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Week 0 Football Highlights

Box: Kingsburg 19, San Luis Obispo 15

Garrett Steele completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Abernathie on the game's final play to lift the visiting Vikings in a season opener Saturday.

Steele, subbing at quarterback for an injured Austin Bray, escaped pressure after nearly getting sacked in the end zone before getting his pass off to Abernathie, who was aided in his touchdown sprint when a San Luis Obispo player lost his footing.

The defending Central Section Division IV champion Vikings took their final possession with 17 seconds left. San Luis Obispo had taken a 15-13 lead with 5:20 to go on Gregg White's 33-yard field goal.

The back-and-forth contest also saw Kingsburg score on a 12-yard pass from Bray -- the younger brother of former Vikings star and current Tennessee Volunteer Tyler Bray -- to Nico Cantu and a 28-yard pass from Steele to Nick Mesa.

Steele, an All-Bee selection last season, rushed for 90 yards on 17 carries and completed five passes for 131 yards.

Box: Immanuel 40, Woodlake 17 Ben Fixel rushed for 115 yards and two scores as the Eagles pulled away from the Tigers at Reedley High on Saturday.

Immanuel quarterback Todd Kanawyer finished with a statistical anomaly, rushing five times for minus 1 yard with three touchdowns. He also completed 3 of 6 passes for 36 yards and a score.

Central 54, Paso Robles 25 Quarterback Mike Baker and wide receiver B.J. Kelley connected on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play, sophomore Michael Grimes rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns, and the sixth-ranked Grizzlies rolled at home.

Grimes scored all of his touchdowns (58, 15, 65, 70) in the second half and lineman Jordan Arias turned a spectacular, one-handed interception into a 25-yard score as Central ran away after leading 14-12 at halftime.

Robert Johnson rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns as the Grizzlies totaled 531 yards without nationally ranked running back Brendon Bigelow (knee) and avenged 55-42 and 44-7 losses in the past two seasons to the Bearcats of the Southern Section.

Box: Chowchilla 45, Fremont-Oakland 6 Chad Neal, Devin Gaines and Brandon Beaton scored two touchdowns each as the host and 18th-ranked Redskins methodically marched to a season-opening victory Friday night.

Neal had a team-best 85 rushing yards in the Redskins' ground-oriented, double-wing offense and provided the game's first score.

Gaines returned a fumble 28 yards for a score before running in from 4 yards out just before halftime to give Chowchilla a 30-0 lead at the break.

Corcoran 13, Liberty-Madera Ranchos 7 Marvin Lefridge's long touchdown run on a fourth-and-1 play from near midfield was the difference as the defending champion Panthers topped the Hawks in a rematch of last season's Division V final.

Ryan Luna's 5-yard touchdown run put Corcoran on the board late in the third quarter after Liberty took a 7-0 just before halftime on Anthony Baldwin's 5-yard run.

Hanford 49, Cesar Chavez 0 Robert Ortega accounted for four touchdowns -- three passing and one rushing -- to lead the Bullpups past the Titans.

Ortega threw touchdown passes of 31 yards to Brayden Sanchez, 43 yards to James Jones and 63 yards to Brandon Hudgins in the first half, and scored on a 21-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Box: Independence 21, Clovis North 19 Special teams cost the Broncos, as two missed extra points proved to be the difference in a loss to the Falcons.

Clovis North got 200 yards passing and two touchdowns from Chris Mariscal.

Porterville 48, Mt. Whitney 14

David Ali, Michael Clark and Michael Forrester all rushed for two touchdowns apiece as the Panthers tallied 559 yards against the Pioneers.

Laton 28, Riverdale 13 Jonathon Covian rushed for 234 yards to lead the Mustangs over the Cowboys in their annual Milk Can game.

Box: Buchanan 53, Madera 14

Buchanan, ranked No. 5 in The Bee's preseason Top 20, opened the football season Friday night by routing former Tri-River Athletic Conference rival Madera 53-14.

The visiting Bears zipped to a 22-0 lead and rolled over the Coyotes, who have moved to the County-Metro Athletic Conference.

Seth Moranda completed 17 of 27 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns to pace Buchanan. He also rushed eight times for 49 yards.

Austin Kemp was his favorite receiving target with four catches for 94 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown. Eight others caught passes for the Bears.

Buchanan also scored twice on special teams -- a 56-yard punt return by Brett Johnson to open the scoring and Kenny Castle's 93-yard kickoff return.

For Madera, Christian Ramirez rushed 17 times for 122 yards and two scores.

McLane 42, Delhi 0

There was no rain in the forecast, but Highlanders third-year coach Jeff Woods got soaked just the same.

Host McLane snapped a 30-game losing streak, handing Woods his first victory as head coach. Afterward, players poured a water cooler over his head in celebration.

"I took a bath ... but that was good," Woods said. "I have 30 seniors and some good leadership from them. This is the first hurdle in a 10-game season. We have a lot more goals. We want to make some noise in the North Yosemite League."

John Jones scored twice and Johnny Phaxay threw two passes for touchdowns.

On defense, Zevanta Goodman returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown and Rudy Herrera returned a fumble 45 yards for another score.

Box: Clovis 31, Golden Valley-Merced 12

Two quick turnovers in the third quarter led to 10 points as the host Cougars put the game out of reach.

Clovis defensive lineman Ryan Davies recovered a botched handoff deep in Golden Valley territory, and on the next play receiver Johnny Vietty threw a 27-yard option pass to a wide-open Bobby Grijalva for a touchdown to extend Clovis' lead to 21-6 with 7:42 left in the third quarter.

A fumble on GV's next possession set up a 35-yard field goal by Anthony Arcelus that gave Clovis a 24-6 lead with 3:25 left.

GV got within 24-12 but Clovis put the game away with a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by Isaac Burton's 23-yard touchdown run for his second score of the game.

Clovis had 403 yards of total offense. Sophomore running back Yoon Conner rushed for 108, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Porterville 48, Mt. Whitney 14

Host Porterville High built a 31-7 halftime lead on the strength of two touchdowns apiece by David Ali and Michael Forrester to beat visiting Mt. Whitney 48-14 on Friday night.

Box: Templeton 14, Central Valley Christian 0

The Eagles scored all their points in the first half and held the visiting Cavaliers to 104 yards in total offense in a dominating season-opening performance.

Brandon Dykstra rushed four times for 56 yards to pace CVC's ground game.

Box: Washington 27, Alisal-Salinas 13

The long, long trip for the season opener didn't take anything out of the Panthers, who recovered from giving up a touchdown on the opening kickoff.

Sean Stell, a senior transfer from Edison replacing Adam McCurley at quarterback, was 14 of 29 for 278 yards and two touchdowns.

His favorite target was Deontay Greenberry, a 6-foot-2 junior who caught seven passes for 188 yards.

Panthers senior Josh Williams caught two touchdown passes, one each from Stell and Greenberry.

And when the Trojans pulled within 20-13 in the fourth quarter, senior running back Yafett Thomas capped a clinching touchdown drive with a 1-yard run. He rushed 21 times for 87 yards.

Box: Long Beach Poly 42, Bakersfield 28

From 7:03 p.m. onward Thursday night, Bakersfield High played the state's No. 6 team to a standstill.

Too bad for the Drillers that the game started at 7 p.m. sharp.

Long Beach Poly out-gunned Bakersfield at Veterans Stadium behind five touchdown passes from Chaiyse Hales, three of them long ones to Richard Smith.

The Drillers tried a surprise pooch kickoff to start the game, but when Poly recovered it, Bakersfield committed a face-mask penalty. Next snap, and Hales found Smith for a 49-yard touchdown.

Then Poly's pooch kick pinballed between two Drillers and was recovered by Poly inside the 20. Next snap, Hales to Randall Goforth for another score. A pooch kick is a high, short kickoff designed to give the kicking team a chance to recover.

"It wasn't a breakdown," Bakersfield coach Paul Golla said. "It was a disaster."

And yet, BHS recovered, pulling within 28-14 in the last minute of the first half when Walter Hunt had runs of 53 and 26 yards within three snaps and then within 28-21 after a 16-play, 83-yard drive in the wing-T took up half of the third quarter. Fifteen of the plays were runs.

Bakersfield even got the ball back late in the third quarter with a chance to tie.

But Poly forced a punt, and then, on third-and-14, Hales hit Smith again, this time a 61-yarder right down the middle for a two-score lead.

Hales finished 15 of 24 for 309 yards and five touchdowns.

Smith had just three catches, but they went for 141 yards and three scores.

In all, Bakersfield lost the ball on three fumbles and a Brian Burrell interception.

"We're good," Golla said. "We're really good. But teams like [Poly], you can't get away with that. We played a great football team and we didn't get blown out, but we made last-year mistakes. And it's not last year anymore."

Hunt finished with 15 carries for 124 yards rushing; Silas Nacita had 10 for 62.

Burrell, who finished with 162 passing yards, 29 rushing and two total touchdowns, hit Brandon Johnson for a 29-yard touchdown with 2:52 left, and the Drillers recovered a late onside kick, but it was all too little, too late.

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