DIVISION 3 FOOTBALL RANKINGS & SCHEDULES 2018
Championship 2017 Final Score
Memorial Panthers beat Tulare Western Mustangs 45-31
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The Playoff dates are
November 2 (Ist Round)
November 9 (Quarterfinals)
November 16 (Semifinals)
Championship night is November 23 (The Day after Thanksgiving!)
DIVISION 3 FOOTBALL SCHEDULES 2018
No 1 MEMORIAL PANTHERS (CMAC)
Last year the Panthers went (11-3) (3-2 CMAC) SECTION CHAMPIONS
Head Coach Anthony Goston
This team is the best Panthers team in school history!! Debate is over! So much talent!
The Panthers have seven division 1 players and the team to beat in division 3.
I always believe that whatever division Garces is in (Division 2)…that’s where Memorial should be. The top division 1 teams maybe have more depth over SJM but Memorial has more talent than any valley team!
For SJM it starts with their QB and he’s a good one with senior Alec Trujillo. What a junior year he had leading the Panthers and winning the division 3 Section Championship throwing for 3,755 yards with 40 touchdown passes.
Senior Leonard Glass will be moving around in the offense at RB/Slot/Wing/and DB. You could see more slot this year from one of the fastest players in the valley and was huge in the Panthers offense last year rushing for 1,308 yards, scored 20 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 468 yards, with 4 more TD’s.
Look for new transfer from Edison with junior Ateir Butler to get a lot of carries at running back.
One of the best receivers in the state is junior Jalen McMillian. Jalen is the fastest player in the valley and last year he caught 78 passes for 1,810 and scored 21 touchdowns. Senior receiver Josh Kelly is a transfer from Bullard and also has plenty of speed.
So if the Panthers want to put Glass, McMillian and Kelly out wide with speedy Butler in the backfield with Trujillo in shotgun……..Hey defenses….GOOD LUCK!
The Panthers offense is amazing and we haven’t talked about the big guys up front and leading the way is senior CMAC All Star Konner Gominess and new transfer from Clovis North junior Tobin Phillips.
On defense with almost everybody above playing both ways, senior Justin Hunt is back from ACL injury and another stud on the Panthers D-line. At nose tackle will be senior Jacob Smith who is another beast to try to move.
The X factor is the Panthers players playing both ways in HOT weather. Last year the offense out scored everybody and the defense slowed teams down and semi rested. The offense will be even better and so will the defense but it’s still going to be HOT.
The first 3 games are way to easy for a Top 5 team in the valley!
No 1 Aug 17 at Kingsburg Vikings
Aug 24 vs Fresno High Warriors
Aug 31 vs Mission Oak Hawks at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 8 at Garces Rams (Holy Bowl)
Sept 14 vs Clovis East T Wolves
Sept 28 vs Bullard Knights
Oct 5 vs Madera South Stallions
Oct 12 vs Edison Tigers at Ratcliffe Stadium
Oct 19 at Madera Coyotes
Oct 26 vs Sanger Apaches
No 2 BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES (SYL)
Last year the Eagles went (10-2) (6-0 South Sequoia CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Darren Carr
Last year the Eagles went 10-2 and it felt like they didn’t have a great year. This year they are pretty much tied for No 1 spot in division 3 with SJM and they come in with tons of talent!
The Eagles will have a new QB and it’s a battle with a couple of new transfers with senior Jacob Maran who transferred in from the Bakersfield Drillers and junior Dominic Gamboni who comes from the Dos Palos Broncos. Both QB’s are different. Jacob is the athletic QB and Dom is the pocket passer.
The feature RB will be senior Donte Harris who was the leading Eagles rusher last year along with senior Tate Eenigenburg (LB).
If the Eagles can throw it, they have some speedsters that can catch it with seniors Keonte Glinton (DB), Myran Randle (DB) and Alex Wallace (DB). Keonte could be having a monster year and Randle will be huge as well!
The Eagles might have the best TE in the valley with junior Ben Yorosek (DE)
Leading the way upfront will be senior Elijah Fisher.
The X factor and just like SJM, will the Eagles get worn down with so many playing both ways in the HOT weather?
Aug 17 at Garces Rams
Aug 24 at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Aug 31 at Faith Lutheran Crusaders (Las Vegas)
Sept 7 vs St. Joseph Knights (Santa Maria)
Sept 21 vs Oaks Christian Lions (Westlake Village)
Sept 28 vs West Vikings
Oct 5 at Tehachapi Warriors
Oct 12 vs Ridgeview Wolf Pack
Oct 19 at Independence Falcons
Oct 26 at Golden Valley Bulldogs
No 3 MADERA COYOTES (CMAC)
Last year the Coyotes went (6-6) (1-4 CMAC)
Head Coach Yosef Fares
This is one of the best Coyotes teams in a LONG time. Last year the Coyotes went 4-1 in the non league games and then struggled in the real tough CMAC. This year could be different. They still have the big bad SJM Panthers in their way and to win it all in division 3 they will have to play the Memorial Panthers probably twice and the 2nd meeting would be for everything.
The Coyotes will lead with their outstanding senior QB Colton Nelson who had a school record breaking year throwing for 3,802 yards with 34 touchdown passes. His favorite receiver is back with senior Joziah Velasquez who caught 76 passes for 1,010 yards, scored 6 TD’s. Teams have trouble matching up against Joziah because of his speed and his route running. Keep an eye on senior receiver Joshua jj Espinoza (DB) who is fast and the Coyotes best player along with senior Jevon Denis who transferred in from Campbell High is Georgia.
The running backs will be by committee with seniors Jacob Garcia, Angel Guziar and sophomore Jeremiah Sanchez who could be very good,
The offensive line will be real good with senior Alex Vaca (RT), Cristoval Garcia (Center) senior and Tommy Molina (RG).
On defense the Coyotes will have John Cook (DL) who is very strong and should cause problems for the O-line to block. Will Childers (OLB) is a very dangerous pass rusher.
The X factor will be the defense and to beat the teams above them in the division 3 rankings, the Coyotes will have to wear them down. The Coyotes are one of the best shape teams in the valley but they have to stay healthy to make a run.
Aug 17 at Washington Union Panthers
Aug 24 vs Mission Oak Hawks at Bob Mathias Stadium
Aug 31 vs Kerman Lions
Sept 7 vs Merced Bears at Golden Valley
Sept 14 at Selma Bears
Sept 28 at Sanger Apaches
Oct 5 vs Edison Tigers
Oct 12 vs Bullard Knights at Sunnyside Stadium
Oct 19 vs Memorial Panthers
Oct 26 vs Madera South Stallions (11th annual Battle for the Saw)
No 4 SANTA MARIA SAINTS (Ocean league)
Last year the Saints went (9-5) (3-0 Northern league)
Head Coach Dan Ellington
Last year the Saints made it to the Southern Section Division 12 Championship game and wins their 1st football league title since 1988 with a very good senior class. 21 graduated so this year they will play in the Central Section. The buzz on campus about Saints football is big.
The X factor will be the young Saints and can they step up? The Saints will have plenty of team speed. The Saints to watch will be Sebastian Saiz at QB. The running backs will be Sammy Herrera and Kenny Dato. The receivers will be John Rojas, Manny Herrera, Rodrigo Rodriguez and JJ Arrant. The offensive will be (LT) Jesus Joaquin, (LG) Jason Sanchez, (C) Fabian Montano, (RG) Alex Romero, and (RT) David Ruiz. On defense you could see at linebackers with Isaiah Bahr, Nathan Hernandez , and Rafael Hernandez.
Aug 17 at Righetti High Warriors
Aug 24 at San Marcos Royals
Aug 31 vs Santa Ynez Pirates
Sept 7 at Golden Valley Bulldogs
Sept 4 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Sept 28 vs Nipomo Titans
Oct 5 at San Luis Obispo Tigers
Oct 12 vs Templeton Eagles
Oct 19 at Morro Bay Pirates
Oct 26 vs Pioneer Valley Panthers
No 5 MT WHITNEY PIONEERS (WYL)
Last year the Pioneers went (4-7) (3-3 WYL)
Head Coach Adam Valencia
The Pioneers come in and will battle for the WYL Championship.
Senior QB Jayden Pineda returns and boy is he good! Last year he threw for 2,391 yards with 24 TD passes, rushed for 692 yards and scored 9 TD’s.
Pineda’s favorite receiver is back and he should have a big year with 6’4 senior Anthony Valencia, who caught 55 passes for 895 yards and 14 TDs.
The other outstanding receiver will be senior Zack Reza who caught 41 passes for 501 yards and 3 TDs, also scored 3 rushing TDs and ran for 98 yards.
The X factor will be the running game and defense.
Aug 17 at Tulare Union Tribe
Aug 24 vs Tulare Western Mustangs
Aug 31 vs Hoover Patriots at Ratcliffe Stadium
Sept 7 vs Mission Oak Hawks
Sept 14 at Santa Maria Saints
Sept 28 at Golden West Trailblazers
Oct 5 vs Hanford Bullpups
Oct 12 vs El Diamante Miners at Groppetti Stadium
Oct 19 vs Lemoore Tigers
Oct 26 vs Redwood Rangers (64th Annual Cowhide Game)
No 6 FRESNO HIGH WARRIORS (NYL)
Last year the Warriors went (6-6) (3-2 NYL)
Head Coach Joe Marquez
The Warriors always has team speed and big players.
The new QB will be sophomore Darnell Naeole. He has the potential to be very good.
The running backs will have plenty of speed and power with, sophomore Jermaine Fuller (Safety), juniors Max Villanueva and Devon King (WR).
The defense has a beast with senior Jaque Jones at OL/DL, and at Safety will be senior Jordan Perez.
The X factor is the Warriors are young in spots and plays a tough non league schedule. This team will get better and better each week.
Aug 17 Chowchilla Tribe at McLane Stadium
Aug 24 at Memorial Panthers
Aug 31 at Hanford Bullpups
Sept 7 at South Rebels
Sept 14 vs Madera South Stallions at McLane Stadium
Sept 28 vs Hoover Patriots at McLane Stadium
Oct 5 at Sunnyside Wildcats
Oct 11 vs Reedley Pirates at Sunnyside Stadium
Oct 19 at McLane Highlander
Oct 26 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at Ratcliffe Stadium (90th“Little Big” Pig game)
No 7 SOUTH REBELS (SEYL)
Last year the Rebels went (5-5) (3-1 SEYL TRI CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Cary Mills
The Rebels QB will be senior Bryson Aguirre who is a dual threat and very good! Speedster Devon Williams at running and DB along with senior Ryan Harlan (LB) and junior Daniel Lomax. The offensive line will be bigger and more physical than last year. On defense senior Demetris Acevedo (FB/MLB) is big and physical.
The Rebels have the potential to be real good but has to stay healthy.
Aug 17 at Independence Falcons
Aug 23 at Delano Tigers
Aug 31 at Golden Valley Bulldogs
Sept 7 vs Fresno High Warriors
Sept 21 vs West Vikings
Sept 28 vs Foothill Trojans
Oct 5 vs East Bakersfield Blades
Oct 12 vs Mira Monte Lions
Oct 19 at Highland Scots
Oct 26 vs North Star (The Sword Game)
No 8 WEST VIKINGS (SYL)
Last year the Vikings went (7-5) (3-3 SYL)
Head Coach Derrick Dunham
The Vikings will have plenty of speed and if they play good defense then they can compete with anybody on their schedule.
Seven players return on each side of the football.. There is no secret with the Vikings on what they want to do on offense because they are coming right at you with a very physical Offensive Line and a 240 lb running back with junior Lj Laulu. The Vikings will also have Anthony Ramirez at WR and LB.
On Defense the team leader will be Damani Jackson (OLB).
The X factor will be the QB play.
Aug 17 vs Mission Oak Hawks
Aug 24 vs East Bakersfield Blades
Aug 31 vs Foothill Trojans
Sept 14 at North Stars
Sept 21 at South Rebels
Sept 28 at Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Oct 5 at Ridgeview Wolf Pack
Oct 12 vs Independence Falcons
Oct 19 vs Golden Valley Bulldogs
Oct 26 at Tehachapi Warriors
No 9 KINGSBURG VIKINGS (CSL)
Last year the Vikings went (7-5) (2-3 CSL)
Head Coach David Wilson
The Vikings have lost some players to transfer so we will see if it hurts them.
They still have the dangerous senior RB/LB Bo Jackson who rushed for 1,543 yards, scored 20 TD’s, and made 115 tackles last year. Also back are Brandon Rocha (RB/LB) and Jadon Spomer (TE/LB). Upfront Garrett Costi and Zack Wilson will be leading the way. At linebacker Cole Dias and at receiver Alfred Carpenter will all need big years for the Vikings.
The QB battle is on with Jett Jackson and Travis Hall, who transferred in from Buchanan.
Aug 17 Memorial Panthers
Aug 24 vs Washington Union Panthers
Aug 31 at Monache Marauders
Sept 7 at Kerman Lions
Sept 14 vs Exeter Monarchs
Sept 21 vs Madera South Stallions at Madera
Oct 5 vs Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Oct 12 at Dinuba Emperors
Oct 19 vs Hanford West Huskies at Hanford
Oct 26 vs Selma Bears (86th Fire Hydrant game)
No 10 INDEPENDENCE FALCONS (SYL)
Last year the Falcons went (7-4) (4-1 SYL TRI CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Tyler Schilhabel
Plenty return for new Head Coach Schilabel. The Falcons will be in the mix.
Senior Sergio Borreli returns at QB and if he has a big year, so will the Falcons. Sergio’s favorite receiver is back with senior Deonte Brown.
Very tough non league schedule.
Aug 17 vs South Rebels
Aug 24 vs Selma Bears
Aug 31 at Arroyo Grande Eagles
Sept 7 at Stockdale Mustangs
Sept 14 vs Frontier Titans
Sept 28 at Tehachapi Warriors
Oct 5 vs Golden Valley Bulldogs
Oct 12 at West Vikings
Oct 19 vs Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Oct 26 vs Ridgeview Wolf Pack
No 11 TEHACHAPI WARRIORS (SYL)
Last year the Warriors went (7-6) (4-1 SYL TRI CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Doug DeGeer
Senior QB Chris Garcia returns and it’s always awesome to have a senior QB to lead the team. The Warriors lose a bunch of stars from last year but they have some very good young Warriors coming in and ready to compete.
The X factor will be the defense with a very tough schedule.
Aug 17 vs Wasco Tigers
Aug 24 at Bakersfield Drillers
Aug 31 vs Taft Wildcats
Sept 7 vs Highland Scots
Sept 14 at Garces Rams
Sept 28 vs Independence Falcons
Oct 5 vs Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Oct 12 at Golden Valley Bulldogs
Oct 19 at Ridgeview Wolf Pack
Oct 26 vs West Vikings
No 12 HIGHLAND SCOTS (SEYL)
Last year the Scots went (8-2) (3-1 SEYL TRI CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Michael Gutierrez
The Scots lose plenty from last year and will have some good players coming back.
The X factor will the new faces have the Scots competing for the SEYL Championship?
Junior Nick Salas could have a big year at WR/SS. The New QB will be sophomore AJ Cleveland. The defense will be faster but not as big.
If the young players step up then look for the Scots to compete for the SEYL championship.
Aug 17 at Arvin Bears
Aug 24 vs Shafter Generals
Aug 31 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 7 at Tehachapi Warriors
Sept 14 vs Golden Valley Bulldogs
Sept 28 vs North Stars
Oct 5 at Mira Monte Lions
Oct 12 vs Foothill Trojans
Oct 19 vs South Rebels
Oct 26 at East Bakersfield Blades
No 13 CHOWCHILLA TRIBE (NSL)
Last year the Tribe went (5-6) (2-2 NSL)
Head Coach Alex Pittz
The Tribe have not been the same since they had to move up into division 3. Is it time for the Tribe to move back into division 4? The number of players are way down and that will be a factor this year.
Leading the way on offense is returning QB senior Cody Woolsey.
The X Factor will be the offense because the defense should be good. The Tribe are always a physical football team.
Aug 17 vs Fresno High Warriors at McLane Stadium
Aug 24 at Lemoore Tigers
Aug 31 vs Immanuel Eagles
Sept 7 at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Sept 14 vs Dos Palos Broncos
Sept 21 at Exeter Monarchs
Sept 28 vs Kerman Lions
Oct 5 at Washington Union Panthers
Oct 12 vs Yosemite Badgers
Oct 26 vs Liberty Madera Hawks
No 14 MORRO BAY PIRATES (Ocean League)
Last year the Pirates went (2-8) (1-2 Northern League)
Head Coach David Kelley
Senior QB Aidan Moriarty is back leading the Pirates. Leading the way will be seniors Tanner Daughtery (OL/DE) and Jaden Churchill (WR/DT)
The Pirates will be young in spots.
Aug 17 vs Mission Prep Royals (San Luis Obispo)
Aug 24 vs Gonzales Spartans
Aug 31 at Lindsay Cardinals
Sept 7 vs Gustine Reds
Sept 14 at Viewpoint Pirates (Calabasas)
Sept 28 at Templeton Eagles
Oct 5 at Nipomo Titans
Oct 12 vs Pioneer Valley Panthers (Santa Maria)
Oct 19 vs Santa Maria Saints
Oct 26 at San Luis Obispo Tigers (Clash of the Coast Trophy)
No 15 HOOVER PATRIOTS (NYL)
Last year the Patriots went (2-8) (1-4 NYL)
Head Coach Rus Pickett
Coach Rus is a very good coach and he is changing the Patriots culture and this will take some time. The Patriots are working hard and will improve on both sides of the ball.
The Patriots have speedster senior Jordan Daniels back and look for him to line up in space and make it tough on the defense. Last year he was the QB. Leading the way upfront will be senior Jesse Alvarez.
The X factor is the Patriots have a tough schedule and they have to stay the course.
Aug 24 vs Golden Valley Cougars (Merced) at McLane Stadium
Aug 31 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers at Ratcliffe Stadium
Sept 6 at Monache Marauders
Sept 14 at Washington Union Panthers
Sept 21 vs Tulare Union Tribe Sunnyside Stadium
Sept 28 vs Fresno High Warriors at McLane Stadium
Oct 5 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at McLane Stadium
Oct 12 vs Sunnyside Wildcats at McLane Stadium
Oct 18 vs Reedley Pirates Sunnyside Stadium
Oct 26 at McLane Highlanders (Revolution Bowl)
No 16 TEMPLETON EAGLES (Ocean League)
Last year the Eagles went (2-8) (0-3 Northern League)
Head Coach JM Spalding
Plenty of Eagles return
Junior Zack Logan could be in the lead to be the starting QB. Senior Shane Simonin returns at running back.
Aug 24 vs Aptos Mariners
Aug 31 vs Mendota Aztecs
Sept 7 at Santa Paula Cardinals
Sept 14 vs Liberty Madera Hawks
Sept 21 at Santa Ynez Pirates
Sept 28 vs Morro Bay Pirates
Oct 5 at Pioneer Valley Panthers (Santa Maria)
Oct 12 at Santa Maria Saints
Oct 19 vs San Luis Obispo Tigers
Oct 26 at Nipomo Titans
No 17 SAN LUIS OBISPO TIGERS (Ocean League)
Last year the Tigers went (2-8) (0-4 Pac 5)
Head Coach Pat Johnston
The Tigers are new to the Central Section and they will have plenty of new faces heading into the year. Very tough schedule.
Aug 17 vs Arroyo Grande Eagles
Aug 24 at Atascadero Greyhounds
Aug 31 at San Marcos Royals (Santa Barbara)
Sept 14 at Santa Ynez Pirates
Sept 21 vs Hanford West Huskies
Sept 28 vs Pioneer Valley Panthers (Santa Maria)
Oct 5 vs Santa Maria Saints
Oct 12 at Nipomo Titans
Ocr 19 at Templeton Eagles
Oct 26 vs Morro Bay Pirates (Clash of the Coast Trophy)
No 18 GOLDEN VALLEY BULLDOGS (SYL)
Last year the Bulldogs went (3-7) (1-4 SYL)
Head Coach Josh Bocker
The Bulldogs have the youngest coach in the valley with 24 year old Josh Bocker.
GV lost their star Carl Jones who transferred to the Bakersfield Drillers so how will the Bulldogs be without him? The Bulldogs are very young and playing a very tough schedule.
Who will step up for the Bulldogs!
Aug 17 at East Bakersfield Blades
Aug 24 at Centennial Golden Hawks
Aug 31 vs South Rebels
Sept 7 vs Santa Maria Saints
Sept 14 at Highland Scots
Sept 28 vs Ridgeview Wolf Pack
Oct 5 at Independence Falcons
Oct 12 vs Tehachapi Warriors
Oct 19 at West Vikings
Oct 26 vs Bakersfield Christian Eagles