs of 25, 69 and 19 yards for the Emperors (9-2), who will square off against No. 5 Hanford.

The Emperors had a hard time stopping Alec Mechikoff (15 carries, 118 yards, two touchdowns), but kept the ninth-seeded Broncos off the board in the second and fourth quarters.

Ivan Hodges also had 85 yards rushing and 55-yard touchdown for Dinuba, and David Rico found Jeremy Gomez on a 6-yard pass for a score.

Hanford 44, Delano 39 Cannon Sanchez passed for 545 yards and six touchdowns and the No. 5 Bullpups needed every one of them to hold off the No. 4 Tigers.

Hanford (8-4) rallied from 33-24 down entering the fourth quarter.

Sanchez completed 20 of 33 passes and was intercepted twice. But he was on target most of the night, finding Brayden Sanchez for four his scoring passes.

Brayden Sanchez caught eight passes for 285 yards. Connor Kurtz also scored on a 50-yard catch and run and kicked a 13-yard field goal.

Marcus Avellanoza led Delano (9-3) with 16 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown.


Washington 45, Sierra 9 The second-seeded Panthers (9-2) routed the No. 7 Chieftains in Easton for the second time this season.

Washington rushed 35 times for a season-high 306 yards, led by Yafett Thomas (11 carries, 104 yards, two touchdowns).

Next up for the Panthers is third-seeded Taft, which beat Dos Palos.

Sierra (8-4), finishing a campaign that saw it tie for third in the North Sequoia League despite dressing fewer than two dozen players, started well. Wesley Abbs intercepted Adam McCurley's first attempt, then the Chieftains forced a three-and-out on the Panthers' next possession.

But Washington's Marcellus Walker recovered a muffed punt at the Sierra 19, and McCurley hit Josh Williams in stride for a touchdown on the next play.

The Chieftains countered with a 65-yard drive, but settled for a Thomas Nolen field goal after first-and-goal at the 2.

The Panthers responded with touchdowns on their next three possessions in a 5-minute span to put the game away.

McCurley, who passed for 353 yards and five touchdowns in Washington's 49-7 win over Sierra on Oct. 16, was 10 of 14 for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

Linebacker Shane McCurley had 12 tackles and a sack.

Colton Zimmerman, who played every down as Sierra's quarterback, kick returner and safety, passed for 96 yards. Trevor Baker, another all-purpose player, rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Kingsburg 75, Kerman 0

Garrett Steele ran all over the Lions for 134 yards and five touchdowns for the No. 1 Vikings.

Kingsburg (11-0) led 30-0 after the first quarter and 44-0 at halftime. Tennessee-bound Tyler Bray completed 14 of 16 passes for 271 yards and three scores.

The Vikings will face No. 5 Exeter, a winner over Wasco, in the semifinals.

L.J. Sandoval completed 4 of 14 passes for 22 yards for No. 8 Kerman (6-6).


Corcoran 45, Mission Prep 15 Pete Armbruster scored four times and the No.1-seeded Panthers opened their quest for a championship with a resounding victory after a bye in the first round.

Corcoran advances to face No. 4 Woodlake, a team it beat 14-13 on Nov. 6. Woodlake beat Caruthers 24-17 on Wednesday.

Armbruster rushed for only 21 yards, but he scored on three 1-yard runs and a 50-yard fumble return. Austin Fugate also had a 17-yard touchdown run and Juan Ortiz kicked field goals of 27 and 33 yards.

The Panthers (9-2) bolted to a 42-7 halftime lead, and took advantage of nine turnovers by the eighth-seeded Royals (8-4). Ryan Luna intercepted three passes.

Kevin Laird scored both Mission Prep touchdowns on a 23-yard pass from Jedd Hasay and on a 20-yard run.

Liberty-Madera Ranchos 10, Lindsay 7 Justin Weldon's 37-yard field goal with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter lifted the No. 3 Hawks (7-4) into a semifinal matchup against Fowler.

Liberty ended the game inside the Cardinals 10-yard line and took a knee, assistant coach Chris Imperatice said.

Josh Garza scored the lone touchdown for Liberty, which outgained sixth-seeded Lindsay (8-5) 363 to 132 in total yards.

Fowler 42, Parlier 7 Luis Saldivar shredded the Panthers for 178 rushing yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, as the No. 2 Redcats (9-2) coasted.

Gustavo Hernandez led No. 7 Parlier (6-6) with 63 rushing yards and provided the Panthers' lone touchdown.


Orange Cove 42, Tranquillity 23 The No. 5 Titans proved that their Oct. 2 victory over the Tigers wasn't a fluke by knocking off the division's No. 1 seed.

Tranquillity beat Orange Cove 30-26 in last season's championship game.

Orange Cove backed up its 28-24 home win in a nonleague game with a dominating performance and will take on No. 2 Strathmore for the championship.

Strathmore 53, Mendota 20 Jesse Soria rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns, including a 72-yard scamper, as the No. 2 Spartans rolled into the Division VI final against Orange Cove.

Zack Purdin added a 34-yard touchdown run and a 50-yard kickoff return for a score for the Spartans (8-3), who rolled to a 33-2 halftime lead.