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Week 2 Football Highlights

Below are highlights from some of the best Week 2 Central Section football games. Check every week during the season for scores and details from the action.

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Buchanan 41, Redwood 27

This one wasn't as close as the score made it seem as Seth Moranda overcame a shaky start to pass for four touchdowns for the No. 5 Bears (2-0) at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.

The Rangers (0-2), coming off a loss at top-ranked Centennial, intercepted Moranda's first pass and picked off the quarterback three times in the first half. But thanks to the Buchanan defense, Moranda kept getting additional chances and finished the first half with two touchdowns as the Bears built a 21-0 lead.

Buchanan led 35-0 before Redwood scored in the final minute of the third quarter.

Clovis North 49, Madera South 8

Chris Mariscal completed 14 of 17 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in leading the visiting Broncos to their first win.

Clovis North (1-2) scored 49 unanswered points after Manolo Pineda-Ibarra's 3-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion put the Stallions (0-3) ahead 8-0.

Memorial 40, Fresno 0

Jordan Stallworth caught a 36-yard scoring pass and took an interception back 26 yards for another score to help the host Panthers stay unbeaten with a win over their former North Yosemite League rival.

Chris Brown rushed 18 times for 199 yards and scored on a 49-yard run.

Strathmore 52, Fresno Christian 0

The Spartans spoiled the Eagles' debut on their new home field as Vince and Andrew Almanza combined for 102 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

The Eagles, for the first time in their 32-year history, played a home game on their own campus, but didn't come close to getting into the end zone.

Strathmore's defense held the Eagles to 36 total yards, including minus-4 rushing.

Caruthers 35, Tranquillity 7

Abraham Delgado rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, including one on a 30-yard interception return, to lead the host Blue Raiders (2-0).

Caruthers quarterback Josh Gilmore passed for 138 yards, including scoring strikes to Prince York and Joseph Torres.

Omar Florez had 71 rushing yards for Tranquillity, and Nicolas Orozco scored the Tigers' only touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Orange Cove 40, Parlier 0

Jessie Perez ran for three touchdowns to lead the 2-0 Titans at home.

Perez ran 17 times for 78 yards and scored on runs of 11, 17 and 2 yards.

Alvaro Rodriguez passed for 147 yards, including scoring tosses of 35 yards to Fabian Gonzalez and 22 yards to Gabriel Torres. Gonzalez also had a 15-yard touchdown run.

El Diamante 23, Frontier 20

El Diamante's Javi Lopez kicked a 31-yard field goal with 27 seconds left to hoist the Miners past Frontier 23-20 in a nonleague game Friday night in Visalia.

The back-and-forth struggle was expected: Frontier came in ranked No. 7 in The Bee's Top 20 after opening with a rout of South, while No. 10 El Diamante was coming off a 35-31 victory at Clovis North.

Sanger 28, Mt. Whitney 7

Connor Luallen rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Apaches leaned on a dominating ground game to win in Visalia.

Sanger (2-0) rushed for 300 yards on 58 carries, limiting the Pioneers (1-2) to two second-half possessions. Luallen scored from 1, 20 and 6 yards.

Chris Smith passed for 205 yards for Mt. Whitney, including a 19-yard touchdown to Dominic Lovero.

Golden West 27, Mission Oak 22

The Trailblazers, behind Angel Wirth's 171 yards rushing on 26 carries and two touchdowns, won on the road to even their record at 1-1.

Wirth scored Golden West's first two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 50 yards, as the Trailblazers broke to a 27-0 lead in the first half.

Exeter 40, Taft 0

Zach Vernon completed 6 of 10 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jacob Sertich, as the host Monarchs rolled.

AJ Tobias added 149 yards rushing on 19 attempts for Exeter (2-1). And kicker Andre Alvarez helped get the Monarchs going in the first quarter with two field goals.

Delano 57, Granite Hills 26

Zachary Paul Perigo rushed 14 times for 183 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Tigers in the East Yosemite League blowout at home.

Perigo scored on runs of 2, 48, 1 and 28 yards.

Granite Hills' Tello Guzman caught a 27-yard scoring pass and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score.

Teammate Brandon Avalos scored on a 1-yard and had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Kingsburg 34, Washington 33

Garrett Steele ran for three touchdowns, including a 62-yarder for the game-winner with 4:44 left at Kingsburg.

Steele, playing just his second game at quarterback for the No. 20 Vikings (3-0), rushed 26 times for 181 yards and completed 6 of 14 passes for 93 yards. He also scored on runs of 14 and 15 yards.

The Panthers (1-1) had taken a 33-27 lead with 5:33 left on the second touchdown of the game by Yaffet Thomas, a 2-yard burst.

Washington quarterback Sean Stell completed 16 of 25 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

Reedley 27, Sunnyside 6

Nathaniel Green had 101 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown, and William Szpor ran for a score and passed for another to carry the Pirates at home.

Jerrold Tanner led Sunnyside with a game-high 113 yards rushing on 16 carries and a touchdown.

Liberty-Madera Ranchos 21, Mendota 14

Anthony Baldwin rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and Kyle Melvin scored the game-winner from 2 yards out with 3:49 remaining.

The visiting Hawks (2-1) outscored Mendota (0-2) 14-0 in the fourth quarter.

Rafael Cervantes rushed 26 times for 155 yards and a touchdown for the Aztecs.

Kerman 33, Coalinga 23

The host Lions built a 19-point halftime lead and stayed unbeaten through two games.

Aldo Valencia rushed 16 times for 160 and scored on runs of 3, 12 and 38 and 41 yards.

Crespi-Encino 34, Clovis West 33

In only his third start, Kenny Stenhouse completed 35 of 45 passes for a school-record 424 yards to lead the host Celts.

Stenhouse passed for three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to Chris Harper with just over seven minutes remaining that proved to be decisive, as Clovis West (2-1) pulled to within a point on Patrick Elliott's 6-yard touchdown reception with five minutes left, but a botched snap on the extra point prevented the visiting Golden Eagles from tying the score.

Crespi's Devin Lucien had nine receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns of 40 and 32 yards.

The first half was a shootout, as Crespi's Stenhouse completed 18 of 24 for 234 yards and two touchdowns through two quarters, while Clovis West's Kendall Brock rushed for 109 yards on 10 carries, eventually finishing with 199 yards on 24 carries.

Crespi (2-1) had difficulty stopping Clovis West's misdirection offense, a shotgun version of the wing-T. But every time Clovis West delivered a blow, the Celts answered, though they never led in the first half and went into the locker room tied 21-21.

Fowler 37, Sierra 0

Francisco Hernandez rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns, and the Redcats limited the Chieftains to 141 total yards in a home victory.

Hernandez carried the ball only six times, but broke off scoring runs of 19 and 31 yards.

Kevin Magill also passed for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Joseph Elerick and a 20-yarder to Logan Porter. Connor Monis added a 4-yard touchdown run.

North Co. Christian-Atascadero 22, Clovis Christian 8

Tyler Roth rushed for 60 yards and Austin Boggin added 55 to lead the Crusaders in an eight-man game.

Matt Mejia scored the only touchdown for the Wildcats (1-2) on a 40-yard kickoff return.

Hanford West 13, Corcoran 6

Coach Daryl Beck was already contemplating overtime with his Huskies tied 6-6 against defending Central Section Division V champion Corcoran late in the fourth quarter Thursday. But defensive coordinator Chad Revious and Hanford West's defenders had other ideas.

Taking a cue from Revious, who had just told his unit to watch out for a screen, Hanford West defensive lineman Tyrone Truman intercepted Ryan Luna's pass and returned it 50 yards for the go-ahead score with 30 seconds remaining in the nonleague game.

"We were going over on the sideline what the rules were for overtime, and if we were going to get to go to overtime," Beck said. "But our defensive coordinator was on top of it. He told them to watch for the screen. We sat on it, and it worked out well for us."

Hanford West (2-1) had struck first with Anthony Porras' 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Corcoran, which had an 11-game winning streak snapped and fell to 2-1, tied the score at 6-6 on Andre Ramirez's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Madera 41, Yosemite 7

Christian Ramirez, the section's second-leading scorer, scored four times to run his touchdown total to six Thursday in the rout of the visiting Badgers.

Ramirez churned out scoring runs of 13, 29, 19 and 4 yards. Teammate Tyler Bates had an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown and Brad Rolff passed to Harley Glines for a 6-yard score.

The Coyotes (2-1) have won two straight since suffering a 53-14 setback to No. 5 Buchanan in the season opener. Yosemite fell to 1-2.

Tulare Western 22, Monache 13

Rudy Lujano passed for one touchdown and ran for another, as the Mustangs (1-1, 1-0) built a 15-point lead against the Marauders (0-2, 0-1) at home Thursday in the East Yosemite League opener for both teams.

Lujano passed for 135 yards and rushed for a team-leading 52 on 11 carries. In the third quarter, he hit Nathan Allen with a 10-yard touchdown strike and scored on a 22-yard run.

Tulare Western's Jake Grijalva added a 28-yard scoring run and William Cifuentez kicked a 33-yard field goal.

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