Week 1 high­lights: Cen­tral beats Edi­son with ‘com­plete game’

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

De­fense was the key Fri­day night for the Cen­tral High foot­ball team.

Oh, yeah, the Grizzlies can still score in bunches, too.

Jekob Jones had a pick-6 that went for 70 yards in the first quar­ter as The Bee’s top-ranked team rolled past No. 8 Edi­son 47-12 in a Cen­tral Sec­tion high school foot­ball sea­son-opener for both teams at Koli­gian Sta­dium.

“We played a com­plete game,” Cen­tral coach Kyle Biggs said. “We took ad­van­tage of some sit­u­a­tions and our of­fense played great af­ter the first drive. We were op­por­tunis­tic and got some turnovers and gave the of­fense a short field and we were able to take ad­van­tage. It was a com­plete team win.”

How did the of­fense look with­out quar­ter­back Trent Tomp­kins? All he did was set sec­tion records as three-year starter.

Just the same as be­fore. Points af­ter points.

The Grizzlies scored 26 in the first half. Edi­son trans­fer Jame­son Silva got the start at QB and com­pleted 13 of 20 for 148 yards and three touch­downs against his for­mer team.

Quali Con­ley got the scor­ing go­ing for Cen­tral with a 57-yard run in the first quar­ter.

It was 13-6 when Jones put a charge into the Grizzlies. Shan

do Lopez tipped a pass by Ian Miller and Jones re­turned the in­ter­cep­tion.

Jones had an 8-yard run in the sec­ond quar­ter as the of­fense rolled up 281 yards in the first half to Edi­son’s 91.

“My team did an amaz­ing job to give me op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Jones said. “The team did a great job and the of­fense ... both sides of the ball did great.”


Kingsburg kicker Brian Jimenez made a 33-yard field goal with 1:53 re­main­ing and the No. 23 Vik­ings forced a turnover on downs to fin­ish a 17-14 win at No. 4 San Joaquin Me­mo­rial.

“Our de­fense played well all night,” Kingsburg coach David Wil­son said. “Our goal was to take away what they did well, which was throw the ball, and we did that. Our sec­ondary rose to the oc­ca­sion and played big all night.”

Wil­son said he never had any doubt that his team could come out on top. He trusted his players and they re­sponded.

“I told our players to en­joy it,” he said. “This was some­thing we be­lieved we could do. It’s a great bunch of boys. Now on to next week” when the Vik­ings play at Wash­ing­ton Union, a 42-14 win­ner on Week 1 at Madera.


Clo­vis West went on the road and beat Cen­tral Catholic-Modesto 26-22 in coach Tim Randall’s de­but. Cen­tral Catholic was ranked No. 2 in the Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion be­hind Fol­som and No. 25 in the state by MaxPreps.

Last year, Cen­tral Catholic came to Clo­vis and beat the Golden Eagles 21-0 at Veter­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

This time, Bran­don Wafer scored three touch­downs for Clo­vis West in­clud­ing a 50-yard run and a kick­off re­turn both in the sec­ond half.

The Golden Eagles won it on a 5-yard touch­down pass with 6.6 sec­onds left by Bradley Sen­neway to wide re­ceiver Isa­iah Howard. “He did a great job car­ry­ing the ball,” Randall said of Wafer. “His pass pro­tec­tion was fan­tas­tic as well. He’s re­ally im­proved in that area and helps us gets bet­ter.”

The other two Clo­vis Uni­fied schools in ac­tion Fri­day night opened with shutouts: Clo­vis North beat Pit­man-Tur­lock 34-0 and Clo­vis East beat Le­moore 35-0.

Quar­ter­back Trenton Luera had a big night in Mike Ja­cot’s Clo­vis North coach­ing de­but. Luera was 14 of 17 pass­ing for 258 yards and two touch­downs and added 28 yards and two TDs rush­ing.

Buchanan and Clo­vis are in ac­tion Satur­day night.


Reed­ley scored first. But Sanger rolled to vic­tory. Again.

The Apaches beat the Pi­rates 49-6 in the 106th re­newal of their eastern Fresno County ri­valry. Sanger leads the se­ries 71-33-2.

The Apaches have sur­ren­dered no more than seven points against Reed­ley in any of the past 12 meet­ings.

Mean­while, Han­ford blasted city ri­val Han­ford West 79-0. Han­ford leads the se­ries 13-3.

It was much closer in Los Banos, where Dos Pa­los beat the host Tigers 40-35 to win the West­side War for the first time in eight years. Dos Pa­los leads the se­ries 43-32-6.

CRAIG KOHLRUSS ck­[email protected]­nobee.com

Cen­tral’s Jekob Jones, left, in­ter­cepts the ball in front of Edi­son’s Troy De­carlo, cen­ter, while get­ting a block from Carter An­der­son on Fri­day night at Koli­gian Sta­dium. Jones’ 70-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down was a big play early in Edi­son’s 47-12 vic­tory.

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Clo­vis North’s Aaryan Shah, top, is hit by Pit­man-Tur­lock’s Chris Ava­los dur­ing the sea­son-opener Fri­day night at Veter­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. Clo­vis North went on to de­feat Pit­man 34-0.

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Edi­sion’s Miles Lee takes the ball on a carry against Cen­tral in their game at Cen­tral High’s Koli­gian Sta­dium on Fri­day.

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