Sophomore Jefferson Escobar kicked a 29-yard field goal with five seconds remaining Friday to lift South High to a 24-21 South Yosemite League victory over Golden Valley.
"It's only my first year playing football, but I wasn't nervous," Escobar said, "I'm actually a soccer player, and I make these kind of kicks all the time in practice."
Senior Keith Evans put the Rebels (7-2, 2-1 SYL) in position to win a share of the SYL title next week. He reeled in two passes on South's final drive, including a 19-yarder that put them in the red zone.
"Keith Evans and Asonte Johnson (both suspended last week) were just special tonight," South coach Cary Mills said. "They were both coming off a couple of quiet weeks, including a tough game against Ridgeview, but they both came through to keep us on pace to have the advantage in the playoffs."
Johnson rushed for 82 yards, including a 55-yard TD run, and Evans ran for 72 yards.
Garces 39, East 14
Running back Sheldon Croney rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Rams to a Southeast Yosemite League victory.
Garces forced four turnovers, including a fumble that linebacker Tanner Henderson returned 25 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 left in the first half, putting the Rams up 25-0.
East wideout Malik Nichols totaled 158 receiving yards, including a 60- yard touchdown catch with 3:26 left, but Garces' rushing attack was too much for the Blades.
The Rams finished with 306 rushing yards and held the Blades to just 76.
-- Zak Cowan
West 42, Mira Monte 0
Fondereaux Wilson filled in at quarterback and accounted for 248 rushing yards and five touchdowns to help the Vikings (5-4, 3-1 South Yosemite League) claim a share of the SYL championship at Booker Kilgore Stadium.
Wilson, who subbed for injured starter Enrique Salazar, ran for four scores and passed for another as the Vikings (5-4, 3-1) pulled away after a scoreless first quarter.
The Lions (0-3, 0-9) held Vikings running back Stanley Dubard to 62 yards on nine attempts. Dubard scored on a 12-yard run in the third quarter.
Wilson opened the scoring on a 37-yard run early in the second quarter. After the Vikings recovered an onside kick, Wilson connected with Tylor Williams on a 20-yard score on a long fourth-down play.
Wilson also scored on runs of 70, 10 and 48 yards.
Wasco 42, Arvin 12
WASCO -- Chicho Martinez made 26 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers (7-2, 4-1 South Sequoia League) to victory.
Derek Adams had 151 rushing yards on 11 carries to lead Arvin (4-5, 2-3 SSL), which trailed 14-12 at halftime.
Fresno Chr. 28, NW Christian 8
Deven Hilberg had 18 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown in a losing cause for the host Guardians (5-4) in an eight-man game.
Mathew Zobel had 16 tackles, caused one fumble and recovered another for the Guardians.
Liberty 42, Independence 7
Anthony Mariscal had four touchdowns -- two rushing, one on defense and another on special teams -- to lead the Patriots (8-1, 3-1 Southwest Yosemite League).
Mariscal made his impact felt on Independence's first drive. Independence was putting together a good drive, but a pass by the Falcons' Tyler Smith in the backfield was fumbled. Mariscal picked up the ball at the Patriots' 26-yard line and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown and an Liberty lead.
Liberty's defense never allowed the Falcons' offense to get going. The Patriots held Independence to 217 yards, intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble.
The lone touchdown by the Falcons (4-5, 0-4 SWYL) came in the second quarter when Smith connected with Chris Ellis for a 67-yarder late in the second qaurter. On the ensuing kickoff, Mariscal broke a couple of tackles and went 70 yards for another score.
-- Esteban Ramirez
North 26, Highland 13
David Reyes carried 14 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Stars to their first home victory of the season.
North's defense came up big twice in the fourth quarter. After pinning Highland (1-8, 0-4 Southeast Yosemite League) deep, North (3-6, 2-2) forced a safety. Later, Joe Rogers returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown that put the game away.
Tehachapi 49, Foothill 7
TEHACHAPI -- The Warriors (7-2; 4-0 Southeast Yosemite League) scored five first-quarter touchdowns to run away with a victory over Foothill.
Skylar Valencia had touchdown runs of 33, 8 and 8 yards, finishing with 106 yards on just six carries.
Chris Llamas went 4-4 passing for 55 yards, all in the first quarter, completing a 16-yard TD pass Micah Fjeld for Tehachapi's fifth touchdown of the game.
The Warriors benched their starters at the beginning of the second quarter after going up 42-7 on a Chris Rhodes 1-yard touchdown run.
Trent Reynolds added another goal- line score in the third quarter on a 3-yard run. Ray Hackleman was the second-leading rusher for the Warriors with 89 yards on 12 carries.
For Foothill (1-8, 0-4 SEYL), Demetrius Alexander hauled in a 65-yard reception from quarterback Randy Rodriguez in the first quarter to set up a Daniel Graham 1-yard touchdown run.
Rodriguez finished with five completions for 131 yards. Alexander led all receivers with two receptions for 79 yards, followed by Michael Evaro with two receptions for 40 yards.
Shafter 50, Chavez 14
Kyle Millwee completed 12 of 17 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns, and Richard Nourse caught five passes for 151 yards and two TDs as the Generals rolled.
Shafter (6-3, 4-1 South Sequoia League) stayed in the SSL race with its rivalry game against Wasco (also 4-1 SSL) next week.