That chomp you heard Friday night from Tom Flores Stadium was the Clovis East High Timberwolves taking a bite out of Central Section football.
One week after ending the program’s 27-game losing streak, Clovis East got its first win against Central Section competition in nearly three years in impressive fashion, 14-8 at Sanger.
The Apaches had started the season 2-0 and debuted in The Bee’s section Top 10 at No. 9.
Clovis East is now 2-1, too. The Timberwolves almost got there in Week 1 but lost at Lemoore 7-6. Then they beat Wood-Vacaville 21-20. Both of those teams are 2-1.
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Then Clovis East got past Sanger for its first win against a section opponent since it beat Redwood on Sept. 4, 2015.
Ryan Hunt was a big reason for the win, rushing 48 times for 277 yards and the first score of the game.
But Sanger led 8-6 at halftime after a goal-line stand by its defense followed by a quick drive capped by David Ayala’s 46-yard touchdown run and 2-point run.
The Timberwolves mounted a 96-yard drive for the winning touchdown (Elais Mart’s 11-yard run) with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter and made it stand up.
No. 1 Central rolls – Central, The Bee’s No. 1 team, flexed its muscles in suburban Sacramento with a 49-10 win over Whitney-Rocklin. Trent Tompkins passed for 382 yards and five touchdowns, two to Jeremiah Hunter, and Milton Clements had two scores including a 90-yard kickoff return.
No. 2 Buchanan rocks – Jalen Cropper ran 55 yards on his first carry for the first touchdown, Kendall Milton scored twice and No. 2 Buchanan eased past Edison 45-6.
Both teams hit the road Sept. 7 when Central goes to Paso Robles and Buchanan plays at No. 4 Liberty-Bakersfield.
Oh, and the Central-Buchanan showdown in the Tri-River Athletic Conference is Sept. 28 at Central.