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Los Banos wideout catches three TDs in rout of Fresno High

LOS BANOS -- It didn't take long for Rubal Sangha to live up to his new nickname.

"The Showman" took center stage on opening night.

The Los Banos senior hauled in three touchdown catches and intercepted two passes in a 35-14 win over Fresno High at Loftin Stadium.

"I actually like the nickname," said Sangha, who caught six passes for 122 yards. "Everyone has been calling me 'The Showman.'

"Even in the game, my teammates were saying, 'Don't they know 'The Showman' is on this team.' "

Sangha didn't take long to get going, either.

Quarterback Erik Martin side-stepped a rusher, moved up in the pocket and delivered a perfect strike to Sangha for a 61-yard touchdown pass on LB's first possession.

Martin hooked up with Sangha twice more in the second quarter to give Los Banos a 28-0 lead at halftime.

"We've got so many ways to use Rubal," said LB coach Dennis Stubbs, whose team out-gained Fresno 292 to 61 yards in the first half.

"We've got different routes. Erik made some great reads and we got good protection.

"The thing is, Rubal is a great kid and you like to see good things happen to guys like that.

"We told him it's not going to be that easy when teams try to take him away. He might not believe us after tonight."

Martin was also impressive in his first varsity start.

The junior completed 12 of 20 passes for 228 yards and three TDs without an interception.

Sophomore running back Darron Brown also carried the ball 20 times for 80 yards in his first varsity start.

Stubbs couldn't have been happier at halftime.

However, his boys weren't as sharp in the second half and Los Banos finished with 14 penalties for 149 yards.

"We lost our composure in the second half," Stubbs said. "We had way too many penalties. We can't do that against the better teams and still win.

"We've still got a lot of things to work on."

Finding a nickname for Sangha isn't one of them, however.

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

LOS BANOS 35, FRESNO 14

At Los Banos

FRESNO 0 0 7 7 -- 14

LOS BANOS 7 21 0 7 -- 35

First Quarter

LB -- Rubal Sangha 61 pass from Erik Martin (Raul Zavala)

LB -- Zavala 3 run (Zavala kick)

Second Quarter

LB -- Sangha 21 pass from Martin (Zavala kick)

LB -- Sangha 18 pass from Martin (Zavala kick)

Third Quarter

F -- Sidni Moore 24 run (Nathan Samaniego kick)

Fourth Quarter

F -- Ivan Vasquez 3 run (Samaniego kick)

LB -- Martin 1 run (Zavala kick)

Records: Fresno 0-1; Los Banos 1-0

JV -- Los Banos 28-8.

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