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Friday, Nov 02 2012 11:52 PM

Nov. 2 HS football roundup: Wasco dominates rival Shafter, 56-3

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

WASCO -- It only took 4 minutes, 20 seconds to change 52 years of history for the Wasco football team.

The Tigers scored three touchdowns in a 5-minute span in Friday night's game against rival Shafter to jump out to a 21-0 and 42-3 halftime advantage en route to a 56-3 victory over the Generals.

The win gives the Tigers (10-0, 6-0 South Sequoia League) the SSL title and a perfect regular season, which hasn't happened for the Tigers in 52 years, according to Wasco coach Russ Prado.

"I am proud for the boys," Prado said. "They have worked really hard for the three or four years and they deserve this. We are excited. This has been a long time coming. Our boys came out ready to go and I was very excited. I'm happy about how the boys played tonight."

The victory also helps send the Tigers into the Central Section Division IV playoffs with a full head of steam.

"We are excited about the 10-0 season, but our season starts on Monday when playoff time comes," Prado said. "This team is built for the playoffs and our mission is to get to the Valley Championship."

Wasco running backs Isaiah Sharp and Terrance Grinner plowed through, ran around, shook off -- and at times hurdled -- over General would-be tacklers on their way to a combined 301 yards and five touchdowns. Sharp led the way with 216 yards and three TDs.

The Tiger defense blanketed the field with suffocating pressure, batting down passes and making it hard for Shafter to move the ball. They blocked a punt, intercepted a pass and posted three sacks and only surrendered one General field goal, which came after the Tigers fumbled a punt return.

After scoring two touchdowns on their first two drives, the Tigers snuck in an onside kick, recovered it and scored another TD to take a 21-0 lead at 7:20 in the first quarter.

Wasco added another score before the first frame ended to go up 28-0. The Generals, who started the season with a 6-0 run before losing their last four games, weren't able to mount a comeback and Wasco completed long-awaited, regular season perfection.

-- Joelle Milholm

South 54, Mira Monte 14

Quarterback Keith Evans ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns, and passed for 124 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a South Yosemite League win over the Lions.

South (7-3, 3-1 SYL) took control from the start by taking a two-touchdown lead behind its running game. The Rebels accumulated 229 yards on the ground, as well as scoring four of their touchdowns running the ball.

Mira Monte (3-7, 1-3) trailed at halftime 26-0, but came out on its first drive of the third quarter and scored on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzo Johnson to tight end Felipe Soto.

Mira Monte then recovered an onside kick, but on the second play from scrimmage, South defensive back Brim Scooter intercepted a pass from Johnson and returned it to the Lions' 25-yard line. The Rebels scored on the next play, and the Lions couldn't get back in the game.

--ESTEBAN RAMIREZ

Highland 28, Foothill 13

Nick Corona had touchdown receptions of 60 and 30 yards to lead the Scots at Foothill.

David Garcia Jr. added a 65-yard TD catch for Highland (4-6, 2-3 Southeast Yosemite League) early in the third quarter.

Brandon Fanning had a big night for the Trojans (3-7, 2-3 SEYL), rushing for 210 yards and two scores on 35 carries.

-- Josh Bedingfield

NW Christian 59, Coalinga-Faith Baptist28

Michael Pope had 128 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries for to lead the Guardians to a victory in an eight-man game At Calvary Biible Church,

Samuel Findley passed for 98 yards and three touchdowns for the Guardians. Robert Post caught two TD passes.

Kris Cooper made 12 tackles, a sack and caused one fumble and recovered a fumble, and cornerback Deven Hillberg had six tackles, an interception and caused afumble.

Ridgeview 48 Golden Valley 21

Wolf Pack quarterback Kamari Cotton-Moya overwhelmed the Bulldogs defense with a combined four touchdowns, getting 297 rushing yards on 20 attempts, and added 9-13 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown in the South Yosemite League victory.

He had plenty of help from Wolf Pack running back Brandon Tripp, who scored two TDs and finished with 141 yards running on 14 carries.

The Wolf Pack controlled the game from the outset, taking a 28-7 halftime lead, and even though the Bulldogs gave a big effort with a couple of second-half touchdowns, the Wolf Pack broke the game open with three fourth-quarter TDs.

The combined running and passing by Cotton-Moya kept the Bulldogs defense off-balance, and proved to be too much to handle.

Golden Valley was led by running back Michael Buckner, who finished with 210 yards on 23 carries. Bulldogs quarterback Alexander Soto ran for 72 yards on 15 attempts.

-- Nestor Fernandez

East 35, North 13

Tanner Vieyra had five carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Marcus Rojas ran for two touchdowns to lead the Blades to a Southeast Yosemite League victory at North.

Rojas completed 6 of 9 passes for 92 yards, with two interceptions, and rushed for 70 yards.

North's David Reyes turned in a season-best performance with over 170 yards rushing and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to get the Stars (0-10, 0-5 SEYL) their first win on the last week of the regular season.

East expanded its lead to 21-0 after a 47 yard quartback draw by Rojas before North scored its first home touchdown of the season on a 15-play drive capped by a Reyes 1-yard run. That drive ate up most of the third quarter.

North held the momentum and the deficit to eight points, forcing a 3-and- out, and an interception out of the Blades' next two offensive series, but couldn't capitalize before East running back Vieyra's TD made it a 15- point lead again.

North answered on its next drive behind Reyes, who carried five times for 73 yards, capping the drive with a 22-yard TD run.

-- RYAN RYLES

Bakersfield Chr. 19, Arvin 14

Josh Jackson hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jake Thompson late in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Eagles (8-2, 5-1 SSL).

BCHS running back Matt Smith had a big night, rushing for 152 yards, including a 19-yard score in the first quarter.

Orlando Perez gained 142 yards on 28 carries for Arvin, setting up two quarterback sneaks for scores in the third quarter that briefly gave them the lead.

-- FRANCIS MAYER

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