Check out Quali Conley’s 57-yard touchdown run for Central High
Defense was the key Friday night for the Central High football team.
Oh, yeah, the Grizzlies can still score in bunches, too.
Jekob Jones had a pick-6 that went for 70 yards in the first quarter as The Bee’s top-ranked team rolled past No. 8 Edison 47-12 in a Central Section high school football season-opener for both teams at Koligian Stadium.
“We played a complete game,” Central coach Kyle Biggs said. “We took advantage of some situations and our offense played great after the first drive. We were opportunistic and got some turnovers and gave the offense a short field and we were able to take advantage. It was a complete team win.”
How did the offense look without quarterback Trent Tompkins? All he did was set section records as three-year starter.
Just the same as before. Points after points.
The Grizzlies scored 26 in the first half. Edison transfer Jameson Silva got the start at QB and completed 13 of 20 for 148 yards and three touchdowns against his former team.
Quali Conley got the scoring going for Central with a 57-yard run in the first quarter.
It was 13-6 when Jones put a charge into the Grizzlies. Shando Lopez tipped a pass by Ian Miller and Jones returned the interception.
Jones had an 8-yard run in the second quarter as the offense rolled up 281 yards in the first half to Edison’s 91.
“My team did an amazing job to give me opportunities,” Jones said. “The team did a great job and the offense ... both sides of the ball did great.”
Kingsburg upsets Memorial
Kingsburg kicker Brian Jimenez made a 33-yard field goal with 1:53 remaining and the No. 23 Vikings forced a turnover on downs to finish a 17-14 win at No. 4 San Joaquin Memorial.
“Our defense played well all night,” Kingsburg coach David Wilson said. “Our goal was to take away what they did well, which was throw the ball, and we did that. Our secondary rose to the occasion and played big all night.”
Wilson said he never had any doubt that his team could come out on top. He trusted his players and they responded.
“I told our players to enjoy it,” he said. “This was something we believed we could do. It’s a great bunch of boys. Now on to next week” when the Vikings play at Washington Union, a 42-14 winner on Week 1 at Madera.
Clovis West wins at Central Catholic
Clovis West went on the road and beat Central Catholic-Modesto 26-22 in coach Tim Randall’s debut. Central Catholic was ranked No. 2 in the Sac-Joaquin Section behind Folsom and No. 25 in the state by MaxPreps.
Last year, Central Catholic came to Clovis and beat the Golden Eagles 21-0 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
This time, Brandon Wafer scored three touchdowns for Clovis West including a 50-yard run and a kickoff return both in the second half.
The Golden Eagles won it on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 6.6 seconds left by Bradley Senneway to wide receiver Isaiah Howard.
“He did a great job carrying the ball,” Randall said of Wafer. “His pass protection was fantastic as well. He’s really improved in that area and helps us gets better.”
The other two Clovis Unified schools in action Friday night opened with shutouts: Clovis North beat Pitman-Turlock 34-0 and Clovis East beat Lemoore 35-0.
Quarterback Trenton Luera had a big night in Mike Jacot’s Clovis North coaching debut. Luera was 14 of 17 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns and added 28 yards and two TDs rushing.
Buchanan and Clovis are in action Saturday night.
Lopsided rivalry results
Reedley scored first.
But Sanger rolled to victory.
The Apaches beat the Pirates 49-6 in the 106th renewal of their eastern Fresno County rivalry. Sanger leads the series 71-33-2.
The Apaches have surrendered no more than seven points against Reedley in any of the past 12 meetings.
Meanwhile, Hanford blasted city rival Hanford West 79-0. Hanford leads the series 13-3.
It was much closer in Los Banos, where Dos Palos beat the host Tigers 40-35 to win the Westside War for the first time in eight years. Dos Palos leads the series 43-32-6.