LEMOORE - After 12 minutes of football, there was only one question left for Lemoore High fans: Who would be in the Homecoming court?
The issue on the field was settled quite early at Tiger Stadium Friday night, with the Tigers taking advantage of three interceptions and three fumbles in the opening stanza as the Tigers rolled to a 55-0 win over Golden West.
The win lifts the Tigers to 4-3 on the season and 2-1 in West Yosemite League action, while Golden West falls to 1-5 and 0-2, respectively.
(And for those of you who were wondering, it was Jessica Yang and Javier Aranda).
In addition to the win, Lemoore head coach Shannon Pulliam was pleased the Tigers escaped with no major injuries and he was able to empty the bench in the second half.
“Things really worked out. We put in a lot of hard work in practice and a lot of effort,” Pulliam said.
It was the fourth time Golden West had been shut out this season, all by lopsided scores as well – 67-0 to Mission Oak, 42-0 to Delano and 41-0 to Redwood in addition to a 62-22 loss to Kingsburg in the opening week of the season.
“We kept up the intensity the whole game,” Pulliam said. “There’s always a danger of overlooking teams in this situation.”
Golden West was also operating out of a new offense after their quarterback was hurt, Pulliam added.
It was the Tigers’ night from the opening kickoff, with Lemoore recovering a fumble of the runback on their own 20.
Caleb Baldwin gave Lemoore the only touchdown it would need on a 3-yard bootleg run with 9:36 left in the quarter.
Joshua Delfous had two interceptions in the opening stanza.
The first, on Golden West’s third play of the game, was returned to the 1, setting up Jeff Fagundes for the first of his three touchdowns in the quarter, that made it 14-0 with 8:22 left.
Delfous would not be denied on his second pick, taking it 26 yards into the end zone later in the quarter to make it 34-0.
Austin Trevino had Lemoore's other interception of the quarter, which led to Fagundes' second touchdown, on a 21-yard run.
Another fumble gave the Tigers the ball on the Blazers’ 35, leading to Fagundes’ third TD on a 10-yard run.
Lemoore added two more scores in the second quarter to make it 48-0 at the break, on a 7-yard run by Michael Brown and a 10-yard run by Doctor two seconds before the half came to a merciful end.
Pulliam emptied the bench in the second half, with the Tigers adding one more score on a 1-yard run by Ashton Davis in the fourth quarter.