Below are highlights from some of the best Week 4 Central Section football games. Check Fresnobee.com every week during the season for scores and details from the action.
Clovis High established Friday night that it has a defense to be reckoned with.
The No. 20 Cougars, back in The Bee's Central Section Top 20 for the first time in several years, beat visiting No. 5 Sanger 10-7 in a nonleague showdown at Lamonica Stadium.
That's two wins in a row for the Cougars after a 36-6 loss to section No. 1 Centennial-Bakersfield.
Clovis was coming off a 6-0 upset victory last week at Stockdale and is now 3-2 heading into a bye week before beginning Tri-River Athletic Conference play.
It was Clovis' second straight victory over Sanger (3-1), which tumbled after a fast start against three Division II opponents.
The Apaches get back in the D-II mix next week when they play Reedley in the 97th renewal of their east-side rivalry.
Sophomore Roger Bik, pressed into duty because of injuries, scored the only touchdown of the game as the No. 7 Bears ran their record to 4-0 with a victory in Clovis.
The Tigers (0-4) blitzed the entire game, keeping pressure on Buchanan quarterback Seth Moranda, who had passed for nine touchdowns in the Bears' first three games.
Ernest Carter returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and also rushed for a score, and Michael Baker passed for two touchdowns to B.J. Kelly as the No. 8 Grizzlies (3-1) beat the Pirates (3-1).
Tajani Shephard returned an interception 104 yards for a touchdown for Central, which was without running back Robert Johnson. He is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion last week against El Diamante.
Jarel Newson rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns to help keep the host Warriors winless.
The Cougars (4-1) improved to 2-1 against Central Section opponents; they opened the season with a loss at Clovis and a victory against Sierra.
Roberto Hawkins had 86 rushing yards on 18 carries for Fresno (0-4).
Chandler Vargas rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and Andrew Evans added an 83-yard touchdown run to help the visiting Eagles win in Cambria for their first victory of the season.
Evans also caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Krigbaum as Fresno Christian (1-3) led 33-14 after three quarters.
Prince York returned two kicks for touchdowns and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Josh Gilmore as the Blue Raiders (4-0) remained undefeated.
York opened the scoring with a 68-yard kickoff return and capped it by returning a kick 59 yards to the end zone.
Ricky Hurt passed for 150 yards and a touchdown for Firebaugh (2-2) but also threw two interceptions.
Chad Neal rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns as visiting Chowchilla High overwhelmed Corcoran 26-0 Friday night in a battle between highly ranked small-school football teams.
Neal ran for touchdowns of 14, 8 and 25 yards before Brandon Beaton put the game away for the Redskins (4-1) with a 40-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter.
Chowchilla entered as the section's third-ranked team in Division IV, while Corcoran (3-2) came in No. 1 in D-V.
"It was a great night for our defense," Redskins coach John Henson said.
Andre Ramirez led the Panthers with 66 rushing yards.
The No. 4 Miners jumped into West Yosemite League play in a big way by routing their south town rivals at Community Stadium in Visalia.
Aaron Sing scored four touchdowns for El Diamante, including two passes from Brandon Jeffries.
Jermal Clark had an 84-yard kickoff return for Mt. Whitney.
The host Rangers (2-2) held on to beat the Tigers (2-2) in a WYL opener at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.
Redwood led 28-13 before Lemoore rallied with two late touchdowns.
K.C. Pearce and quarterback Joaquin Murillo hooked up on two long TD passes in the second half to help the Rangers take control.
The arm of Oscar Reyes and the legs of Xavier Stephens powered the Redskins past the visiting Grizzlies in the East Yosemite League.
Reyes completed 14 of 19 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns, as Tulare (3-1, 2-1) built a 35-0 lead at halftime. Stephens rushed 16 times for 167 yards and three scores, including a 68-yard run.
Anthony Sierra, who caught five passes for 144 yards, had touchdown receptions of 40 and 62 yards. William Stallworth also caught six passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Brandon Avalos had 14 carries for 131 yards and a score for the Grizzlies (1-4, 1-2).
Kevin Schofield rushed for 119 yards and a pair of 1-yard touchdowns, as the Broncos (3-1), ranked No. 2 in Division IV, handed the visiting Lions (3-1) their first loss in a nonleague game.
Kerman's Christopher Montero had 197 yards on 12 of 30 passing, but the Broncos intercepted him twice to keep the Lions off the scoreboard.
Alex Reeves returned one of the interceptions for a 15-yard score. And Ryan Yriarte's 21-pass to Jake Shelly capped the scoring.
The host Panthers (3-1) solidified their claim on the No. 1 ranking in Division IV by walloping the previously unbeaten Bears (3-1) in Easton.
Quarterback Sean Stell completed 13 of 21 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns. Deontay Greenberry caught six for 165 and two scores.
Yafett Thomas rushed for two touchdowns.
Washington jumped to a 21-0 lead and led 35-13 at halftime.
Panthers senior Carlos Flores had eight tackles, a sack, caused a fumble, had a pass deflection and was 8 of 9 on extra-point kicks.
For Selma, Jesus Mosqueda rushed for 76 yards and Anthony Caro scored two touchdowns.
Garrett Steele accounted for four touchdowns and the host Vikings stayed unbeaten at 5-0 with a win against the Emperors (0-4) in a Central Sequoia League opener.
Steele completed 10 of 20 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 14 times for 80 yards and a score of 23 yards. His touchdown passes were to Benton Bray (7 yards), Nick Mesa (11) and Nico Cantu (10). Taylor Abernathy also had a 63-yard touchdown run.
Dinuba's Andrew Garcia rushed for touchdowns of 2 and 9 yards.
Brian Alvarado rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns as the Horned Toads withstood a late Cavaliers rally in a Central Sequoia League opener at Coalinga.
Coalinga (4-1) led 28-7 entering the fourth quarter, only to watch CVC get to within a touchdown on Josh Witschi's 33-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Johnson.
Witschi finished with 167 passing yards and two scores for the Cavaliers (2-3).
The Monarchs (3-1) started CSL play with a romp in Reedley.
Bobby Watkins had 73 rushing yards and Kyle Melvin threw two touchdown passes to lead the host Hawks (3-2).
The Highlanders (2-3) were led by quarterback Johnny Phaxay, who threw two long touchdown passes to Chris Cooke and ran for another.
Khary Coleman's 2-yard touchdown run finally got the No. 6 Timberwolves (3-2) on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
Buhach Colony of the Sac-Joaquin Section improved to 5-0.
The host Wildcats picked up their first victory behind stout defense and Kevin Robinson's 110 receiving yards.
Jerrold Tanner had 83 rushing yards on 15 carries for Sunnyside (1-3), including a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Gavin Hamilton's 1-yard touchdown run with 3:34 remaining put the visiting Chieftans (1-3) ahead, and Sean Ryan sealed the victory with a late interception.
Hamilton, who also scored a 4-yard touchdown, finished with 79 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Matthew Garcia rushed 23 times for 129 yards for Parlier (1-3), including a 9-yard touchdown.
Oscar Diaz scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and kicked the extra point to give the host Cowboys the lead they never relinquished.
Jacob Arjona rushed for 112 yards to help the host Tigers repel the Trailblazers in a nonleague game.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THURSDAY
Eric Mendoza rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and Christian Ramirez ran for 169 yards and two scores as the Coyotes (3-2) defeated their city rivals in the Stadium Road Showdown on Thursday.
The Stallions (0-5) scored first on a 1-yard run by Manolo Pineda-Ibarra and the score was tied 14-14 at halftime before a 43-yard field goal by James Hill and two fumble recoveries by Tyler Bates deep in Madera South territory led to 17 unanswered Madera points in the third quarter.
The Coyotes scored on their final seven possessions while opening up their power running game with 407 yards on 54 carries. Ramirez has rushed for 940 yards and has scored 13 touchdowns this season.
Michael Forrester rushed for 218 yards -- including touchdowns of 30 and 61 yards -- as the Panthers (5-0, 3-0) remained unbeaten with their East Yosemite League victory Thursday against the Hawks (1-3, 1-1).
Michael Forrester rushed for 218 yards -- including touchdowns of 30 and 61 yards -- to lead No. 19 Porterville to a 24-14 East Yosemite League win over Mission Oak.
Jeremy Whigham scored on a 66-yard run and caught a 15-yard scoring pass to lead Roosevelt to a 28-0 nonleague win over Mendota. Whigham finished with 139 yards rushing to complement a124-yard effort by Victor Garcia.
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