Clovis East breaks 27-game losing streak
Week 2 of the Central Section high school football season saw two remarkable results Friday night.
In Clovis, Clovis East ended a 27-game losing streak when it scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to beat visiting Will C. Wood-Vacaville 21-20 at Lamonica Stadium.
And at Sunnyside Stadium, Roosevelt improved to 2-0 under new coach Vince Branstetter with a five-overtime, 16-13 victory over Dos Palos. Jefferson Pavon Tobar’s field goal was the only score in the extra periods.
All but two of The Bee’s Top 10 won. Edison toppled No. 8 Clovis West 41-35 on Thursday night, and No. 2 Buchanan shut out No. 10 Bullard 31-0 on Friday night. Seven of the other eight Top 10 teams steamrolled opponents, with No. 7 Tulare Western the exception in a 35-28 win over Mt. Whitney.
Sanger rumbling – Apparently most ready to pounce on the Top 10 is Sanger, which improved to 2-0 with a 48-28 win at Hanford. The Apaches led 48-14 en route to their third straight win over Hanford. Orlando Douglas, Noel Collazo and Kosi Agina each scored two touchdowns for Sanger.
More on Clovis East – The Timberwolves knew they were close after falling 7-6 in the season-opener at Lemoore.
Ryan Hunt’s 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter put them ahead of Wood, and the defense did the rest.
The Timberwolves’ last win came on Sept. 25, 2015, a 62-12 victory over Overfelt-San Jose. Clovis East last beat a Central Section opponent Sept. 4, 2015, a 41-24 win over Redwood.
Highlight performances – Lemoore beat Chowchilla 43-18 behind Brandon Hargrove’s all-around night: eight carries for 104 yards and a touchdown, four receptions for 100 yards and a TD and a 47-yard interception return for a TD.
Tulare Western junior Tairyn Johnson had 307 yards (a school record, according to coach Ryan Rocha) and four TDs.