Buchanan gets shutout, but coach wants even more

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY AN­THONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­nobee.com

Even af­ter a dominating vic­tory over Bullard, Buchanan High foot­ball coach Matt Gior­dano sees room for im­prove­ment.

His Bears, ranked No. 2 in The Bee’s Cen­tral Sec­tion Top 10, shut out No. 10 Bullard 31-0 Fri­day night in a non­league game at Rat­cliffe Sta­dium.

“They played hard and that’s all we ask for,” Gior­dano said. “I think when we look at the film next week, we’ll see we can even play bet­ter.”

The Bears (2-0) get a

bye week La­bor Day week­end be­fore heading to Bak­ers­field for a matchup with The Bee’s No. 4 team, Lib­erty.

Bullard, play­ing its sea­son-opener, came in fea­tur­ing last year’s 1,000-yard rusher in Mar­cus Fulcher. But Buchanan kept him and the rest of the Knights in check and se­cured the shutout with Mark Green’s in­ter­cep­tion in the fi­nal two min­utes.

“We were think­ing about the shutout in the first half, just keep on pound­ing and pound­ing,” Green said.

Af­ter he fin­ished with three touch­downs, fives­tar re­cruit Ken­dall Mil­ton ad­mit­ted that the Bears’ 10-0 half­time lead con­cerned him a lit­tle.

“Go­ing into half­time we saw the score,” he said.

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GO­ING INTO HALF­TIME WE SAW THE SCORE. THAT WAS TOO LOW FOR OUR STAN­DARDS. EV­ERY­BODY CAME OUT AND HAD THE MEN­TAL­ITY THAT THEY CAN’T TACKLE US. Buchanan’s Ken­dall Mil­ton

“That was too low for our stan­dards. Ev­ery­body came out and had the men­tal­ity that they can’t tackle us.”

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]­nobee.com

Bullard quar­ter­back Vin­cent An­drews is sacked dur­ing Buchanan’s 31-0 vic­tory.

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