High School Sports

Total domination: Tulare and CVC each capture section titles with impressive showing

Tulare Union High repeated as Central Section Division II champs, defeating No. 3 Righetti 45-30 on Friday. Tribe senior Nathan Lamb, considered the best quarterback in Tulare Union history and with six college football offers, threw four of his six touchdowns during the second half.
Tulare Union High repeated as Central Section Division II champs, defeating No. 3 Righetti 45-30 on Friday. Tribe senior Nathan Lamb, considered the best quarterback in Tulare Union history and with six college football offers, threw four of his six touchdowns during the second half. Courtesy Tulare Union athletics

Make that back-to-back Central Section championships for Tulare Union High.

As well as another 13-0 mark.

In a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score might indicate, the top-seeded Tribe disposed of No. 3 Righetti en route a 45-30 victory Friday for the Division II title.

Tribe senior Nathan Lamb, considered the best quarterback in Tulare Union history and with six college football offers, threw four of his six touchdowns during the second half to cap his play against Central Section competition.

Tulare, which won its sixth football championship in school history, led by as many as 24 points and maintained a two-possession lead on Righetti (10-3) from the second quarter on.

Lamb and the Tribe will try to complete a perfect season when they continue in the regional playoffs.

Last year, Tulare Union, led then by star running back Kazmeir Allen, lost 76-43 to Serra San Mateo in the CIF State Division 2-AA Regional Finals.

D-IV

This time, there would be no overtime or late-game heroics.

This time, Central Valley Christian made sure the game was put away early and the outcome never in doubt.

In a rematch of last year’s Division IV title game, CVC avenged its championship loss to Golden West by punishing the Trailblazers the whole night in a 49-14 victory Friday.

The second-seeded Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-point lead and never let up in the second half, including three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, to dethrone the fourth-seeded Blazers.

CVC (11-2) captured its first title since 2005 and the fifth overall in program history.

Golden West (7-6) was coming off its first Valley championship when they beat CVC 27-21 in overtime of last year’s final.

CVC quarterback Eric Dragt scored in an array of ways while accounting for six touchdowns – catching a score, running in one, and throwing four TDs. He finished with 230 passing yards.

The Cavaliers now have won six straight games heading into the regionals.

Bryant-Jon Anteola: 559-441-6362, @Banteola_TheBee
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