West High scored three touchdowns in a six-minute span at the end of the first half to turn a one-point deficit into a 16-point lead on the way to a 31-21 season-opening victory Friday at East High.
West's Stanley Dubard rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns, while Joshua Boyd ran for 89 yards and scored one TD.
Viking quarterback Enrique Salazar kept East's defense off balance by completing 6 of 8 passes for 145 yards and a score.
The East running game sputtered after Sergio Rivera went down in the second half, but junior Josh Carillo got the Blades moving in the second half. The junior rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries, scoring one touchdown and setting up another rushing TD by quarterback Blake Sherman.
East seemed to find itself in the second half, but turnovers and a lack of time prevented a comeback.
Arvin 16, Highland 13
Carlos Parra rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Derek Adams rushed for 66 yards to lead the visiting Bears to victory
With less than 30 seconds left in the first quarter, Highland was first on the board with a 57-yard touchdown from quarterback Bryan Garcia to wideout David Garcia Jr.
Arvin answered with a touchdown of its own six minutes into the second quarter when running back Carlos Parra smashed through from the 3-yard line.
The touchdown from Parra helped put an end to the Bears' struggles against a suffocating Highland defense, and the teams went in to halftime tied 6-6, despite Arvin's four penalties for 34 yards through the first 24 minutes.
In the second half, Parra punched in his second touchdown of the game, but the Scots answered when John Stanley returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown.
A 37-yard field goal by Arvin's Julio Ruiz early in the fourth quarter was the difference, as Arvin held the Scots at bay for the final nine minutes.
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Golden Valley 21, Taft 20
Andrew Dean rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a non-league victory in their season opener at home.
Dean's first touchdown helped the Bulldogs tie it 7-7. GV pulled ahead 14-7 when Jachi Harrell scored on a 1-yard TD run after the Bulldogs' Emanual Williams blocked a punt in the second quarter.
Taft cut the lead to 21-20 with fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 9 and 20 yards by Eddie Romo. A PAT kick after Romo's second touchdown missed, helping to seal Golden Valley's win.
Exeter 17, Tehachapi 7
TEHACHAPI -- Fueled by an inspired defense and a heavy dose of Austin Cardoza, the Monarchs steamrolled to a season-opening win over the host Warriors.
Exeter scored on its first two possessions for a 10-0 lead when Juan Castillo booted a 21-yard field goal and Austin Cardoza punched in a goal-line score that capped a 60-yard drive.
Cardoza finished with 153 yards on 29 carries to pace Exeter, while Javier Brito provided the air assault, completing 12 passes for 120 yards. Alex Cortez was Brito's main target, hauling in eight catches for 70 yards.
Gus Canales added an a 2-yard run in the third quarter to ice the win for the Monarchs.
Exeter limited Tehachapi to 158 yards of total offense, forcing five punts and a pair of turnover on downs in the fourth quarter.
Tehachapi's Skylar Valencia ran 1-yard for a TD at the beginning of the fourth quarter and finished with 89 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Shafter 42, Strathmore 14
SHAFTER -- The Generals rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit to win their season opener.
Liberty 42, Delano 6
The Patriots scored on a 77-yard touchdown run from running back George Mariscal on their first play from scrimmage on the way to winning in Bryan Nixon's debut as the Patriots' head coach.
After a three-and-out by the Tigers, the Patriots drove down again and scored on a five-play drive capped by a 7-yard touchdown from quarterback Josh Medina.
"This was a really good start," Nixon said of his team's performance. "I'm really proud of our kids. They came out prepared, they came out ready to play football and that's all I could ask for. My emotions were high to start the game because it's kind of a fresh start, but we wanted to get off on the right foot and they did that and I'm really proud of them."
Wasco 63, Mira Monte 6
The Tigers rolled to a season-opening victory at Mira Monte behind a five touchdown, 166-yard performance by Isaiah Sharp.
The junior running back racked up 100 yards and three scores in the first quarter.
"We were just trying to have fun tonight, but we've got to get serious because we (play Bakersfield High) next week, and there's no more playing around," Sharp said. "But I've got to give thanks to my line because they were creating huge holes for me to run through."
"We've got the animal next week," Wasco coach Rusvel Prado said, "Our main focus in the first half was to get the players in shape because we've got BHS next and we had to get as much work in as we possibly can. We are going to try and pull one out at Griffith Field next week."
Mojave 59, Northwest Chr. 12
Cameron Hill and Eric Burley had second-quarter touchdown runs of 65 and 60 yards, respectively, as the Mustangs built a 32-0 halftime lead.
Travon Powell returned the opening second-half kickoff 76 yards for a TD and added a 65-yard rushing TD later in the third quarter.
Kern Valley 53, Boron 20
LAKE ISABELLA-- Dalton Galliscompleted 9-of-12 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Broncs to the victory at home.
Gallis also finished with 9 carries for 69 yards. Reciever Cody Little caught six passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns for KV.