Centennial sophomore running back Brandon Robinson scored three touchdowns to highlight a 161-yard performance, leading the Golden Hawks to a 28-6 Southwest Yosemite League victory over Independence Friday night.
In the first half, Robinson found the end zone twice, once on a 60-yard sprint, to help give the Golden Hawks (5-3, 2-1 SWYL) a 14-6 lead at intermission.
Independence (4-4, 0-3 SWYL) hung close in the first half, thanks to the mobile quarterback Jordan Wiley, who scored the Falcons' lone touchdown on a keeper on the first drive of the game.
The Golden Hawks came out strong in the third quarter, however, scoring on the first drive as Robinson scored on a 4-yard plunge for his final TD of the night. Fellow running back Andrew Straw scored later in the third to seal the victory.
The Falcons tried to rally behind Wiley's short slant passes to D.J. Reed but couldn't reach the end zone.
Centennial bounced back after last week's 32-7 loss to Stockdale. The Hawks have a showdown at Bakersfield High next week.
-- JOELLE MILHOLM
Tehachapi 42, North 7
Skylar Valencia rushed for 199 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a Southeast Yosemite League win.
After Tehachapi (6-2; 2-0 SEYL) forced the Stars into a three-and-out on their first two series of the game, Valencia scored on both ensuing Tehachapi possessions, reaching the 100-yard rushing mark before halftime.
He had TD runs of 20, 63, 5, 48 and 17 yards.
Valencia is the second Warrior running back to score five touchdowns in a game this season and only the fourth in the program's history.
Tehachapi churned out 322 rushing yards, with Christian Terle providing 50 yards on 10 carries and Trent Reynolds 41 yards on the ground and a fourth-quarter goal line score.
For North (2-6; 1-2 SEYL), Steven Twiss and David Reyes helped guide the Stars on a 77-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, with Twiss punching in a quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-goal situation.
Twiss finished with 10 completions for 92 yards, while Reyes had a combined 67 yards rushing and receiving.
-- TOM SHEA
East 7, Highland 0
Running back Raydell McCollins-Johnson ran for 109 yards on 30 carries to lead the Blades to a Southeast Yosemite League victory.
Quarterback Bryan Garcia rushed for 75 yards for the Scots (1-7, 0-3) but East's defense kept Highland to 0-for-7 passing.
Blake Sherman passed for 152 yards for the Blades and directed a balanced attack.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Blades (3-5, 2-1 SEYL) got on the board with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Sherman to wideout Malik Nichols. Then, the Blades' defense took over.
In the second half, Highland failed to register an offensive drive of more than 10 yards, punted three times and turned the ball over once in the red zone.
-- Zak Cowan
Shafter 42, Arvin 0
Kyle Milwee threw for 383 yards and five touchdown passes and Richard Nourse added 200 receiving yards and five TDs as the Generals rolled to a South Sequoia League victory.
Arvin running back Juanito Espinoza had nine carries for 45 yards. The Generals had a 21-0 lead at halftime and added an immediate touchdown in the opening drive of the third quarter.
Shafter wide receiver Garrett Bloemhof had four catches for 76 yards.
-- SCOTT CAMP
Golden Valley 35, Mira Monte 0
Led by Tyler Waters, who finished with 210 passing yards and two touchdowns, and 40 yards rushing with another touchdown, the Golden Valley Bulldogs coasted to a non-league win.
Bulldogs running back Andrew Dean also had three touchdowns, two rushing and a 34 yard reception from Waters. The Bulldogs' defense held the Lions to only 25 rushing yards and 32 passing yards.
-- NESTOR FERNANDEZ
Wasco 31, Taft 3
WASCO -- Quarterback Austin Sutton had 144 rushing yards and two touchdown on 17 carries to lead Wasco (6-2, 3-1 South Sequoia League).
Despite the Tigers' leading rushers Terrance Ginner and Isaiah Sharp out with injuries, Wasco still racked up 443 yards and four TDs on the ground.
Sutton was one of three Tigers players to go over 100 rushing yards.
Running back Casper Lopez had 139 yard and one TD on 15 carries (all in the first half) and running back Chicho Martinez had 111 yards and one TD on 16 carries (all in the second half).
Taft (3-5, 1-3 SSL) had a first-quarter 3-0 lead but Wasco shut the Wildcats down after that.
Taft had only 97 net yards and only five first downs in the game.
-- Esteban Ramirez
Garces 48, Foothill 7
Jake Pavletich completed all nine of his passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns to power the Rams (6-2, 3-2 Southeast Yosemite League) to victory over the host Trojans (1-7, 0-3 ).
Sheldon Croney carried 17 times for 144 yards and three scores. The Rams had pulled most of their starters by the start of the second half.
The Garces defense forced two turnovers, including a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by Blake Logan, and held the Trojans to just 78 yards of total offense.
-- JOSH BEDINGFIELD
West 38, Ridgeview 28
Stanley Dubard ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a South Yosemite League victory.
West (3-5, 2-1 SYL) went into halftime trailing 21-7 after Ridgeview (4-5, 2-1) had two touchdown passes by Lawrence White and a 73-yard scoring run by Darius Smith.
But the Vikings answered in the second half, running a ground and pound offense that led to four second-half touchdowns, including Dubar's three scores.
Ridgeview's White had a near perfect night, completing 11 of 12 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns.
-- FRANCIS MAYER