Highlights from some of the best Week 8 Central Section football games. Check Fresnobee.com every week during the season for scores and details from the action.
Buchanan High, which had tumbled to No. 14 in The Bee's Central Section rankings after three straight losses, rebounded Friday night with a 14-7 victory over No. 7 Clovis at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Buchanan (5-3, 1-2 Tri-River Athletic Conference) got out of the TRAC basement but needs help to contend for the title.
Kenny Castle rushed for 136 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown, to lead the Bears. Zach Umfress put Buchanan ahead on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Seth Moranda in the first quarter.
The Cougars (5-3, 2-1) were scoreless until Donell Vercher's 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Clovis still controls its hopes for at least a co-title.
Chris Brown rushed for 197 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Panthers (6-2, 2-1 County/Metro Athletic Conference) scored 39 unanswered points to rout the host Coyotes (3-5, 0-3).
After Madera went up 7-0 on its second possession, Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Brown's other four scores came on rushes.
Shane Martinez and Tevin Ivy rushed for two touchdowns apiece as the Patriots (3-5, 3-0) kept the North Yosemite League lead.
It was a game of runs. Hoover led 11-0 early before the Stallions (2-6, 2-1) came back with 25 straight points. The Patriots answered with a 30-0 run.
Isaias Bustos rushed for 124 yards and William Szpor passed for 107 and a touchdown as the Pirates notched their first NYL win.
Roberto Hawkins had 78 rushing yards for Fresno (1-7, 1-2), including an 18-yard touchdown run.
Reedley (4-4, 1-2) held Fresno to three second-half points.
John Di Tomaso booted a 37-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining to lift the Badgers (4-4, 3-0) past the host Redskins (5-3, 1-2).
Yosemite drove 78 yards in the final 4 minutes to set up the winning field goal.
Tony Castillo scored twice, including a 92-yard kickoff return to open the game, to propel the Lions (4-4, 1-2 NSL) past the Chieftains (2-6, 0-3).
Castillo also caught a 38-yard scoring pass from Marcus Montero, who threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns.
Montero also connected with Aldo Valencia on a 65-yard scoring play and found Jose Ayon for a 29-yard touchdown. Ayon finished with five catches for 115 yards.
The Panthers (2-6, 1-2 West Sequoia League) outscored the visiting Eagles 28-0 in the second half.
Matthew Garcia rushed 13 times for 170 yards for Parlier.
Tyler Krigbaum passed for 100 yards for Fresno Christian, but he was intercepted twice.
Prince York caught two touchdown passes and returned a fumble recovery 74 yards for another score as the Blue Raiders (7-1, 2-0) shut out the West Sequoia League rival Cowboys (2-6, 1-1).
Josh Gilmore tossed four touchdowns and recorded 198 yards passing in the win. York had 107 yards receiving on six catches.
Porterville High did what teams on the rise are supposed to do -- demolish opponents.
The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in The Bee's Central Section Top 20, beat city rival Granite Hills 62-9 Friday night to continue their unbeaten season.
Porterville (8-0, 6-0) has games left at Delano and home against longtime rival Monache in the regular season and appears on its way to the top seed in the section Division III playoffs.
Bruce Volaski scored three touchdowns and David Ali scored twice to help power the Panthers.
Granite Hills (4-5, 4-3), a Division V team this year, finishes the regular season next week at home against Tulare Western.
Vinny Carlos rushed for 73 yards and Jiovanni Mendez caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Adam Gamboa as the Cardinals (6-2, 2-0) upset The Bee's top-ranked Division V team in a showdown between East Sequoia League leaders.
Juan Cortes threw two touchdown passes for the Panthers (5-3, 2-1).
The Cardinals took the lead for good on a 3-yard touchdown run by Michael Hernandez in the third quarter.
The Pioneers (4-4, 3-1 West Yosemite League) shut out the Bullpups (6-3, 2-3) in the second half.
Mt. Whitney scored 22 straight points in the second half.
Jermal Clark scored three touchdowns for the Pioneers. Brayden Sanchez scored three times for Hanford, twice on kick returns.
Darius Chandler and Tyler Currier each ran for two touchdowns as the host Tigers (5-3) kept the Marauders (0-8) winless with a nonleague victory.
Seven of Lemoore's eight scores came on the ground. Chandler stood out with 156 yards on five carries, a 31.2 average.
Michael Halopoff scored the lone touchdown for Monache in the first quarter on a 2-yard run.
Darian Santaella connected with Martin Duarte twice in the second half for touchdowns as the Tigers (5-3, 4-2) held off the host Hawks (2-6, 2-4) in the East Yosemite League.
Santaella was 7 of 13 passing for 140 yards. With Delano down 13-7, he found Duarte for a 48-yard scoring pass play in the third quarter, then the two hooked up in the fourth for a 34-yard touchdown.
Duarte finished with 5 catches for 118 yards.
Mission Oak's Miguel Quinonez passed for 104 yards and a score, but was intercepted twice.
The North Sequoia League-leading Panthers (6-2, 3-0) routed the host Hawks (4-4, 1-2) behind quarterback Sean Stell, who passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns.
Yosemite stayed tied with Washington for the league lead by winning 24-21 at Chowchilla.
Dylan Jackson scored on a 6-yard run for Liberty.
Alfredo Muratalla ran seven times for 112 yards and two touchdowns to power the visiting Aztecs to an upset of the No. 2 team in Division VI in a nonleague game.
Mendota (3-5) took control from the start and built a 27 lead at halftime over Orange Cove (5-3).
Muratalla also threw one pass that went for 50 yards to Sergio Chavez for a touchdown.
Rafael Cervantes led the Aztecs in rushing with 7 carries for 132 yards, including a dash of 77 yards for a score.
The No. 20 Monarchs (7-1, 4-0 Central Sequoia League) cemented their position in The Bee's overall Top 20 with a rout of the visiting Bears (5-3, 2-2).
Exeter, which has won seven straight since a season-opening loss to Tehachapi, hosts Coalinga in a Week 9 showdown for the CSL lead.
Brian Alvarado rushed for 336 yards and five touchdowns and threw a 43-yard TD to lead the Horned Toads (7-2, 4-1) past the visiting Eagles (1-7, 0-4) in the CSL.
Alvarado carried the ball 30 times, scoring on runs of 54, 7, 2, 20 and 3 yards, and his touchdown pass to Austin Vierhus accounted for all his team's scoring.
Alvarado broke his own school single-game record for rushing yards, which he set earlier this season with 277 against Dinuba.
The Horned Toads' Todd Kanawyer completed 11 of 31 passes for 149 yards.
Immanuel's James Kawagoe had a 90-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard scoring run.
Garrett Steele threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others to power the Vikings (8-1, 4-1) past the Cavaliers (2-6, 0-4) in a CSL game.
Steele was 12 of 16 for 180 yards passing and rushed 17 times for 176 yards.
Central Valley Christian quarterback Josh Witschi kicked a 25-yard field goal and also tossed a 38-yard touchdown pass.
The host Redcats (7-1) secured a nonleague win over the Tigers (4-4) by blocking an extra point with 1:16 to go in the fourth quarter.
Jeremy Hudson rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns, as the Crusaders (3-5, 2-1) beat the visiting Warriors (2-4, 1-1) of Coalinga in the Central Sierra League 8-man game in Lemoore.
Hudson carried the ball 17 times. His scores came on runs of 13, 51, 49, 58 and 8 yards.
Kyle Hurt passed for only 57 yards, but two went for touchdowns. Desmond James had a 32-yard scoring catch and Daniel Salas one of 3 yards.
The highlight for Faith Christian was Daniel Rabaut's 69-yard kickoff return.
Garrett Young rushed for 337 yards and four touchdowns to lead the host Wildcats (4-2, 3-0 Central Sierra League). Young scored on runs of 71, 37, 57 and 24 yards.
Austin Whited had 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Ambassadors (3-1, 2-1).
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THURSDAY
Michael Baker completed 24 of 28 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns -- including a 44-yard strike to B.J. Kelley -- to lead No. 9 Central to a 54-34 win over No. 8 Clovis North in the Tri-River Athletic Conference.
Demetrius Warren rushed for 169 yards, and his third-quarter touchdown runs of 3 and 30 yards rallied Bullard past Sanger 24-14 in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.