Featured photo – Zach Presno rushed for three touchdowns in the first half against Bullard, leading the Bears to the victory on Sept. 1 at McLane Stadium. Presno also plays linebacker and was a catcher on the 2016 national champion baseball team. [Nick Baker/Clovis Roundup]
By Paul Meadors | Sports Editor
Buchanan took control from the onset in their much anticipated Sept. 1 matchup with Bullard at McLane and pounded their way to an impressive 28-17 win to improve to 2-0 on the season under first-year coach Matt Giordano.
Yes, pounded – as in rushing for four touchdowns, controlling the line of scrimmage and thumping the home team early as the Bears led 28-0 at halftime before the Knights (1-1) made things a bit interesting.
Trevor Ervin and Zach Presno, perhaps the Valley’s newest two-headed running back monster, led the offensive charge, combining for 147 yards and accounting for all four touchdowns on the ground, including three from Presno, who doubles as an impact linebacker. Both run with determination, and, more importantly, both check their egos at the door.
“Trevor and Zach are both great assets to have on offense,” said Giordano, who played nine years in the NFL. “What makes them so effective is that there is no selfish ego amongst the two of them – they are all about the team.”
Ervin left the game with a knee injury and was seen with an ice pack later in the game. Giordano said he should be ready to go for the Week 3 game against Lemoore.
But Bullard didn’t go down lightly as they whittled down the Bear’s four-touchdown lead in the second half to make the game, at one time seemingly out of reach, at least respectable. They scored with 26 seconds left in the game on a short touchdown run by quarterback Jack Taylor.
But the talk of the game was the way the Bears manhandled the Knights, especially in the trenches with defensive stalwarts Logan Fogg, Toa Scanlan, Ryan Bacon and Anthony Montalvo.
Presno’s three touchdowns were a one-yard plunge in the first quarter, a seven-yard run in the second and finally, another three-yarder with 1:20 left just before halftime. Ervin scored his on a four-yard burst in the second quarter.
“I am very thankful for the win, beating Bullard is never easy,” Giordano said, also crediting his assistant coaches, namely offensive coordinator Mike Cooper and defensive coordinator Mike Vogt. “Coach Arax does a good job of putting a competitive and physical team together every year.”
Giordano also praised the play of offensive lineman Ardie Burton and Noah Washburn, who made a great catch on third-and long to keep alive a key drive in the second quarter, setting up a Presno’s third touchdown.
“They [Bullard] were circled on the calendar and we knew what we had to do in order to come out on top,” Presno said. “We had to start fast and finish strong and that’s exactly what we did.”