Bullard, Edi­son win first round on road, face the task again

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - Fresno Bee Staff

If Bullard High and Edi­son are to make a run in the Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion I play­offs, it’ll have to be on the road.

On Fri­day in the first round, both teams proved they were up to the chal­lenge.

No. 12 Bullard trounced No. 5 St. Joseph 45-28 in Santa Maria be­hind five touch­downs from Mar­cus Fulcher, and No. 9 Edi­son topped No. 8 Ridgeview 42-33 in Bak­ers­field thanks to Amos Scott’s four rush­ing scores.

Bullard (5-6) will re­main out of town next week, play­ing at No. 4 Bak­ers­field (8-3) in the quar­ter­fi­nals. The teams are 2-2 in post­sea­son matchups since 2005 but haven’t met since 2011.

Edi­son (6-5) gets to stay close to home but will be the un­der­dog when the Tigers face top-seeded Cen­tral (10-0) in a Fresno west-side matchup. Edi­son lost 35-7 when the teams met in a sea­son-opener.

Fulcher, by the way, fin­ished with 26 car­ries for 235 yards for Bullard.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA ezamora@fres­nobee.com

Caruthers’ Chris Puga, right, dodges Yosemite’s Tyson Mans­field in the open­ing round of the Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion V play­offs Fri­day night in Caruthers.

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