Highlights from the second round of Central Section football playoffs. Click here for all the Round 2 playoff results.
The visiting, seventh-seeded Broncos led by one at intermission but gave up 28 points in the second half to fall in D-II.
Rams running back Jalen Sykes shredded Clovis North (5-7) for 213 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard run, en route to setting four school records.
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Broncos quarterback Chris Mariscal completed 17 of 33 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Jon Pulido had eight catches for 125 yards, including touchdowns from 20 and 40 yards out.
Shawn Johnson rushed for 311 yards and three touchdowns as the second-seeded Golden Hawks pulled away in the second half for a D-I victory.
Johnson ran for scores of 61, 5 and 14 yards before catching a 7-yard pass from Cody Kessler, who threw for 171 yards and ran for 155 and two scores.
Seventh-seeded Central (8-4) made a game of it early, going ahead 7-0 on B.J. Kelley's 70-yard touchdown pass from Michael Baker. A 3-yard touchdown run by Michael Grimes put the Grizzlies ahead 13-7 before Centennial (10-1) answered with 21 straight points.
Baker passed for 276 yards and two scores for Central, which was outscored 28-12 in the second half.
The Bakersfield High defense put Clovis East behind the proverbial eight-ball. But it was the Drillers No. 8 that ultimately kept the Timberwolves there.
Brian Burrell rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns to lead the third-seeded Drillers past the No. 11 Timberwolves.
The senior quarterback also completed 5 of 10 passes for 78 yards and another score.
Bakersfield (9-2) forced five turnovers and allowed just one touchdown through three quarters.
Clovis East (4-8) briefly made a game of it early in the second quarter when Jerry Haymon faked a handoff and then bulled his way to an 11-yard touchdown. But the Drillers scored two touchdowns during the final 32 seconds of the first half to extend the lead to 25-7.
Haymon had a hand in three of the Timberwolves' four touchdowns and also rushed for a pair of two-point conversions. The multi-talented back finished with 105 yards rushing and passed for another 77.
"The kids played really hard," Clovis East coach Tim Murphy said. "But we can't come back against a team like Bakersfield when you fumble five times. You just can't."
Sean Stell completed 16 of 22 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers (9-2) blitzed the Bears (6-6) for the second time this season in Easton.
Second-seeded Washington hosts No. 3 Chowchilla in yet another rematch next week, this time in the D-IV semifinals. Washington beat Chowchilla 29-25 in Week 7.
The Panthers had beaten Selma 62-27 in Week 4. And when they took the opening kickoff 70 yards on six plays to score, it appeared another route was in order.
But after Kane Cooper scored to pull the Bears within 10-7, Washington fumbled to give the Bears the ball at the Washington 34. But the Panthers held on downs and scored three plays later on the first of Donald Phelps' three touchdowns, a 59-yard run.
From there, Washington pulled away.
Yafett Thomas (129 yards) and Phelps (101) gave the Panthers quick rushing bursts all night. Josh Williams was Stell's favorite target with eight catches for 112 yards.
Quarterback Jake Morales led Selma with 22 carries for 82 yards.
With its season on the line and the clocking ticking away Friday night in Visalia, Memorial High called a timeout to make sure the whole team knew how the Panthers wanted to attack -- giving it to its best receiver.
"We weren't really thinking about going anywhere else," Memorial coach Anthony Goston said.
So with 7 seconds left and 14 yards from scoring, quarterback Jordan Stallworth lofted the ball to the back, right corner of the end zone.
And receiver Johnny Johnson leaped, twisted his body and reeled in the winning catch as the Panthers beat host Redwood 21-20 in the quarterfinals of the Central Section Division II playoffs.
Memorial started its final drive around midfield after a long return. Three Stallworth runs out of a shotgun scramble ("Because everyone was covered," Goston said) brought the Panthers to the 14 and set up the winning pass.
The game was the last for Redwood coach John Yavasile, who announced before the season that he would retire. He went 156-91-4 in 22 seasons with the Rangers, who finished 8-4.
The game also was played without two of the better running backs in the Central Section. Memorial's Chris Brown missed the game because of a shoulder injury, and Redwood's Dillon Root suffered a lacerated kidney last week that ended his season.
Fifth-seeded Memorial advances to host No. 9 Lemoore in a semifinal next week.
Brent Farris passed for 378 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers rolled past the top-seeded Titans.
Lemoore scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter starting with Farris' 20-yard touchdown pass to Tim Smith.
A screen pass to Deandre Daise and a successful 2-point conversion to Tanner Silveira tied the game at 28-28 with 7:18 remaining.
After recovering a Titans' fumble on the ensuing drive, Lemoore took its first lead of the contest 35-28 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Darrius Chandler as the Tigers defense held on for the win.
"I bet you the whole section doubted us having any chance in this game," said Farris, who completed 19 of 27. "Our defense came out strong in the second half, and we just did what we had to do on offense to close out."
"Brent did a great job tonight," said Lemoore coach Shaun Ball. "He's made a lot of improvement over the year, and without him we wouldn't be where are."
Garrett Steele threw three touchdowns and the second-seeded Vikings didn't allow any points until the fourth quarter to eliminate the seventh-seeded Badgers.
Steele finished with 198 yards on 16-of-28 passing and 134 yards rushing on 17 carries. Two of Steele's touchdowns went to Benton Bray, who finished with seven catches for 90 yards.
Yosemite (6-6) didn't score until Kingsburg (10-1) owned a 35-point lead, on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Brad Rolff to Daniel Romero.
Bruce Volaski rushed for 171 yards and two long touchdowns for the top-seeded Panthers, who led 40-2 at halftime.
Brandon Dufelmeier gave Porterville (11-0) an early lead by returning a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown. A 32-yard touchdown run by Volaski then made it 14-0.
David Ali added a 61-yard touchdown run, and Courtland Duckworth caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Cody Henwood.
Ryan Yriarte threw three touchdown passes, all of which were 46 yards or more, during the Broncos' 35-point second quarter when they distanced themselves from the Rough Riders.
Yriarte finished with 243 yards and four touchdowns on 5-of-7 passing. Teammate Kevin Schofield finished with 174 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries as top-seeded Dos Palos (10-1) advanced into the semifinals.
Dos Palos, No. 3 in D-III in Cal-Hi Sports' South Region rankings for state bowl purposes, represents the Central Section's best chance of qualifying for the State CIF Bowl Championships next month.
And it's games like Friday that validate Dos Palos' dominance. By halftime, the Broncos led 49-14.
Devin Gaines scored two touchdowns and the third-seeded Redskins (8-3) made it stand up for a victory over the No. 6 Monarchs (8-3).
Gaines scored on a 40-yard run to give Chowchilla a 6-0 halftime lead, then caught a 24-yard pass from Stanley Williams in the third quarter.
Zach Vernon threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Alan Sanchez to bring Exeter within 12-7 in the third.
Exeter got the ball back on its own 49 with 5:08 to play and drove to the 19. Marcus Aguilar carried from there to the 4 but was stripped by Gaines, who also recovered the fumble.
Chowchilla ran out the final 1:54 to clinch the win.
Adam Gamboa's 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter lifted the second-seeded Cardinals (10-2) past the No. 6 Hawks (6-6) of Madera Ranchos.
Liberty led 14-10 in the third quarter after Kyle Melvin scored on a 41-yard run. But Lindsay cut into the lead when Miguel Gomez made a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth.
Lindsay got two crucial plays just before halftime: Jiovanni Mendez had an interception with 15 seconds remaining that set up Alex Velasquez's 66-yard touchdown reception from Gamboa on the final play of the half.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEDNESDAY
Brian Alvarado rushed for three TDs and a 2-point conversion as fifth-seeded Coalinga held on to beat fourth-seeded Wasco 28-26 in a Division IV quarterfinal.
Five weeks after losing 43-14 at home to Mendota in a nonleague game, Orange Cove forced six turnovers, the last on Angel Aceves' second interception with 40 seconds remaining, and received 103 yards rushing from Jesse Perez to beat the Aztecs 15-14 in a D-VI semi.