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In Week 4 the PAG METER went 38-5 and for the year 145-26 (84%)
GAME ON For WEEK 5
Thursday Night Football Finals
Frontier Titans (4-0) vs Mission Oak Hawks (0-5)
Pag Meter Line Frontier -29
The Titans are on fire and the Hawks have played a tough schedule. The X factor is the Hawks defense and they will need a huge game to stay in this one. Can they slow down Tye Johnson and the Titans running game? The Hawks have lost 7 straight dating back to last year. Last win was on Oct 21st, 2016 beating Monache in overtime.
Pag Meter Prediction Frontier 36 Mission Oak 7
Final Frontier 35 Mission Oak 0
The Titans defense is playing at a very high level. Tye Johnson scored a fumble-return touchdown and also scored on runs of 45 and 44 yards. J.J. Flores scored on a 66-yard TD run and Ernest Jackson also scored on a 13-yard run.
North Stars (2-2) vs Monache Marauders (1-3)
Pag Meter Prediction North -7
The Marauders have played a killer schedule and the Stars haven’t. Monache is getting better and better and if they can play some defense then they can get their first win for new coach Chris Franklin.
Pag Meter Prediction (upset alert) Monache 28 North 27
Final Monache 31 North 30
Pag Meter nailed the upset pick. Head Coach Chris Franklin gets his first win.
Washington Union Panthers (0-5) vs Hoover Patriots (1-3)
Pag Meter line Washington Union -3
Panthers new QB Zorian Temple gives the offense some big energy. In the tough loss to Roosevelt 18-15, Zorian Temple scored on a 26 yard TD run and Devontae Massey out jumped the Rough Riders on 4th and 27 for a 29 yard TD pass from Temple. I like the Panthers offense when they go empty backfield and giving Temple the option to run or throw short passes.
The X factor is who can avoid big penalties because somebody will be getting their first win.
Pag Meter Prediction Washington Union 20 Hoover 17
Final Hoover 12 Washington Union 7
Jordan Daniels rushed for 128 yards and scored both Patriots TD’s (10 and 12 yards) and head coach Justin Nast gets his first win as the new coach. Hoover broke a 0-26 streak in non league games and first win since Sept 21, 2012 when Hoover beat Washington Union 34-21. The Panthers Devonte Massey caught a 23 yard TD pass from Victor Nava
Friday Night Lights Finals
Arvin Bears (1-3) (0-1) at Taft Wildcats (1-3) (1-0)
Pag Meter line Taft -5
Retweeted Arvin High School (@ArvinHigh):
— PAG METER (@PAGMETER) September 16, 2017
The Wildcats offense played much better but the defense couldn’t slow down Exeter. The Bears come in getting their first win beating Mira Monte 32-0.
The X factor is the Wildcats play much better at home.
Pag Meter Prediction Taft 35 Arvin 30
Final Taft 33 Arvin 30
Setefano Maui scored on 5 TD runs.
Wasco Tigers (1-3) (0-1) at Bakersfield Christian Eagles (4-1) (1-0)
Pag Meter line Bakersfield Christian -27
The Tigers got their first win beating McLane 46-18 and the Eagles will finish at 9-1. The Eagles is rolling. Braden Wingle went 27-of-42 for 386 yards and 4 touchdowns including a 61 yarder to Alex Wallace in the win over Tehachapi.
The X factor is the Tigers offense and can they keep the Eagles offense off the field with long drives? Not a chance.
Pag Meter Prediction Bakersfield Christian 40 Wasco 13
Final Bakersfield Christian 51 Wasco 6
The Eagles defense won the line of scrimmage battle and QB Braden Wingle threw for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alex Wallace caught 9 passes for 102 yards and scored on a 12 yard TD pass.
Shafter Generals (3-1) (1-0) at Kennedy Thunderbirds (1-3) (0-1)
Pag Meter line Kennedy -3
It’s the Generals spread offense vs the power running of the Thunderbirds. This is a big division 5 seeding game. Kennedy lost to Kerman 39-20, Tyreak Walker had a breakout game rushing for 213 yards and scored 2 TD’s with runs of 65 and 29 yards. The Generals lost to Golden Valley 35-20.
The X factor is the defense and who wants to step up. The Generals sure did!!
Pag Meter Prediction Kennedy 33 Shafter 30
Final Shafter 48 Kennedy 7
The Pag Meter was WAY off on this pick. If the Generals play defense like this upfront then they can win it all in division 5 because their offense is GOOD!
El Diamante Miners (2-3) (1-0) vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers (1-4) (0-1)
Pag Meter line El Diamante -10
Both teams are playing much better after playing tough schedules.
The X factor is the Pioneers defense and can they slow down the Miners offense? MW could not. MW has won the last 3 meetings.
Pag Meter Prediction El Diamante 37 Mt Whitney 27
Final El Diamante 38 Mt Whitney 16
Miners, Devontae Freeman rushed for 231 yards and scored 3 TD’s.
Hanford West Huskies (3-1) (0-1) at Hanford Bullpups (1-4) (1-0)
The Dog Bowl
Pag Meter line Hanford -8
Who has the best football team in Hanford? Clearly the Hanford Bullpups!
Can the Bullpups score enough to stay with the Huskies? Yep
The X factor if the Huskies can’t win this year then turn the keys in because the Bullpups are struggling on offense. Get ready for the Huskies to be leaving the West Yosemite league and taking off to the Central Sequoia league. The Bullpups are battle tested for this one.
Pag Meter Prediction Hanford 29 Hanford West 21
Final Hanford 31 Hanford West 7 (Thanks to Andy Boogaard for reporting from Hanford)
Division 2 and division 5 are light years different and the Bullpups showed that. Travone Houston rushed for 111 yards and scored on a 25 yard TD run. Theron Dutra rushed for 100 yards and scored on a 16 yard TD run. QB Juaron Watts-Brown scored on a 75 yard TD run.
Redwood Rangers (2-3) at Lemoore Tigers (2-3)
Pag Meter line Lemoore -7
The Rangers lost a tough one to Tulare Western 14-7 on a goal line stand. Drew Stogstill 10 pass from Hector Gonzalez was the only score. The Tigers lost in double overtime to Sanger 40-38 when the Tigers couldn’t get the 2 point play. Tigers QB Kristian Gayton threw 3 TD passes.
The X factor is this could come down to the final minutes. The Tigers offense is dangerous and the Rangers defense is good. This should be a good game!
The Tigers defense needs to step up to win at home.
Pag Meter Prediction Lemoore 28 Redwood 21
Final Lemoore 28 Redwood 21
The Pag Meter nailed the score but the game wasn’t this close. The Tigers dominated the Rangers. Sophomore William Kloster and Jack Foote each scored 2 TD’s.
Avenal Buccaneers (1-3) at Farmersville Aztecs (2-3)
Pag Meter line Farmersville -22
The Aztecs have played a tough schedule and new head coach Marco Gutierrez comes in and gets his 1st win. Senior QB Victor Castrejon went 15-26 for 224 yards and a TD. Castrejon also rushed for 96 yards and a score on 20 carries. RB David Contreras led the team with 124 yards rushing and a TD. Junior receiver Jesus Romo caught 8 passes for 108 yards and a score
The X factor is the Aztecs are dangerous on offense.
Pag Meter Prediction Farmersville 35 Avenal 13
Final Farmersville 44 Avenal 8
California City Ravens (1-3) at Mira Monte Lions (0-4)
Pag Meter line Cal City -3
Somebody is getting their first win. Mira Monte is still looking for Pay dirt. So far been shutout 3 times and has given up 116 points. The X factor is the offense because both have struggled.
Pag Meter Prediction California City 16 Mira Monte 13
Final Cal City 18 Mira Monte 13
Tough loss for the Lions!
Chavez Titans (0-3) at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers (5-0)
Pag Meter line CVC -31
The X factor is the Caves are looking to be 5-0 when they host Selma on homecoming night. The Cavaliers are led by senior QB J.J. Lino (874 yards passing, 13 TD’s), senior WR Gavin Salierno (505 yards receiving, 6 TDs), and sophomore RB Jaalen Rening (364 yards rushing, 37 yards receiving, 6 total TDs)
Pag Meter Prediction CVC 44 Chavez 13
Final CVC 56 Chavez 0
QB J.J. Lino threw 5 TD passes and the defense stuffed the Titans
Chowchilla Tribe (3-2) at Dos Palos Broncos (1-3)
Pag Meter line Chowchilla -13
This is an old school rivalry. The place will be packed.
The X factor is both defensive fronts and who plays better. The Red Tribe did
Pag Meter Prediction Chowchilla 33 Dos Palos 20
Final Chowchilla 35 Dos Palos 14
Clovis Cougars (4-1) at Centennial Golden Hawks (1-3)
Pag Meter line Centennial -4
The Cougars are flat out beat up and the good news for the Cougars, QB Payton Mayer will be back after the bye week after injuring his non throwing arm 2 weeks ago. The Cougars don’t have a lot of depth and now banged up. Even outstanding running back Cole Roberts is hurt with a high ankle sprain. It will be a game time decision for Cole but I bet he doesn’t play and gets ready for TRAC play.
For the G Hawks they haven’t played well yet for 48 minutes. In the loss to Bullard, the G Hawks committed 4 big turnovers.
The X factor is Centennial is a good team and with the Cougars being banged up, I can’t imagine the G Hawks losing at home. Keep in mind though, the Cougars are like Rocky the movie…..they are tough to beat and you can’t knock-em out. AMAZING COUGAR HEART!! QB Will Alexander needs to go off this week because Thursday the Red Hot Golden Eagles come to town. If the Cougars win, it will be because the defense played outstanding.
Pag Meter Prediction Centennial 27 Clovis 23
Final Clovis 35 Centennial 28
With the scored tied 28-28 with 1:12 to go, the banged up Cougars did the old pump and go, the G Hawks bit like an old bird. Jake Sanders hit Matt Sanchez on a 53 yard TD pass and the game winner. Jason Hunt tied the score 28-28 with a 1 yard TD run and also scored on a 40 yard TD run. G Hawks QB Will Alexander threw for 2 TD’s and scored on 2 TD runs.
Clovis West Golden Eagles (3-1) vs Bullard Knights (1-4)
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Pag Meter line Clovis West -14
I love to see that the old rivalry is played at Ratcliffe Stadium.
The Golden Eagles should be 3-0 and don’t get me started with the CW-Liberty game. CW is rolling now as expected on both sides of the ball. The offense is dangerous and the defense is real good. The only issue with the Golden Eagles offense is they can’t run the ball between the tackles. Literally can’t run the ball between the tackles. (only 2 total yards as a team) The CW offense isn’t built to run down hill but it’s built to go over you and around you. Junior QB Dante Chachere (69-120, 708 yards, 6 TD passes) has figured out this QB thing and his friends at WR are Rodney Wright (14 receptions), Ricardo Arias (9), Nick Coleman (13), Gabe Solorio (11), and Chad Day (10) just to name a few are real good!
For the young Knights, they are playing better and better. It starts and ends with junior RB Marcus Fulcher who has rushed for 420 yards and has scored 3 TD’s.
The X factor is the Knights defense and cutting down the penalties. Can the Knights slow down the red hot Golden Eagles offense? The Knights are a year away so they are playing with house money. Next year the Knights will be favored by 21 points.
Pag Meter Prediction Clovis West 35 Bullard 21
Final Clovis West 37 Bullard 13
Dante Chachere threw 2 TD passes to Ricardo Arias (41 and 32 yards), Rodney Wright scored on a 75 yard TD run, Jeremiah Ellison scored on a 3 yard TD run and Nick Keenan picked off a 64-yard pass and returned it for a TD. Eli Riofrio 37 yard FG. The Knights QB Kalei Acfalle scored on a 10 yard TD run and threw a 5 yard TD pass to Marcus Fulcher.
Foothill Trojans (0-4) at Delano Tigers (1-2)
Pag Meter line Delano -18
Both teams are struggling on offense and the X factor will be the Trojans defense.
Pag Meter Prediction Delano 31 Foothill 13
Final Delano 49 Foothill 13
Porterville Panthers (2-1) at Dinuba Emperors (4-0)
Pag Meter line Dinuba -34
The Panthers so far have been the Cinderella team for 2017. The Panthers come off a defense big win over Hanford 8-7. Demario Ennis rushed for 110 yards and scored the only Panthers TD and the Panthers defense did the rest. Oscar Esquivel scored the game winning 2 point play. Dinuba beat El Diamante in overtime 33-30. Lucas Tuttle scored the winning TD in OT. Emperors QB Josh Magana went 17-of-25 passing for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The X factor is the Panthers offense going against a good Emperors defense.
Pag Meter Prediction
Dinuba 41 Porterville 7
Final Dinuba 56 Porterville 0 (no stats available)
Edison Tigers (2-3) at Garces Rams (0-5)
Pag Meter line Edison -15
This is the Tigers outstanding defense vs the Rams outstanding offense.
The X factor is the other side of the ball and who plays better. A reminder for the Ram fans, the Tigers defense is light years better than the Memorial defense and the Memorial offense is light years better than the Tigers offense.
Pag Meter Prediction Edison 29 Garces 14
Final Edison 27 Garces 15
The Tigers won an ugly game but they will take it. The Rams with 5 turnovers but credit the Tigers defense. Isaiah Martin rushed for 195 yards and scored a touchdown. For the Tigers Kwabena Watson returned a 45 yard fumble for a Tigers’ touchdown and QB Jameson Silva hit McKenzie Barnes on a 9 yard TD pass.
Caruthers Blue Raiders (3-0) at Firebaugh Eagles (2-2)
Pag Meter line Firebaugh -12
Two explosive offenses come in on fire.
The X factor is the Eagles defense. Can the Blue Raiders offense which is led by QB Jared Gilmore who threw 2 TD passes in the win over Sierra 57-0 score enough to stay with the Eagles? This was child abuse against the weak Eagles defense. For the Blue Raiders to pull off the win, they can’t afford to punt and will have to hold serve on offense and that means score on almost every drive. Firebaugh beat Riverdale 63-31. The Eagles are used to playing in shootouts because the offense is so good and the defense is not.
Pag Meter Prediction Firebaugh 39 Caruthers 27
Final Caruthers 42 Firebaugh 7
It’s official…the Blue Raiders are real good! The Pag Meter really missed this pick. The Blue Raiders defense stuffed a pretty good offense. Jared Gilmore went 7-10 for 188 yards and a TD pass. Imanol Arredondo rushed for 89 yards and scored 2 TD’s. Ronaldo Delgado scored 2 TD’s.
Lindsay Cardinals (1-4) at Fowler Redcats (3-2)
Pag Meter line Fowler -11
The X factor is the Redcats are stuck in the middle. They can beat the teams below them but struggle against the top teams. It will come down to the Fowler defense if they want to make a long playoff run.
Pag Meter Prediction Fowler 32 Lindsay 21
Final Fowler 37 Lindsay 34
Gustavo Rocha scored on a 20 yard TD run with 2:25 to go and the game winner. Redcats QB Martin Plata threw 3 TD’s and scored a TD and the Redcats hang on.
Fresno High Warriors (2-2) vs Madera South Stallions (1-4 )
Pag Meter line Madera South -3
This has the makings to be a very good game. It’s the NYL vs the CMAC. It would be nice to see the Stallions in the NYL because they should NOT be in the CMAC playing Edison, Bullard and Sanger. The Stallions could be a contender playing in the NYL.
Back to football. Both teams are rebuilding.
The X factor is the Stallions offense and who will be the QB? Stay tuned. This will be a defensive battle.
Pag Meter Prediction Madera South 23 Fresno High 20
Final Fresno High 34 Madera South 13
The Warriors wore down the Stallions. MS with zero offense did what they could with a good defense. The Good news is the Warriors will get at least 2 wins playing in the NYL and the bad news for the Stallions is they won’t win a game in the tough CMAC. The Stallions NEED to play in the NYL.
Golden Valley Bulldogs (2-2) at Highland Scots (4-0)
Pag Meter line Highland -6
This is a very good match up and the X factor is the Scots defense vs QB Carl Jones. This game could come down to the final minutes. If Jones goes off….they win.
Pag Meter Prediction Highland 26 Golden Valley 20
Final Highland 29 Golden Valley 13
Scots QB Ezekiel Arambulo, with 161 passing, 2 TD passes and the Scots were the better team.
Exeter Monarchs (4-1) at Golden West Trailblazers (5-0)
Pag Meter line Golden West -19
The X factor is the Monarchs defense vs the Blazers offense. This will be a tough match up upfront for Exeter.
Pag Meter Prediction Golden West 36 Exeter 17
Final Golden West 48 Exeter 3
Kai Caudell rushed for 176 yards and scored 4 TD’s. Ian Kelly caught a 37 yard TD pass from Payton Allen and scored on a 71 yard TD run. The Blazers rushed for 374 yards. The Monarchs, Anthony Torres rushed for 96 yards and Isaiah Urban rushed for 140 yards but couldn’t find the end zone.
Kern Valley Broncs (1-3) at Granite Hills Grizzlies (4-0)
Pag Meter line Granite Hills -19
The Grizzlies have only given up 1 TD in 3 games and the Broncs offense is struggling.
Pag Meter Prediction Granite Hills 33 Kern Valley 14
Final Granite Hills 43 Kern Valley 12
Jasper Berumen rushed for 196 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. QB Lalo Alcantar hits Kenny Xayacheck for a 12 yard TD pass. For the Broncs, Jacob Lightner connected on TD passes to Owen Bowen and Trevor Hurley.
Kerman Lions (4-1) at McLane Highlanders (0-4)
Pag Meter Kerman -35
— John Chambers (@Chambers3Sons) September 17, 2017
The Lions come in loaded and the Highlanders are struggling. The matchup is not good for the Highlanders.
The X factor is the Lions have a potential division 1 college QB with Sean Chambers and McLane’s defense will have no answers for slowing big Sean down.
Pag Meter Prediction Kerman 48 McLane 13
Final Kerman 62 McLane 14
Sean Chambers got the hat trick. Rushed for 160 yards, scored 2 TD’s, caught a 69 yard TD pass from Gavin Layton and threw a TD pass.
Kingsburg Vikings (3-1) at Reedley Pirates (0-4)
Pag Meter line Kingsburg -23
The X factor is this game will be close for a little while and the Vikings will wear down the Pirates.
Pag Meter Prediction Kingsburg 39 Reedley 16
Final Kingsburg 46 Reedley 7 (no stats available)
Liberty Patriots (1-3) at Ridgeview Wolf Pack (2-2)
Pag Meter line Liberty -18
The Patriots and Wolf Pack both come in limping. If it weren’t for the bad officiating in week 1, the Patriots might just be 0-3. Both teams got crushed by Central.
The X factor is the Patriots are a better team right now over Ridgeview. The Pates should roll.
Pag Meter Prediction Liberty 42 Ridgeview 22
Final Ridgeview 19 Liberty 14
Pag Meter missed this pick and I’m still stumped that a very good Liberty team has lost 3 straight. Horrible loss for Liberty. Wolf Pack’s, Daelin Degraffenreid had a big night catching 8 passes for 168 yards and scored on the game winning TD.
Corcoran Panthers (0-4) at Liberty Madera Hawks (5-0)
Pag Meter line Liberty Madera -34
The Hawks are simply a machine. Liberty Madera beat Fowler 55-22. The Redcats had a 14-7 lead in the 2nd quarter and then the Hawks flew away! The Hawks scored the next 45 straight points. The Hawks, Rylan Howe rushed for 93 yards, and scored 2 TD’s. Kaleb Roth rushed for 128 yards and scored 3 TD’s (5, 30 and 12 yards) Wyatt Roth rushed for 111 yards and scored on a 9 yards TD run.
The Panthers have played tough for 36 minutes in every game and now they get the Machine.
Pag Meter Prediction Liberty Madera 48 Corcoran 14
Final Liberty Madera 67 Corcoran 19
Kaleb Roth rushed for 80 yards and scored 2 TD’s (50 and 1 yard runs) Wyatt Roth rushed for 50 yards and scored on TD runs of 8, and 20 yards. Colton Cardoza scored on TD runs of 32 and 29 yards. Tahner Green rushed for 114 yards and scored 2 TD’s. (25 and 69 yards) QB Greyson Hoelzel went 7-9 for 140 yards passing. The Hawks had 500 of total offense.
Parlier Panthers (1-3) at Sierra Chieftains (1-3)
Pag Meter line Sierra -23
Sierra comes in beat up so the X factor is the home team needs to step up and pull out a win. If Sierra gets healthy , watch out!
Pag Meter Prediction Sierra 42 Parlier 19
Final Sierra 49 Parlier 7
Shane Maldonado is back and healthy, rushed for 110 yards and scored 2 TD’s. Cameron Brady scored 2 TD’s.
Memorial Panthers (5-0) at Sunnyside Wildcats (2-3)
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Pag Meter line Memorial -21
Cameron with a InT Sunnyside wins 21-14 Final pic.twitter.com/o9vZAakInB
— wildcats Football (@wildcatSHSFB) September 16, 2017
The Panthers offense is almost impossible to slow down. They can run it, they can throw it and they have a very good offensive line. SJM beat Gacces 49-42 so after 4 games, QB Alec Trujillo has thrown for 1,304 Yards and 17 TD passes. RB Leonard Glass has rushed for 539 yards and has scored 6 TD’s. WR Jalen McMillan has caught 28 passes for 660 yards 7 TD passes. Now that’s an offense!!
For the Wildcats they come in after beating Clovis East 21-14. They are so streaky and you never know who will show up. They have yet to play great for 4 quarters. They have played a much tougher schedule than SJM. If the Wildcats can play 4 solid quarters then the NYL will beat the CMAC.
This will be a tough matchup for the Wildcats defense but the X factor is the Panthers defense. SJM plays so many players both ways and you can wear down the SJM defense. The big problem for the Wildcats is nobody has slowed down the Panthers offense yet. The Wildcats O needs to play out of their minds to win.
Pag Meter Prediction Memorial 46 Sunnyside 25
Final Memorial 56 Sunnyside 30
Head coach Anthony Goston wins his 100th career game and WR Nick DiCeglie made the catch of the year with an over the shoulder superman 25 yard TD from QB Alec Trujillo. Dashawn Holliman score 2 TD’s (5 and 7 yards), Jalen McMillan caught a 30 yard TD pass from Trujillo. Leonard Glass scored 2 TD’s (2 & 18 yards) Jordan Smith recovered a TD in the end zone for a SJM TD.
Roosevelt Rough Riders (3-2) at Selma Bears (5-0)
Pag Meter line Selma -7
Roosevelt 12 Washington Union 0
Howard Maxwell 1 yard TD.
QB Jordan De La Rosa 30 yard TD pass to Estaban Carrillo pic.twitter.com/srxNKVS9P1
— PAG METER (@PAGMETER) September 16, 2017
The Rough Riders have been gearing up for the Bears since August. Roosevelt isn’t good enough yet to look ahead especially when they got physically beat up in the loss to Mendota but that’s exactly what happened. The Riders have the talent to win this game.
The Bears are 4-0 and haven’t played their best yet but it’s coming….
The X factor is the Rough Riders play calling and QB Jordan De La Rosa. Can the Riders defense hang against the defending division 4 champions and QB Junior Ramirez?
Pag Meter Prediction Selma 24 Roosevelt 17
Final Selma 19 Roosevelt 6
It’s official…the Bears are back playing Bears football. The defense stuffed the Riders all night long. Jacob Martinez scored on a 6-yard run, Junior Ramirez scored on a 3-yard TD and Tiveon Stroud is eligible again, scored on a 4-yard run.
West Vikings (2-1) at Stockdale Mustangs (2-2)
Pag Meter line Stockdale -23
The Vikings are off to a great start and now step up playing at Stockdale.
The X factor is the Mustangs defense is pretty darn good.
Pag Meter Prediction Stockdale 34 West 13
Final Stockdale 35 West 13
Pag Meter almost nailed the score. Jalen Smith went 18-22 for 249 yards and 4 TD passes for the Mustangs.
Strathmore Spartans (4-0) at Orange Cove Titans (1-4)
Pag Meter line Strathmore -33
The X factor can the Titans slow down Joseph Garcia who has rushed for 579 rushing yards/ 10 TD’s and the power Spartans offense?
Pag Meter Prediction Strathmore 45 Orange Cove 12
Final Strathmore 55 Orange Cove 22 (no stats available)
Tulare Union Tribe (4-0) at Independence Falcons (2-2)
Pag Meter line Tulare Union -47
The Red Hot Tribe come off a bye and the Falcons come off a big win over South. I’m sure all week the Falcons have been watching the Tribe’s game films and going Holy Moly they are good.
The Tribe will lead with RB Kazmeir Allen who has rushed for 585 yards and has scored 12 TD’s. QB Nathan Lamb has thrown for 908 yards with 8 TD passes and Emoryie Edwards, who is now the Central Section’s all-time career leader in receptions with 212. The big difference this year is the Tribe has learned how to play defense so watch out Valley! Former Monache head coach Chris Likewise has taken over the Tribe defense and boy are they good so watch out valley!
Pag Meter Prediction Tulare Union 49 Independence 7
Final Tulare Union 54 Independence 7
Kazmeir Allen had a night! Kaz took the opening kickoff back 92 yards for a TD. Allen gained a total of 267 yards from scrimmage (193 receiving, 74 rushing), including 5 total touchdowns of 92, 80, 66, 51 and 42 yards. QB Nathan Lamb finished with 316 passing yards and 5 touchdowns on only 11 completions and the defense beat up the Falcons.
South Rebels (2-2) vs Tulare Western Mustangs (4-0)
Pag Meter line Tulare Western -28
Here's the Tulare Western's goal-line stand that helped sealed the Mustangs' 14-7 victory vs. Redwood. pic.twitter.com/gGFoNzUej7
— Vongni Yang (@Vongni) September 16, 2017
Last year the Rebels beat the Mustangs 42-25 and the Mustangs have not forgotten. The Mustangs are led by sophomore QB Elijah Burrell (700 yards passing, 6 TD’s), senior RB David Alcantar (287 yards rushing, 61 yards receiving, 3 TD’s) and junior receiver Keshon Butler (19 catches, 565 yards receiving, 6 TDs)
The X factor is the Mustangs defense is better than the Rebels offense.
Pag Meter Prediction Tulare Western 42 South 14
Final Tulare Western 45 South 7
Mr Mustangs David Alcantar rushed for 102 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. The Mustangs shut it down at halftime with a 42-0 lead. Keshon Butler started the show with a 95 yard kickoff return for a TD. Butler finished with 3 catches for 77 yards and QB Elijah Burrell was 12-of-21 for 150 yards and 3 touchdown passes including a 46 yarder to Butler.
Woodlake Tigers (2-2) at Orosi Cardinals (3-2)
Pag Meter line Orosi -4
This has the makings to be a real good game. This could come down to the final minutes.
Pag Meter Prediction Orosi 31 Woodlake 27
Final Orosi 40 Woodlake 21 (no stats available)
Minarets Mustangs (2-3) at Yosemite Badgers (3-0)
Pag Meter line Yosemite -32
It’s the little brother vs the big brother playing in the mountains.
The X factor is the big brother is much stronger than the little brother and the little brother better play great defense to stay in this one.
Pag Meter Prediction Yosemite 45 Minarets 13
Final Yosemite 27 Minarets 14
Nic Harper scored 3 touchdowns and Austen Burgeno had a two-yard rushing TD. Receiver Preston Conti scored both Minarets touchdowns.
Foothill Cougars (Palo Cedro) (3-2) vs Clovis East T Wolves (0-5)
Pag Meter line Foothill -3
WOW this one is a tough one to pick. Last year the Cougars beat up the T Wolves but last year the T Wolves had the worst coach defense in the state. This year will be different. The T Wolves defense has improved 1000% and now the offense has struggled.
The X factor is the T Wolves offense needs to have a breakout game.
Pag Meter Prediction Foothill 20 Clovis East 17
Final Foothill 27 Clovis East 24
The T Wolves lost a tough one at home
Paso Robles Bearcats (1-3) vs Clovis North Broncos (1-4)
Pag Meter line Clovis North -5
Both defenses are real good and both offense are in quicksand.
The X factor is which team can climb out of the sand??? Who wants this game? Not the Broncos offense!
Pag Meter Prediction Paso Robles 18 Clovis North 13
Final Paso 27 Clovis North 7
The Broncos offense continues to struggle. Great time for a bye.
Ralston Valley Mustangs (Arvada, CO) (2-3) at East Bakersfield Blades (2-2)
Pag Meter line Raiston Valley -21
The good news for the Blades is they are at home and the Mustangs have a long way to go. The Bad news for the Blades is the Cougars are big and physical. This is a very winnable game for the Blades.
Pag Meter Prediction Raiston Valley 35 East 14
Final Ralston 35 East 14
Pag Meter nailed the scored
Madera Coyotes (4-1) at Atascadero Greyhounds (1-4)
Pag Meter line Madera -16
The Coyotes are on fire winning 3 straight especially on offense and the Greyhounds have struggled on offense with turnovers.
The X factor is can the Greyhounds slow down red hot Coyotes QB Colt Nelson who went 34-52 for 626 yards and 6 TD in the win over Merced 48-42?
The X factor is the Coyotes defense and if they play well the bus ride home will be fun.
Pag Meter Prediction Madera 33 Atascadero 17
Final Madera 34 Atascadero 14
Colt Nelson with 4 more TD passes. ( Josh Espinoza, K’Veon Jones with 2 and Joziah Velasquez)
McFarland Cougars (3-1) at Morro Bay Pirates (1-4)
Pag Meter line McFarland -4
The X factor can the Pirates slow down RB Frankie Lopez and the Cougars hot offense?
Pag Meter Prediction McFarland 27 Morro Bay 23
Final Morro Bay 28 McFarland 12
Modesto Christian Crusaders (1-4) vs Immanuel Eagles (3-1)
Pag Meter line Modesto Christian -1
The Eagles are getting better and better every week and now they play a Modesto power.
The X factor is the Eagles defense against a good Crusaders offense. The Eagles offense needs to avoid penalties and turnovers to win at home.
Pag Meter Prediction Modesto Christian 28 Immanuel 27
Final Immaunel 31 Modesto Christian 28
Adam Simonian fired 4 TD passes and the Eagles get a huge win!
Tehachapi Warriors (1-3) at Paraclete Spirits (4-1)
Pag Meter line Paraclete -30
The X factor is the Warriors are very streaky and the Spirits are a good football team. Can’t take a streaky team over a good football team.
Pag Meter Prediction Paraclete 44 Tehachapi 14
Final Paraclete 63 Tehachapi 7
Poly-Pasadena Panthers (3-1-1) at Rosamond Roadrunners (3-1)
Pag Meter line Poly -17
The X factor for the Roadrunners to win at home they need to jump out fast on both sides of the ball. Poly is real good.
Pag Meter Prediction Poly 35 Rosamond 18
Final Poly 33 Rosamond 6
Silver Valley Trojans (3-0) at Bishop Union Broncos (2-2)
Pag Meter line Silver Valley -16
The X factor is the Trojans very good offense vs the Broncos very good defense.
Pag Meter Prediction Silver Valley 36 Bishop Union 20
Final Silver Valley 58 Bishop Union 19
Bakersfield Drillers (1-3) at Valencia Vikings (4-0)
Pag Meter line Valencia -27
The Drillers death march continues at Valencia. This Drillers team is not built to play all these power houses especially when they come up with soooo many penalties and mistakes. They also don’t have the depth. The Drillers can’t wait to get back to SWYL play.
Drillers quarterback Cam Williams, who sprained his knee in last week’s loss to Chaminade might not play.
The X factor is the Drillers defense because it’s not intimidating anybody like it used to.
Pag Meter Prediction Valencia 48 Bakersfield 21
Final Valencia 56 Bakersfield 14
The Drillers defense again got run over. Isiah Jernagin caught a 16 yard TD pass from Cameron Williams. Ceyontay Bell scored on a 6 yard TD run. The Death march schedule finally ends. Bye week
Saturday Night Football Final
Touchdown Central! 7 yard run by Bigelow. 9:01 remaining in the 2nd quarter Central 28 – Ridgeview 0. pic.twitter.com/XJjm9sU8eP
— CHSAthletics (@grizzlyathletes) September 16, 2017
Central Grizzlies (4-1) at De La Salle Spartans (4-1)
Pag Meter line De La Salle -14
The Red Hot Grizzlies travel and take on the 2nd biggest private professional high school in the country. Except for Bishop Gorman, nobody recruits like De La Salle.
The Grizzlies really step up their program by playing the Spartans. The Grizzlies are the valley best by far and it’s not even close.
The problem could be for the Grizzlies is they are so good crushing Bullard, Sunnyside, Liberty, and Ridgeview is that they haven’t played a real good team as of yet to get them ready for this game.
De La Salle has been playing other private professional high schools so it’s just another game for the Spartans.
By far the Grizzlies have the best traveling crowd in the valley so there will be plenty of Grizzlies fans in Concord.
For the Grizzlies to win on the road, they have to forget they are playing a DE LA SALLE team that it so well known. That’s easier said than done. The Grizzlies will be nervous but they have to play Grizzlies football and that is fast football and flying to the ball.
The Grizzlies QB Trent Tompkins is a gunslinger and will not be intimidated. Trent needs to do his thing. If Trent gets hot…watch out!
The Grizzlies offense has to come in with an attitude and has to hold serve when they have the ball because the Spartans offense is a machine that runs about 6-10 plays and they run them so well. Hold serve means the Grizzlies can’t afford to punt much because De La Salle is not used to punting.
The X factor is can Tre Walker and the Grizzlies defense be on their game? The Grizzlies have to know their assignments and be in the right spots to make the tackles. Central can’t give up the big play.
The toughest question is how good is Central around the rest of the state? We all know how good Central is here in the valley. Is Central light years better than anybody in the Central Section? I guess we will all find out on Saturday because if the Grizzlies win or battle with the professional Spartans, that means valley football is on the rise.
The Grizzlies can hang with the speed, so this game will come down to the Grizzlies defense and their ability to slow down the run game of De La Salle.
The BIG X factor is that the Spartans are battle tested and the Grizzlies are not. The Grizzlies defense has to get the Spartans in 3rd and long and not 3rd in short yardage situations.
If you want to make a comparison…This is Fresno State playing at No 1 Alabama. The big difference is Fresno State had zero chance at beating Bama and Central has a shot! I can see this game going in so many different directions. The Grizzlies need to get off to a great start. The Spartans secondary is beatable so watch for Grizzlies WR Jacob Torrez to have a big game.
Side note-Clovis West defeated De La Salle by a score of 30-12 on Sept. 11, 2004.
That ended a state-record 75-game home winning streak by De La Salle and came a week after Bellevue, Wash (Clovis Cougars, QB Payton Mayer’s Dad Kurt, was the Bellevue offensive coordinator), stopped De La Salle’s national-record 151-game win streak.
The Spartans have won 7 state bowl championships and reaching the state open division final last season.
Pag Meter Prediction De La Salle 44 Central 30
Final De La Salle 49 Central 30
The Grizzlies hung in for the most part. 10 sacks and 2 big turnovers didn’t help. The Grizzlies can play with one of the best in the country.
Central scoring- Trent Tompkins hit Jeremiah Hunter on a 7 yard TD pass. Kyle Collins with a 25 yard field goal. Avery Boyd with a 28 yard TD catch from Tompkins. Oliver Davis with beautiful 30 yard TD catch from Tompkins. Jevon Bigelow with a 16 yard TD run. Bigelow rushed for 110 yards.