No. 5 Sunnyside dominates No. 4 Tulare Union, 46-14

No. 5 Sunnyside dominates No. 4 Tulare Union, 46-14


No. 5 Sunnyside dominates No. 4 Tulare Union, 46-14


A season that opened with great promise for the Tulare Union Redskins ended with great disappointment.

The Redskins’ bid for a fifth Central Section football championship was officially derailed Friday night in a 46-14 loss to the Sunnyside Wildcats in a Division II quarterfinal game at Bob Mathias Stadium.

Tulare Union (9-2) missed making the semifinal round for the second straight year — the Redskins lost to eventual Division II champion Ridgeview in last year’s quarterfinals.

The two teams’ playoffs seedings suggested that this should have been a competitive contest — Tulare Union was the No. 4 seed and Sunnyside was No. 5.

But Sunnyside (8-3) dominated in every facet of the game en route to a win that looked much easier than anyone would have predicted.

The Wildcats orchestrated three scoring drives of 78 yards or more in the first half en route to building a 25-7 halftime lead.

Sunnyside’s up-tempo, run-oriented offensive attack had the Redskins’ befuddled from the outset. Seven different Sunnyside players carried the ball for a combined 267 yards over the first two quarters. The Wildcats finished with 422 yards rushing on 53 carries.

Leading the Wildcats’ ground assault were Marcus Hawkins and Trae Magee. Hawkins had a game-high 123 yards on 12 carries. All of those yards were in the first half.

Magee carried the ball three times over the first half and the first minute of the third quarter and scored on all three plays — touchdown runs of 5, 43 and 6 yards, respectively.

Tulare Union could not answer Sunnyside’s scoring punches.

The Redskins were limited to 45 yards rushing in the first half, and finished with 94 yards on 27 carries — meager numbers for an offense that averaged over nine yards per carry for the first nine weeks of the regular season.

Kazmier Allen led the Redskins with 87 yards on 18 carries. He had one of Tulare Union’s two touchdowns — a 25-yard scoring jaunt in the middle of the third quarter that made it 33-14 Sunnyside.

Tulare Union’s first score was a 19-yard strike from junior quarterback Josh Guerrero to sophomore standout receiver Emoryie Edwards. It marked Edwards’ 11th touchdown catch of the season.

Guerrero finished 17-of-41 passing for 249 yards with three interceptions. Sunnyside responded with touchdown drives after Guerrero’s first two picks, and ran out the rest of the clock in the fourth quarter after the final interception.

While Friday’s loss officially closed the Redskins’ season, their hopes for an East Yosemite League championship and long Division II playoff run really were evaporated after senior star running back Romello Harris went down with a knee injury during a 55-34 win over Porterville on Oct. 23. Harris was among state rushing leaders with 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Tulare Union managed to win without Harris against Mission Oak, but his presence was greatly missed in losses to Tulare Western and Sunnyside.

Against Sunnyside, the Redskins squandered a 1st-and-goal opportunity from the Wildcat 4 yard line, coming away with no points. Tulare Union was 3-of-11 on third-down conversions, and only had one running play go for more than 11 yards.

Harris is still expected to sign a letter of intent to play major college football on Feb. 3. Washington State and Colorado State are amongst the schools pursuing Harris the hardest.







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First Quarter

S — Trae Magee 5 run (pass failed), 7:14

S — Nate Hughes 1 run (run failed), 8:28

S — Tajee Scott 22 run (kick failed), 5:37

TU — Emoryie Edwards 19 pass from Josh Guerrero (Alexis Perez kick), 2:36

S — Magee 43 run (Jesus Castaneda kick), 0:33

Third Quarter

S — Magee 6 run (Marcus Hawkins run), 11:14

TU — Kazmeir Allen 25 run (Perez kick), 6:21

S — Ricky Valderrama 32 run (Castaneda kick), 2:21

Fourth Quarter

S — Scott 35 run (kick failed), 5:36



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RUSHING — Sunnyside: Tajee Scott 13-101, Marucs Hawkins 12-123, Ricky Valderrama 6-78, Trae Magee 4-57, Travis Wilson 5-21, Devon Jones 3-18, Oliver Garcia 1-3, Kong Vang 1-2, Joshua Woods 1-2, Jesus Castaneda 1-(minus) 5, Johnny De La Cruz 2-16, Nate Hughes 3-(minus) 4, Andrew Ortega 1-10. Tulare Union: Kazmeir Allen 18-87, Josh Guerrero 9-7.

PASSING — Sunnyside: Hughes 3-11-0 38, Wilson 1-2-0 31. Tulare Union: Guerrero 17-41-3 249.

RECEIVING — Sunnyside: Scott 2-24, Elex Stovall 1-31, Ovell Patterson 1-14. Tulare Union: Emoryie Edwards 5-73, Elijah Dailey 5-51, Allen 3-22, Cassius Wade 2-55, Alonzo Anderson 2-48.

Records: Sunnyside 8-3, Tulare Union 9-2.

Sunnyside’s Aaron Mouton, right, gets by Tulare Union’s Xavier Alexander during Friday’s Central Section Division II quarterfinal game at Bob Mathias Stadium. Sunnyside won 46-14.

Sunnyside’s Aaron Mouton, right, gets by Tulare Union’s Xavier Alexander during Friday’s Central Section Division II quarterfinal game at Bob Mathias Stadium. Sunnyside won 46-14.


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