High School Football

Sanger, Edison win classics as CMAC separates ‘Big 3’

The games of the night Friday in Central Section Week 8 high school football were both in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.

At Sanger, David Ayala kicked a 30-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to lift the host Apaches over Bullard 38-36.

At Madera, Edison rallied with a 41-point second half to win 62-48. McKinley Lee III had 25 carries for 318 yards, 486 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns for the Tigers (4-3, 2-0).

The Sanger-Bullard game was a mismatch on paper, but became an instant classic. The teams combined for 925 total yards, highlighted by Bullard running back Marcus Fulcher’s 32 carries for 237 yards.

Sanger scored two straight touchdowns for a 28-14 halftime lead and still led 35-21 in the third.

But Bullard scored 15 straight. Fulcher scored his third touchdown of the game with 2:16 left then ran for a two-point conversion to put Bullard ahead 36-35.

Sanger responded with a 12-play, 67-yard drive to set up Ayala’s heroics.

Bullard (1-6, 0-2) lost for the third time in games decided by five points or less. The Knights’ only win is a 37-35 victory over winless Clovis West on a late field goal.

Edison, Sanger (6-1, 2-0) and San Joaquin Memorial (7-0, 2-0, ranked No. 4 in The Bee’s section Top 10) are tied atop the CMAC.

Heartbreakers are starting to become too familiar with Madera (4-3, 0-2). Last week, the Coyotes lost 36-33 at Sanger.

Edison has the next two CMAC showdowns on its turf, Oct. 12 against Memorial and Oct. 19 against Sanger.