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