Fresno State com­mit seals wild CMAC show­down

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY AN­THONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­nobee.com An­thony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, agalav­iz_TheBee

Mac Dalena had Oct. 4 cir­cled on his cal­en­dar.

It was his 18th birth­day, af­ter all.

But it also was the San Joaquin Me­mo­rial High se­nior’s fi­nal show­down against Bullard.

Dalena, a Fresno State com­mit, pro­vided the birth­day hero­ics with a crit­i­cal in­ter­cep­tion late in the fourth quar­ter as No. 10 Me­mo­rial edged No. 3 Bullard 33-31 in a County/Metro Ath­letic Con­fer­ence opener Fri­day night at Rat­cliffe Sta­dium.

“It meant some­thing,” Dalena said. “I had to get the ball from run­ning route or call­ing a play to me, and my first thought is I’ve got to score any type of way. On de­fense, I know I need to get a turnover and that’s what I did.”

On of­fense Dalena scored three touch­downs.

Pan­thers star wide re­ceiver Jalen McMil­lan said he wasn’t sur­prised that Dalena would de­liver in the clutch.

“Un­be­liev­able,” McMil­lan said. “The stuff he does ... it’s de­fense, spe­cial teams, of­fense. I mean he’s the MVP of this team. He makes tack­les, in­ter­cep­tions and makes touch­downs.

“He’s a great player, and I’m so proud to have him on my team.”

In other CMAC games, No. 15 Sanger rolled past Madera 5921. On Thurs­day, Edi­son de­feated Madera South 40-23.

TRAC: CLO­VIS RAL­LIES; STREAKS SNAPPED IN OTHER GAME

Ron­ald Rocha’s 30-yard field goal gave No. 5 Clo­vis a 24-21 vic­tory over No. 11 Clo­vis East in a Tri-River Ath­letic Con­fer­ence opener at La­mon­ica Sta­dium.

The Cougars trailed 21-7 at half­time be­fore scor­ing 17 unan­swered points.

Clo­vis sealed the vic­tory on an in­ter­cep­tion near the end zone.

In the other TRAC Fri­day game, No. 12 Clo­vis West snapped its three-game los­ing streak with a 41-13 rout over No. 19 Clo­vis North at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. The Ea­gles’ win halted the Bron­cos’ fiveg­ame win­ning streak.

NYL: HOOVER, REED­LEY WIN

Hoover beat Fresno 53-32 at McLane Sta­dium to join Reed­ley and Sun­ny­side at 1-0 in the North Yosemtie League.

Hoover (3-3) came in av­er­ag­ing less than 15 points a game.

Reed­ley (3-3) beat Roo­sevelt 25-20 at Sun­ny­side. Thurs­day night at McLane, Sun­ny­side beat the High­landers 41-0.

CRAIG KOHLRUSS ck­[email protected]­nobee.com

Clo­vis’ Nate John­son, right, out­runs Clo­vis East’s McWhorter Dy­lan in a Tri-River Ath­letic Con­fer­ence opener Fri­day night. Ron­ald Rocha’s 30-yard field goal was the dif­fer­ence as No. 5 Clo­vis ral­lied to beat No. 11 Clo­vis East, 24-21.

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