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Los Banos Mayor Tommy Jones holds up the "Cotton Bale" that goes to the winning team between Los Banos and Dos Palos.  Dos Palos has held on to the "Bale" for the past 11 years.
Los Banos Mayor Tommy Jones holds up the "Cotton Bale" that goes to the winning team between Los Banos and Dos Palos. Dos Palos has held on to the "Bale" for the past 11 years. Los Banos Enterprise

Buhach Colony and Beyer high schools, scoreless after the first quarter, nearly short-circuited the scoreboard before the final gun.

Buhach Colony and its 436 yards rushing were too much for Beyer in a 37-34 nonleague victory Friday night at Johansen High.

Sophomore Corey Chapman rushed for 213 yards in 16 carries, including touchdowns of 26 and 70 yards. He ran for two two-point conversions and kicked an extra point for the Thunder (2-1).

Beyer senior Shaun Smith rushed for 140 yards in 14 carries and scored four touchdowns, but the Patriots (0-2) were doing the chasing after falling behind 37-20 in the fourth quarter.

"I'm proud of the way the kids came back, but we have to eliminate the mistakes," Beyer coach Doug Severe said. "We were out of position a couple of times and lost contain."

Buhach managed to stop Beyer long enough to build a cushion. An interception by Daniel Bolser led to a 13-yard touchdown down run by quarterback Kyle Davey, then David Campbell's interception set up a 70-yard gallop by Chapman on the next play that made it 29-12 on the first play of the fourth period.

"We couldn't stop them; they couldn't stop us," Thunder coach Kevin Swartwood said. "But our defense did stop them a couple of times."

Davey, who threw 35 times last week in a loss to Sierra, threw only six passes against Beyer. But he rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns in eight carries, and Campbell rushed for 55 yards in 12 carries, including the clinching first down with a minute left.

"We thought we could keep it on the ground," Swartwood said. "I'd rather keep it on the ground, control the clock."

GUSTINE 35, DENAIR 7, at Gustine -- Senior tailback Felix Figueroa rushed 17 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns, and the Redskins improved to 2-0 for the first time in six years. Figueroa, who has totaled seven TDs during the first two games, swept 60 yards into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.

Denair (0-2), limited to only 95 rushing yards, picked up its only touchdown late in the game.

LIVINGSTON 28, RIVERBANK 18, at Riverbank -- Kevin Villalobos (12 carries, 90 yards) scored on a 2-yard run late in the first half and then Damian Aguilar tossed a 10-yard TD to Edwin Dina before halftime to send the Wolves (1-1) past the Bruins (0-2).

Donovan Wallace did his best to keep Riverbank in the game, returning a punt 71 yards for a TD in the first quarter and taking a kickoff back 96 yards in the second quarter. He also rushed for 70 yards and threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Andrew Franco -- cutting Livingston's lead to 28-18. The Wolves stopped the two-point attempt, however, to seal the win.

LINDEN 34, WATERFORD 7, at Linden -- The Lions (1-0), after being pounded 55-0 in their opener, jumped to a 21-0 halftime lead on their way past the Wildcats (0-2).

BIG VALLEY 55, CRISTO REY 8, at Modesto -- Senior fullback Blake Sturdivan (12 carries, 196 yards) totaled five touchdowns before halftime during the Lions' successful season opener. D.J. Plichta and John Bunting also scored for Big Valley, which built a 47-8 halftime lead over the Sacramento-based Saints.

LOS BANOS 49, DOS PALOS 10, at Dos Palos -- Rubal "The Showman" Sangha's 97-yard kickoff return, the first of his three touchdowns, sparked the Tigers (2-1) to their first win in 12 years over the archrival Broncos in the "West Side War." Los Banos ripped to a 42-3 halftime lead which featured two TD passes from Erik Martin to Sangha.

Los Banos took advantage of its size, dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Martin was given plenty of time to rack up 182 passing yards and two TDs on a 10 of 15 passing performance.

The LB running game fared pretty well too as Darron Brown racked up 75 yards and Saul Zavala added 86.

PITMAN 24, OAKMONT 0, at Turlock -- The Pride (2-1) scored on their first drive of the game, a 23-yard strike from Tyler Snodgrass to Matt Lavender, and the defense took control after that in the shutout victory over the Vikings.

"We were a little inconsistent on offense, but the defense was solid throughout," Pitman coach Brandon Harris said. "We had a really strong game by (linebacker) Ricky Eckert and (defensive end) Andy Jennings, in particular. They were making a lot of plays, as was our entire defense."

Jeremy Davis put Pitman up 14-0 with a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and Robert Beale put it out of reach in the third when he caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Snodgrass. Tyler Harris added a field goal in the fourth, as well as all three extra point kicks.

CHOWCHILLA 44, LeGRAND 13, at Chowchilla -- The Bulldogs (0-2) trailed 44-0 before they picked up two late touchdowns. Chowchilla's Kyle Espinosa accounted for three touchdowns, including a 51-yard punt return and a 74-yard run.

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