Bullard gives co-coach first win, Mil­ton sits and more

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

Lock up win No. 1 for Bullard High co-head coach Yosef Fares.

Bryce Weiner con­nected on a 65-yard touch­down pass to Shalom Welch in the third quar­ter and The Bee’s sev­en­thranked Knights de­feated No. 4 Clo­vis 19-7 at Ratcliffe Sta­dium on Fri­day night.

Clo­vis (2-1) was driv­ing for a go-ahead touch­down at half­time be­fore a dropped fourth-down pass stopped the Cougars at the Bullard 2-yard line, pre­serv­ing the Knights’ 12-7 win.

Don Arax, who brought on Bullard grad Fares this year as a co-head coach, said he’s ex­cited about the pos­si­bil­i­ties for their team, now 1-1. “Po­ten­tially, a re­ally good foot­ball team. Let’s not get ahead our­selves be­cause we have a long ways to go.”

Still, it was a nice turn­around from last week’s 28-14 loss to Buchanan.

“We made huge stops,” Arax said. “Three or four stops, third-and-1 sit­u­a­tion, fourth down. I think that was the key. Our de­fense clearly won the game for us.”

Fares said, “We took some big strides from the Buchanan game to this game and this is a big win for our pro­gram.”

WITH­OUT KEN­DALL MIL­TON, BUCHANAN ROLLS PAST EDI­SON

With run­ning back Ken­dall Mil­ton, the Ge­or­gia re­cruit, side­lined, No. 2 Buchanan went to the air for a big play in a 17-0 vic­tory over No. 17 Edi­son at Sun­ny­side Sta­dium.

D.J. Steven­son hit Bran­don Her­nan­dez on a 41yard touch­down to high­light the win.

Mil­ton left the Bullard game in the first quar­ter with a quad in­jury. He is con­sid­ered week-to-week and will likely re­turn at some point dur­ing the season.

Next up for Buchanan is a home date against No. 3 Lib­erty-Bak­er­field on Thursday. The Pa­tri­ots handed No. 6 Clo­vis West (2-1) its first loss, win­ning 17-7 at La­mon­ica Sta­dium.

CLO­VIS NORTH 3-0, FIRST TIME SINCE 2012

For the first time since 2012, Clo­vis North is off to a 3-0 start.

The No. 23 Bron­cos routed Bel­larmine Col­lege Prep-San Jose 38-7 at Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Sta­dium.

In 2012, Clo­vis North started 8-0 un­der Cory Hall en route to a Cen­tral

Sec­tion cham­pi­onship.

Clo­vis North will face Edi­son at Ratcliffe Sta­dium on Sept. 13.

CEN­TRAL DOESN’T LOOK BACK

Spe­cial teams and de­fense got top-ranked Cen­tral go­ing.

Xavier Wor­thy had a 94-yard kick­off re­turn and Do­minic Men­dez scooped up the ball and ran it for 16 yards in the first quar­ter for a 45-16 vic­tory over Whit­ney-Rock­lin.

The Griz­zlies (3-0) host Paso Robles on Sept. 13.

UN­DE­FEATED TEAMS

Besides Cen­tral and Clo­vis North, seven other Fresno-area teams are 3-0: Golden West, Han­ford, Kings­burg, McLane, Selma, Tu­lare Western and Yosemite.

Four oth­ers are 2-0: Orosi, Porter­ville, Red­wood and Strath­more.

STREAK STOP­PER

No. 25 Red­wood stopped No. 10 Tu­lare Union’s 29-game reg­u­larsea­son win­ning streak, build­ing a 20-0 half­time lead en route to a 27-8 vic­tory.

Ryan Rios threw touch­down passes of 75 yards to Sam Ol­son and 65 yards to Brian Brown. James Richard­son rushed for two touch­downs. Hudson Walker had three sacks and a fourth-down stop to thwart a Tu­lare Union drive.

WHAT HAP­PENED AT CLO­VIS EAST/SANGER GAME?

Pierce Jones scored on a 1-yard run to give No. 23 Sanger a 21-14 vic­tory over No. 9 Clo­vis East at La­mon­ica Sta­dium on Thursday.

After the game, Apaches play­ers ran onto the field with an “S” flag in hand and went to the 50-yard line in an at­tempt to plant the flag. They were met by Clo­vis East play­ers. Push­ing and shov­ing en­sued but no punches were thrown.

In 2018, Clo­vis East won 14-8 at Sanger. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Tim­ber­wolves play­ers ran onto the field and placed a flag at the 50-yard line.

The Clo­vis and Sanger school dis­tricts re­leased state­ments:

Clo­vis Uni­fied: “The safety of our stu­dent ath­letes is al­ways a top pri­or­ity, along with the safety of any­one in at­ten­dance at district events. The dis­rup­tion that erupted at the con­clu­sion of last night’s Clo­vis East vs. Sanger game is very dis­cour­ag­ing be­cause it jeop­ar­dized both of those pri­or­i­ties. Athletics are a great venue to teach kids the some­times dif­fi­cult lessons of how to lose and how to win with both dig­nity and sports­man­ship. In our district, we are investigat­ing the in­ci­dent to iden­tify any stu­dents from our school who may have vi­o­lated school rules, and who would there­fore face pos­si­ble dis­ci­plinary con­se­quences that can range from a di­rect con­ver­sa­tion, to sus­pen­sion from the team or even from school if the facts are found to war­rant it. We are also work­ing closely with Sanger Uni­fied ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­sure in­ci­dents such as this are avoided in the fu­ture. We value our re­la­tion­ship with Sanger Uni­fied School District and want this pos­i­tive and com­pet­i­tive re­la­tion­ship to con­tinue in an en­vi­ron­ment of safety and good sports­man­ship. An ‘of­fi­cial’ of­fi­cials re­port was sub­mit­ted to both schools re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent. Be as­sured, the be­hav­ior last night is un­ac­cept­able to us, and we will take every av­enue avail­able to re­it­er­ate our stan­dards for be­hav­ior and sports­man­ship with our stu­dents and teams against whom we com­pete in the fu­ture.”

Sanger Uni­fied: “The in­ci­dent that oc­curred at the con­clu­sion of last night’s game was un­for­tu­nate, and is be­ing re­viewed by site staff. We are work­ing closely with Clo­vis Uni­fied School District to en­sure such in­ci­dents are avoided in the fu­ture as the safety of all stu­dents, and any­one at­tend­ing any district event re­mains a top pri­or­ity.”

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

Clo­vis High quar­ter­back Isa­iah Robles passes down the mid­dle against Bullard on Fri­day at Ratcliffe Sta­dium. Robles came in with six touch­down passes in two games but the Knights kept the Cougars of­fense in check for a 19-7 win.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

Clo­vis High’s Gar­rett Har­ris, top left, and By­ron Foun­tain, bot­tom left, tackle a charg­ing Shalom Welch of Bullard on Fri­day at Ratcliffe Sta­dium in Fresno.

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