The Selma High football team could not keep pace with co-league leader Dinuba on Friday night in a 35-10 loss to the Emperors at Dinuba.
Selma only trailed 14-10 at halftime after a 40-yard field goal by Felipe Garcia with 3:07 left in the first half. But Dinuba (6-1, 2-0) outscored the Bears 21-0 in the second half.
The victory kept Dinuba in a first-place tie in the Central Sequoia League with Central Valley Christian and kept Selma (5-2, 0-2) win-less in league. It was only the Bears' second regular-season loss in 18 games.
Selma hopes flickered in the first quarter when Junior Ramirez ran 24 yards for a touchdown to put the Bears up 7-0 with 7:40 left. But Dinuba tied the game 2 ½ minutes later on a 2-yard run by Alek Marroquin.
Marroquin’s 26-yard TD run put Dinuba ahead 14-7 with 8:21 left in the first half and preceded Garcia’s long field goal.
The second half was all Emperors, though, as Lucas Tuttle had a 3-yard TD run with 1:55 left in the third quarter, Christian Devorva caught a 14-yard TD pass from Josh Magana with 10:09 left in the third quarter for 28-10 and Kenny Villalobos scored on a 16-yard TD run with 6:48 left in the game to close out the scoring.
Dinuba out-gained Selma 345-138 and averaged 6.1 yards per play to 3.5 for the Bears. The Emperors also had 19 first downs to six for Selma.
Dinuba had 194 yards passing to 87 for Selma and out-rushed the Bears 151-51.
Ramirez led Selma in rushing with 25 yards and one TD and passed for 87 yards. Patrick Angelo was Selma’s second-leading rusher with 22 yards on seven carries.
Marroquin paced Dinuba with 74 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Jacob Martinez and Ivan Valdez each had one reception for Selma for 35 and 33 yards, respectively.
Ramirez led the Bears with 8 ½ tackles and Brian Ching and Adam Rodriguez chipped in with seven apiece. Chris Romero had five tackles for the Bears and Dante Guicho four.
Selma is at Immanuel at 7:30 p.m. Friday.