Madera forced to punt and the Tigers tip off the return covering 45 yards Tim McDonald's team with great field position. They keep it on the ground and punch it in for another score. The tigers were well on their way to winning 69 to ten.
Out on the Valley's west side, Dos Palos opens the season with a 51 to 8 win over Mendota their game next week with Kingsburg will be played at Fowler High Los Banos defeats Fresno High 35 to fourteen.
In Bakersfield Clovis West trailed Liberty at one point 19 to 7 the Golden Eagles rallied back for a 22 to 19 win Liberty Madera Rancho's defeats Coast Union 31 to 13 right ahead Jason Oliveira joins us with highlights of that thriller at Reedley High School but first, the Madera High School Marching Band.
Fans in Sanger were treated to a terrific week zero matchup. As the Apaches welcomed Buchanan into Tom Flores Stadium. Jason Oliveira was there for the action and joins us now in the newsroom.
A back and forth game that saw the host team pull ahead at the half playing before an inspired crowd Sanger looked like they might have the Bear's number.
But Buchanan opened the second half score early in the 3rd period on the short run by Preston Argenbright as the Bears would take the lead 20-16
Then with the Apaches marching Sanger would fumble the ball that's where Buchannan's Josh Banks was there for the recovery Bear's would capitalize on the turnover its #10 finds #16 over the middle twisting his way for the first down at the 6-yard line.
Buchanan would add a late field goal to extend their lead as they open the season 1-0 following the 30-16 win over Sanger.
The Bears will return home to face Redwood next Friday night before a visit to Bakersfield High the following week.
It was a rough first season as coach at Clovis High last year for Jerry Campbell it had been many a year since the storied Cougar program failed to win a game. The Cougars hosted Atascadero High and the enthusiasm at Lamonica Stadium didn't die down even after the Cougars fell behind ten nothing 2nd quarter watch Clovis High's Josh Garrett on the option, keeps it, darts through a seam and takes it 37 yards for a touchdown.
The Cougars defense makes a statement on the very next Atascadero possession. They swarm the Atascadero quarterback; force him to lose the football. Clovis High recovers the following drive looks like it's going to stall. 4th and 11, a gutsy call to go for it Garrett with the beautifully thrown fade that's hauled in for the touchdown.
In Porterville, Hanford West over Granite Hills 21 to 6. Firebaugh's a winner 36 to nothing over Orosi. A lot of young players stepped into big roles tonight at Sunnyside Stadium when Hoover High and Mt. Whitney high kicked off the season. A picture perfect night as far as Jason Seaborn was concerned as he hauls in this pass from Hoover's junior quarterback Eric Kendrick and doesn't stop until he's knocked out of bounds just inside the 5 yard line. The play covered 24 yards. Kendrick caps the drive, keeping it and going over for the touchdown. A keeper for the 2 point conversion erased Mt. Whitney's 8 point lead and tied the game up. It was a tight battle into the late stages with Mt Whitney scoring late for a 27 to 23 win
Selma High's rushing attack gave Roosevelt fits tonight against Roosevelt. Erik Herrera picks up the tough yards on the carry here in the second half with the bears already up 20-0. Later in the drive, it was quarterback Sebastian Saldate with the nicely timed pitch to Roberto Ramirez to end the third quarter. Adrian Pacheco would get Selma in the end zone to start the 4th quarter. The senior racked up 250-yards and four touchdowns to help Selma knockoff Roosevelt 26-0.
And in one of the oddities of the night, Avenal was surprised when Hancock Christian showed up from Stockton and told them their CIF section did not permit games until next week; so the scoreboard wasn't used, stat's weren't kept. No score… just a scrimmage.