By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Cruise Adams threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter and broke Garces High's single-season passing record in a 55-0 Southeast Yosemite League victory Friday over host East.
Adams completed a 9-yard pass to Konrad Kuntz in the third quarter that pushed him past 1,948 yards, a school record set by David Smith in 1977.
Garces improved to 4-1 in the SEYL and 7-1 overall.
"I knew I was 7 yards away from the record at halftime, because pretty much all of the coaches mentioned it to me," Adams said, "but the goal for me was still just to find the open receiver, not chase the record."
Adams has 1,964 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes on the season.
"East has some playmakers and we focused on taking them out of the game," Garces coach Jim Maples said.
Garces forced three turnovers in the first quarter, including interceptions by Jacob Sweaney and Jack Anspach.
"We've got Tehachapi next week, and we've gotta play them on the mountain in the fall, so it's going to be an intense week of practice" Garces coach Jim Maples said.
Said Adams: "We feel like it's our week one playoff game, and we want to win it so we can have home-field advantage through the playoffs. I think if we play at our level, no one can beat us."
Bakersfield Chr. 30, Taft 23
Running back Matt Smith ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries to lead the Eagles to a South Sequoia League win over the Wildcats.
Bakersfield Christian (7-2, 4-1 SSL) ran for 250 yards, and had control of the game from the start. The Eagles also got a big game from receiver Hayden Kuchta, who had 115 yards receiving and two touchdowns on five receptions.
The Eagles outgained the Wildcats 400-211, but the Eagles were hurt by costly turnovers on promising drives.
The Wildcats (3-6, 2-3 SSL) were down 16-3 in the third quarter, but got back in the game with a big play on fourth down from quarterback Vaughn Richardson, who got stuffed, so he pitched it back to receiver Steven Gee, who took it 31 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles responded with back-to-back touchdowns.
Taft tried to mount a comeback, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but were unable to recover a needed onside kick.
-- ESTEBAN RAMIREZ
West 35 Mira Monte 13
Running back Stanley Dunbard ran for 136 yards running and three touchdowns to pace the Vikings (4-5, 2-2 South Yosemite League) past the Lions (3-6, 1-2).
The Vikings controlled the game on the ground, as they accumulated 308 total rushing yards, mixed in with 78 yards passing by quarterback Enrique Salazar. All five of their touchdowns were scored on the ground, but Salazar mixed in just enough passing to keep the defense off-balance.
The Lions offense was led by running back J.C. Brown, who finished with 118 yards on 21 carries. Lions quarterback Lorenzo Johnson added 99 yards passing, but their was not much offense from the Lions otherwise.
The Lions defense scored a touchdown in the second quarter when defensive lineman Isaiaha Gonzales picked up a fumble by Dunbard and ran it back for a 30-yard touchdown.
-- Nestor Fernandez
Tehachapi 49, Foothill 14
Jorge Garcia rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors (8-1, 4-0 Southeast Yosemite League) past the Trojans (3-6, 2-2) to a Southeast Yosemite League victory.
Garcia's touchdowns came on runs of 2, 2 and 35 yards.
Tehachapi scored on two touchdown passes in the final 4 minutes of the second quarter.
The Warriors ate away most of the first-quarter clock to take an early lead, registering six first downs on an 11-play, 81-yard drive that was capped by Garcia's 2-yard touchdown run.
Foothill answered, converting three fourth-down conversions on a 46-yard drive that ended with a Brandon Fanning 7-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter .
On the Warriors' late first-half scores, quarterback Bobby Howell connected with Skylar Valencia on a 41-yard touchdown and to Jeremy Duff for a 10-yard touchdown for a 21-7 lead.
Tehachapi recorded 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, limiting the Foothill ground game to only 37 first-half rushing yards. Tehachapi also had an interception by Steven Cross and a fumble recovery by Blake Panek.
Brandon Fanning led Foothill with 96 yards rushing. In the second half, Fanning recorded a second rushing touchdown when Jacob Delarosa caught a tipped pass from Destin Penn to set up the score.
Brandon Palafox also had 47 yards rushing for the Trojans, all in the second half.
-- TOM SHEA
South 42, Golden Valley 27
Running back Tarrell Duke carried nine times for 119 yards, including touchdown runs of 35 and 48 yards, to lead the Rebels (6-3, 2-1 South Yosemite League) to a road victory.
Duke was also on the receiving end of a 66-yard touchdown pass from Eddy Perez. Perez finished the night 8-of-15 passing for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
Andrew Dean led the Bulldogs (3-6, 0-3 SYL) with 81 yards on 13 carries, and Luis Matos who had two touchdown catches of 20 yards.
-- Josh Bedingfield