Buchanan top­ples Ar­royo Grande

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sports - BY MICHAEL FORD mford@fres­nobee.com BY SCOTT MIDDLECAMP

Buchanan High used big plays Fri­day night to glide past vis­it­ing Ar­royo Grande 48-17 in the Cen­tral Sec­tion Divi­sion I foot­ball quar­ter­fi­nals.

Three of the Bears’ touch­down plays cov­ered 60 yards or more, in­clud­ing a 62-yard rush from run­ning back Ken­dall Mil­ton.

“When we break those big runs, we get in our minds how good of a team we can be if we all work to­gether and put in that same ef­fort,” said Mil­ton, who scored three times af­ter scor­ing twice a week ago against Clo­vis West.

Bears coach Matt Gior­dano said that he was happy with the way that his of­fense was able to gen­er­ate chunk plays. “We know that we have the play­ers that are ca­pa­ble of mak­ing big plays, which is good to see es­pe­cially in a play­off plat­form where you know the op­po­nent is very good and we can still pull off big gains and big plays like that.”

Gior­dano said sec­ond­seeded Buchanan (10-2) will have to play with the same sense of ur­gency in or­der to get past No. 3 Lib­erty-Bak­ers­field in the semi­fi­nals next week back at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. The Bears won 28-13 at Lib­erty on Sept. 7.

“We have to con­tinue to stay hum­ble and stay hun­gry. We got to learn from this one and un­der­stand that our goal is to just go 1-0. All the records go out the win­dow. It’s who­ever plays the best on Fri­day nights moves on and so that is our goal.”

JOE JOHN­STON jjohn­ston@thetri­bune­news.com

Mis­sion Prep run­ning back Brian Kowall dives for ex­tra yardage in the Roy­als’ CIF-Cen­tral Sec­tion 8-man semi­fi­nal play­off game against Riverdale Chris­tian in San Luis Obispo.

Ken­dall Mil­ton

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