Hanford vs. Golden West

VISALIA — After back-to-back losses of 14 points or more, Hanford came close on Friday at the Neighbor Bowl, but couldn’t hold off Golden West in the fourth quarter falling 28-22.

Hanford (1-7, 1-3 WYL) continues to slide, losing its third game in a row and falling to sixth in the West Yosemite League standings.

Hanford trailed 14-13 at halftime and trailed 20-19 entering the fourth. The Bullpups scored early in the fourth to take a 22-20 lead. Golden West (6-1, 2-1 WYL) would answer back with its own touchdown late and Hanford was unable to respond.

Hanford quarterback Juaron Watts-Brown was 9-of-12 for 73 yards passing with a touchdown and interception. He also carried the ball 14 times for 54 yards, but wide receiver Jupri Hughes led the ground game with 55 yards on five carries. Hughes caught two passes for nine yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver Adam Avila led the receiving corps with one catch for 34 yards. Backup quarterback Theron Dutra had 10 carries for 35 yards and two touchdowns.

Up next, Hanford faces Mt. Whitney (2-5, 1-2 WYL) at home on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game is also Hanford’s homecoming.

Lemoore vs. Mt. Whitney

LEMOORE — The Tigers got back on the winning track with a 42-35 home victory over the Pioneers on Friday at Tiger Stadium.

Lemoore running back Damion Charleston got the scoring started with a 64-yard run in the first quarter. Mt. Whitney (2-5, 1-2 WYL) didn’t take long to answer as it scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass a little over two minutes later.

The second quarter was a back and forth affair starting with the Pioneers touchdown to put them up 14-7. Lemoore quarterback Kristian Gaytan fired an 80-yard pass to Jack Foote to knot the game. Foote finished the game with five catches for 136 yards and Gaytan was 7-for-12 with 154 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Pioneers answered again and Tigers running back Amier Hollis did the same with a 16-yard run to the end zone. The Pioneers led 21-20 at half due to a failed PAT.

After Mt. Whitney took the lead in the third, Lemoore (4-4, 3-1 WYL) scored consecutive touchdowns to take a 35-28 lead.

The first came on a one-yard Gaytan run and the second on a 52-yard run by Brandon Hargrove. Hargrove had five carries for 107 yards was one of three, 100-yard rushers on the night. Hollis had eight carries for 124 yards and Charleston had a team-high 167 yards on 16 carries.

The Tigers iced the game with a late touchdown pass to Xaviar Logan who was the only other receiver to catch a pass.

Lemoore (4-4, 3-1 WYL) is on its bye week, but will host first-place El Diamante (4-3, 3-0 WYL) on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Mt. Whitney will take on Hanford (1-7, 1-3 WYL) on the road on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Hanford West vs. El Diamante

VISALIA — It seems as if Hanford West might have hit rock bottom after its latest 54-13 dismantling against El Diamante.

Friday night’s road loss was the Huskies fourth straight loss and third loss by 21 points or more. Their 41-point loss was their second worst loss on the year, after their 55-7 loss against San Joaquin Memorial in the preseason.

El Diamante (4-3, 3-0 WYL) is a Division 2 school compared to Hanford West’s Division 5 status, but now the Huskies face the grim (and real) prospect of going winless in league.

Their next two games are against Golden West and Redwood, who are both tied for third place in the WYL, while Hanford West is in dead last.

Huskies quarterback Ethan Natera was 16-for-24 for 160 yards and three interceptions. Running back Jayron Jenkins had 40 yards on 16 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per carry.

Antonio Perez continued to do his thing with 11 catches, but was only able to get 21 yards. Lavazyon Handsbur led the team with 81 yards on seven catches.

Hanford West (3-5, 0-4 WYL) will travel to face Golden West (6-1, 2-1 WYL) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. El Diamante puts its perfect league record on the line when they travel to face Redwood (4-3 2-1 WYL) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

*Redwood (4-3 2-1 WYL) had a bye week and will face El Diamante on the road on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Noe Garcia can be reached at (559) 583-2431 or ngarcia@hanfordsentinel.com. Follow Noe on Twitter at @noecarlosgarcia.

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