Buchanan backup leads way; Fresno, Clovis West get wins
Is sophomore Caden Rodgers the heir apparent to Kendall Milton at Buchanan High?
Rodgers certainly looked the part Friday night after Milton left with an injury early in the first quarter of a big game against Bullard, scoring two rushing touchdowns to help The Bee’s second-ranked Bears to a 28-14 victory over the No. 6 Knights at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.
“Stepping in for him was big shoes to fill,” Rodgers said. “I always got to be ready to go in.”
Bears coach Matt Giordano credited the offensive line for creating holes for Rodgers.
“Our offensive line didn’t bend,” he said. “Caden Rodgers and Dante Lawson stepped up. We live with the next-man-up philosophy and they displayed that tonight.”
It was a nice bounceback for Buchanan (1-1) after losing to state power Narbonne-Harbor City last week. Next up is No. 13 Edison (0-2) in the Bears’ first road game.
Bullard, which had a bye on opening week, next plays No. 4 Clovis (2-0) at Ratcliffe Stadium.
FRESNO’S BEST DOMINATES SACRAMENTO BLUEBLOOD AGAIN
Central, No. 1 in The Bee’s Central Section rankings, steamrolled Grant-Sacramento 38-7 on the road.
The Grizzlies (2-0) kept the Pacers (0-2) scoreless through the first three quarters.
The matchup looked appealing when it was scheduled two years ago, pitting up-and-coming Central against a traditional powerhouse with plenty of alumni inthe NFL.
But Grant has fallen in a rough stretch of late, having endured back-to-back losing seasons entering this year and generating just 13 points in two games in Mike Alberghini’s 28th season as coach.
Central won the meeting 54-12 last season at home.
Xavier Worthy’s 80-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Jameson Silva highlighted the Grizzlies’ night.
Central has outscored its two opponents a combined 85-19.
CLOVIS WEST: NO TIME FOR A LETDOWN
No. 7 Clovis West backed up its opening-week upset win with a dominating 25-6 victory over Edison at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday night.
Clovis West, which beat Central Catholic-Modesto last week, is 2-0 for the first time since 2015 and matched its win total from last season.
“We had to get refocused on Monday,” Clovis West coach Tim Randall said. “In practice we had to dial up some things, and send a few messages, which we do and they understand, a
short week especially. I knew it was coming and it’s to be expected. They are kids and they’re excited and feeling good about themselves. That’s where we as coaches have to step in and we have to make sure we manage that as well as we can. It was tough, but they responded.”
Clovis West will host No. 3 Liberty-Bakersfield next week.
In other games involving Clovis Unified programs:
No. 4 Clovis built a 27-point lead by halftime and cruised past Stockdale 41-15. The Cougars (2-0) have scored 40-plus in both of their games this year.
No. 11 Clovis East beat WoodVacaville 49-0. The Timberwolves (2-0) have beaten their opponents a combined 84-0.
Clovis North (2-0) defeated Sunnyside 10-0. The Broncos led just 3-0 after three quarters then received some cushion down the stretch with Trenton Luera’s 21yard touchdown pass to Brennon Lamee.
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Juaron Watts-Brown scored on an 8-yard run with 54 seconds left to give 20th-ranked Hanford a 38-31 victory over host No. 18 Sanger at Tom Flores Stadium.
CLOSE GAME FOR KINGSBURG ... AGAIN
A week after producing a comefrom-behind win (over then-No. 4 San Joaquin Memorial). Kingsburg did it again.
The 15th-ranked Vikings defeated Washington Union 19-13 before a big crowd in Easton when Alfred Carpenter scored on a 10-yard run with 6 minutes remaining. The Panthers (1-1) had turned the ball over there on a scramble run after a botched punt snap.
Buchanan’s Caden Rogers, center, tries to bust through the Bullard defense during their game Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis. The No. 6 Knights came away with a 28-14 victory over Bullard.
Bullard’s Shalom Welch tries to avoid the Buchanan defense while taking the ball down field on a punt return during their game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis on Friday.
Buchanan wide receiver Brandon Hernandez is unable to come down with a pass in the end zone against Bullard in Clovis on Friday.