Bullard, Edison win first round on road, face the task again
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.
Caruthers’ Chris Puga, right, dodges Yosemite’s Tyson Mansfield in the opening round of the Central Section Division V playoffs Friday night in Caruthers.