DIVISION 5 FOOTBALL RANKINGS & SCHEDULES 2018
Championship Final Score 2017
Caruthers Blue Raiders beat Firebaugh Eagles 49-42
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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 5 FOOTBALL SCHEDULES 2018
No 1 CARUTHERS BLUE RAIDERS (WSL) SECTION CHAMPIONS
Last year the Blue Raiders went (12-1) (5-0 West Sequoia CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Brandon Ward
The Blue Raiders had a magical year going 12-0 and winning the Section Championship.
Coming back after rushing for 1,506 yards will be senior Chris Puga. I like the thinking of the Blue Raiders and that’s getting the ball in the hands of your best player and look for Puga to play QB. In the backfield will be junior Bobby Staley (LB) and senior Eric Gonzalez (CB). The top receiver will be junior Isaac Franco (WR/TE) and he is good. Junior Brady Pease a transfer from Immanuel who grew up in Caruthers will play wide receiver.
The entire OL returns with seniors Isaac DeLa Rosa, Isaiah Pando, Adrian Martinez and Jonathan Sanchez.
The Defense will be real good with most coming back.
Outstanding NT/OT Caleb Delgado returns from (ACL) in November.
The X factor If Puga plays great at QB then the Blue Raiders might just go 10-0 again.
Blue Raiders schedule
Aug 17 at Sierra Chieftains
Aug 24 at Coalinga Horned Toads
Aug 31 vs Woodlake Tigers
Sept 7 vs Firebaugh Eagles
Sept 14 at Parlier Panthers
Sept 21 at Orosi Cardinals
Oct 5 vs Minarets Mustangs
Oct 12 vs Riverdale Cowboys
Oct 19 vs Orange Cove Titans
Oct 26 at Fowler Redcats
No 2 SHAFTER GENERALS (SSL)
Last year the Generals went (9-3) (5-1 S Seq)
Head Coach Jerald Pierucci
The Generals were so close last year but just ran out of defense.
This year the Generals could be the team to beat with senior QB Alex Aguilar who is the most dangerous QB’s in the Section. The junior last year threw for 2,750 yards with 29 touchdowns, rushed for 1,370 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.
The X factor again will be the defense. If the Generals can play good defense then they could be playing in Championship night.
Aug 17 vs Mira Monte Lions
Aug 24 at Highland Scots
Aug 31 at North Stars
Sept 7 vs Foothill Trojans
Sept 14 vs Chavez Titans
Sept 21 at Taft Wildcats
Sept 28 at McFarland Cougars
Oct 5 at Arvin Bears
Oct 19 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds
Oct 26 at Wasco Tigers (Highway 43 Takedown game)
No 3 KENNEDY THUNDERBIRDS (SSL)
Last year the Birds went (6-6) (3-3 S Seq)
Head Coach Mario Millan
The Thunderbirds have 8 of 11 players on both offense and defense coming back that started in the playoffs last year. This team is much faster overall this year and have a lot of experience. QB David Estrada is a 3 year varsity starter who’s knowledge of the Kennedy system will allow for him to run the Wing-T offense to perfection. His throwing ability will keep defenses out of the box.
Senior Tyreak Walker returns at running back after a big junior year and brings in a lot of speed and catches the ball well out of the backfield. Senior Yoncanni Sandoval PR/KR, will get plenty of carries who has amazing speed and shiftiness. He will be a threat on every special team return and in the outside Wing-T run game.
At receiver will be Luis Perez who is a 3 year varsity starter. His off season work and his precise route running ability and size will make him a big threat for 1 on 1 coverages.
3rd year as a starter is OT Ivan Garza who is 6’5, 275 lb. His size and athleticism will make him one the best offensive tackles in the area. As a defensive end he can control the edge of the offense.
On defense is junior NG Eddie Hernandez who played varsity as a sophomore. His speed and strength at the nose guard position will demand double teams and give centers fits. Senior DB Johnny Carrillo is a returning senior who is a quick and a smart corner. He offseason work and his tenacity and technique will give receivers many problems.
The Birds are very fast on defense and has the makings of a Championship teams.
The X factor is the turnovers with the Wing T offense.
Aug 17 vs Foothill Trojans
Aug 24 vs Mira Monte Lions
Aug 31 at Highland Scots
Sept 7 vs Liberty Madera Hawks
Sept 14 at Taft Wildcats
Sept 21 vs Arvin Bears
Sept 28 at Wasco Tigers
Oct 12 vs McFarland Cougars
Oct 19 at Shafter Generals
Oct 26 vs Chavez Titans
No 4 LIBERTY MADERA HAWKS (NSL)
Last year the Hawks went (8-3) (3-1 NSL)
Head Coach Mike Nolte
Last year the overachievers played in division 4. The Hawks really belong in division 5 with 589 student body and they are back where they belong. Hey division 5….the Hawks are back!
Senior RB/LB Wyatt Roth returns and he is good!
This team returns plenty and they are always a well coached machine on both sides of the ball.
Aug 17 vs Firebaugh Eagles
Aug 24 vs Mendota Aztecs
Aug 31 vs Chavez Titans
Sept 7 at Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 14 at Templeton Eagles
Sept 28 at Yosemite Badgers
Oct 5 at Immanuel Eagles
Oct 12 vs Washington Union Panthers
Oct 19 vs Kerman Lions
Oct 26 at Chowchilla Tribe
No 5 YOSEMITE BADGERS (NSL)
Last year the Badgers went (9-1)
Head Coach Chance Sigala
The Badgers have a new head coach and a former Clovis Cougar in 2007 and the Badgers are always a hard nose team that play both ways. The Badgers are back in the North Sequoia League. Senior QB Tyson Mansfield returns and the team leader.
Leading the way will be junior Nicholas Harper who is a very good running back and safety. Also at running back will be Diego Combs, Ernie Jimenez, Justin Micallef, Matt Dugovic and Kyler Schaeffer. These guys are ver athletic. The receivers will be Sophomore Steven Baker, senior Paul Antonis, sophomore Holden Eames, Chris Fuller, Nick Pierce and Kevin Welborn. The offensive line will be real good with Caleb Burke, Noah Burns, Troy Fite, Nicolas Guynn, Sean Miller, George Olmedo and Ryan O’Meara. The defense will be very good with plenty returning.
Aug 17 at Riverdale Cowboys
Aug 24 vs Parlier Panthers
Aug 31 at Minarets Mustangs
Sept 7 at Mariposa County Grizzlies
Sept 14 vs McLane Highlanders
Sept 28 vs Liberty Madera Hawks
Oct 5 vs Kerman Lions
Oct 12 at Chowchilla Tribe
Oct 19 at Washington Union Panthers
Oct 26 vs Sierra Chieftains (Mountain Bowl)
No 6 HANFORD WEST HUSKIES (CSL)
Last year the Huskies went (4-8) (0-6 WYL)
Head Coach Matthew Tesoriere
The Huskies move into the Central Sequoia league and they will be the fastest team in division 5. If there is ever a sleeper team…it’s the Huskies.
The QB will be the speedster with junior Josiah James.
Thunder and lightning in the backfield with senior Jayron Jenkins who is the thunder and Junior Daylon Mitchell and he will be a star this year at running back is the lightning.
Leading the receivers will be senior Antonio Perez.
The defense will be fast and leading the way will be junior Keantre Davis. He started last year and a year older, bigger, stronger, and much faster than most Wide outs.
The X factor is the defense because many division 5 teams are very physical so the front 7 on defense will need to step up.
Aug 17 vs Hanford Bullpups (Dog Bowl)
Aug 23 vs Corcoran Panthers at Hanford
Aug 31 at McLane Highlanders
Sept 7 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears at Hanford
Sept 21 at San Luis Obispo Tigers
Sept 28 at Selma Bears
Oct 5 at Exeter Monarchs
Oct 12 vs Central Valley Christian Cavaliers at Hanford
Oct 19 vs Kingsburg Vikings
Oct 25 vs Dinuba Emperors
No 7 FIREBAUGH EAGLES (WSL)
Last year the Eagles went (10-3) (5-0 West Sierra)
Head Coach Dejon Kelly
The Eagle players that played in the Section Championship game at Caruthers are still thinking about the questionable calls at the end of the game in the lost 49-42.
Will that be the Eagles motivation to get back to the big game?
Coming back will be outstanding senior QB Jeshua Gutierrez who threw for 2,869 yards, with 36 TD passes, rushed for 581, and scored 2 TD’s.
The X factor and it’s every year for the Eagles is the DEFENSE. The Eagles offense can light up the scoreboard but so does the Eagles opponent.
Aug 17 at Liberty Madera Hawks
Aug 24 vs Fowler Redcats
Aug 31 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders
Sept 7 at Caruthers Blue Raiders
Sept 14 at Sierra Chieftains
Sept 21 at Tranquillity Tigers
Oct 5 at Mendota Aztecs (Battle for Highway 33)
Oct 12 vs Dos Palos Broncos
Oct 19 vs Avenal Buccaneers
Oct 26 at Coalinga Horned Toads
No 8 BISHOP UNION BRONCOS (HDL)
Last year the Broncos went (5-6) (2-1 HDL)
Head Coach Arnie Palu
Plenty of Broncos return including junior running back Luke McClean (RB/LB)
The Broncos will contend for the Section Championship.
Aug 17 vs Ontario Christian Knights
Aug 24 vs Yerington Lions
Sept 7 vs Rim of the World Fighting Scots (Lake Arrowhead)
Sept 14 vs Whittier Christian Heralds (La Habra)
Sept 21 at Burroughs Burros (Ridgecrest)
Sept 28 vs Sierra Chieftains
Oct 5 at Kern Valley Broncs
Oct 12 vs Rosamond Roadrunners
Oct 19 at Boron Bobcats
Oct 26 vs Cal City Ravens
No 9 CORCORAN PANTHERS (ESL)
Last year the Panthers went (1-9) (1-4 E Seq)
Head Coach Grant Kapigian
The Panthers were young last year and will be so much better this year but they have to stay healthy. Corcoran could be the most improved team in the valley.
Returning senior QB Jayden Mustain will have plenty of weapons this year to spread the ball around with junior receivers Cesar Acosta, Karay Frazier and Demarcus Thompson. Upfront the leaders will be Seniors Jacob Guzman, Juan Perez & Nathaniel Flores.
Senior RB Julian Escalante looks ready to bounce back from a junior season that was cut short due to injuries.
Defensively, juniors Francisco Cabrera, Jesus Rojas and Thompson will be anchoring the DL while Perez and Soph Yvan Hernandez will lead this year’s LB core with Acosta roaming the secondary. The Panthers are always a physical football team.
The X factor is the Panthers have to believe because this team has the makings to be real good!
Aug 17 vs Fowler Redcats
Aug 23 vs Hanford West Huskies
Aug 31 at Avenal Buccaneers
Sept 7 vs Orange Cove Titans
Sept 14 vs Granite Hills Grizzlies
Sept 21 vs Farmersville Aztecs
Sept 28 at Lindsay Cardinals
Oct 5 at Woodlake Tigers
Oct 12 vs Strathmore Spartans
Oct 26 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears at Hanford
No 10 LINDSAY CARDINALS (ESL)
Last year the Cardinals went (4-7) (3-2 E Seq)
Head Coach Matt Mendonca
The Cardinals are returning 8 starters on offense, including the entire O-line. Junior QB Ethan Natera is back after transferring to HW his sophomore season.
Junior RB Daniel Trujillo, seniors WR/DB Aundrey Tapia, and LB Angel Perez should have big years!!
The Cardinals are your division 5 sleeper team!
Aug 17 vs California City Ravens
Aug 31 vs Morro Bay Pirates
Sept 7 at Fowler Redcats
Sept 14 at Woodlake Tigers
Sept 21 at Granite Hills Grizzlies
Sept 28 vs Corcoran Panthers
Oct 12 vs Farmersville Aztecs
Oct 19 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears
Oct 26 at Strathmore Spartans
No 11 FOWLER REDCATS (WSL)
Last year the Redcats went (6-5) (3-2 West Seq)
Head Coach Jim O’Brien
Coach Jim returns to Fowler where is was very successful. The Redcats always seem to put up big points so the X factor will be the defense playing in the very tough division 5.
Junior Vince Hernandez will be the Redcats QB and he has big potential.
The senior leaders will be Benji Magana (WR/DB) and linebacker Jonathan Poytress.
Aug 17 at Corcoran Panthers
Aug 24 at Firebaugh Eagles
Aug 31 at Sierra Chieftains
Sept 7 vs Lindsay Cardinals
Sept 14 vs Minarets Mustangs
Sept 28 at Orange Cove Titans
Oct 5 at Orosi Cardinals
Oct 12 vs Parlier Panthers
Oct 19 at Riverdale Cowboys
Oct 26 vs Caruthers Blue Raiders
No 12 COALINGA HORNED TOADS (WSL)
Last year the Horned Toads went (7-4) (4-1 West Sierra )
Head Coach Ron Redding
The Toads have one of the best running backs with senior Eric Saldana who rushed for 1,446 rushing yards and scored 14 touchdowns along with junior Garrett Price (LB).
Senior Matt Pimental returns at QB.
The Toads are always a tough team to beat. No freebies out in Coalinga because the Toads are a physical team.
The Toads lost the entire line from last year (all seniors). Very young upfront Offensively and Defensively.
Leading the defense will be senior Xavier Escobar (DB). Plenty of Toads will be playing both ways.
The X factor will be the young guys upfront.
Horned Toads schedule
Aug 17 vs Orosi Cardinals
Aug 24 vs Caruthers Blue Raiders
Aug 31 at McFarland Cougars
Sept 7 at Taft Wildcats
Sept 14 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears
Sept 28 vs Avenal Buccaneers
Oct 5 vs Dos Palos Broncos
Oct 12 at Tranquillity Tigers
Oct 19 at Mendota Aztecs
Oct 26 vs Firebaugh Eagles
No 13 ARVIN BEARS (SSL)
Last year the Bears went (2-7) (1-5 S Seq)
Head Coach Edgar Mares
Plenty return and the Bears will be much better this year. The Bears will be much improved this year.
Aug 17 vs Highland Scots
Aug 24 vs Foothill Trojans
Aug 31 at Rosamond Roadrunners
Sept 7 at Mira Monte Titans
Sept 21 at Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 28 vs Chavez Titans
Oct 5 vs Shafter Generals
Oct 12 at Wasco Tigers
Oct 19 at McFarland Cougars
Oct 26 vs Taft Wildcats
No 14 DOS PALOS BRONCOS (WSL)
Last year the Broncos (5-6) (2-1 HDL)
Head Coach Kevin Jones
The big X factor for the Broncos….will players stop transferring out! It’s hard to build a program when players are leaving. The Broncos are very athletic and have a ton of potential but haven’t been the same since Coach Rob Calvert left. The good news is Rob is coaching the JV team so he is kind of back grooming the young Broncos.
Aug 17 vs Los Banos Tigers
Aug 24 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at Sunnyside Stadium
Aug 31 vs Washington Union Panthers
Sept 14 at Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 21 at McLane Highlanders
Sept 28 vs Mendota Aztecs
Oct 5 at Coalinga Horned Toads
Oct 12 at Firebaugh Eagles
Oct 19 vs TranquillityTigers
Oct 26 vs Avenal Buccaneer
No 15 IMMANUEL EAGLES (Freelance)
Last year the Eagles went (4-6) (1-4 CSL)
Head Coach Kevin Riddle
The Eagles will go freelance this year and the numbers are down a bit. The Eagles are pretty young and look for senior Kaleb Daglish who is 6’5 to be the new QB.
Aug 17 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at Sunnyside Stadium
Aug 24 vs Farmersville Aztecs
Aug 31 at Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 7 at Quincy Trojans
Sept 14 vs Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Sept 21 at Mendota Aztecs
Sept 28 at Exeter Monarchs
Oct 5 vs Liberty Madera Hawks
Oct 12 at Sierra Chieftains
Oct 26 at Sherman Indian Braves (Riverside)
No 16 WOODLAKE TIGERS (ESL)
Last year the Tigers went (3-7) (0-5 E Seq)
Head Coach Jeff Johnson
The Tigers had plenty of injuries last year for 1st year coach Jeff Johnson. The Tigers will be much better this year and leading the way will be senior running back Victor Rojas who should have a big year.
Aug 17 vs Parlier Panthers
Aug 24 at Exeter Monarchs
Aug 31 at Caruthers Blue Raiders
Sept 7 vs Sierra Chieftains
Sept 14 vs Lindsay Cardinals
Sept 21 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears at Hanford
Sept 28 at Strathmore Spartans
Oct 5 vs Corcoran Panthers
Oct 19 at Farmersville Aztecs
Oct 26 vs Granite Hills Grizzlies
No 17 MIRA MONTE TITANS (SEYL)
Last year the Titans went (0-9) (0-4 SEYL)
Head Coach Christian Johnson
New head coach Christian Johnson is building a program. 4 wins in the last 4 years.
Titans will want to pound the ball and will have a better defense this year.
Aug 17 at Shafter Generals
Aug 24 at Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 7 vs Arvin Bears
Sept 14 at Kern Valley Broncs
Sept 21 vs Rosamond Roadrunners
Sept 28 vs East Bakersfield Blades
Oct 5 vs Highland Scots
Oct 12 at South Rebels
Oct 19 at North Stars
Oct 26 vs Foothill Trojans
No 18 FOOTHILL TROJANS (SEYL)
Last year the Trojans went (1-8) (1-3 SEYL)
Head Coach Brandon Deckard
The Trojans will be better this year and plays a tough schedule.
The defense will be much better.
Coach Deckard is the 3rd coach in 3 years and he is building a program on campus.
Leading the way at running back will be Edward Hurd and Donnie Coleman.
Aug 17 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds
Aug 24 vs Arvin Bears
Aug 31 vs West Vikings
Sept 7 at Shafter Generals
Sept 14 vs Delano Tigers
Sept 28 vs South Rebels
Oct 5 at North Stars
Oct 12 vs Highland Scots
Oct 19 vs East Bakersfield Blades
Oct 26 at Mira Monte Titans
No 19 MCLANE HIGHLANDERS (NYL)
Last year the Highlanders went (0-10) (0-5 NYL)
Head Coach JD Burnett
Coach JD is new at McLane and he is so good at building a struggling program back up after it has been beaten up and that’s exactly what needs to be done at McLane. This will take time.
Aug 17 at Mendota Aztecs
Aug 31 vs Hanford West Huskies
Sept 7 vs Exeter Monarchs
Sept 14 at Yosemite Badgers
Sept 21 vs Dos Palos Broncos
Sept 28 at Sunnyside Wildcats
Oct 5 at Reedley Pirates
Oct 11 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders
Oct 19 vs Fresno High Warriors
Oct 26 vs Hoover Patriots at McLane Stadium ((Revolution Bowl)
No 20 SIERRA CHIEFTAINS (Free Lance)
Last year the Chieftains went (1-9) (0-5 NSL)
Head Coach Ricky Kelly
Sierra has a new coach with Ricky Kelly and the numbers are down. Sierra will have some new players starting this year.
Aug 17 vs Caruthers Blue Raiders
Aug 24 at Riverdale Cowboys
Aug 31 vs Fowler Redcats
Sept 7 at Woodlake Tigers
Sept 14 vs Firebaugh Eagles
Sept 21 at Tranquillity Tigers
Sept 28 at Bishop Union Broncos
Oct 12 vs Immanuel Eagles
Oct 19 vs Minarets Mustangs(The Dam Bowl)
Oct 26 at Yosemite Badgers (Mountain Bowl)