By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Quarterback Preston Hodges, who was crowned homecoming king at halftime, led Independence with 337 total yards and scored three touchdowns to spark a 55-21 non-league victory Friday over East.
The Falcons (4-1) took control from the beginning, their offense generating 492 yards.
Hodges passed for 211 yards, and ran for 126 yards. The Falcons as a team rushed for 381 yards.
East (0-5) got a good performance from running back Tanner Vieyra, who had 130 yards on 24 carries, but the Blades just weren't able to keep up with the Falcons.
The game started to turn Independence's way in the second quarter when it scored 21 points unanswered points and outscored the Blades 27-7.
The Falcons started off the quarter with a 94-yard touchdown pass from Hodges to Jon Moore on third down.
The Falcons had four touchdown plays go for more than 40 yards. On another 90-yard TD, wide receiver Derek Check took a sweep for 60 yards, and right before a defender wrapped him up, he lateraled back to running back DJ Reed, who carried the last 30 yards for a TD.
-- ESTEBAN RAMIREZ
Bakersfield Christian 46, Kennedy 12
Running back Matt Smith carried the ball 23 times for 128 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a victory at home over the Thunderbirds.
Bakersfield Christian (4-1, 2-0 South Sequoia League) quarterback Jake Thompson also had a big game. He completed nine passes for 141 yards and a touchdown while carrying the ball 11 times for 120 yards and two scores before leaving the game after taking a big hit late in the third quarter.
Kennedy (2-4, 0-2 SSL) quarterback Rolando Arrona had touchdown passes of 30 and 4 yards for the Thunderhawks only scores.
-- JOSH BEDINGFIELD
South 41, North 7
Keith Evans scored three touchdowns to lead the Rebels (4-1) to the Sword & Scabbard Trophy over the longtime rival Stars (0-5).
The 27-season tradition was tied at 24 wins with three ties. South now has a one-game lead in the series.
"We always take rivalry games seriously," South coach John Wren said. "And the turning point was really Edgar Velasquez's punt block in North's end zone. I can't think of many games I've lost where we've blocked a kick."
It was Velasquez's second blocked kick in as many games. Alex Kramer recovered in the end zone for a South touchdown in the first quarter.
North running back David Reyes ran for 171 yards and a touchdown behind the ferocious blocking of Jarred Dorton.
"That kid is 6-foot-7 and weighs 330 pounds and he's only a junior," Wren said. "We had no answer for him, and Reyes was able rack up some major yards behind him."
Tarrell Duke carried eight times for 111 yards and had two touchdowns for the Rebels.
"The whole coaching staff has taught me how to find the holes that my line creates, and it's coming together," Duke said.
-- FRANCIS MAYER
Golden Valley 14, Foothill 13
The Bulldogs (3-3) blocked an extra point attempt with 8:51 left, and it proved to be the difference as they defeated the Trojans (1-4) at Foothill High.
Michael Buckner led Golden Valley with 92 yards on 13 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
Brandon Fanning led the Trojans with 202 yards on 33 carries with a touchdown.
Several penalties by the Trojans kept Golden Valley's fourth quarter, game-winning drive alive.
The Trojans took a 7-0 lead after a 32-yard run by Montel Littles put the ball on the Bulldogs 5-yard line and Fanning scored on the very next playwith just 1:31 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs intercepted two passes, recovered four Foothill fumbles and held the Trojans to just seven yards passing.
-- NESTOR FERNANDEZ
Tehachapi 34, West 29
At West, the Warriors scored on their first three possessions and fought off a fourth quarter comeback by the Vikings for the road win.
Tehachapi (4-1) was cruising early, going 53 yards in six plays on its first drive, capping it with a Jorge Garcia 17 yard touchdown run.
Garcia ran for a game-high 122 yards.
Barry Jones and Skylar Valencia each had two touchdown runs for the Warriors, complementing Garcia in the running game with a combined 156 rushing yards.
West (2-3) rallied in the fourth quarter. The Vikings trailed 34-16 before Javaundre Howington caught a 23- yard touchdown pass from Enrique Salazar and Stanley Dubard scored on a 29-yard run in consecutive possessions.
However, the Warriors ran nearly all of the remaining time off the clock, giving West only seven seconds on its final drive.
Salazar connected with Micah Mitchell on a 5-yard completion before time ran out, finishing the contest with 13 completions for 166 yards.
Dubard led West in rushing with 92 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
-- TOM SHEA