High School Football

Best of Week 9: Nail-biter in TRAC; Memorial eyes CMAC title; late heroics for Parlier, Dos Palos

A high school football rankings showdown Friday night in Clovis didn’t disappoint.

Buchanan, No. 3 in The Bee’s Central Section Top 25, and No. 8 Clovis put on a show for the fans at Lamonica Stadium.

It looked like Clovis was going to run away with the Tri-River Athletic Conference game taking a 13-0 early lead.

Not so fast, said Buchanan’s Georgia-bound running back Kendall Milton.

Milton scored three touchdowns and Stephen Shelley had a 37-yard touchdown reception from Ian Kirby with 3:48 remaining as the Bears beat the Cougars 27-20.

Clovis tied the game at 20 on Isaiah Robles’ 22-yard touchdown pass to Grant Lake with about 7 minutes remaining..

Milton scored two of his three touchdowns in the first half.

Buchanan (5-3, 2-1 TRAC) jumped alone into second place in the TRAC. Its only league loss is to top-ranked Central, which routed No. 24 Clovis North 65-7 to stay unbeaten.

Clovis fell into a 1-2 tie with Clovis North, Clovis East and Clovis West. Clovis East got its first TRAC win by beating Clovis West 28-14.

Memorial takes control in CMAC

It was a battle of undefeated teams in the County/Metro Athletic Conference between No. 7 San Joaquin Memorial and Edison. Both came into Friday 2-0 in the CMAC.

But Memorial left little doubt which team is superior, jumping to a 28-7 halftime lead capped by Jalen McMillan’s touchdown reception and coasting to a 49-7 victory.

Memorial (7-1, 3-0) will host Madera on Oct. 25, looking to clinch a tie for the CMAC title. In two weeks, the Panthers visit No. 12 Sanger in the conference finale.

The Apaches (6-2, 2-1) kept pace with a 42-0 victory over Madera South, and No. 4 Bullard (6-2, 2-1) eased past Madera 24-3.

NYL: Sunnyside, Reedley in control

Sunnyside beat Hoover 22-9 and Reedley defeated Fresno 51-7 to send both teams to 3-0 in the North Yosemite League. They play Halloween night at Sunnyside.

NSL showdown looming

Washington Union and Liberty-Madera Ranchos lit up the scoreboard in Easton with Washington Union winning 49-30 to set up a North Sequoia League showdown.

The Panthers (7-1, 2-0 NSL) travel to Oakhurst next week to play Yosemite (8-0, 3-0), which did its part by beating Chowchilla 35-28.

Both programs are getting up off the deck after finishing 1-3 (Washington Union) and 0-4 (Yosemite) in the NSL last year.

Washington Union’s only loss this year is 19-13 to No. 6 Kingsburg. And the Panthers’ resume includes a 42-32 win over Selma.

CSL rivals on collision course

Kingsburg (8-0, 3-0 Central Sequoia League) and Selma (7-1, 3-0) each stayed on course for an all-the-marbles CSL meeting in their Nov. 1 rivalry game, Kingsburg beating Dinuba 25-3 and Selma routing Exeter 58-18. In that game, Zach Zarate scored three touchdowns for Selma.

There’s already plenty on the line in the 87th Kingsburg-Selma game. Kingsburg leads the series 48-36-2.

A 2-point conversion seals it for Parlier

Trailing 28-21, Parlier scored a touchdown as time expired.

An extra point would send the game into overtime.

But Parlier elected to try for two points and successfully converted for a 29-28 victory over Fowler in a West Sequoia League game.

Parlier’s last victory over Fowler came in 2004 when the Panthers won 26-13.

Dos Palos in a thriller, too

Dos Palos got a 65-yard touchdowon pass from Trent Calvert to Tyree Martin and a two-point run by Ryan Ramirez to force overtime, shut out Firebaugh in its extra possession and scored on Calvert’s 7-yard pass to Ramirez for a 34-28 victory.

Dos Palos (7-1, 3-0 West Sierra League) has already beaten its top WSL pursuers, Coalinga and Mendota.

Hanford hands Redwood first loss

No. 10 Hanford took control of the West Yosemite League after a 36-20 victory over No. 5 Redwood at Neighbor Bowl on Thursday.

The Bullpups led 17-0 at halftime and never looked back to improve to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the WYL. The Rangers fell to 7-1 and 2-1.

Hanford quarterback Juaron Watts-Brown had his fingerprints on the win with a passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, agalaviz_TheBee

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.