Bullard, Sanger close out non­league play with big wins as they head into CMAC

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

Sanger High flexed its mus­cle early and of­ten Fri­day night, while Bullard needed over­time to pick up an­other win.

Sanger, ranked No. 17 in The Bee’s Cen­tral Sec­tion high school foot­ball Top 25, rolled to a 42-14 vic­tory against Paso Robles at Tom Flores Sta­dium to en­ter County/Metro Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play with much mo­men­tum.

Third-ranked Bullard sur­vived a tough one on the coast and pulled out a 28-21 vic­tory in over­time at Ar­royo Grande.

If non­league re­sults are an in­di­ca­tion, the CMAC sea­son could be highly com­pet­i­tive once again.

Head­ing into CMAC open­ers next week, five of the six CMAC teams have win­ning records.

There’s al­ready quite the show­down to start con­fer­ence: No. 11 San Joaquin Me­mo­rial (4-1) will face Bullard (4-1) at Rat­cliffe Sta­dium Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Other matchups in­clude Sanger (4-1) vis­it­ing Madera (3-2) and Edi­son (1-4) fac­ing Madera South (3-2) at Sun­ny­side Sta­dium. Me­mo­rial is the de­fend­ing CMAC cham­pion.

SOUTH VAL­LEY SHOW­DOWNS

With 10 of the Top 25

teams on a bye – in­clud­ing top-ranked Cen­tral and all of the Clo­vis Uni­fied schools – the Week 6 slate of game might have lacked the usual punch.

But not in the South Val­ley.

Se­nior Taryn Rubal­cava had 185 re­ceiv­ing yards and two touch­downs to power No. 15 Han­ford in a 36-28 win against No. 16 Tu­lare Western from Thurs­day’s ac­tion.

The Bullpups (5-0), the de­fend­ing West Yosemite League champs, have outscored their op­po­nents a com­bined 253-73 on the sea­son.

No. 10 Red­wood (5-0) beat No. 21 Porter­ville 34-17 in an­other South Val­ley matchup of ranked teams. The Rangers closed out the game with 21 unan­swered points to rally from a 14-13 half­time deficit.

Se­niors Brian Brown and Di­a­mond Davis each had two touch­downs for Red­wood.

If you’re cir­cling a date on the WYL sched­ule, it’s Oct. 17: Red­wood at Han­ford.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]­nobee.com

Sanger High’s Dolce Ca­lan­dra, cen­ter, looks for an open­ing against Paso Robles’ de­fense on Fri­day night. Sanger won 42-14 and raises its record to 4-1.

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