Independence was all about overcoming adversity on Friday night.
The Falcons were able to endure six turnovers, a 15-13 halftime deficit and an injury to running back Jalen Summerville but still came away with a 34-25 victory over Highland.
In a game that featured six lead changes, it was Independence (2-1) that came out on top after a great second half performance by Summerville. He ran for 141 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown, but left the game in an ambulance after a crushing hit late in the fourth quarter. His status was unknown late Friday.
Falcon quarterback Jordan Wiley completed six passes for 144 yards, including three touchdown passes to three different receivers, Chris Ellis, Fred Weaver and D.J. Reed.
Reed's score might have meant the most, as he reeled in a short pass from Wiley and then burst down the field to score the game's final touchdown with 3:17 to go.
On the previous possession, Highland (0-4) recovered a fumble after Summerville was injured. The Scots got the ball on the Falcons' 20 and trailed 27-22 with 7:20 left in the game.
The Falcons' defense held, forcing the Scots to settle for Joey Cooper's fourth field goal of the game that cut the lead to 27-25.
After Reed's touchdown, the Falcons' defense recorded two straight sacks that ended any hope of a Highland comeback.
Summerville became more effective as the game progressed. After being limited to only 26 first-half yards, he started the third quarter with a 47-yard touchdown run.
Independence had five first-half turnovers, four fumbles and an interception by Chase Cooper.
The Scots scored on four of the five possessions following the turnovers -- three Cooper field goals and a 25-yard pass from Breaker Brannan to John Stanley. Stanley added a 75-yard touchdown run for the Scots.
-- JOELLE MILHOLM
Bak. Christian 48, Exeter 22
Junior quarterback Brandon Jones completed 11-of-23 passes for 227 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Eagles (1-2) to their first victory of the season while handing the Monarchs their first loss of the season.
Matt Smith ran for 152 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and also caught a TD pass from Jones. Smith's second-quarter 1-yard TD run put the Eagles ahead for good.
Jones also ran for 37 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles, who built a 28-14 halftime lead after being tied 7-7 after one quarter.
After the Smith 1-yard TD, the Eagles converted on two consecutive turnovers by the Monarchs into touchdown passes by Jones: the first a 25-yard strike to Smith, and the second to receiver Josh Jackson, who had two TDs.
The Eagles tallied 254 passing yards and 245 rushing.
Exeter (3-1) tried to get back in the game by cutting into the lead before halftime with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Brito to Zeibak, but the Monarchs continued to struggle to stop Jones and the Eagles zone-read offense who started the second half two back-to-back touchdown passes to receiver Hayden Kuchta.
-- ESTEBAN RAMIREZ
Delano 21, North 14
DELANO -- Robert Rivera ran 51 yards for a third-quarter touchdown that proved to be the game-winner for the Tigers in the non-league game.
Rivera finished with 105 rushing yards on eight carries. His third-quarter score broke a 14-14 tie.
Tehachapi 51, Arvin 7
ARVIN -- Derek Adams returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown for the Bears, but it was all Warriors after that.
Tehachapi (2-2) quickly answered on its first offensive possession, an eight-play drive capped by a 24-yard touchdown run by Tyler Kroeger. Dakota Medovitch helped the Warriors go up for good midway through the first quarter with a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Skylar Valencia led the Warriors with 139 yards on 11 carries, including two third-quarter touchdowns. Anthony Curiel paced Tehachapi's ground game in the fourth quarter with 68 yards on nine carries and two rushing touchdowns.
David Carter had a punt block for a safety and Caleab Hutto had a rushing touchdown to account for the Warriors' other scores.
For Arvin (2-2), Adams completed three passes for 11 yards and had 23 yards rushing in addition to the kickoff return for a touchdown.
-- TOM SHEA
Porterville 42, Hanford 21
Sophomore running back Isaiah Jones ran for three touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a non-league victory. Jake Jones ran for two TDs for the Bullpups.
Foothill 18, Mira Monte 0
Senior running back Daniel Graham gained 80 yards on 17 carries to help the Trojans (1-2) earn their first win of the season.
With 10:45 left in the second quarter, Alwayne Mustin returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown to put the Trojans up 6-0 at halftime.
Foothill quarterback Randy Rodriguez completed 7 of 16 passes for 87 yards.
Fullback Joseph Gonzalez added an 11-yard touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter.
Kicker Jesse Cruz added a field goal in the 4th for Foothill.
-- SCOTT CAMP
South 47, East 0
Chris Garcia led an overwhelming rushing attack by the Rebels (3-0) with 83 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, as host South defeated the Blades (1-2) at home.
Ervin Holmes added 81 yards rushing, including a 75 yard TD run in the second quarter.
South dominated on both sides of the ball, amassing 327 yards on the ground.
The Rebels' defense allowed only 86 total yards and forced a pair of Blade turnovers.
Kern Valley 52, McFarland 2
MCFARLAND-- Quarterback Dalton Gallis completed 10 of 15 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncs.
Gallis also carried five times for 100 yards and another three scores. Bronc reciever Shane Hawk had six catches for 168 yards and two TDs.