High School Football

In only his second varsity game, Fresno High quarterback puts his stamp on NYL race

Quarterback Nathaniel Najera led Fresno High to a key North Yosemite League victory Friday night, Oct. 5, 2018 in just his second varsity game.
Quarterback Nathaniel Najera led Fresno High to a key North Yosemite League victory Friday night, Oct. 5, 2018 in just his second varsity game. mford@fresnobee.com

Fresno High is in charge of North Yosemite League football thanks to a newcomer.

Quarterback Nathaniel Najera accounted for two touchdowns, the second putting Fresno (3-4, 2-0) ahead for good in a 19-16 victory over Sunnyside (1-6, 1-1) Friday night at Sunnyside Stadium.

Najera threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Devon King for the only scoring in the first half.

Devon Jones took the first snap of the second half 60 yards to a touchdown and Sunnyside got a 2-point conversion for an 8-7 lead.

But Najera engineered a drive that culminated with his 3-yard touchdown run.

“Nate is really growing as a quarterback, making better decisions week-in and week-out,” Fresno coach Joe Marquez said. “This is only his second varsity football game so he is learning as he goes.”

Four teams are tied at 1-1 behind Fresno in the early NYL standings; the Warriors’ next test is Thursday against Reedley at Sunnyside. Elsewhere Friday in the NYL:

Hoover 35, Roosevelt 13 – The Patriots (1-6, 1-1) let the Rough Riders (5-2, 1-1) cut a 14-0 halftime lead to one point before finishing strong at McLane Stadium.

Reedley 41, McLane 21 – The host Pirates (3-4, 1-1) powered past the Highlanders (4-3, 0-2), opening a 41-7 halftime lead. Jairo Aguilar scored three touchdowns for Reedley.

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