Nyric Hinton scored on runs of 32 and 21 yards as Fresno High bolted to a 21-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 24-0 victory at Reedley on Friday night to move into sole possession of first place in the North Yosemite League.
Hinton, coming off 223- and 247-yard performances in wins over Sunnyside (40-34, overtime) and Hoover (35-23), carried 14 times for 135 yards.
Khory Day completed 7 of 10 passes for 117 yards and a score for the Central Section’s 19th-ranked Warriors (7-1, 3-0), who will play at McLane on Thursday.
Fresno is seeking its 27th league title, according to section historian Bob Barnett, but its first since 2007 and third since 1971. The Warriors won their first league crown in 1921.
Keanu Garcia rushed for 55 yards for Reedley (2-5, 2-1).
The Knights (6-1, 3-0 County/Metro Athletic Conference) lived up to their new spot atop The Bee’s rankings on their homecoming night, blowing out the Panthers (6-1, 2-1) at Chukchansi Park behind four touchdowns from Markelle Raymond.
Bullard got going early on both sides of the ball, with Raymond hauling in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jack Taylor and Cameron Lamanuzzi returning an interception 15 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Taylor connected with Charles Williams on a 7-yard scoring pass for a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, Williams added a 20-yard rushing touchdown and Taylor hit Raymond on a 66-yard touchdown that made it 35-7 at halftime.
Raymond added scoring runs of 30 and 31 yards in the second half. Jawan Hammon (fumble recovery in the end zone) and Natrone Todd (1-yard run) also scored touchdowns for the Knights.
Michael Alvarez scored both of Memorial’s touchdowns.
Jayson Lee punched in a touchdown from 2 yards out with less than two minutes on the clock as the Broncos (5-2, 3-0) beat the Grizzlies (2-6,1-2) at Deran Koligian Stadium for the first time in school history.
The Broncos’ perfect record in the Tri-River Athletic Conference was threatened late when Central quarterback Nick Szpor connected with Malik White for a 21-yard touchdown that put the Grizzlies ahead 20-16 with 4:21 remaining. Szpor was 13 of 24 passing for 186 yards and two TDs.
Clovis North stormed back on the heels of their star running back, as Lee broke free for a 54-yard run to put his team in the red zone before his winning plunge. Lee finished 170 yards rushing on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Kicker Chase Mauer made two 25-yard field goals and both extra-point attempts.
The Golden Eagles (4-3, 1-2) reversed their two-game skid in the TRAC by beating Clovis East (3-5, 0-3) at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Running back Kahlil Harshaw powered the Clovis West offense with three rushing TDs and quarterback Adrian Martinez ran in two more, including an 81-yarder in the first quarter.
Clovis East quarterback Trey Semien passed for two touchdowns and running back Marcus Washington rushed for two scores.
Isaiah Hilliard rushed 35 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns – carrying on all 10 of his team’s plays in a second-half scoring drive – as the Apaches (7-1, 3-0) beat the Coyotes (4-3, 0-3) in a CMAC game at Memorial Stadium.
Michael Castillo completed scoring passes of 27 yards to Andrew Azua and 31 to Kyle Frederick for Sanger, which will oppose Bullard for the league lead on Thursday at McLane Stadium.
Meanwhile, Madera coach Bonner Cunnings has been suspended for the season, district athletic director Marty Bitter said. The district and the Madera Police Department are investigating Cunnings, who allegedly struck a Coyotes junior varsity player two weeks ago.
Bitter said Cunnings also won’t return to the school as a physical education teacher this academic year.
Bitter didn’t say if the move will be permanent: “Being a personnel issue, I can’t say any more. That’s a district decision while the investigation is ongoing.”
Bitter said Madera 10-year assistant Dion Cordero will be the interim coach until “further notice.”
Ryan Johnson threw two touchdown passes before leaving the game in the third quarter with a possible concussion as the Bullpups (9-0, 5-0) downed the Pioneers (4-4, 2-2) in the West Yosemite League.
Hanford will enter its Milk Can rivalry game against Lemoore (6-2, 4-0) on Nov. 6 undefeated for the second straight season. The Tigers were idle Friday.
Johnson’s two touchdown passes came in the first quarter, as Hanford bolted to a 21-0 lead.
Jaylin King’s 1-yard touchdown plunge with 5:43 put the Tigers (3-5, 2-1) ahead for good against the Stallions (4-4, 0-3) in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.
Madera South had taken a 32-20 lead with 38 seconds left in the third quarter during the back-and-forth affair on Jonah Johnson’s 61-yard run.
Jorge Espinoza kicked a 33-yard field goal with 41 seconds left, his second of the game, to lift the Highlanders (4-4, 1-2) over the Rough Riders (0-3, 1-7) in a North Yosemite League.
Espinoza kicked a 37-yarder earlier in the game.
Down 24-21, the Mustangs rallied with three unanswered touchdowns for the comeback win over the Hawks (3-5, 1-2) to remain unbeaten in the East Yosemite League.
Jesse Macias put Tulare Western (5-3, 3-0) in front 28-24 with a 12-yard touchdown catch from Andre Aguilar in the third quarter. In the fourth, David Alcantar ran for a 4-yard score and Aguilar drove in another from 2 yards out to seal the victory.
Aguilar had four touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, to lead the Mustangs. He was 7 of 15 passing for 99 yards with one interception to go with 184 yards rushing on 17 carries. Anthony Morgan led the Mustangs defensively with two fumble recoveries.
With his team down six, the Bears’ Joel Aranda caught an apparent touchdown pass on the final play of the game but was ruled out of bounds by officials as the Emperors escaped for a Central Sequoia League win in Dinuba.
Quarterback Isaac Leppke threw two touchdowns passes and caught a third from Gustavo Villarreal to lead the Emperors (5-4, 2-1). Leppke was 12 of 17 passing for 157 yards.
The Bears (6-2, 2-1), winners of five in a row before entering Dinuba, were led by Aranda’s 115 yards rushing on 17 carries. Jordan Dominguez added 73 yards on 10 touches.
Dinuba’s Jacob Paradine had a game-high 68 yards receiving on three catches, two of which went for scores.
The Cavaliers (6-2, 2-1) made a goal-line stop as time expired to hold off the Vikings in a Central Sequoia League thriller in Visalia.
CVC trailed the entire way but got a reboot from its defense with one minute left when it forced a Kingsburg three-and-out and received the punt with the score tied 28-28.
Junior Connor Paden put the Cavaliers in scoring position, returning the punt to the Vikings’ 20-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Aaron Daggs scrambled 20 yards for a score for CVC’s first lead of the night. The Vikings (5-3, 1-1) charged 65 yards on their final drive, only to be stopped short of the game-winning TD and end their four-game win streak.
Just when things seemed to not go their way, the D-IV second-ranked Panthers (5-3, 3-0) stormed back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Hawks (6-2, 2-1) for first place in the North Sequoia League.
After a 62-yard pick-six by Liberty-Madera’s Chad Wallace put the Hawks up 13-0 in the first quarter, Washington got a spark via Noah Beukers’ 11-yard TD catch from Ashanti Ross.
On the next drive, the Panthers defense recovered a fumble at its own 3-yard line and the offense then took the lead on a 60-yard touchdown run by Beukers in the second quarter. Beukers finished with 140 yards rushing on 15 carries.
The Panthers never looked back, as Ross threw two more TD passes, Deondre Eason ran in a 15-yard score and kicker Johnny Rodriguez converted a 24-yard field goal. Ross was 8 of 15 passing for 198 yards for three touchdowns and one interception.
Hawks running back Jackson Watts had 16 carries for 108 yards.
Anthony Stewart rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Redskins (6-2, 2-1) past the Badgers (0-7, 0-3) in the North Sequoia League.
Teammate Ronnie Reyes had just four carries but two went for touchdowns (74 and 16 yards) and he finished with 113 yards.
Tristan Eames threw two touchdowns passes for Yosemite, 12 yards to Cannon Eames and 98 to Cass Moreno.
The Lions (4-3, 2-1) went down a touchdown early but then scored six unanswered touchdowns – by six different players – to rout the Chieftains (1-6, 0-3) in the North Sequoia League.
Sean Chambers, Alex Pena, Mark Rodriguez and Xavier Gayton each rushed for a touchdown. Brandon Smith returned a punt 78 yards for a score and Angel Lechuga caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Chambers.
Tristan Williams passed for 201 yards for Sierra, including a 46-yard touchdown to Jake Figgs.
Matt Kahaian passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for two scores to lead the Redcats (5-2, 2-0) past the Mustangs (2-5, 0-3) in a West Sequoia League game.
Fowler, which won its third straight game, got 113 yards rushing and three touchdown runs on nine carries from Izaiah Moreno.
Mason Ellis rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns for Minarets.
Immanuel Arredondo ran in three touchdowns and Alex Puga marched in two more to lead Blue Raiders (5-3, 3-0) over the Cowboys (2-6, 1-1) in the West Sequoia League.
It was Caruthers’ fourth win in a row largely powered by its defense, which has held its previous four opponents to 14 points or less.