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High school football: Central rolls by Memorial, plus how Bullard pulled out a late win

Central High had no problem against San Joaquin Memorial on Friday night.

The Bee’s sixth-ranked Grizzlies rolled to a 40-14 victory over the 13th-ranked Panthers in a high school football game in Fresno.

Central opened with a 13-0 lead on a touchdown run by Brandon Smith and Braylen Hall’s touchdown reception from Earl Riley.

Riley threw four touchdown passes in all.

Grizzlies wide receiver Noey Felix caught a pair of TDs. Hall finished the game with six receptions for 158 yards.

Central returns home Sept. 1 to face Turlock, while the Panthers travel to play Capital Christian-Sacramento.

Clutch TD by Bullard in late win over Tulare Western

A touchdown and extra point held up for Bullard in a 28-27 victory over Tulare Western.

Dominick Gonzalez scored on a 42-yard run that tied the score with 1:48 remaining.

Preston Clarke’s successful extra point was enough as the Knights’ defense held on.

Gonzalez had a big game for Bullard, finishing with 23 carries for 148 yards and two scores and also had two interceptions.

Bullard running back Nick Stubblefield rushed for two touchdowns.

Tough loss for Buchanan

In a back-and-forth game in the fourth quarter, the No. 7 Bears took the lead on a Dallas Niznak 20-yard touchdown reception from Logan Sanchez for a 21-20 edge on Escalon.

The Bears attempted a two-point conversion and failed.

It turns out the failed conversion cost the Bears a chance to go into overtime.

The Cougars won the game, 23-21, on a 32-yard field goal by Talan Reider.

Clovis North battle tested

Second-ranked Clovis North had a tough time against No. 25 Redwood.

Jackson Cinfel and Andrew Chavez each scored rushing touchdowns in the second half to lead the Broncos to a 21-6 victory.

The Rangers had trimmed Clovis North’s lead to 7-6 after a field goal.

Clovis North extended the margin to 13-6 after Cinfel’s 62-yard touchdown.

Chavez capped the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run.

Another five-TD game for Bryson Donelson

Running back Bryson Donelson did it again Friday when he scored five touchdowns in No. 17 Central Valley Christian’s 41-12 victory over No. 24 Edison.

Last week, Donelson ran for five scores in a season-opening win over Ripon Christian.

Against the Tigers, it was more of the same as he scored on runs in the first, second and third quarters.

He had three TDs in the second quarter, including one receiving.

Game balls

Kazden Berna and Zack Lee Young, Sierra Pacific: Each scored a pair of touchdowns to help the Golden Bears to a 40-0 victory over Hoover.

Nico Calderon, Exeter: He had two touchdown receptions and finished with 70 yards in the Monarchs’ 35-17 victory over Woodlake.

Jordan Crisp, Tulare Union: He passed for four touchdowns to lead the Tribe past El Diamante 49-3.

Jason De La Cruz, Orosi: He had three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, in a 28-13 victory over Avenal.

Bryson Donelson, Central Valley Christian: Scored five touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers to a 41-12 victory over Edison.

Deavion Fields, Roosevelt: He contributed in the Rough Riders’ 39-32 win over Reedley when he had an interception, pass deflection and a forced fumble.

Kourdey Glass, Hanford: He had six rushes for 83 yards and four touchdowns in a 70-0 win over Buhach Colony.

Dominick Gonzalez, Bullard: He rushed for two touchdowns and had two interceptions in the Knights’ 28-27 victory over Tulare Western.

Ty Miller, Clovis East: Passed for two touchdowns and ran for two in a 35-7 win over Arroyo Grande.

Da’zir Newhouse, McLane: He highlighted the Highlanders’ 27-3 win over Mendota with a 60-yard punt return in the first half.

Jacob Poole, Strathmore: A big night for Poole as he rushed for 282 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 victory over Hanford West.

Julian Ramirez, Dinuba: He scored two rushing touchdowns, helping the Emperors to a 22-15 victory over Golden West.

Damajae Riley, Tulare Union: Had a punt return for a touchdown and also a TD reception in a win over El Diamante.

Earl Riley, Central: Passed for 327 yards and four touchdowns to help the Grizzlies roll past San Joaquin Memorial.

Diego Salgado, Orange Cove: He grabbed two interceptions in the Titans’ 30-0 victory over Riverdale.

Logan Stotts, Fresno Christian: He led the Eagles to a 50-14 victory over United Christian Academy-Rancho Cucamonga after passing for five touchdowns.

Peyton Van Worth, Dos Palos: His 1-yard run in the fourth quarter gave the Broncos a 34-27 victory over Summerville. He also passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyson Vinson, Porterville: He had two rushing touchdowns to lift the Panthers to a 28-18 victory over South.

Landon Wright, Clovis West: He had three receptions for 180 yards and three TDs in a 56-16 win over Turlock.

Bee’s predictions

After starting off the season 5-0, The Bee took a little tumble going 2-3.

The only wins came by Central and Kingsburg.

The Bee took losses when Sanger defeated Clovis, followed by Torres’ win over Kerman and Roosevelt’s win over Reedley.

For the season, The Bee is 7-3.

How The Bee’s Top 25 fared

1. Liberty-Bakersfield (2-0) defeated Ridgeview 49-14

2. Clovis North (2-0) defeated Redwood 21-6

3. Clovis East (2-0) defeated Arroyo Grande 35-7

4. Centennial (1-1) lost to Newbury Park-Moorpark 25-0

5. Clovis West (1-1) defeated Turlock 56-16

6. Central (2-0) defeated San Joaquin Memorial 40-14

7. Buchanan (1-1) lost to Escalon 23-21

8. Lemoore (2-0) defeated Washington Union 46-0

9. Kingsburg (2-0) defeated Sunnyside 20-15

10. Sanger (2-0) defeated Clovis 33-21

11. Frontier (2-0) defeated Bakersfield 41-0

12. Clovis (1-1) lost to Sanger 33-21

13. San Joaquin Memorial (0-2) lost to Central 40-14

14. St. Joseph (1-1) defeated Bakersfield Christian 14-0

15. Garces (0-2) lost to Parcalate-Lancaster 21-14

16. Hanford (2-0) defeated Buhach Colony 70-0

17. Central Valley Christian (2-0) defeated Edison 41-12

18. Bakersfield Christian (1-1) lost to St. Joseph 14-0

19. Sunnyside (1-1) lost to Kingsburg 20-15

20. Bakersfield (1-1) lost to Frontier 41-0

21. Kennedy (1-1) lost to Stockdale 31-22

22. Washington Union (1-1) lost to Lemoore 46-0

23. Porterville (2-0) defeated South 28-18

24. Edison (0-2) lost to Central Valley Christian 41-12

25. Redwood (0-2 lost to Clovis North 21-6

Chowchilla High talks on the sideline during its high school football game against Fresno on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
Chowchilla High talks on the sideline during its high school football game against Fresno on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
Fresno High takes a break during its game against Chowchilla on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
Fresno High takes a break during its game against Chowchilla on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
Central High quarterback Earl Riley takes a snap against San Joaquin Memorial on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
Central High quarterback Earl Riley takes a snap against San Joaquin Memorial on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
Central freshman running back Jareal Albert goes for extra yardage against San Joaquin Memorial on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
Central freshman running back Jareal Albert goes for extra yardage against San Joaquin Memorial on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.