Dinuba 2-2 after dominant win at Selma, Lemoore races past Sanger
The Reedley High Pirates felt right at home at their football home for 2022, scoring all their points in the final three quarters of a convincing 42-22 victory over the Coalinga Horned Toads on Sept. 9 at Orange Cove High’s Titan Stadium.
Coming off a bye week, Reedley improved to 3-0 on the season by compiling 310 yards of offense — 189 passing from quarterback Jacob Rocha — and using big plays on defense to take command of the game.
Trailing 7-0, the Pirates came within a point on a 1-yard touchdown run by Logan Moreno. They took the lead for good three minutes later when Rocha connected on a 50-yard scoring pass to Jayden Galvan. A short while later, Branden Peters flipped the game with a 101-yard interception return to make it 18-7.
Rocha and Moreno combined on a 37-yard scoring hookup in the third quarter, and the senior quarterback salted the win away with scoring runs of 2 and 7 yards in the fourth quarter.
Linebacker Aaron Cedillo and safety Devon Heinrichs each collected seven tackles on defense, with Cedillo adding a pair of sacks. Alsdo getting to Coalinga QB Noah Tasi for sacks were Brayden Rhodes and Sam Rodriguez.
Reedley has an early game this week, hosting winless Selma High in a 7 p.m. kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Titan Stadium. The Pirates then close out non-league action on Friday, Sept. 23, in Visalia against Mt. Whitney before opening its initial season in the new Tri-County Conference with a game at city and new league rival Immanuel High on Friday, Sept. 30.
Dinuba 36, Selma 7
At Selma, the Emperors (2-2) rushed for 218 yards and limited the Bears (0-4) to 132 total yards.
Junior running back Diego Tuttle rushed two times for 105 yards — a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 47-yard dash to set up another score, Tuttle also added a two-point conversion pass to Hector Gonzales, who also rushed for 62 yards and a TD on eight carries.
Quarterback CJ Hernandez (50 yards to Daniel DeSantiago) and Benito Villarreal (15 yards to Christian Lopez) threw for touchdowns, while Kristian Bobenrieth had a 28-yard scoring run. The Emps built a 36-0 lead before Drew Credo had a rushing touchdown for Selma.
Defensively, Isaac Sandoval had an interception while JJ Martinez, Alejandro Alvarez, Julian Ramirez and Eddie Vega all collected tackles for loss. Dinuba hosts Washington Union in its homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.
Lemoore 42, Sanger 18
At Tom Flores Stadium, the Apaches (1-3) got an early touchdown before the visiting Tigers (3-1) ran off 35 unanswered points to post a convincing road win.
A long run by Jamir Galloway set up a short touchdown pass from Devin Salcedo to Jacob Gonzalez and a 6-0 SHS lead midway through the first. But Lemoore countered with a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter sandwiched by a lost fumble by Sanger deep in LHS territory.
In the third quarter, Lemoore missed a field goal after recovering another Sanger fumble then clicked on two more passing touchdowns including a 73-yarder late in the period. A rushing TD by ’Ty Chamber early in the fourth made it 35-6.
Sanger drew a bit closer on a Marshall Pittman 11-yard TD run and a 15-yard scoring pass from Salcedo to Bryson Baker. The Tigers closed out the scoring with a rushing touchdown in the final minute of play.
Sanger begins a three-game road trip by traveling to Bakersfield for a Friday, Sept. 16 7:30 pm. game against unbeaten Centennial High. The Apaches then open County Metro Athletic Conference play at Justin Garza High in Fresno on Friday, Sept. 23.
Hornets host Hoover on Friday
Following a bye week, Sanger West (0-3) will try for its elusive first football victory on Friday, Sept, 16, in its North Yosemite Leaugue opener against the 0-3 Hoover High Patriots. Varsity kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. in Tom Flores Stadium.
The Hornets scored a season-high of points in a 53-24 loss at Justin Garza High. The Patriots dropped a 36-29 decision to Hanford West.
Shafter 25, Orosi 7
At Shafter, the Cardinals managed just a short rushing touchdown from Lance Lopez in the road loss to the 4-0 Generals. The hosts scored all their points in the opening half with two touchdown passes, one rushing touchdown and a punt return for a score.
Orosi hosts Farmersville in its East Sequoia League opener at 7:15 p.m Friday, Sept. 16.
Chowchilla 49, Parlier 7
‘At Parlier, the Panthers (0-4, 0-1) lost their Northwest Sequoia League opener as the Tribe improved to 2-1 overall. Parlier travels to Fowler (3-1, 1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.
Immanuel, OC come off bye weeks
The Immanuel and Orange Cove football teams come off bye weeks, with the Eagles traveling to winless Firebaugh High on Sept. 16 while the Titans host Strathmore in their East Sequoia League opener.
After this week, Immanuel will have three of its next four games at home including a Sept. 30 game with crosstown rival Reedley. Orange Cove also is playing three of its next four at home.