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Football records falling at Dos Palos High

It's not often you'll see three records broken in one Dos Palos football game.

Football has been played at DP since 1923 and many of the records -- especially Kenny James' rushing records -- appear unbreakable.

However, quarterback Ryan Yriarte, receiver Hector Gomez and kicker Humberto Del Rio all etched their names into the Dos Palos record book last week against Kingsburg.

Del Rio's record comes as no surprise.

Every time the senior kicks a field goal, he breaks his own career record.

Del Rio booted two through the uprights against Kingsburg to extend his mark to 16 career field goals.

Yriarte broke former quarterback Mike Van Worth's record of 295 passing yards in a game with 332 on Friday.

Gomez surpassed Vincent Oglesby's receiving yards in a game with 231 yards.

The records were bittersweet for the trio with Kingsburg winning the game 38-34.

"I wasn't worried about the record, I was just playing my heart out," Gomez said. "The cool thing is I'll be able to tell my kids and grandkids about it."

Merced football

moving on up

The Merced football team climbed up two spots in ESPN-CalHiSports state rankings.

Merced moved up to No. 18 after a 61-22 win over Madera.

Merced (1-0) is ranked fifth in the NorCal Bowl rankings. Friday's opponent Napa (1-0) is ranked ninth.

Bolden's status

still up in the air

Merced safety Bernard Bolden's availability this week against Napa appears to be a game-time decision.

Bolden injured his ankle during Merced's scrimmage against Modesto and sat out last week's win against Madera.

Bolden did practice on Wednesday night.

"It's still up in the air," Merced coach Rob Scheidt said. "We want to do the right thing.

"You look at Vacaville and Terrance Dailey last year. They brought him back from an ankle injury and he reinjured it against Napa and they never really got him back.

"Now we're facing the same decision with Bernard and we're playing Napa."

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