Buchanan backup leads way; Fresno, Clo­vis West get wins

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

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.

TOP 25 MATCHUP

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.

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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.

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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.

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Buchanan wide re­ceiver Bran­don Her­nan­dez is un­able to come down with a pass in the end zone against Bullard in Clo­vis on Fri­day.

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