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PAG METER DIVISION 3 RANKINGS
(Week 1 is Aug 23)
1 SAN LUIS OBISPO TIGERS vs Arroyo Grande Eagles
2 BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES vs Garces Rams
3 KINGSBURG VIKINGS at Memorial Panthers
4 CENTRAL VALLEY CHRISTIAN CAVALIERS at St. Joseph Knights
5 GOLDEN WEST TRAILBLAZERS vs Monache Marauders
6 LEMOORE TIGERS vs Clovis East T Wolves at Lamonica Stadium
7 HIGHLAND SCOTS vs Arvin Bears
8 WEST VIKINGS vs Mission Oak Hawks at Tulare
9 MADERA COYOTES vs Washington Union Panthers
10 INDEPENDENCE FALCONS at South Rebels
11 PIONEER VALLEY PANTHERS at Oxnard Yellowjackets
12 SOUTH REBELS vs Independence Falcons
13 TEHACHAPI WARRIORS at Wasco Tigers
14 MT WHITNEY PIONEERS vs Tulare Union Tribe
15 FRESNO HIGH WARRIORS at Chowchilla Tribe
PAG METER DIVISION 3 FOOTBALL RANKINGS AND SCHEDULES 2019
No 1 SAN LUIS OBISPO TIGERS (0-0) (0-0 PAC 4)
Last year (8-4) (3-2 Ocean League)
Head Coach Pat Johnston
The Tigers are coming off it’s best season in years going 8-4 and were eliminated by the Memorial Panthers powerhouse in the D3 quarterfinals. That experience was huge for the young 2018 Tigers.
Returning nearly the entire offensive skill set, including senior 6’0, 190 lb QB Emilio Corona who has verbally committed to play at the University of Washington, Senior Running Back Anthony Arroyo, and Wide Receivers with seniors Max Soltero, Jeremy Fitzsimmons, and Sam Ogden.
The O-Line lost 3 starters to graduation, but will have two rising huge juniors at Offensive Tackles with Thomas Cole who is 6’7” 275lb, and Christian Jones, 6’7 290lb, both of which are already getting plenty of PAC-12 attention.
On defense the Tigers Return 6 starters including senior LB Christian Clegg. and junior CB Landon Nelson. Keep an eye on junior Thomas Cole who is 6’7’ 275 on the defensive line because he will be tough to block.
Former Fresno State and New York Giants tight end Bear Pascoe, is now an assistant coach with the Tigers.
The Tigers X factor will be to build off last years momentum, stay healthy and have the O-Line jell. With the Arroyo Grande stadium not being ready for the opener, the Tigers will now play 4 straight home games to start the year.
Aug 23 vs Arroyo Grande Eagles
Sept 6 vs San Marcos Royals (Santa Barbara)
Sept 13 vs Templeton Eagles
Sept 20 vs Santa Ynez Pirates
Sept 27 vs Hanford West Huskies at Hanford
Oct 4 at Santa Maria Saints
Oct 11 vs Atascadero Greyhounds
Oct 18 vs Nipomo Titans
Oct 25 vs Pioneer Valley Panthers
Nov 1 at Morro Bay Pirates
No 2 BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES (0-0) (0-0 SYL)
Last year (9-4) (5-0 SYL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Darren Carr
Last year the Eagles played a tough schedule and the Eagles didn’t have the horses to play that type of schedule. The Eagles will be tough to beat in division 3 especially with Memorial moving up into division 2. Plenty return and leading the way is one of the best players in the section with DE/TE Ben Yorosek who has verbally committed to play for the Stanford Cardinal. At running back and never coming off the field will be senior Randy Raymond who will also play CB. Senior QB Dominic Gamboni is ready to take over and lead the Eagles? The Eagles will have plenty of talent with seniors (WR/DB) Chris Gutierrez, (DB) David Stephenson and (WR/DB) Shawn Warren and Ronnie Simril who transferred in from Golden Valley . Leading the way upfront is senior Dylan Parcher.
On defense will be seniors MLB Noah Doss and DE David Steele.
The Eagles X factor will be the O-line and Gamboni at QB.
Aug 23 vs Garces Rams
Aug 30 at Central Valley Christian Eagles
Sept 13 at St. Joseph Knights
Sept 20 vs Faith Lutheran Crusaders (Las Vegas)
Sept 27 at Tulare Union Tribe
Oct 4 at West Vikings
Oct 11 vs Tehachapi Warriors
Oct 18 at Ridgeview Wolf pack
Oct 25 vs Independence Falcons
Nov 1 vs Golden Valley Bulldogs
No 3 KINGSBURG VIKINGS (0-0) (0-0 CSL)
Last year (10-3) (4-1 TRI-CSL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach David Wilson
The Vikings return plenty of the skill guys.
Leading the way is junior QB Jett Jackson who is dangerous running and throwing the football.
If Russell Wilson and Aaron Rogers had a baby, it would be Jett Jackson. You think you have him sacked and then boom…..he gets out of it. Very dangerous.
His targets are back with WR/RB Jr. Blake Spomer, WR Jr Kaden Tate, and WR Senior Travis Hall.
On Defense and leading the way will be LB/DE Sr. Cole Dias, DE Sr. Josh Jackson, LB Sr. Alfred Carpenter and DB Soph. Micha Spomer.
The Vikings strength this year will be the skill guys because they will pick you apart if the O-line has a good year. Leading the way up front will be Sr tackle, Kyle Peterson. The Vikings do have some quality guys moving up front, just not a lot of experience.
The new Vikings to keep an eye on will be Jr LB Cal Muxlow, Soph.LB Cole Dias, OL Soph. Seth Carender, and Jr OL/DL Bhodi Gonzalves.
The Vikings have a lot of guys coming back in key spots with some big game experience, it’s making sure they grow up quick up front. Tough schedule with the opening game at Memorial, and added El Diamanté.
The Vikings X factor will be the O-Line.
Aug 23 at Memorial Panthers
Aug 30 at Washington Union Panthers
Sept 6 vs Monache Marauders
Sept 13 vs Kerman Lions
Sept 20 vs El Diamante Miners
Oct 4 at Exeter Monarchs
Oct 11 at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Oct 18 vs Dinuba Emperors
Oct 25 vs Hanford West Huskies
Nov 1 at Selma Bears (87th Fire Hydrant game)
No 4 CENTRAL VALLEY CHRISTIAN CAVALIERS (0-0) (0-0 CSL)
Last year (12-3) (4-1 CSL) Division 4 CHAMPIONS
Head Coach Mason Hughes
The defending 4 Champions are now in division 3 and has one of the best running backs in the state with senior Jaalen Rening. What makes Jaalen so good is not only is he one of the fastest running backs in the state, he also plays both ways, and never came off the field. He had 2,637 all-purpose yards, averaged 8.8 yards per carry, 20.2 yards per reception, and scored 32 TD’s. Jaalen has verbally committed to play at UC DAVIS. One of the most dominating offensive and defensive linemen in the state is Dirk Nelson. Dirk helped the Cavaliers win the division 4 section Championship and also the State Southern Championship. On defense he was double teamed on every play and had so many bone crushing hits. On offense the Cavaliers loved running behind the beast. Dirk was named Lineman of the Year in the Central Sequoia League. Dirk has offers from Air Force, Montana State, New Mexico, Army, Nevada, UNLV, Oregon and San Jose St with many more offers coming. Outstanding offensive and defensive linemen Dirk Nelson will be ready for a big senior year.
CVC needs to stay healthy because this is not a deep roster like last year. The O-Line should be good and physical upfront along with a very good D-Line. The two new O-Line spots the Cavs have could be a big determiner of the season as well. CVC will have 3 experienced returners and 2 open spots pretty much open.
Keeping Jaalen Rening healthy is important too since he is so good all over the field.
The new QB will be senior 6’2, 200 Tyce Griswold, who has a good arm and is a good runner too. He is a stud and already a team leader.
The CVC X factor is the inexperienced at WR and DB. Those will be the areas that will need to step up by playoff time. Must keep Jaalen healthy to contend.
Aug 23 at St. Joseph Knights
Aug 30 vs Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Sept 13 at Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 20 vs Immanuel Eagles
Sept 27 at Mission Prep Royals
Oct 4 at Dinuba Emperors
Oct 11 vs Kingsburg Vikings
Oct 19 vs Hanford West Huskies at Hanford
Oct 25 vs Selma Bears
Oct 1 at Exeter Monarchs
No 5 GOLDEN WEST TRAILBLAZERS (0-0) (0-0 WYL)
Last year (7-6) (3-2 WYL)
Head Coach Paul Preheim
The Blazers were young last year and this year they move up to Division 3. Plenty return from last year and this team will be physical with a Wing-T offense. By the time the playoffs start, the Blazers could be the team to beat.
Leading the way will be the Wessel brothers. Lonnie – absolute stud at ILB and FB. Should be a D1 prospect. Works his butt off in the weight room. Only a Junior but will be entering his 3rd year on varsity. Michael- will play at safety and QB/RB. Smart player who shares the same work ethic. Senior William Garza will never come off the field at linebacker and running back.
Leading the way up front on both sides of the ball will be senior Michael Peguero.
The Blazers X factor will be the passing game if they ever need to throw it.
Aug 23 vs Monache Marauders
Aug 30 vs El Capitan Gauchos (Merced)
Sept 6 vs Nipomo Titans
Sept 12 vs Madera South Stallions
Sept 20 vs Porterville Panthers
Oct 4 at Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Oct 11 vs Redwood Rangers at Mineral King Bowl
Oct 18 vs Lemoore Tigers
Oct 25 vs Hanford Bullpups
Nov 1 vs El Diamante Miners (16th annual Battle for the Saddle)
No 6 LEMOORE TIGERS (0-0) (0-0 WYL)
Last year (2-8) (0-5 WYL)
NEW Head Coach is Josh Kloster
The Tigers are now in division 3. The last 2 years have been a complete disaster in Lemoore and Coach Kloster will turn it around. Hang in there Tiger nation! Leading the way is senior William Kloster. Yes, William is coach’s son and he is good!! Last year the team leader on defense at middle linebacker with 133 tackles. Will was unblockable and look for a huge year on both sides of the ball in 2019. Will is a stud wrestler and has verbally committed to wrestle at Cal Poly. The Tigers play a tough schedule that will definitely get them ready for league play. The Tigers also have a DE named Bubba Hanna who is big, strong and aggressive. On offense look for QB Justin Holaday who has worked extremely hard in the offseason and prepared himself for a great senior year. Look for a big year from WR/FS Chris Taylor who is a tremendous athlete that will stretch the field vertically. The Tigers have a TE/OLB named Will Schalde who is 6’5” and has dominated in passing tournaments this summer. The players have bought in and are working hard every day and this team will get better and better every week.
The Tigers X factor will be QB Justin and if he has a big year, watch out for the Tigers.
Aug 23 vs Clovis East T Wolves at Lamonica Stadium
Aug 30 at Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 6 vs Tulare Western Mustangs
Sept 13 vs Sanger Apaches
Sept 20 vs Tulare Union Tribe
Oct 4 vs Redwood Rangers
Oct 11 vs El Diamante Miners at Golden West
Oct 18 at Golden West Trailblazers
Oct 25 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers
Nov 1 at Hanford Bullpups (76th annual Milk Can Game)
No 7 HIGHLAND SCOTS (0-0) (0-0 SEYL)
Last year (7-5) (3-2 SEYL)
Head Coach Michael Gutierrez
This team has the makings to almost run the table. Plenty return including the entire O-line and both quarterbacks with junior A.J. Cleveland, and senior Nick Salas, I will bet that both of these guys will get the ball plenty.
The Scots X factor will be the defense.
Aug 23 vs Arvin Bears
Aug 30 at Shafter Generals
Sept 6 at Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 13 vs Tehachapi Warriors
Sept 20 at Golden Valley Bulldogs
Oct 4 at North Stars
Oct 11 vs Mira Monte Lions
Oct 18 vs Foothill Trojans
Oct 25 at South Rebels
Nov 1 vs East Blades
No 8 WEST VIKINGS (0-0) (0-0 SYL)
Last year (6-6) (2-3 SYL)
Head Coach Derrick Dunham
The Vikings graduated 28 and only 12 return so look for the Vikings to be young everywhere. The O-line and defense will play plenty of sophomores. Seniors Danny Zuniga and FB/DE Khaiden Dearmore, will both see some time at QB. DE/RB L.J. Laulu is healthy this year. He is a load at 280 lb.
The Vikings X factor is the defense, O-line and QB play.
Aug 22 vs Mission Oak Hawks at Tulare Union
Aug 30 at East Blades
Sept 13 vs Foothill Trojans at Mira Monte
Sept 20 vs North Stars
Sept 27 vs South Rebels
Oct 4 vs Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Oct 11 vs Ridgeview Wolf Pack
Oct 18 vs Independence Falcons
Oct 25 at Golden Valley Bulldogs
Nov 1 vs Tehachapi Warriors
No 9 MADERA COYOTES (0-0) (0-0 CMAC)
Last year (6-6) (1-4 CMAC)
NEW Head Coach is Kenny Paolinelli
Last year the Coyotes had one of the best teams in years and graduated a ton. New head coach Kenny Paolinelli who was a star at Madera is pretty much starting over. The Coyotes will be young with speed. The key for the Coyotes is win some non league games because the only game the Coyotes can win in the CMAC is against rival Madera South. Please get the Coyotes out of the CMAC!! The Coyotes are looking to replace their record setting QB Colt Nelson. The Coyotes will have all league RB Jeremiah Sanchez returning and ready to carry the load. They will be strong up front on both sides of the ball with seniors Alex Carrillo and Jacob Garcia. Look for the senior receiver playmakers of Isaiah Martinez and Marco Lopez to have big years.
This is a very blue collar group who will be very scrappy and competitive.
The Coyotes X factor will be the QB play.
Aug 23 vs Washington Union Panthers
Aug 30 vs Mission Oak Hawks
Sept 6 at Kerman Lions
Sept 13 vs Merced Bears
Sept 19 vs Selma Bears
Oct 4 vs Sanger Apaches
Oct 11 vs Edison Tigers at Sunnyside
Oct 18 vs Bullard Knights
Oct 25 at Memorial Panthers
Nov 1 vs Madera South Stallions (12th annual Battle for the Saw)
No 10 SOUTH REBELS (0-0) (0-0 SEYL)
Last year (6-5) (3-2 SEYL)
Head Coach Cary Mills
Leading the way is senior running back Daniel Lomax. This team is loaded with young speed. This could be a big play team.
Aug 23 vs Independence Falcons
Aug 30 vs Delano Tigers
Sept 6 vs Golden Valley Bulldogs
Sept 13 vs Fresno High Warriors at McLane
Sept 27 at West Vikings
Oct 4 vs Foothill Trojans
Oct 11 at East Blades
Oct 18 at Mira Monte Lions
Oct 25 vs Highland Scots
Nov 1 at North Blades (The Sword Game)
No 11 INDEPENDENCE FALCONS (0-0) (0-0 SYL)
Last year (6-5) (3-2 SYL)
Head Coach Tyler Schilhabel
Last year the Falcons were a work in progress and had a pretty good year. This years team will be much faster. This will be Coach Schilhabel 2nd year and it takes time building in his system. The new QB will be senior Xavier Ramirez. The X factor will be Ramirez at QB and the young guys stepping up playing in the tough SYL.
Aug 23 at South Rebels
Aug 30 at Selma Bears
Sept 6 vs Arroyo Grande Eagles
Sept 13 vs Stockdale Mustangs
Sept 20 vs Frontier Titans
Sept 27 vs Tehachapi Warriors
Oct 11 at Golden Valley Bulldogs
Oct 18 at West Vikings
Oct 25 at Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Nov 1 at Ridgeview Wolf Pack
No 12 PIONEER VALLEY PANTHERS (0-0) (0-0 PAC 4)
Last year (6-5) (4-1 Ocean League)
NEW Head Coach John Beck
The Panthers move into division 3 and they have a tough schedule.
Aug 23 at Oxnard Yellowjackets
Sept 6 vs Righetti High Warriors
Sept 13 vs Cabrillo Conquistadores
Sept 20 at Paso Robles Bearcats
Sept 27 at Garces Rams
Oct 4 at St. Joseph Knights
Oct 11 at Nipomo Titans
Oct 18 at Atascadero Greyhounds
Oct 25 at San Luis Obispo Tigers
Nov 1 vs Santa Maria Saints
No 13 TEHACHAPI WARRIORS (0-0) (0-0 SYL)
Last year (2-8) (1-4 SYL)
Head Coach Doug DeGeer
The Warriors last year got off to a bad start and never got on a streak. Leading the way is seniors FB/LB Jake Smith and WR/CB Trent Adams. The New QB will be junior Jake Tye. The Warriors are not a big team and play a very tough schedule.
Aug 23 at Wasco Tigers
Aug 30 vs Bakersfield Drillers
Sept 6 at Taft Wildcats
Sept 13 at Highland Scots
Sept 20 vs Garces Rams
Oct 4 at Independence Falcons
Oct 11 at Bakersfield Christian Eagles
Oct 18 vs Golden Valley Bulldogs
Oct 25 vs Ridgeview Wolf Pack
Nov 1 at West Vikings
No 14 MT WHITNEY PIONEERS (0-0) (0-0 WYL)
Last year (8-5) (3-2 WYL)
NEW Head Coach is Nathan Chamberlain
Last year the Pioneers scored a ton of points and graduated some super talent. Nathan Chamberlain takes over as the new head coach. From 2011-2017, Chamberlain was the Pioneers assistant head coach and defensive coordinator so his job now is to rebuild.
Last year the Pioneers put up big points, throwing deep when the score was ugly late in the 2nd half of games and with the starters still in so the question is, will some teams try to pay the Pioneers back?
The X factor is the Pioneers play a very tough schedule for a young team. Growing pains. The other problem is Whitney barely has 1600 kids compared to Redwood at 2300+. The School boundaries need to be redrawn. The big question…is the administration in it to win it? The Pioneers only have 27 on the roster with 4 ineligible for the first 5 weeks, 2 of which are the best Offensive linemen. Redwood has 80 players on Varsity and MW with 27….
Aug 23 vs Tulare Union Tribe
Aug 30 vs Tulare Western Mustangs at Tulare
Sept 6 vs Hoover Patriots
Sept 13 at Mission Oak Hawks
Sept 20 vs Santa Maria Saints
Oct 4 vs Golden West Trailblazers
Oct 11 at Hanford Bullpups
Oct 18 vs El Diamante Miners
Oct 25 at Lemoore Tigers
Nov 1 vs Redwood Rangers (65th Annual Cowhide Game)
No 15 FRESNO HIGH WARRIORS (0-0) (0-0 NYL)
Last year (5-6) (4-1 NYL)
NEW Head Coach Keith Pempek
Joe Marquez left the Warriors and is now the Edison OC. Joe left because Fresno High didn’t want to give the head football coach on campus a teaching job. A huge blunder not taking care of the football coach. New Coach Keith Pempek comes from a lower level assistant job and takes over.
It’s hard to say just how good the Warriors will be with some players transferring out or not playing.
To all school administrators, always take care of your FOOTBALL COACH and make sure he has a job on campus! It’s a no brainer.
Senior Nathaniel Najera is back at QB which will help a new coach.
The X factor is so many things. The Warriors only have 22 players on the roster with no JV team and with kids not playing. Could be a long year.
Aug 23 at Chowchilla Tribe
Aug 30 vs Memorial Panthers at McLane
Sept 6 vs Hanford Bullpups at McLane
Sept 12 vs South Rebels at McLane
Sept 20 at Madera South Stallions
Oct 4 vs Hoover Patriots at McLane
Oct 10 vs Sunnyside Wildcats
Oct 18 at Reedley Pirates
Oct 24 at McLane Highlander
Nov 1 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders (91st“Little Big” Pig game)