Hanford quarterback Ryan Johnson – The Bee’s reigning prep football Player of the Year – went down with an injury and the No. 12-ranked Bullpups never got on track Friday night as No. 11 Buchanan cruised to a 33-14 victory in its first game under coach Matt Giordano.
Johnson hurt his leg in the first quarter after a three-yard touchdown run by Zach Presno had given Buchanan 7-0 lead.
Johnson – who led Hanford to the state Division IV-AA title last season – did not return to the game. The extent of the injury was not known
The Bears made it 16-0 in the first with a safety and a three-yard scoring run from Trevor Ervin. In the second quarter, Presno plunged in again in the second quarter, this time from two-yards out, and Jacob Rudolph hit a field goal for a 26-0 lead at halftime.
Giordano is a former star player for the Bears who went on to play in the NFL. He was elevated from defensive coordinator to replace Mike Jacot as Buchanan’s coach.
Buchanan next plays No. 3 Bullard at McLane Stadium. Hanford visits No. 7 Sanger.
No. 14 Tulare Western 28, No. 17 El Diamante 7
Andre Aguilar passed for three touchdowns – including one on a fourth down to essentially seal the outcome – as the Mustangs rolled past the Miners at Groppetti Stadium.
Up 14-7 in the third quarter, the Mustangs were facing a fourth-and-9 from the Miners’ 26-yard-line when Aguilar found David Alcantar for a touchdown that extended their lead to two scores.
Andrew Trevino and Pedro Hernandez also caught touchdown passes from Aguilar, and Mason Bernardo rushed for a score. Andrew Valdez ran in El Diamante’s touchdown.
No. 15 Memorial 21, Washington 14
Memorial got a touchdown one play after an apparent Washington interception return for a score was called back, a pivotal sequence in Easton.
The apparent 98-yard return by Devontae Massey was nullified by a pass-interference penalty, and Dashawn Holliman ran in from two yards on the next play to help Memorial to a 21-7 lead with 1:33 left in the third quarter.
Massey scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Victor Nava with 3:17 left, but Memorial ran out the clock.
Michael Alvarez scored two touchdowns for Memorial. Washington took a 7-0 lead on Noah Beukers’ 78-yard fumble return in the first.
No. 18 Dinuba 35, Mission Oak 21
Receiver JoJo Saldivar and quarterback Gustavo Villarreal took care of business in the second half to help the Emporers pull away from the Hawks.
Villarreal hooked up with Saldivar for scoring passes of 11 and 38 yards en route to finishing 21 of 32 for 259 yards. Saldivar had nine receptions for 141 yards.
Central Valley Christian 49, Hoover 26
The Cavaliers scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take down the Patriots at Sunnyside Stadium.
Senior running back Connor Paden opened the scoring with a 29-yard pass from quarterback JJ Lino and ran in three more scores from one, 25 and three yards.
Hoover pulled within 21-20 on Jose Medina’s 29-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Sean Balanon up the middle.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Patriots had a chance to tie, but the defending Central Sequoia League champion Cavaliers stopped a two-point conversion run to stay ahead 28-26, ultimately extending Hoover losing streak in season openers to seven.
Selma 41, Kerman 7
Jordan Dominguez and Junior Ramirez combined for 206 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, and Ramirez passed for another score, as the Bears solved a two-year Lions hex in season openers.
Dominguez averaged 7.6 yards per carry while rushing 20 times for 151 yards and two TDs, including a one-yard run that with the PAT made it 7-0 with 7:38 to play in the first quarter. Ramirez then took over, running four and 15 yards and passing for 16 to Sergio Pena for three second-quarter scores as Selma built a 27-0 halftime lead.
Kerman, which beat Selma 38-28 in the teams’ 2015 opener and 42-0 in 2014, was shut out until the closing minutes of the game and managed just 27 offensive plays to the Bears’ 60 while being outgained 416 yards to 101 – including 294-15 on the ground.
Redwood 48, Reedley 7
Michael Bean rushed for two touchdowns, Cooper Allen added a receiving score, two field goals and an interception and sophomore La’Dre Aguilar capped the night with a 69-yard TD run to power the Rangers at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia.
The Pirates’ only score, by Adam Morales, pulled Reedley within 10-7 before Redwood started the rout.
Tulare 35, Mt. Whitney 7
The Tribe scored 28 unanswered points to pull away from the Pioneers.
Junior running back Kazmeir Allen rushed 33 times for 186 yards and two scores.
Paso Robles 35, Lemoore 10
The Tigers’ Joseph Homan hit Jacob Taylor for a seven-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter, but it was mostly Bearcats from there.
Christian Erickson threw a 66-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and scored on a five-yard run in the second as Paso Robles took control.
Lemoore also received a 39-yard field goal from Josh Roa.
Firebaugh 28, Liberty-Madera Ranchos 26
The visiting Eagles stopped a potential game-tying two-point conversion, then held on downs to close out the win.
Noey Garcia passed for two touchdowns, Tylor Palmer caught two touchdowns and Jesh Gutierrez passed for a TD and caught a TD pass as Firebaugh took a 28-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
Christian Baker rushed for three touchdowns for the Hawks, who led 14-0 before the Eagles erupted.
Fowler 34, Corcoran 7
Isaiah Moreno rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and Gabriel Gomez threw for a 14-yard touchdown and ran in a six-yard score as the Redcats walloped the Panthers and won their season opener for the third straight year.
The score was tied 7-7 when Fowler pulled away with four straight touchdowns, including a 15-yard fumble return by Victorio Jimenez in the third quarter for the game’s final score.
Fowler and Corcoran were playing for the first time since 2009, when the Panthers won 22-14.
Los Banos 35, Madera 20
The Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage, producing 293 rushing yards behind the three-pronged ground attack of quarterback Christopher Corral (six carries, 68 yards), Antonio Lopes (16-119, two touchdowns) and Kris Kyle (18-109, two TDs).
Los Banos took a 28-0 lead into the fourth quarter before Madera tried to make things interesting with a pair of Eric Escobar touchdowns. The Tigers had an immediate response, with Kyles punching in a 2-yard touchdown run on the Tigers’ ensuing possession to all but put the game away.
Corral had over 200 yards of total offense, going 11-for-16 passing for 148 yards to back his 68 rushing yards.
Dos Palos 34, Sierra Pacific 28
Tre Walker scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds left to lift the Broncos to the win.
The Golden Bears were outscored 15-0 in the fourth quarter. Broncos quarterback Lane Zuspan threw three touchdowns, including an 8-yarder to Walker in the first quarter. Rodney Miller and Jonathan Hernandez hauled in second-quarter TD passes.
Yosemite 35, Le Grand 0
Luke Howell and Johnny Varian each scored two touchdowns as the Badgers blanked the Bulldogs. Varian scored on a 62-yard run in the second quarter to make it 14-0.
The Badgers scored 21 points in the third quarter as Luke Howell hauled in a 30-yard pass from Tristan Eames and added a 4-yard touchdown run. Varian scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard run.
Chowchilla 51, Roosevelt 0
Chowchilla blocked two punts, recovered fumbles on kickoffs and dominated with their ground game as they routed the Rough Riders.
Madera South 42, Pacheco 29
The host Stallions scored two touchdowns in the final minute to rally for the victory.
Strathmore 52, Farmersville 26
Joseph Garcia scored six touchdowns as the Spartans bolted past the visiting Aztecs.
Garcia finished with 21 carries for 267 yards with five touchdown runs and added another score on a 92-yard kickoff return.
Strathmore defensive lineman Juan Chapa had eight tackles, including two for losses, and cornerback Gilbert Acevedo nabbed three interceptions.
Immanuel 35, Desert 34
Adrian Jump’s two-point conversion run following Kyle Dunigan’s second touchdown of the game provided the winning margin as the Eagles held off a late rally by the Scorpions.
Dunigan scored on runs of 2 and 7 yards.
Tommy Kawagoe had a 39-yard touchdown run and Adam Simonian threw a 61-yard scoring strike to Bradley Collin-Dunn for Immanuel, the defending section Division V champion and CIF State Division V-AA runner-up.
Caruthers 44, Tranquillity 7
Alex Puga led a potent rushing attack with 226 yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Raiders rolled past the Tigers.
Caruthers also received 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Imanol Arredondo, and 77 rushing yards and two scores from Caleb Hopkins.
Exeter 62, Lindsay 0
Skylar Miller passed for three touchdowns – all to Trystin Johnson – and ran in a fourth from 40 yards out as the Monarchs shut out the Cardinals.
It’s the third year in a row the schools have opened the season against each other, with Exeter winning each time, including two by shutout.