This past weekend saw some great performances as some teams won titles and other teams came one step closer to titles.
*"Defense wins championships" may be the oldest football cliché out there but it still holds true. Section Champs Del Oro, Los Gatos, Valley Christian, De La Salle and McClymonds all held their opponents to twelve points or less a game on the way to titles.
*Speaking of defense, Escalon defeated Hilmar 23-0 to win the Sac- Joaquin Section DIV Championship. Earlier in the season, Escalon surrendered close to 500 yards total offense to Hilmar QB Nathan Costa. On Saturday Costa was held in check with under 200 yards total offense.
*Three year starting QB Karson Klauer led his San Benito squad to Central Coast Section title by hitting WR Art Esparza for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the game against Oak Grove. Klauer was 4 for 4 on the final drive to get the 27-21 win.
*RB Kenny Hedrington scored five touchdowns on the way to Bullard's 64-39 win over Madera. Next week, Hedrington and mates take on Bakersfield. Defensively Bullard will have to stop RB Terrel Young of Bakersfield who averaged over twenty yards a carry in the win over Clovis. This Central Section Championship should have tons of offense.
*Jon Blea of Yosemite had the game winning score on a fifty-six yard reception to help his team defeat Golden Valley. Next week Yosemite will face Lemoore for the Central Section DIII title.
*Darin Zumlin of Immanuel had seven grabs for over 200 receiving yards. Three of his catches went for touchdowns as the Eagles defeated Dos Palos.
*Emmanuel Lewis of Tulare added five more touchdowns in the win over Ridgeview. So far during the playoffs the senior QB has propelled his team to score nearly fifty points a game.
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