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By Felix Adamo / The Californian
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By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian
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By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
SHAFTER -- Just when it looked like Taft had overcome a 14-point deficit and appeared to be headed for a victory against South Sequoia League rival Shafter, the Generals pulled off an unthinkable 21-17 comeback victory of their own.
After Taft secured a first down inside Shafter's 20-yard line with a 17-14 lead and 1:20 to go, the Wildcats fumbled and Shafter's Miguel Aguilar recovered it. Shafter quarterback Kyle Millwee then orchestrated an 85-yard scoring drive, completing 5 of 8 passing attempts, including a 3-yard strike to Michael McManus to put the Generals up 21-17 with 21 seconds to go. Taft (3-3, 1-1 SSL) attempted to come back one more time but ran out of time as Shafter's fans stormed the field with a homecoming win celebration.
Millwee finished the game completing 12 of 25 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Chas Nourse had 105 receiving yards on seven catches, including three on the winning drive. Gabriel Cabezuela ran for 95 yards and a TD and also caught a key 41-yard pass on the scoring drive.
Shafter (4-2, 2-0) came out and scored on its first possession of the game and took a 14-3 lead at half.
Taft came out strong in the second half, led by a punt returner Joseph Sanchez, who zigged and zagged 67 yards all the way to the end zone for the Wildcats' first touchdown of the game to cut Shafter's lead to 14-10.
Despite four fumbles by the Wildcats, three of which came inside the Shafter 20-yard line, the Taft defense kept the Wildcats in the game by forcing straight punts and a turnover on downs.The final fumble, however, was too much.
Eddie Romo led Taft with 109 rushing yards on 19 carries. Sanchez also scored on a three-yard plunge into the end zone that put Taft up with 6:50 left.
-- JOELLE MILHOLM
Golden Valley 47, Foothill 0
Andrew Dean rushed for 227 net yards and four touchdowns, leading the Bulldogs (4-2) over the Trojans (1-4) in a non-league game.
The first half was disastrous for the Trojans, who allowed 27 points on turnovers, including fumbles on their first three drives.
Golden Valley was unstoppable on the ground during the first two quarters, with running back Andrew Dean gaining 155 of his 227 total yards in the first 24 minutes.
Foothill's rushing attack was its lone bright spot. Demetrius Alexander had 11 carries for 149 yards and Alejandro Villa had 18 carries for 115 yards.
-- Zak Cowan
Wasco 57, Chavez 3
DELANO-- Austin Sutton completed 4 of 6 passes for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Tigers to victory at Chavez (3-3, 0-2 SSL).
The Wasco (4-1, 1-0) defense did its part as well, holding the Titans to just 100 yards of total offense.
Terrance Grinner did his damage on the ground for the Tigers, rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.
BCHS 83, Kennedy 0
Junior quarterback Brandon Jones threw for 402 yards and set a Central Section record with nine passing touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a South Sequoia League victory.
Jones had 8 passing touchdowns in the first half alone, and was pulled from the game at the beginning of the third quarter. It was a long night for Kennedy, which was down 62-0 at half.
Jones' total of 9 touchdowns is tied for second in state history, according to Cal Hi Sports' record book. David Koral of Pacific Palisades threw 10 in a game in 1999.
Senior wide receiver Keith Blank had four catches for a total of 81 yards and had three receiving touchdowns for the Eagles.
Bakersfield Christian running back Matt Smith was benched after sustaining an ankle injury in the second quarter. He still had 7 carries for 73 yards and one touchdown
BCHS coach Jerald Pierucci added Jones's hard work in spring training has paid off.
"He's getting more and more comfortable. He's learning more every game, but we need to keep in mind that it's not how you start, it's how you finish," he said.
-- SCOTT CAMP
Highland 28, Mira Monte 13
Behind five field goals from kicker Joey Cooper, the Highland Scots beat the Mira Monte Lions in a non-league game to get their first win of the season.
Cooper went 5-of-7 kicking and made his kicks from 34, 32, 49, 24 and 19 yards out.
The Scots (1-4) enjoyed a big rushing day, totaling 316 yards as a team, while their defense was able to hold the Lions' rushing game to only 77 yards. Running back Alec Juarez led the way for the Scots with 96 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Mira Monte (0-6) had a 7-0 lead going into the second quarter, but on the first play of that quarter Juarez scored on a 44-yard rushing touchdown. The Scots continued their scoring output in the second quarter, outscoring the Lions 19-0.
The Lions tried to rally back in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run from wide receiver Mason Rollins, but they couldn't stop the Scots from running out the clock.