Golden West Trailblazers beat CVC Cavaliers 27-21 in Overtime

Here are the Pag Meter Preseason Division 4 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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The Playoff dates are
November 2 (Ist Round)
November 9 (Quarterfinals)
November 16 (Semifinals)
Championship night is November 23 (The Day after Thanksgiving!)


Last year the Cavaliers went (10-3) (3-2 CSL)
Head Coach Mason Hughes
The Cavaliers were so close at winning the division 4 section championship but lost in overtime to Golden West. This team has the makings to be better than last years team and that’s why they come in at No 1. The Cavaliers are returning 15 players from last year. The New QB will be 6’4 senior Eric Dragt who had one heck of a summer. We all know 7 vs 7 isn’t real football but Eric plays DB so that makes him tough.  Dragt, played in 10 games at QB last season, 13-of-24 passes for 228 yards with 3 TD passes.. He also ran for 94 yards and three more scores. If Eric has a big year then look for the Cavaliers to be playing on Championship night Nov 23.
Junior RB Jaalen Rening, could have a monster year. He rushed for 1,396 yards and 12 TD’s last year.
Senior receiver Brian Noel will lead the way catching footballs.
The offensive line will be good and big junior Dirk Nelson who is back and will play upfront on both sides of the ball. Senior Dustin Van Grouw is one heck of a tight end.
The defense should be real good and leading the way will be senior linebacker Spencer Morris (RB) and Senior defensive end Grant Highstreet. 
The X factor will be so many players playing both ways in this hot weather.

Cavaliers schedule
Aug 17 vs St. Joseph Knights (Santa Maria)
Aug 24 at Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Aug 31 at Valley Christian Crusaders (Cerritos)
Sept 7 vs Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 14 at Immanuel Eagles
Sept 28 vs Dinuba Emperors
Oct 5 at Kingsburg Vikings
Oct 12 vs Hanford West Huskies
Oct 19 at Selma Bears
Oct 26 vs Exeter Monarchs

Last year the Marauders went (4-7) (2-3 EYL)
Head Coach Chris Frankland
The Marauders have plenty of weapons coming into this year in an up-tempo, no huddle offense.
Senior QB Antonio Andrade is 6’2 and threw for 2,233 yards with 23 TD passes.
The running game will be good with senior Aidan Galvan who could go over 1,000 yard rushing.
The X factor will be the defense because the offense should be real good.

Marauders schedule
Aug 17 vs Golden West Trailblazers at Granite Hills
Aug 24 at Chavez Titans
Aug 31 vs Kingsburg Vikings
Sept 6 vs Hoover Patriots
Sept 14 at East Bakersfield Blades
Sept 28 vs Tulare Union Tribe
Oct 5 vs Mission Oak Hawks
Oct 11 vs Delano Tigers
Oct 19 vs Tulare Western Mustangs at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 26 at Porterville Panthers

Last year the Blazers went (12-3) (4-2 WYL) SECTION CHAMPIONS
Head Coach Paul Preheim
The Trailblazers graduated 25 seniors from the greatest team in school history. This years team will be very young with plenty of sophomores and juniors on the line. GW is always one of the best coached teams in the valley.
The senior leader will be running back Christian Ortiz who will also play linebacker. The other running backs will be brothers Michael and Lonnie Wessel.
Senior Josiah Washington, will be the top receiver.
The new QB will be senior Tyson Sandri.
The X factor will be this team will get better and better each week.

Trailblazers schedule
Aug 17 at Monache Marauders
Aug 24 vs El Capitan Gauchos (Merced)
Aug 31 at Nipomo Titans
Sept 7 vs Madera South Stallions
Sept 14 at Porterville Panthers
Sept 28 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Oct 5 vs Redwood Rangers
Oct 12 at Lemoore Tigers
Oct 18 at Hanford Bullpups
Oct 26 vs El Diamante Miners (15th annual Battle for the Saddle)

Last year the Bears went (8-3) (3-2 CSL)
Head Coach Matt Logue
The Bears have lost plenty of stars including QB Junior Ramirez with graduation. The Bears will have senior QB Ricky Mota running the show and he is one heck of an athlete.
The Bears return a lot of players that played in a lot of meaningful minutes last year including the entire offensive line. The Bears will have 4 sophomores that will all carry the ball that are very talented but young along with returners Brian Ching and Patrick Angelo. Leading WR Ivan Valdez returns who looked great all summer in 7 on 7.
Defensively the Bears will be led by DE/TE Dante Guicho, NG/RT Martin Lucio, MLB Adam Rodriguez, OLB’s Brian Ching and Niko Herrera. Both corners return with Ricky Mota and Casey Gonzalez, An Athlete to watch out for is Aaron Blancas who played on the basketball team as a Freshman and will play corner and touch the ball in a variety of ways. The Bears have a great balance of returning veterans and young talent.
The X factor is the Bears will get better and better as the year goes on.

Bears schedule
Aug 17 at Kerman Lions
Aug 24 Independence Falcons
Aug 31 at Sunnyside Wildcats
Sept 7 at Washington Union Panthers
Sept 14 vs Madera Coyotes
Sept 28 vs Hanford West Huskies
Oct 5 vs Dinuba Emperors
Oct 12 at Exeter Monarchs
Oct 19 vs Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Oct 26 at Kingsburg Vikings

Last year the Lions went (10-2) (4-0 NSL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Stephen Hurt
How will life be after Sean Chambers? Sean was the greatest Lions player in school history and now playing in Wyoming.
The Lions return almost everybody on defense and they should be real strong. The O-line will also be real good along with the running game and wide receivers.
The running backs will be senior Colton Smith and remember the name because he is big and physical. Isaac Velez is the speed back.
The new QB with big shoes to fill will be junior Gavin Layton. The Lions will run the power spread from the shoot gun but when you have a new QB, look for Smith and Velez to carry the load.
The X factor will be Gavin at QB. This Lions team has the makings to be real good.

Lions Schedule
Aug 17 vs Selma Bears
Aug 24 vs Madera South Stallions at Madera
Aug 31 at Madera Coyotes
Sept 7 vs Kingsburg Vikings
Sept 14 vs Mission Oak Hawks
Sept 21 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders
Sept 28 at Chowchilla Tribe
Oct 5 at Yosemite Badgers
Oct 19 at Liberty Madera Hawks
Oct 26 vs Washington Union Panthers

Last year the Monarchs went (5-6) (1-4 CSL)
Head Coach Keirsten Lamb
The Monarchs have been getting after it all summer long and this is one of the hardest working Monarchs groups in a while.
Last year the Monarchs ran a Pro style offensive attack with a young team. Plenty come back and they will be much better this year.
The QB will be senior Jaykob Acosta and he’s the best athlete on the team. You talk about a sleeper QB….here is the true sleeper. The O-line is working hard and should be real good upfront.
Leading way in the backfield will be junior Nathaniel Heath and senior Chad Hilvers jr. Fullback will be senior Tyler Reser.
The big guys upfront and leading the way will be Pag Meter Watch list player junior Jordan Mueller who is 6’4, 235.
Senior (Center/DE) Mikey Gubbins never missed a snapped last year and a big time competitor.
Senior Abram Bejerano (OG) has a motor that every coach dreams about! He is full throttle on every snap. Senior Josiah Martinez (DB/WR/QB)is the ultimate team player. He will play wherever needed!
The Monarchs will have plenty of team speed on defense and they have the perfect schedule to get a high seed in the playoffs.

Monarchs schedule
Aug 17 at Farmersville Aztecs
Aug 24 vs Woodlake Tigers
Sept 7 at McLane Highlanders
Sept 14 at Kingsburg Vikings
Sept 21 vs Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 28 vs Immanuel Eagles
Oct 5 vs Hanford West Huskies
Oct 12 vs Selma Bears
Oct 19 at Dinuba Emperors
Oct 26 vs Central Valley Christian Cavaliers

Last year the Tigers went (6-5) (3-2 EYL)
Head Coach Mario Abundez
2nd year for Coach Abundez and the Tigers are very well coached!
The Tigers had a tremendous 2nd half of the season last year so keep an eye on the Tigers.
Plenty return for this year on both sides of the ball.
The Tigers are hoping to be 5-0 heading into the EYL league opener vs Tulare Western.

Tigers schedule
Aug 17 at Chavez Titans
Aug 23 vs South Rebels
Aug 31 at East Bakersfield Blades
Sept 14 at Foothill Trojans
Sept 21 at Wasco Tigers
Sept 28 vs Tulare Western Mustangs
Oct 5 vs Tulare Union Tribe
Oct 11 at Monache Marauders
Oct 19 vs Porterville Panthers

Last year the Stars went (9-4) (3-1 SEYL)
Head Coach Norm Brown
The Stars have the potential to be real good again. Last year it was the best Stars team since 1970. They do have some senior leaders with running back Chris Romero, (LB) who rushed for 1,659 yards. Big senior James Johnson (DE) returns at receiver and he is very good. OL/DL Damian Mireles leds the big guys upfront.
The new QB looks like it will be junior Cole Fields. The offensive line will be real good and they all return from last year.
X factor can the Stars be battle tested for the division 4 playoffs?

Stars schedule
Aug 17 vs Centennial Golden Hawks (The “TURK” Game)
Aug 25 at Monterey Toreadores
Aug 31 vs Shafter Generals
Sept 7 at Wasco Tigers
Sept 14 vs West Vikings
Sept 28 at Highland Scots
Oct 5 vs Foothill Trojans
Oct 12 at East Bakersfield Blades
Oct 19 vs Mira Monte Lions
Oct 26 at South Rebels (The Sword Game)

Head Coach Art Francis
This is Coach Francis 1st year and the Panthers are always a sleeping giant with plenty of talent. This years team has the makings to be good on both sides of the ball. The QB will be senior Stefan Dowell. The running backs will be seniors Ricky Valenzuela and Elijah Cabrera (LB). The receivers are fast with senior Stephen Martin and junior Darius Mccray. The X factor is the offensive line and also the D-line.

Panthers schedule
Aug 17 vs Madera Coyotes
Aug 24 at Kingsburg Vikings
Aug 31 at Dos Palos Broncos
Sept 7 vs Selma Bears
Sept 14 vs Hoover Patriots
Sept 21 vs Reedley Pirates
Oct 5 vs Chowchilla Tribe
Oct 12 at Liberty Madera Hawks
Oct 19 vs Yosemite Badgers
Oct 26 at Kerman Lions

Last year the Rough Riders went (8-4) (4-1 NYL)
Head Coach Vince Brandstetter
Coach Vince takes over and he is one of the best. It will take some time to get the program turned around on and off the field. Some players have transferred out.
Still too early to tell with the Riders but the defense will be good and leading the way will be senior middle linebacker Alex Quedeza.
The X factor is the offense.

Rough Riders schedule
Aug 17 vs Immanuel Eagles at Sunnyside
Aug 24 vs Dos Palos at Sunnyside Stadium
Aug 31 at Firebaugh Eagles
Sept 7 at Granite Hills Grizzlies
Sept 21 at Kerman Lions
Sept 28 at Reedley Pirates
Oct 5 vs Hoover Patriots at McLane Stadium
Oct 11 at McLane Highlanders
Oct 19 vs Sunnyside Wildcats at McLane Stadium
Oct 26 vs Fresno High Warriors at Ratcliffe Stadium (90th“Little Big” Pig game)

Last year the Tigers went (5-5) (4-3 S Seq)
Head Coach Chad Martinez
Last year the Tigers underachieved and this year should be a way better year. There will be plenty of seniors on this Tigers team.
The offensive line will be good in the Wing T Offensive.
The Running backs will be Noah Mcclain (QB) who has speed and power back Justin Horton.
Upfront and he is good with 295 lb Oso Velez.
Last year the turnovers killed the Tigers. Coach Johnson brings in toughness and look for the Tigers to be a physical team.
The X factor will be the secondary and can the Tigers throw the ball when needed?

Tigers schedule
Aug 17 at Tehachapi Warriors
Aug 31 vs Madera South Stallions
Sept 7 vs North Stars
Sept 14 at McFarland Cougars
Sept 21 vs Delano Tigers
Sept 28 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds
Oct 5 at Chavez Titans
Oct 12 vs Arvin Bears
Oct 19 at Taft Wildcats
Oct 26 vs Shafter Generals (Highway 43 Takedown game)

Last year the Panthers went (3-6) (1-4 EYL)
Head Coach Michael Machado
2nd year for Coach Machado and this team should be much better. The Panthers were young last year and struggled on defense.
Junior Tanner Jones returns at QB along with senior running back Demario Ennis who should have a big year.
The Panthers always plays a tough schedule.

Panthers schedule
Aug 16 vs Dinuba Emperors
Aug 24 vs Granite Hills Grizzlies
Sept 6 at Hanford Bullpups
Sept 14 vs Golden West Trailblazers
Sept 20 vs Redwood Ranger
Sept 28 at Mission Oak Hawks at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 5 vs Tulare Western Mustangs
Oct 11 at Tulare Union Tribe
Oct 19 at Delano Tigers
Oct 26 vs Monache Marauders

Last year the Pirates went (2-8) (2-3 NYL)
Head Coach Brandon Nagle
The Pirates will be back on the radar very soon because Coach Nagle and his staff are doing one heck of a job to building back the Reedley program.

Pirates schedule
Aug 17 at Sanger Apaches (105th meeting)
Aug 24 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears
Aug 31 vs Dinuba Emperors
Sept 7 at Mendota Aztecs
Sept 21 at Washington Union Panthers
Sept 28 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders
Oct 5 vs McLane Highlanders
Oct 11 vs Fresno High Warriors at Sunnyside Stadium
Oct 18 vs Hoover Pirates at Sunnyside Stadium
Oct 26 vs Sunnyside Wildcats

Last year the Stallions went (1-9) (0-5 CMAC)
Head Coach Matt Johnson
Matt is building a football culture at Madera South. It’s much easier when you have one high school in your town. Some Madera South players have not bought in as of yet. The Stallions have so much potential and the players that have bought in are working their ass off and it’s great to see. The Stallion players are so respectful and I love that! The young Stallions (7th-9th) are very good so the future is bright.
With a new high school coming in Madera ….I PLEAD with the CIF to get Madera South out of the CMAC. It’s simple…..Move Washington Union out of the NSL and into the NYL, move Sunnyside out of the NYL and into the CMAC (where they belong) and move Madera South out of the CMAC and into the North Sequoia. It’s a no brainer and I can’t believe it hasn’t happened yet.
There is NOT one team in division 4 that would win a game in the CMAC so Madera South has to do well with the 5 non league games before it turns into a child abuse case.
The new QB will be junior Joel Galvan. Upside is tremendous 6’4″ 195 lbs, big arm and can move. If Joel works hard he can be real good!
Sr. Matt Posas who is the best running back will come in hurt with a bad shoulder that he hurt in wrestling. He’s a Bad Ass wrestler and track sprinter.
Sr. Steven Alaniz will do it all and works hard. He will play QB/RB/WR/DB. Swiss Army Knife and team leader.
Sr. Dallas Hansen, is 6’1″ 200, RB/Safety/LB. Big and fast, great student athlete.
Sr Emilio Gonzalez, 5’10” 205 LB/OG Steady, smart and aggressive. He has the intangibles.
The X factor is the Stallions need to stay focus during the CMAC league play because they have plenty of potential in the division 4 playoffs. This team is a work in progress…

Stallions schedule
Aug 24 vs Kerman Lions at Madera
Aug 31 at Wasco Tigers
Sept 7 vs Golden West Trailblazers at Madera
Sept 14 vs Fresno High Warriors at McLane Stadium
Sept 21 vs Kingsburg Vikings at Madera
Sept 28 vs Edison Tigers at Madera
Oct 5 at Memorial Panthers
Oct 12 vs Sanger Apaches at Madera
Oct 18 vs Bullard Knights at McLane Stadium
Oct 26 at Madera Coyotes (11th annual Battle for the Saw)

The Blades last year went (3-8) (0-5 SYL)
Head Coach Chad Grider
QB Richard Lara returns for his senior year and he is good. The Blades move into a new league and they will compete for the title. The Blades will bring in toughness this year but will be young.
New head coach Grider working on building a consistent football program. It will take time.
The X factor will be players stepping up for their outstanding senior QB.

Blades schedule
Aug 17 vs Golden Valley Bulldogs
Aug 24 at West Vikings
Aug 31 vs Delano Tigers
Sept 7 at Chavez Titans
Sept 14 vs Monache Marauders
Sept 28 at Mira Monte Lions
Oct 5 at South Rebels
Oct 12 vs North Stars
Oct 19 vs Foothill Trojans
Oct 26 vs Highland Scots

Last year the Aztecs went (5-5) (3-2 West Seq)
Head Coach Beto Mejia
The overachievers really need to be back in division 5. Wherever Firebaugh is, that’s where Mendota needs to be and that is division 5.
Senior Isaiah Clark will be the Aztecs QB and he has speed and can throw it.
Sophomore RB/Safety Diego Porto will be good.
The Aztecs will have FB/LB Senior Fabian Perez, sophomore LB Alex Escobar, Junior WR/Punt Returner/Kick Returner/Safety Jose “Trippy” Ochoa, Junior WR/CB Adan Barajas, Juniors OL/DL Joel Anguiano 6′ 4″ 275 & Angel Gutierrez 5′ 11″ 220 will be anchoring upfront.

Aztecs schedule
Aug 17 vs McLane Highlanders
Aug 24 at Liberty Madera Hawks
Aug 31 at Templeton Eagles
Sept 7 vs Reedley Pirates
Sept 21 vs Immanuel Eagles
Sept 28 at Dos Palos Broncos
Oct 5 vs Firebaugh Eagles (Battle for Highway 33)
Oct 12 at Avenal Buccaneers
Oct 19 vs Coalinga Horned Toads
Oct 26 at Tranquillity Tigers


Last year the Hawks went (0-10) (0-5 EYL)
Head Coach David Flores
The Hawks need to forget about last year. They were a young team and this year they move into division 4.
The Hawks had a very good summer and will be much better but they play a very tough schedule.

Hawks schedule
Aug 17 at West Vikings
Aug 24 vs Madera Coyotes at Bob Mathias Stadium
Aug 31 vs Memorial Panthers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Sept 7 at Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Sept 14 at Kerman Lions
Sept 28 vs Porterville Panthers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 5 vs Monache Marauders at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 12 vs Tulare Western Mustangs at Bob Mathias Stadium
Oct 19 at Tulare Union Tribe
Oct 25 vs Delano Tigers at Bob Mathias Stadium
Last year the Wildcats went (2-7) (2-4 S Seq)
Head Coach George Falgout
Senior Jackson Van Roekel returns at QB and that will help the offense. Plenty return on the defensive side of the ball. The Warriors are always a physical team.
We will know early if the Wildcats are a contender.

Wildcats schedule
Aug 17 vs Kern Valley Broncs
Aug 24 vs Crespi Celts
Aug 31 at Tehachapi Warriors
Sept 7 vs Coalinga Horned Toads
Sept 14 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 21 vs Shafter Generals
Oct 5 vs McFarland Cougars
Oct 12 at Chavez Titans
Oct 19 vs Wasco Tigers
Oct 26 at Arvin Bears

Last year the Titans went (0-9) (0-6 S Seq)
Head Coach Jesse Ortega
This is Coach Ortega’s 2nd year coaching the Titans. Last year he came in and the Titans cupboards were bare. He had to start from scratch with a real young team.
Junior QB David Avila is back along with senior running back Elijah Rangel.
Seniors Ruben Cervantes (LB) and Manuel Fernandez (MLB) lead the defense.
The Titans will be much better this year.

Titans schedule
Aug 17 vs Delano Tigers
Aug 24 vs Monache Marauders
Aug 31 at Liberty Madera Hawks
Sept 7 vs East Bakersfield Blades
Sept 14 at Shafter Generals
Sept 21 vs McFarland Cougars
Sept 28 at Arvin Bears
Oct 5 vs Wasco Tigers
Oct 12 vs Taft Wildcats
Oct 26 at Kennedy Thunderbirds

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