Stallions get win on Homecoming
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South quarterback Ahmed Sharhan, left, celebrates with receiver Isaiah Ford after a 20-yard hook-up for the Stallion’s first touchdown in a 28-0 victory over Fresno.
The Madera South Stallions stayed on the ground and wore down the Fresno Warriors for a 28-0 victory on Homecoming night.
The Stallions rushed for 276 yards and got 100-plus rushing games from Erik Cervantes and Angelo Moreno to score 28 first half points to put away the Warriors early Friday night.
Ahmed Sharhan also threw for 52 yards and a touchdown to give the Stallions more than 300 yards of total offense.
Defensively, the Stallions held the Warriors to 155 total yards, including 55 in the first half.
Cervantes rushed for 129 yards on just 10 carries. He scored a pair of touchdowns. Angelo Moreno rushed for 116 yards on 14 carries while adding a touchdown. Isaiah Ford caught a touchdown.
Defensively, the Stallions pitched a shut out. They forced three punts and picked off a pass in seven possessions.
The Stallions opened the game with a eight-play, 60-yard drive that finished with a pass in the end zone from Sharhan to Ford. Julian Castellanos hit the point after for a 7-0 lead.
On Fresno’s first play from scrimmage, Moreno picked off the Warriors in Fresno territory.
Ford started the drive with a 10-yard reception. Two plays later, Cervantes scored on a 20-yard run, but a holding penalty brought it back. Moreno scored on the next play from 14 yards out for a 13-0 lead after the point after was blocked.
Fresno picked up an initial first down, but had to punt.
Sharhan kept the Stallions’ drive moving with an eight-yard run on third-and-one. Cervantes gained 19 and then went round the right side and blew past the Fresno defense for a 55-yard touchdown run.
Sharhan hit Ford in the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 21-0 lead.
After another Fresno punt, the Stallions began a 10-play, 70-yard drive for their final score of the night.
Cervantes looked to have kept the drive going with a first down run on third-and-six, but a penalty brought the ball back. On third-and-15, Moreno got the hand-off behind his back on a draw. He rumbled for 23 yards and a first down. Moreno then gained nine on third-and-7 to the 10-yard line. Three plays later, Cervantes scored on an eight-yard touchdown run for a 28-0 first half lead.
The Warriors overcame a couple of penalties to move near midfield before halftime.
Fresno opened the second half with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. However, the touchdown was nullified on a holding penalty. Fresno went three-and-out on its possession.
The Stallions went three-and-out and punted. Fresno drove inside Madera South’s 20-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs at the 17-yard line.
Madera South began its longest drive of the game, but didn’t come out of it with any points. They drove 68 yards on 13 plays that took up most of the fourth quarter clock.
Cervantes gained 14 on third-and-five. Sharhan gained seven on third-and-six, and then found Cervantes for a 15-yard gain. The Stallions drove to the Fresno 22 before turning the ball over on downs.
Fresno drove to midfield before time ran out.
Madera South faces Roosevelt on Friday at McLane Stadium.