No.2 Buchanan Vs No.1 Central

The rematch of last year valley championship game will take place Friday night. The two powerhouses of the central section will face each other for the first time since last year valley championship game when Central beat Buchanan 29-7.

Both teams are much better than last year, for Buchanan getting a win against Central will be huge after losing 2 heartbreakers last year. For Central this is their biggest test of year, the Grizzlies are 5-0 and look to prove they are the best team in the section. For Central they are coming off a 54-14 win against Turlock. The Grizzlies started off slow but found their momentum in the 2nd quarter were they outscored Turlock 20-6.

Trent Tompkins led the show with 6 TD pass, 1 rushing TD, racked up 406 yards through the air and 76 yards on the ground. Tompkins recently picked an offer from U.C. Davis and should receive many more.

Junior Jeremiah Hunter had another big game with 3 TD catches on 7 receptions and on 61 yards. Hunter is one of the valley’s best receivers and continues showing everyone why he is one of the best in the section.

Junior RB Quail Conley had a productive game with 8 carries on 68 rushing and 1 touchdown and had 2 catches for 62 yards. Central will now focus on its toughest test yet the Buchanan Bears. Buchanan is 4-1 and is coming a tough lost against powerhouse De La Salle.

The Bears have one of the best running backs in the nation, Kendall Milition, who has rushed for nearly 400 and 10TD. But that’s not the only playmaker, Buchanan’s Senior Jalen Cropper is a great athlete who can play multiple positions and can make plays with his feet.

Lastly the 2 sport Stanford commit Brock Jones who is one of valley best defensive backs and is a great wide receiver and can make big plays. Central will have their hands full this week however so will Buchanan. Both teams have d1 talent and even future pros. The valleys two best teams are ready to face each other.

The Keys to game for Buchanan is to find a way to keep Central an one dimension offense and put all the pressure on Trent Tompkins. For Central the keys to the game are the defensive backs helping to stop the run 5’11 Senior CB Silas Proby, he has long arms and great tackling skills taking away the passing game early can key into stopping one of the elite running backs in the nation. Silas Proby, Tyrell Grayson, and Noah Gonzales all have to set the tone early for the defense to be dominant.

The two best teams in the valley square off friday night at 7:30 @ Koligian Stadium! The game will also be able to be viewed at ESPN 940!


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