Lemoore vs. Sanger
LEMOORE — Lemoore lost a thriller in double overtime to Sanger and has now lost three games in a row.
The 40-38 nail-biter was close throughout with Lemoore (1-3) leading 21-19 at halftime. The score would remain the same entering the fourth quarter when more offense began to pileup.
Sanger (4-0) started the scoring in the fourth with a with a 5-yard touchdown from running back Orlando Douglas. The score put the Apaches out in front 25-21 after a failed 2-point conversion.
Douglas added to the lead again with another rushing touchdown that seemed to ice the game, 32-21, with three minutes to play.
Lemoore mounted a furious comeback with a late field goal and then recovered the ball from Sanger. With one last drive, Lemoore scored and tied the game on the 2-point conversion.
Neither team found the range in the first overtime, but in double overtime, Sanger quarterback Blake Wolf threw a 17-yard touchdown pass and another 2-point conversion made it 40-32. Lemoore then scored a rushing touchdown, but failed to convert the 2-point conversion.
Lemoore quarterback Kristian Gaytan finished with 187 yards on 19-of-29 passing and three touchdowns (one rushing) and two interceptions. Damion Charleston had an excellent game on the ground finishing with 19 carries for 113 yards.
Lemoore has its first West Yosemite League game this Friday at home against Redwood (2-2) at 7:30 p.m.
Hanford vs. Porterville
PORTERVILLE — Hanford couldn’t catch a break Friday night and fell to the Porterville Panthers 8-7 on the road.
The Bullpups (0-4) couldn’t get the late push they needed and had trouble finding any offense. Porterville (2-0) scored in the third, where the score would stand, and neither team could find their footing in the fourth quarter.
The Bullpups went with two quarterbacks, Joseph Estrella and Juaron Watts-brown, but both struggled on the night. Estrella was 3-for-10 with 33 yards passing and an interception. Watts-brown was 4-for-10 for 106 yards passing and a touchdown. Watts-brown was also the leading rusher for Hanford with 88 yards on 10 carries including a 56-yard run.
Daylon Davis had two receptions for 42 yards and the only touchdown for the Bullpups. Hanford led 7-0 at halftime.
Hanford and Hanford West (3-1) will play their first WYL game in the Dog Bowl this Friday at 7 p.m.
Golden West vs. Madera South
VISALIA — Golden West raced out to a 47-0 halftime lead on Friday and never looked back in their win against Madera South.
The Trailblazers (3-0) stayed undefeated with a 61-0 home thumping and now have an eight-game winning streak in the regular season dating back to 2016. Golden West scored 14 more points in the third quarter for the final score.
Madera South (1-3) was shut out for the first time this season and have struggled on offense. In four games, they’ve scored 35 points.
Golden West has only gotten better on defense allowing 14 points their first week, seven their second and now their first shutout.
The Trailblazers have their final preseason game against perfect Exeter (4-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Redwood vs. Tulare Western
VISALIA — Redwood lost a close one, 14-7, at home to Tulare Western on Friday.
Tulare Western (3-0) scored 14-points in the first quarter and took their lead into the half. Redwood (2-2) scored in the third to cut the deficit to seven points, but could get no more.
The Rangers have only managed seven points in back-to-back contests and will now face Lemoore (1-3) in the team’s first WYL match on the road on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
El Diamante vs. Dinuba
VISALIA — Dinuba’s Lucas Tuttle scored a one-yard touchdown in overtime to defeat El Diamante on the road 33-30.
El Diamante kicker Alex Saldana struck first in overtime with a field goal to put his team ahead 30-27 before Dinuba (3-0) scored their touchdown.
The Miners (1-3) found themselves down 21-7 at halftime before rallying in the second half. First, with a rushing touchdown in the third quarter and then twice more in the fourth via two passing touchdowns from El Diamante quarterback Parker Boswell.
El Diamante has their first WYL matchup on the road against Mt. Whitney (1-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Whitney vs. Mission Oak
TULARE — Mt. Whitney quarterback Spencer Tunnell threw four touchdown passes on the road and helped lead his team to their first win of the season over Mission Oak.
Tunnell was an efficient 19-of-31 with 277 yards in the air and one interception in the 30-10 blowout. Wide receiver Anthony Valencia was a big part of the win by hauling in seven catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. It was his third consecutive game with two touchdowns.
Mt. Whitney (1-3) had a 17-3 lead at halftime thanks to a Jason Garcia field goal, 15-yard touchdown reception from Valencia and a 35-yard touchdown catch from Jaedyn Pineda.
Valencia added his second touchdown in the third and Nate Perez caught one in the fourth.
Mission Oak (0-4) actually had more plays (64) and less penalties (7) than Mt. Whitney, but Mt. Whitney outgained them in first downs, 17-15.
Mt. Whitney opens WYL play against El Diamante (1-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.