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Saturday, Sep 15 2012 12:35 AM

Sharp powers Wasco

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    By Shelby Mack / The Bakersfield Californian

    Wasco running back Isaiah Sharp and the rest of the Tigers will face their toughest test yet this season when Bakersfield Christian comes into town.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Bakersfield Californian

    Golden Valley wide receiver Demetric Fair (left) attempts to avoid being tackled by Wasco defensive back Terrance Grinner (center) during the game at Golden Valley on Friday night.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Bakersfield Californian

    Golden Valley running back Andrew Dean attempts to break away from the other players during the game against Wasco at Golden Valley on Friday night.

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    By Shelby Mack / The Bakersfield Californian

    Wasco running back Casper Lopez is tackled Golden Valley linebacker Joe Aguirre during the game at Golden Valley on Friday night.

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BY JOE CONROY Special to The Californian

Wasco High entered 2012 expecting to play deep into the winter season.

And so far, they've given every indication that will be exactly the case.

Friday night was just the latest example of Wasco's prowess, dominating Golden Valley 62-18 in a game during which the Bulldogs' defense spent most of the night watching the No. 3 on the back of Isaiah Sharp's jersey grow smaller and smaller.

The Tigers (3-0) needed just eight offensive plays from scrimmage to go up 21-0 in the first quarter, led by a pair of 81-yard scoring runs by Sharp.

The sophomore scored three times in the first half, amassing 338 yards by the end of the night.

And when it wasn't Sharp slicing through Golden Valley's secondary, it was either Terrance Grinner or Casper Lopez the Bulldogs were chasing.

Those two combined to average 14 yards per carry and added four touchdowns rushing and receiving.

The Bulldogs (1-3) had 12 points midway through the second quarter, but even by that point it was already too late, trailing by 29 points.

Nifty play-calling by head coach Erich Smith and a relentless passing attack (290 yards on 16 of 36 by Alex Soto) shone through for a Golden Valley squad that looked overwhelmed at times by Wasco's myriad weapons and swarming defense.

It was Wasco's third straight victory to open the campaign, having dispatched Mira Monte and Corcoran without batting an eye, winning by a combined 81 points before an early week off.

In fact, the Tigers (3-0) might not be tested until they open South Sequioa League play against Chavez High. Wasco's competition next week, East, dropped to 0-3 Friday after a 30-27 loss to South.

While Wasco is looking to take control of the SSL, especially now that former rival Tehachapi moved to the Southeast Yosemite League, Golden Valley is still trying to find itself.

The Bulldogs opened the season with a 41-31 road win over Taft, but have since dropped three straight, including a rout (77-34 at Garces) and a heartbreaking home opener (24-20 to Highland).

Next week, Golden Valley will host North.

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