High School Football

Madera, Bullard enjoy exciting finishes. Memorial overcomes Clovis East

Memorial comes back to win against much improved Clovis East

Memorial's defense stepped up in the second half while the offense scored 21 unanswered points for a fourth quarter comeback win against the Timberwolves at San Joaquin Memorial High School on Friday.
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Memorial's defense stepped up in the second half while the offense scored 21 unanswered points for a fourth quarter comeback win against the Timberwolves at San Joaquin Memorial High School on Friday.

Week 5 of the Central Section high school football season saw the top teams dominate while those in the middle produced some epic games.

In Selma, Madera and the host Bears went double-overtime before the Coyotes won 57-55. Madera quarterback Colt Nelson had the game of the night, completing 23 of 35 passes for 374 yards and seven touchdowns.

Bullard beat Clovis West 37-35 on Cameron Simon’s winning 35-yard field goal in the final seconds.

And in Bakersfield, Clovis North rallied for a late touchdown to force overtime only to fall to Ridgeview 20-14.

Central, No. 1 in The Bee’s section Top 10 rankings, routed Turlock 54-14. The Grizzlies (5-0) get a bye next week before a showdown with No. 2 Buchanan on Sept. 28 in a Tri-River Athletic Conference opener. Grizzlies QB Trent Tompkins completed 21 of 32 for 412 yards and seven TDs.

Buchanan had its bye Friday night ahead of a game at home next Friday against national power De La Salle-Concord.

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No. 4 San Joaquin Memorial also moved to 5-0, rallying after up-and-coming Clovis East took a 21-0 lead for a 28-21 win. The key for the Panthers was bottling up outstanding Clovis East running back Ryan Hunt after a big first half.

Clovis had jumped to No. 6 in the rankings but No. 5 Liberty-Bakersfield set the Cougars back with a 48-10 win.

Nathan Lamb tied a school record by throwing for seven touchdowns as No. 7 Tulare Union beat Lemoore 49-0 for its 21st consecutive regular-season win. Lamb’s first pass was incomplete, then he completed his last 15 for 225 yards.

McLane won its fourth straight, beating Yosemite 42-13 in coach JD Burnett’s “homecoming” game. Burnett is a former Yosemite star who coached the Badgers the past three seasons.

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