Just when it looked like Clovis North was about to sink against a red-hot Central-Fresno team on Thursday, Oct. 23, the Broncos not only overcame a 12-0 deficit, they galloped to a rout over the Grizzlies; who were winners of four straight entering Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Led by its high-powered locomotive at running back Bolu Olurunfunmi, the Broncos gained sole possession of first place in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, beating the Grizzlies 41-15 to improve to 3-0 in league play.
Olurunfunmi - the future UCLA Bruin - dominated the second half and finished with 269 rushing yards and three touchdowns from 49, 63 and 87 yards out. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior was limited to 48 yards in the first two quarters before hitting his stride.
The Broncos (5-3 overall) can clinch at least a share of the TRAC title with a victory over Clovis (5-3, 2-1 in the TRAC) on Friday, Oct. 31, at Lamonica Stadium.
CMAC (COUNTY METRO APACHE CONFERENCE)
Sanger High followed its nail-biter victory against mighty Edison-Fresno by knocking off the surprise team of the CMAC on Oct. 24: Madera High.
Led by another stout defensive display and its deep backfield, Sanger pounded the 6-2 Coyotes 38-0 at Sanger's Tom Flores Stadium.
The Apaches (6-2, 3-0 in the CMAC) continued to rely on their run-first philosophy and deep backfield. Four of Sanger's five touchdowns were on running plays, with Andrew Azua scoring twice on 5 and 7-yard runs. Sanger tallied 195 combined yards on the ground.
Defensively, the Apaches held the high-octane Pistol Wing-T offense of Madera to 151 yards. None of the Coyote running backs gained over 100 yards individually.
Sanger can clinch at least a share of the CMAC championship by beating Bullard-Fresno on Friday, Oct. 31.
HARRIS GOES INTO THE TULARE UNION RECORD BOOKS
Romello Harris got into a running back's duel with Porterville's Isaiah Jones, with both players combining for 747 yards and nine touchdowns.
But it was Harris' 402 yards, 41 carries and five touchdowns that lifted Tulare Union to the 55-34 shootout victory over the Panthers, putting the Redskins at 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the East Yosemite League.
Harris, who's previous best was 357 yards in the 49-28 win over Kingsburg on Sept. 18, shattered a school record with his 402-yard night.
According to high school website Max Preps, Harris is the state's fourth leading rusher. The junior has 1,765 yards and 20 touchdowns through eight games.
MANSERA MAULS THE PIRATES
Mondo Mansera of Pioneer Valley-Santa Maria, who's arguably Santa Barbara County's most underrated running back, rushed to 231 yards on 27 carries and scored five times - with all of his touchdowns coming in the first half of the Panthers' 47-7 road rout of Santa Ynez.
Mansera, a senior, had all of his touchdowns ranging from 5 to 37 yards out. In seven games, he has 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Panthers, who improved to 4-4 and 2-1 in the Los Padres League.
BISHARAT GOES OFF AGAINST SACRAMENTO REGION POWERHOUSE
Beau Bisharat - all 6-foot-2, 215-pounds of him - powered his way to 180 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns as Jesuit defeated Franklin 35-19.
Bisharat averaged 11.3 yards per carry. Two of his scores went for 78 and 54 yards.
The Class of 2016 running back is already a wanted recruit by different college teams. He holds five scholarship offers, four of them from the PAC-12 (Cal-Berkeley, Colorado, Washington and Washington State). Eastern Washington of the Football Championship Subdivision is his fifth offer.