Sophomore quarterback Trent Tompkins fired three first-half downfield strikes, the first two setting up short touchdown runs and the latter going 75yards for another score, as Central blew out to a big lead en route to a 38-0 victory Friday over Central Section top-ranked Liberty-Bakersfield.
Tompkins hit Kev’vion Schrubb in stride down the middle with 1 minute, 43 seconds to go until halftime and the Grizzlies – ranked 12th in the section by The Bee – took their 24-0 edge into the locker room.
Matthew Mendoza, as part of a three-touchdown night, finished off two first-quarter scoring drives. Both came after long Tompkins passes – the first for 37 yards to Jacob Torrez. Tompkins was just 6-of-13 passing in the half but threw for 185 yards as Central built a 286-48 edge in total yardage through two quarters.
Jaylon Johnson’s interception led to Tiago Paim’s 39-yard field goal that made it 17-0. The Patriots’ longest play from scrimmage in the first half was 8 yards, on the final play.
Central (2-1), which did have leading rusher Diotry Brewer exit with an injury in the second half, won its second straight under first-year coach Kyle Biggs after losing its opener 24-3 to currently fifth-ranked Bullard.
Mendoza added his third short TD run to make it 31-0 with 52 seconds left in the third quarter. Tompkins, with the big lead, threw 50 yards to Torrez to make it 38-0 and trigger a running clock for the final 8 minutes.
Tompkins finished 12 of 24 for 281 yards. Torrez caught three passes for 108 yards and Schrubb three for 91.
Liberty (2-1) had survived a couple of close calls against top 10 teams to start the season, beating preseason No. 1 Clovis West 28-24 and Ridgeview 20-13. But in this one the Patriots never got within the Central 30-yard line.
Jordan Huddleston returned a second-quarter kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, answering a one-play Tigers scoring drive, as the No. 4 Bears rolled up 35 first-half points and moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2010.
The Tigers (0-3) were still within 13 at halftime, but Nolan LeForge’s 22-yard run on Buchanan’s opening series of the second half made it 42-22.
LeForge and Vinny Ortiz each had a pair of touchdowns on the ground, with the first of Ortiz’s set up by a Logan Fogg punt block.
Senior Brent Bailey threw two first-half touchdown passes and ran for a 25-yard score that put the game out of reach as the No. 9 Broncos (2-1) won in Atwater.
Bailey’s run made it 49-22 .
Jordan Ayerza and David Akande each rushed for two TDs for Clovis North. The Broncos are averaging 35.3 points per game.
The 11th-ranked Apaches (3-0) had little trouble, enjoying a 503-183 advantage in total offense, while Christian Graney rushed for two scores and also scored on a 50-yard pass from Jacob Tijerina.
Andrew Azua and Miguel Garcia both topped 100 yards rushing for Sanger, while Graney ran five times for 55 yards. The Timberwolves are 0-3 while being outscored 140-47.
At 2-0, the Huskies were fresh off their first consecutive wins to start a season since 2009. But their short winning streak was dashed by the No. 14 Panthers.
Memorial (3-0), second-ranked in Division III, rolled to the blowout win in its home opener, as running back Dashawn Holliman ran for five rushing touchdowns against the Huskies.
With his team already ahead 7-6, the 6-foot, 240-pound junior bulldozed his way into the end zone for three unanswered scores in the second quarter.
Holliman started the onslaught with a 24-yard touchdown run, added a 25-yard scamper and then another from 16 yards out for a 28-6 halftime lead.
Memorial’s special teams also lent a hand. The Huskies fumbled the kickoff after the second touchdown, with kicker Luis Pelayo recovering to set up the final drive of the half.
Holliman finishing the game with 154 yards on 16 carries.
Hanford West senior lineman David Houston went down with an injury in the third quarter and was taken off the field by ambulance. Huskies coach Mark Stanley was “cautiously optimistic,” saying Houston was moving his hands and arms while being looked at by trainers, though his condition was not immediately known.
Houston raised his left fist to the crowd while being loaded into the ambulance.
Junior Ramirez passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead the No. 18 Bears (3-0) past the Pirates (0-3) in Reedley.
Selma capitalized on big plays, jumping to a 22-0 lead after the first quarter on Ramirez’s 60-yard scoring pass to Sergio Pena, Jordan Dominguez’s 40-yard TD run and Ramirez’s 6-yard run.
The D-IV top-ranked Bears tacked on a 48-yard TD run by Rudy Rodriguez and a 60-yard punt return by Joel Aranda before Ramirez ran 26 yards for a score with less than three minutes left in the first half, making it 42-0.
Ramirez was 4-of-6 passing for 111 yards and had four carries for 34 yards. Dominguez was the game’s leading rusher with 89 yards.
For Reedley, Angel Curtis rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Selma is off to its first 3-0 start since 2011.
Frankie Ayon threw five touchdown passes and had an interception to lead the No. 16 Rangers (3-0) past the No. 17 Tribe (2-1) in Visalia.
Redwood led 43-15 early in the third quarter before Tulare rallied behind Nathan Lamb, who rushed for two scores and threw a touchdown pass in the comeback.
Cooper Allen kicked a 35-yard field goal for the Rangers to help seal the win.
Jonah Johnson accounted for five touchdowns and 337 total yards as the visiting Stallions rolled at McLane Stadium.
Johnson ran in from 17 yards and 1 yard and threw scoring strikes of 45, 27 and 49 yards as the Patriots (0-3) remained in search of their first victory. Johnson finished 10 of 18 for 258 yards.
Hoover took a 7-0 lead and scored again on its second drive. But Madera South defensive back Isaiah Williams picked off a pass with Hoover 5 yards from scoring again and the Stallions rattled off 29 straight points.
Patriots quarterback Jose Medina completed 14 of 19 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown. He left midway through the fourth quarter with an arm injury.
Fabian Jasso caught two passes for touchdowns, and Erick Segura and Mikey Medina each ran in a score as the D-V top-ranked Aztecs (3-0) rolled past the Rough Riders (0-3).
The visiting Bullups (1-2) got two touchdowns from Jordan Perryman to beat the host Coyotes (0-3).
It was Hanford’s first win since losing quarterback Ryan Johnson, last year’s Bee Player of the Year for the state champions, to a season-ending knee injury.
Dakota Torres scored a touchdown for Madera and caught an 80-yard pass from Elijah Hernandez to put the Coyotes in position to attempt a comeback trailing 20-7.
But Hanford forced a turnover on downs and Leonard Glass’ 31-yard scoring run iced the victory.
Bo Jackson rushed 36 times for 189 yards and Anthony Sierra threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, lifting the host Vikings (1-1) past the Panthers (0-3).
Noah Beukers had 14 rushes for 90 yards, and Devontae Massey and Victor Nava hooked up for a TD pass and 2-point conversion with 15 seconds left in the first half to highlight Washington’s night.
Shane Maldonado scored three times to lead the Chieftains (2-0) past the Redcats (1-2) on the road.
Maldonado sealed the win for Sierra when he scored from 18 yards out in the fourth quarter for a 27-12 lead. He finished with 15 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns had a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Fowler senior Victorio Jimenez caught 10 passes for 111 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown reception with 5 seconds left in the first half that pulled the Redcats within 20-12.
Sophomore Cody Woolsey rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another to tight end Bernardo Bustillos as the Redskins (2-0), second-ranked in D-IV, bolted to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter against the Eagles (0-2).
Senior running back Ronnie Reyes added the final score on the ground, while the defense sealed the shutout with a pair of takeaways on a forced fumble and recovery and interception.
The Cougars (2-1), No. 6 in The Modesto Bee’s regional small-school rankings, blocked a third-quarter extra-point kick by the visiting Hawks (0-3) and neither team scored again.
The Miners didn’t allow a score until the final six minutes while downing the Marauders.
It was El Diamante’s first win after a pair of blowout losses to Top 20 teams – 28-7 to Tulare Western and 42-7 to Tulare. Monache fell to 1-2.
The Horned Toads raced to a 21-6 lead and rolled past the Lions.
Jaden Jimenez rushed 20 times for 116 yards and a 4-yard score in the second quarter for Coalinga (2-1). Quarterback Jimmy Juarez completed 14 of 23 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Kerman fell to 1-2.
The visiting Golden Bears (2-1), ranked No. 2 in Division VI, got 177 yards and four rushing touchdowns from Phillips Jackson in a win over the Cowboys (2-1).
Quarterback Miguel Wharton added 93 yards rushing as Sierra Pacific totaled 333 on the ground.
For Riverdale, JP Sanchez had 21 carries for 117 yards and a TD.
The Panthers (1-1) allowed 22 straight unanswered points while losing a 24-9 lead in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats (2-1) completed a furious rally.
Braden Wingle completed his first 14 passes and finished 18 of 20 for 282 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles (2-1) beat the Hawks (1-2).
Jose Palomera ran for a touchdown and Bryan Gomez connected with Seth Logan for Mission Oak’s other score.
JJ Lino passed for four touchdowns and Connor Paden had an all-around game rushing and receiving to lead the Cavaliers (2-1) past the Cardinals (1-2) in Visalia.
Jared Gilmore connected with Imanol Arredondo and Payton Fox for touchdown passes spanning the second and third quarters to spark the Blue Raiders (2-0) on a run of 30 consecutive points against the Badgers (2-1).
Victor Echevarria rushed for a pair of short touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while Alex Puga ran 24 times for 130 yards.
The Buccaneers (2-1) won their home opener, scoring in the closing seconds to stun the winless Panthers.
The roundup is compiled from reports by Bee staff writers Bryant-Jon Anteola and Angel Moreno and local schools. Coaches: to include your results, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This story will be updated.
How The Bee’s Top 20 fared
1. Liberty-Bakersfield l. to No. 12 Central 38-0
2. Clovis d. No. 5 Bullard 35-28
3. Bakersfield, idle
4. Buchanan d. Lemoore 56-30
5. Bullard l. to No. 2 Clovis 35-28
6. Clovis West d. No. 8 Edison 26-20
7. Ridgeview d. Frontier 41-20
8. Edison l. to No. 6 Clovis West 26-20
9. Clovis North d. Buhach Colony-Atwater 56-29
10. Stockdale d. Atascadero 28-14
11. Sanger d. Clovis East 58-13
12. Central d. No. 1 Liberty 38-0
13. Tulare Western, idle
14. Memorial 49, Hanford West 19
15. Dinuba, idle
16. Redwood d. No. 17 Tulare 46-35
17. Tulare l. to No. 16 Redwood 46-35
18. Selma d. Reedley 42-7
19. Fresno, idle
20. Centennial d. Golden Valley-Bakersfield 31-10