Tulare Union Tribe beat Dinuba Emperors 49-21
Here are the Pag Meter Preseason Division 2 Football Rankings.
These rankings could change once the Pag Meter learns more about the teams. You have to start somewhere so here it goes!
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Division 2 Playoff dates
November 2 (Ist Round)
November 9 (Quarterfinals)
November 16 (Semifinals)
Championship night is November 23 (The Day after Thanksgiving!)


Last year the Emperors went (11-2) (5-0 CSL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Kevin Scharton
The Emperors had one heck of the 2017 year. They just couldn’t beat Tulare Union but then again nobody could beat Tulare Union.
Junior QB Josh Magana returns after throwing for 2,241 yards with 32 TD passes and he had a great summer. Josh is now on the radar with so many colleges checking him out.
Senior Josh Martinez could be the next star running back with break away speed. Junior Devin Mendoza could also get plenty of carries.
Senior TE Jonathan Calderon has great hands and a great blocker.
The O-line will be young with only one returner with right tackle Luis Perez who 6’2, 260 lbs. The O-line will a bit smaller from last year but they’re quicker for sure.
The Emperors strength will be on the defensive side of the ball and it will be the best defense in division 2.
Senior Daniel Long is one of the best linebackers in the valley. He reminds people of former Emperor All Star linebacker Chandler Cocklin. Senior Josh Sanchez is a solid 255 lbs at defensive tackle and a nightmare to block and without a doubt the best DT in D2. Senior Ray Alvarado is an outstanding defensive end that can get to any QB with speed and power.
The X factor is the offensive line.

Emperors schedule
Aug 16 at Porterville Panthers
Aug 24 vs Redwood Rangers
Aug 31 at Reedley Pirates
Sept 7 vs El Diamante Miners
Sept 14 vs Edison Tigers
Sept 28 at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Oct 5 at Selma Bears
Oct 12 vs Kingsburg Vikings
Oct 19 vs Exeter Monarchs
Oct 25 vs Hanford West Huskies at Hanford

Last year the Mustangs went (11-2) 4-1 EYL)
Head Coach Ryan Rocha
The Mustangs move up to division 2 after winning 11 games and the most wins in school history. By the way, moving up into division 2 was the Mustangs choice. I love that!
There are some teams in division 3 that should follow the Mustangs into division 2 but that won’t happen.
Back at QB is outstanding junior Elijah Burrell who will be one of the top QB’s in the valley and has a 4.0 GPA. This kid is a leader and a winner after throwing for 2,422 yards with 25 TD passes.
At running back will be junior Tairyn Johnson who is one of the fastest in the valley with a 4.35 in the 40 and he got stronger in the weight room this off season. TJ will also return punts and kickoffs.
On the O-line/D-line will be juniors Aaron Tejada and Isidro Salazar who both started last year.
On defense the Mustangs will be running a 3-4 scheme. One of the best in the valley will be junior Jordan Burrell at DB who also has a 4.0 GPA.
Each year the Mustangs hand out number 43 to the team captain, and this year it is senior Anthony Cervantes who is an OLB & DE. Great kid, a great athlete and also plays basketball.
On the D-Line is senior Matt Lopez who is a force at NT. Two sophomores who are up and comers with Michael Machado (DE) and Chase Gomez (DT). The MLB is senior Jacob Camacho, who is converting over from fullback and a very vocal leader.
Sophomore Mikey Ficher (WR/DB) will find his way on the field once he gets conditioned.
The X factor is the offensive line.
Mustangs side note,
Outstanding senior receiver Keshon Butler will have to sit until week 8. He can practice and play in the scrimmage but no games until the next grading period comes out. Last year Butler caught 57 passes for 1,341 yards and scored 13 TD’s.

Mustangs schedule
Aug 17 vs El Diamante Miners at Golden West HS
Aug 24 at Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Aug 30 vs Lemoore Tigers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 7 vs Redwood Rangers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 21 vs Hanford Bullpups at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 28 at Delano Tigers
Oct 5 at Porterville Panthers
Oct 12 vs Mission Oak Hawks at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 19 vs Monache Marauders
Oct 26 at Tulare Union Tribe (54th annual Bell Game)

Last year the Tribe went (13-1) (5-0 EYL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Darren Bennett
The Tribe graduated their best class in school history with record setters like Kazmier Allen and Emoryie Edwards. Senior QB Nathan Lamb is back after throwing for 3,810 yards with 39 touchdown passes.The Tribe will be good with some new faces and some young speed.
With Kaz gone the running backs will be by committee with sophomore Devon Moore and junior Donovan Smith. Leading the way at wide receiver will be senior 6’6 Darius Baker. The offensive line will be led by Jonathan Vasquez and Joaquin Medina. At TE will be senior Freedom Chatman.
The defense will be better than last year and the new defensive coordinator is Marty Martin who was the Mt Whitney head coach last year.
The defensive backs are real good with senior Randy Jordan Jr who has verbally committed to play at Fresno State. Senior strong safety David Dailey along with sophomore Xavier Hailey who played last year as a freshmen will be in the secondary. Also on defense will be senior Cole Howard (DL), junior Emmanuel Parker (DE/OLB), and senior Ernesto Mendoza (MLB).
The X factor is the Tribe might not be putting up 50 plus points per game but they do have QB Nat Lamb. Can they win close games? The schedule is set up to go at least 8-2.

Tribe schedule
Aug 17 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Aug 23 vs El Diamante Miners at Bob Mathias Stadium
Aug 31 vs Redwood Rangers at Mineral King Bowl
Sept 14 vs Lemoore Tigers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 21 vs Hoover Patriots at Sunnyside Wildcats
Sept 28 at Monache Marauders
Oct 5 at Delano Tigers
Oct 11 vs Porterville Panthers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 19 vs Mission Oak Hawks at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 26 vs Tulare Western Mustangs (54th annual Bell Game)

Last year the Warriors went (5-6) (2-2 Pac 5)
Head Coach Tony Payne
New head coach Payne who graduated from Righetti is building a program. The Warriors come into the Central Section and they will play good old hard nose football. A good test will be at Centennial on a hot night Sept 7.
Senior QB Brandon Giddings is back and he will be one the best Shotgun Wing-T QB’s in the Central Section. Brandon is the senior team leader and it’s like having a coach on the field.
At running back/WR/DB look out for senior Avery Fondern who has plenty of speed. Also at running back will be seniors Adan Solis, and Isaiah Gayfield.
One of the best players in the Central Section will be Caleb Thomas (NT/TE) who will never come off the field. Caleb is a man beast at 6’4, 275 and plenty of division 1 college teams know all about Thomas including many in the Pac 12.
The offensive line will be real good with team captain senior Cristian Mondol and senior Andrew Martinez.
Leading the way at receiver will be senior Anthony Porcho.
The Warriors defense will be very good!
The X factor is the Warriors passing game.

Warriors schedule
Aug 17 vs Santa Maria Saints
Aug 24 vs Oak Park Eagles
Aug 31 at Pioneer Valley Panthers Santa Maria)
Sept 7 at Centennial Golden Hawks
Sept 14 at Soledad Aztecs
Sept 21 vs Dos Pueblos Chargers (Goleta)
Sept 28 vs Paso Robles Bearcats
Oct 5 at Atascadero Greyhounds
Oct 12 at Arroyo Grande Eagles
Oct 26 vs St. Joseph Knights (Santa Maria)

Last year the Rams went (5-7) (4-1 SWYL)
Head Coach A.J. Gass
The Rams are one of the best coached teams in the valley. How will life be after Isaiah Martin who was the greatest player in Rams history?
Senior Nick Tobias (LB) could be the perfect guy to run hard downhill between the tackles.
This year they will have plenty of team speed and will have some new faces on both sides of the ball to go along with the senior leaders.
Senior QB Joseph Campbell is ready to have a huge year and if he does the Rams could be playing on Championship night. JC will have plenty of speedy guys to throw to with Sr Isaac Bowers (DB) who is 6’3 with hands, Sr speedster Nick Sill (DB), and Jr Isaiah Bell who will be a star in a short time.
The offensive line will be very good and leading the way will be senior Emmanuel Castro (DL).
On defense Isaac Jimenez (LB) and Steven Roland (DE) lead the Rams. The Rams might have the best kicker in the valley with senior Peter Delis.
Look for QB Campbell to throw short passes and get the ball to the playmakers.
The X factor is the Rams will play with a small roster so can they stay healthy playing so many players both ways with a very tough schedule?

Rams schedule
Aug 17 vs Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Aug 24 vs St. John Bosco Braves
Aug 31 at St. Joseph Knights (Santa Maria)
Sept 8 vs Memorial Panthers Holy Bowl
Sept 14 vs Tehachapi Warriors
Sept 28 vs Frontier Titans
Oct 5 at Bakersfield Drillers
Oct 12 vs Centennial Golden Hawks
Oct 19 at Liberty Patriots
Oct 26 at Stockdale Mustangs

Last year the Titans went (7-4) (2-3 SWYL)
Head Coach Chris Bandy
Plenty of Titans return and this team has the makings to be at least a semi finals team. Both sides of the ball will be much better than last year.
QB Dustin Montanio returns for his senior year and he will be so much better with a year of experience under his belt.
Senior running back Ernest Jackson (RB/LB) could have a big year and was invited to the Blue-Grey All~American Game this December in Dallas. The offensive line is working hard.
The defense will be better and leading the way will be senior Kameron Barnes (DE).
The X factor will be the defensive side of the ball.

Titans schedule
Aug 17 vs Sunnyside Wildcats
Aug 24 at Paso Robles Bearcats
Aug 31 vs Ridgeview Wolf Pack
Sept 7 at Atascadero Greyhounds
Sept 14 at Independence Falcons
Sept 28 at Garces Rams
Oct 5 vs Liberty Patriots
Oct 12 at Bakersfield Drillers
Oct 19 vs Stockdale Mustangs
Oct 26 at Centennial Golden Hawks

Last year the Wildcats went (7-4) (5-0 NYL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Gordon Wood
The Wildcats come in with young talent and has the makings of a Championship team.
The new QB will be sophomore Ekin Vu and he can make every throw and smart. The team is already believing in their QB.
Senior Davon Jones (LB) is the best running back that nobody knows about. Fast and strong. New transfer from Riverdale is senior Elias Baraja (LB) and he will get plenty of carries.
The receivers are good with seniors Dacova Sneed (DB) who has great speed with great hands. Also at receiver will be Marquay JJ Williams (DB), Juniors Phan Vann (DB) and Elias Soliz (DB/K).
Offensive line is real good with seniors Johnny Smith (DL), Myles Williams (TE/DL), 380 lbs Gabe Clark (DL) and sophomore Jeffrey Martin (DL) who comes in at 315 lbs.
The Wildcats defense will be very fast and leading the way will be Jr Myles Williams who is 6’3, 220 lbs and junior Edward Baraja (QB/S) who transferred in from Riverdale. .
The X factor will be the Wildcats offensive and can they finish drives with points. This team will be very good by playoff team and the favorites to win the NYL.
The Wildcats have a big opener at Frontier!

Wildcats schedule
Aug 17 at Frontier Titans
Aug 23 vs Clovis North Broncos at Buchanan Stadium
Aug 31 vs Selma Bears
Sept 7 vs Clovis East T Wolves at Lamonica Stadium
Sept 14 vs Stockdale Mustangs
Sept 28 vs McLane Highlanders
Oct 5 vs Fresno High Warriors
Oct 12 vs Hoover Patriots at McLane Stadium
Oct 19 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at McLane Stadium
Oct 26 at Reedley Pirates

Last year the Bullpups went (2-8) (2-4 WYL)
Head Coach Josh Young
The Bullpups will be much better this year with 8 returning juniors, some strong producing seniors and more experience.
Junior QB Juaron Watts-Brown returns and will be much better with a year of experience.
Junior running back Travone Houston returns and he could have a big year. The leading Bullpups receiver will be junior Daylon Davis.
The offensive line will be very good along with the defense and leading the D will be juniors Tyler Mello (OLB), Thomas Knight (MLB), and along with standout senior Noah Ramirez (OLB).
The X factor will be the passing game because the running game and defense will be good. Don’t go be the 2-8 record last year because they lost so many close games. This team has the makings to be real good!

Bullpups schedule
Aug 17 vs Hanford West Huskies(Dog Bowl)
Aug 24 vs Sanger Apaches
Aug 31 vs Fresno High Warriors
Sept 6 vs Porterville Panthers
Sept 21 vs Tulare Western Mustangs at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 28 vs El Diamante Miners (Homecoming)
Oct 5 at Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Oct 12 vs Redwood Rangers at Mineral King Bowls
Oct 18 vs Golden West Trailblazers
Oct 26 at Lemoore Tigers (75th annual Milk Can Game)

Last year the Miners went (8-4) (6-0 WYL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Mark Rogers
Last year the Miners started out very slow and it could happen again. The Miners are very young with only 6 seniors. 
Senior QB and 3 year starter Boswell Parker returns and the Miners will be in line to repeat as WYL Champions. 
The Running backs will be junior Kameron Beans (safety) who is 6’3 and fast, along with soph Austin Beno. The receivers will be senior Eric Zendejas and junior Javion Hightower. The O-line will be led by junior Joe Burciaga and he is the only returning starter. 
The Miners defense is always good and the Miners to watch out for will be middle linebacker and 4 year starter Jake Garbani, junior outside linebacker Triston Crushers, senior linebacker Donovan Macdonald, senior D-line with Isaiah Loring and junior Hudson Walker.

Miners schedule
Aug 17 vs Tulare Western at Golden West HS
Aug 23 at Tulare Union Tribe
Aug 31 vs Paso Robles Bearcats at Golden West HS
Sept 7 at Dinuba Emperors
Sept 21 at Upland Highlanders
Sept 28 at Hanford Bullpups
Oct 5 at Lemoore Tigers
Oct 12 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers at Golden West HS
Oct 19 vs Redwood Rangers at Golden West HS
Oct 26 at Golden West Trailblazers (15th annual Battle for the Saddle)

Last year the Tigers went (4-7) (3-3 WYL)
Head Coach Rene Asencio
The Tigers come in with some questions so stay tuned on just how good the Tigers will be. The Tigers are always that team that could get some new players in from the Air Base and boom…they are a contender.
The new Tigers QB will be junior Justin Holaday who is smart and has a very good arm. Senior running back Brandon Hardgrove is fast and strong so keep an eye on this guy! Leading the receivers will be Steven Wilhite who will stretch the field.
Leading the defense will be Pag Meter All Star junior William Kloster who will be a force in the middle and at running back.
The X factor will be the offensive line and the defensive secondary.

Tigers schedule
Aug 17 vs Clovis East T Wolves
Aug 24 vs Chowchilla Tribe
Aug 30 vs Tulare Western Mustangs at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 7 at Sanger Apaches
Sept 14 at Tulare Union Tribe
Sept 28 vs Redwood Rangers at Mineral Kings Bowl
Oct 5 vs El Diamante Miners
Oct 12 vs Golden West Trailblazers
Oct 19 at Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Oct 26 vs Hanford Bullpups (75th annual Milk Can Game)

No 11 NIPOMO TITANS (Ocean League)
Last year the Titans went (4-7) (2-1 Northern league)
Head Coach Tony Dodge
Plenty return for the Titans and this team has the makings to be real good. The offense and defense will be improved. The Titans have 6 returning starters on offense and 7 on defense. The Titans are new to the Central Section.
6’2, 220 junior QB Brayden Groshart is back with a year of experience along with senior running back Luis-diego Riquelme.
The good news for the Titans is they won’t have to play in the hot central valley until at least the playoffs where it will cool down by then.
The X factor is the Titans really should be in division 3 or even division 4.
Stay tuned on the Titans.

Titans schedule
Aug 17 vs Santa Ynez Pirates
Aug 24 at Cabrillo Conquistadores (Lompoc)
Aug 31 vs Golden West Trailblazers
Sept 7 at Bishop Diego Cardinals (Santa Barbara)
Sept 14 at Arroyo Grande Eagles
Sept 28 at Santa Maria Saints
Oct 5 vs Morro Bay Pirates
Oct 12 vs San Luis Obispo Tigers
Oct 19 at Pioneer Valley Panthers (Santa Maria)
Oct 26 vs Templeton Eagles

Last year the Mustangs went (2-8) (0-5 SWYL)
Head Coach Brett Shelton
The Mustangs are building a program and working their tails off in the weight room and on the field. Plenty of new faces especially in the skilled positions. The Mustangs will be much faster on defense. The offensive line will be more physical this year. Look for senior Brandon Dunn to have a big year running the football
Stay tuned for more info on the Mustangs. They play a very tough schedule.
The X factor is the young skilled players stepping up.

Mustangs schedule
Aug 17 at Ridgeview Wolf Pack

Aug 24 vs Clovis Cougars
Aug 31 at Atascadero Greyhounds
Sept 7 vs Independence Falcons
Sept 14 at Sunnyside Wildcats
Sept 28 vs Bakersfield Drillers
Oct 5 at Centennial Golden Hawks Homecoming
Oct 12 vs Liberty Patriots
Oct 19 at Frontier Titans
Oct 26 vs Garces Rams

Last year the Rangers went (5-6) (3-3 WYL)
Head Coach Shaun Ball
The Rangers will have plenty of young players and they lost their star senior QB Hector Gonzalez because he transferred to Liberty Bakersfield. Senior receiver La’Dre Aguilar is good but who will throw it to him?
It’s still too early but the Rangers could be down a bit. Stay tuned. The 1st 3 games are very tough.
The X factor it’s still too early to tell but let’s start with the QB play.

Rangers schedule
Aug 24 at Dinuba Emperors
Aug 31 vs Tulare Union Tripe at Mineral King Bowl
Sept 7 vs Tulare Western Mustangs at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 14 vs Atascadero Greyhounds at Mineral King Bowl
Sept 20 at Porterville Panthers
Sept 28 vs Lemoore Tigers at Mineral King Bowl
Oct 5 at Golden West Trailblazers
Oct 12 vs Hanford Bullpups at Mineral King Bowl
Oct 19 vs El Diamante Miners at Golden West HS
Oct 26 at Mt. Whitney Pioneers (64th Annual Cowhide Game)

Last year the Panthers went (4-6) (1-3 Los Padres)
Head Coach Juan Ruiz
Last year the Panthers were that tweener team. They could beat the teams they were supposed to beat but got crushed against the better teams on the schedule.
The Panthers are big and physical with senior 6’7, 345 lbs Alex Pugh, at tackle and newcomer junior Mark Martinez at Center. The QB will be senior Jayson Garcia. The running backs will be Michael Bourbon, Oscar Ruiz, Adrian Garcia, and Daniel Vasquez. The defensive leader will be Steven Fuerte in the secondary along with junior inside linebacker Oscar Ruiz. 

Panthers schedule
Aug 24 at St. Joseph Knights (Santa Maria)
Aug 31 vs Righetti High Warriors
Sept 7 vs Cabrillo Conquistadores (Lompoc)
Sept 14 vs Paso Robles Bearcats
Sept 21 vs Atascadero Greyhounds
Sept 28 at San Luis Obispo Tigers
Oct 5 vs Templeton Eagles
Oct 12 at Morro Bay Pirates
Oct 19 vs Nipomo Titans
Oct 26 at Santa Maria Saints

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