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PAG METER DIVISION 5 RANKINGS
(Week 1 is Aug 23)
1 WOODLAKE TIGERS at Mission Prep Royals
2 CARUTHERS BLUE RAIDERS vs Templeton Eagles
3 LIBERTY MADERA HAWKS at Firebaugh Eagles
4 REEDLEY PIRATES vs Sanger Apaches (106th meeting)
5 SHAFTER GENERALS at Mira Monte Lions
6 STRATHMORE SPARTANS vs Boron Bobcats
7 FIREBAUGH EAGLES vs Liberty Madera Hawks
8 COALINGA HORNED TOADS vs Orosi Cardinals
9 MISSION OAK HAWKS vs West Vikings (Thursday)
10 DOS PALOS BRONCOS at Los Banos Tigers (West Side War)
11 MADERA SOUTH STALLIONS BYE (Aug 30 at Kerman Lions)
12 EXETER MONARCHS vs Farmersville Aztecs
13 ARVIN BEARS at Highland Scots
14 HANFORD WEST HUSKIES at Hanford Bullpups (Dog Bowl)
15 FOWLER REDCATS vs Corcoran Panthers
16 MENDOTA AZTECS at McLane Highlanders
17 YOSEMITE BADGERS vs Riverdale Cowboys
18 TAFT WILDCATS at Kern Valley Broncs
19 IMMANUEL EAGLES vs Roosevelt Rough Riders
PAG METER DIVISION 5 FOOTBALL RANKINGS AND SCHEDULES 2019
No 1 WOODLAKE TIGERS (0-0) (0-0 ESL)
Last year (11-2) (6-0 ESL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Jeff Johnson
The Tigers graduated a bunch of outstanding seniors and the young Tigers have to step up for them to play on Championship friday.
Offensively Jonathan Misquez will be anchoring a young O-line but this could be the best group that Coach Johnson has had in his 30 years. The future is bright with the O-line and we all know in high school football, the O-line can wins games! 4 sophomores could be starting on the O-line.
Pag Meter All Star at QB is back with senior Damian Hernandez, who threw for 3,036 yards with 32 touchdowns. Damian will be throwing to 6’3” 230lb TE Johan Reyes who is the hardest worker in the weight room,, Hector Magana, Victor Magana, and Luis Lopez 6’3 180lb Luis Lopez, who has solid hands, who all got playing time at WR last year and should have a big year if they all keep working hard. All the Wide Receivers are soooo good!
The running backs will be Saul Palomo, Walter Monroy and Carlos Cardenas. Keep an eye on freshmen Hector Rodriguez who will be a star at running back very soon.
Defensively, Adam Romero and Johan Reyes will be the D-ends and are working hard. 3-year starter at linebackers are Saul Palomo and Chase Wallace. NG 6’1 300lb is Lupe Sanchez, who’s a beast and Carlos Cardenas who will show the section that he is one of the best.
One of the best secondaries the Tigers have had in years will have Hector Magana, who led state in INT last year, and Victor Magana who could be the best Corner in division 5. Both of these guys are the team leaders and working hard in the weight room.
The X factor is the O-Line.
Aug 23 at Mission Prep Royals
Aug 30 vs Exeter Monarchs
Sept 6 vs Caruthers Blue Raiders
Sept 13 at Sierra Chieftains
Sept 20 at Lindsay Cardinals
Sept 27 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears
Oct 4 vs Strathmore Spartans
Oct 11 at Corcoran Panthers
Oct 25 vs Farmersville Aztecs
Oct 31 at Granite Hills Grizzlies
No 2 CARUTHERS BLUE RAIDERS (0-0) (0-0 WSL)
Last year (12-1) (6-0 WSL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Brandon Ward
The Blue Raiders come off a fantastic year going 12-1 and their only loss was to the division 5 champion powerhouse Kennedy Thunderbirds. Caruthers will stay in division 5 and will be one of the favorites in 2019. Leading the way will be RB/LB senior Bobby Staley who will never come off the field. Junior QB Trenton Babb returns with a year of experience. Babb’s favorite receiver is back with senior Isaac Franco and he is good! Also look for senior TE/DE Brady Pease to have a big year on both sides of the ball.
The X factor is the young Blue Raiders stepping up.
Aug 23 vs Templeton Eagles
Aug 30 vs Coalinga Horned Toads
Sept 6 at Woodlake Tigers
Sept 13 at Firebaugh Eagles
Sept 20 vs Parlier Panthers
Sept 27 at Orosi Cardinals
Oct 11 at Minarets Mustangs
Oct 18 vs Riverdale Cowboys
Oct 25 at Orange Cove Titans
Nov 1 vs Fowler Redcats
No 3 LIBERTY MADERA HAWKS (0-0) (0-0 NSL)
Last year (9-2) (4-0 NSL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Mike Nolte
The Hawks graduated some studs but Coach Nolte always has studs in the bullpen.
The Hawks will have some big shoes to fill with NSL MVP, Wyatt Roth and NSL Lineman of the Year, Nick Hayes, graduating. The Hawks had a good summer though and have high expectations. Rylan Howe will be a force at Running Back and at LB. Tyler Miller and Quentin Stewart will also be dangerous on both sides of the ball at RB/ DB. Trevor Porter returns and will be a force on Defense at Strong Safety. The Hawks also return 3 starters in the offensive line with Dominic Oberti, Brad Wallace, and Chris Imirian. Returning on the D-line is NSL All Star David Portnuff.
The X factor is if the young Hawks step up then the Hawks Wing T will be a thing of beauty AGAIN!
Aug 23 at Firebaugh Eagles
Aug 30 at Mendota Aztecs
Sept 6 at Chavez Titans
Sept 13 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 20 vs Templeton Eagles
Oct 4 vs Yosemite Badgers
Oct 11 vs Immanuel Eagles
Oct 18 at Washington Union Panthers
Oct 25 at Kerman Lions
Nov 1 vs Chowchilla Tribe
No 4 REEDLEY PIRATES (0-0) (0-0 NYL)
Last year (3-7) (1-4 NYL)
NEW Head Coach Tony Gates
The Pirates move into Division 5 and this is the team to watch out for. New head coach Tony Gates is the perfect guy to bring back the Pirates magic and the buzz in Reedley is off the charts. Tony graduated from Reedley so he comes back home. This senior class is very talented and they have won together at every level. The junior class is also talented and there is 56 players on the roster. What a great problem to have because Tony had to order more helmets and jerseys.
The offense will be anchored by seniors and all returning starters, Gannon Gabaldon (QB), Danny Cortez (FB) Max Alvarez (TB), Antwon Cervantes (C) and Devin Marana (LG).
The defense will be led by Danny Cortez (OLB), Devin Dekker (DB), Chris Sanchez (DB) and newcomer Ryan Warkentine (DB) who will also be playing varsity water polo. Kyle Doi and Gabriel Badilla both seniors, will anchor at linebacker.
Aug 23 vs Sanger Apaches (106th meeting)
Aug 30 at Sierra Pacific Golden Bears
Sept 6 at Dinuba Emperors
Sept 13 vs Mendota Aztecs
Sept 27 vs Washington Union Panthers
Oct 4 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at Sunnyside
Oct 11 at McLane Highlanders
Oct 18 vs Fresno High Warriors
Oct 25 vs Hoover Patriots
Oct 31 at Sunnyside Wildcats
No 5 SHAFTER GENERALS (0-0) (0-0 SSL)
Last year (12-1) (6-0 SSL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Jerald Pierucci
The Generals graduated 17 with only 24 on the roster. The Generals come off the best season and the best team in school history.
Sophomore QB Tyson Dozhier has some huge shoes to fill after record-setting quarterback Alex Aguilar, graduated and he has the makings to be real good, he just needs reps.
Jackson Sanchez, is the senior leader on a young team at Receiver and one of the best in the south valley, broke his foot during the summer and will be back by week 4.
The Running backs will be senior Nelson Hernandez who has worked hard in the weight room and runs hard, along with junior Joseph Montgomery who is fast and will be a scat back/H-back, and the Generals will line him up in space.
The receivers will need to step up until Sanchez gets back and look for big things from senior Felix Chacon, who came on strong last year, junior Joey Sanchez who will never come off the field playing both ways, and senior Leo Fernandez who is the best athlete on the team, plays basketball and is loving football.
The O-line will be young with 2 returning linemen with junior Center Colby Miller, and senior Cesar Lopez.
The defense has the makings to be special. the Generals will be moving to a 3-4 D so they can use their fast and quick linebackers.
Up front on the D-line will be strong with Miller, junior Jesus Vargas, who will also line up at TE, and sophomore Olaniyan (O) Tatum who is so strong. In the weight room he squats 605 and benches 330.
At linebacker the Generals will have senior Chris Lindsey and at middle linebacker will be junior Jensen Boyt.
The secondary will be fast with Leo Fernandez, Chacon and sophomore Elijha Lucero who transferred back home from Golden Valley. Lucero grew up in Shafter.
The Generals are not a big team but will be fast! The Italian Stallion head coach Jerald Pierucci is awesome in Shafter. The players have bought in and they believe in the Shafter Football program. Coaches are working with the players with grade checks and getting it done in the classroom, bonding as a team at summer camp. All important.
The X factor is the young O-Line. This team will be real good by playoff time.
Aug 23 at Mira Monte Lions
Aug 30 vs Highland Scots
Sept 6 vs North Scots
Sept 13 at Atascadero Greyhounds
Sept 20 at Chavez Titans
Sept 27 at Taft Wildcats
Oct 4 vs McFarland Cougars
Oct 11 vs Arvin Bears
Oct 25 at Kennedy Thunderbirds
Nov 1 vs Wasco Tigers (Highway 43 Takedown game)
No 6 STRATHMORE SPARTANS (0-0) (0-0 ESL)
Last year (13-2) (5-1 ESL) 3-PEAT DIVISION 6 CHAMPIONS
Head Coach Jeromy Blackwell
The Spartans have owned Division 6 for a long time. The last 3 years, the Spartans went 43-3 with 3 section championships and a state championship and now they move up into division 5. It’s always a year too late. No question that the Spartans will compete against anybody in division 5. I would have loved to see the Spartans powerhouse teams play in division 5!
The Spartans are very athletic with a number of 3 year starters with Lee Navarro (TE/DE), Andre Bravo (WR/DB), and Angel Colunga (OL/DL). The QB will be Trace Pugh who returns from last year, and full back Javier Garcilazo.
The Spartans were very young last year and most of the guys return as starters and leading the way will be sophomore Javier Moreno (RB/LB).
The Spartans graduated the winningest class ever.. they only lost 3 games their entire career, so they leave with big shoes to fill.
The big question mark is the offensive and defensive line… for the 3rd year in a row they graduated almost every linemen so the future is bright. The beauty is Spartan nation already expect a high seed in the playoffs….The Spartans have been preparing since January 9th….expectations are high, and work ethic, and team culture is in place…now they have to go execute, one play, one assignment, and one situation at a time…
Aug 30 vs Boron Bobcats
Sept 6 vs Parlier Panthers
Sept 13 at Orosi Cardinals
Sept 20 vs Farmersville Aztecs
Sept 27 at Kern Valley Broncs
Oct 4 at Woodlake Tigers
Oct 12 at Sierra Pacific Golden Bears
Oct 18 vs Corcoran Panthers
Oct 25 vs Granite Hills Grizzlies
Nov 1 at Lindsay Cardinals
No 7 FIREBAUGH EAGLES (0-0) (0-0 WSL)
Last year (8-4) (5-0 WSL CHAMPIONS)
Head Coach Dejon Kelly
The West Sierra Champions graduated some outstanding players and some tremendous talent coming up. The lower level teams are real good.
The Eagles have a QB battle with juniors Matt Defrancesco and Andrea’s Altimarino. Matt played a bunch last year at QB so he could be the leader in the club house.
The running backs will be junior Jorge Osuna, and Sophomore Danny Olivera who will also play OLB. Leading the way at WR will be senior Jauron Haynie. 1st team All Star is senior Zane Raygoza and he will be the leader up front.
The defensive leader at linebacker will be senior Nathan Vargas.
The X factor is the QB play and Eagles team will get better every week and has to stay the course with a young team. Look for the Eagles to be a Top 5 team if they can beat Liberty Madera in the home opener.
Aug 23 vs Liberty Madera Hawks
Aug 30 at Fowler Redcats
Sept 6 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at Sunnyside
Sept 13 vs Caruthers Blue Raiders
Sept 20 vs Sierra Chieftains
Oct 4 at Tranquillity Tigers
Oct 11 vs Mendota Aztecs
Oct 18 at Dos Palos Broncos
Oct 25 at Avenal Buccaneers
Nov 1 vs Coalinga Horned Toads
No 8 COALINGA HORNED TOADS (0-0) (0-0 WSL)
Last year (4-6) (3-2 WSL)
Head Coach Ron Redding
The Toads were young last year and are looking real good heading into the season. The entire Toads O and D lines are returning, along with the Linebackers and secondary.
Sophomore QB will be Jett Garcia. (Great name for a QB). Garrett Price FB/ILB was WSL Defensive Player of the year land should have a HUGE year on both sides of the ball. Junior Isaiah Franco, ILB was the underclassmen of the year and is looking real good. Keep an eye on running back Ivan Soto. Moises Velasquez TE is returning and will be a huge impact offensively. Junior wideout Jose Ayala is as good as they come. Look for Jett Garcia and Ayala to hook up a lot. Defensively the Toads are looking very fast and physical. Big game at Caruthers in week 2.
The Toads will get better and better each week.
HORNED TOADS SCHEDULE
Aug 23 vs Orosi Cardinals
Aug 30 at Caruthers Blue Raiders
Sept 6 vs McFarland Cougars
Sept 13 vs Fresno Christian Eagles
Sept 20 at Sierra Pacific Golden Bears
Oct 4 at Avenal Buccaneers
Oct 11 at Dos Palos Broncos
Oct 18 vs Tranquillity Tigers
Oct 25 vs Mendota Aztecs
Nov 1 at Firebaugh Eagles
No 9 MISSION OAK HAWKS (0-0) (0-0 EYL)
Last year (2-9) (1-4 EYL)
Head Coach David Flores
The Hawks move into Division 5 and keep an eye on this team. Big potential!
When Head Coach Mark Gambini left in 2015, so did plenty of talent. Coach Flores is doing a great job in building the program up again along with D-line coach Aaron Jones.
The good news is that the Hawks have had a tremendous summer and will be much improved over last year.
The Hawks are really excited about this upcoming season, they are deep at every position and that hasn’t happened for a while.
Junior QB Matt Ordunez looks to build off of a stellar JV season and passing league this summer leading the Hawks in summer football to three, 2nd place finishes against the big teams. We all know that 7 vs 7 isn’t real football but when it comes to a QB’s confidence, it’s huge.
The Running Backs will be deep with juniors Jericho Sierra, and Mike Iriye, looking to lead the pack right now and both with plenty of speed.
The wideouts will be dangerous with Beau Arriaga, who runs next level routes, has a lot of quickness and burst. Slot Darren See, who is one heck of an athlete, comes from the basketball court, bringing speed and agility to a spot that lacked those qualities last season.
The Majority is our HB, also doubles as a slot receiver that list includes Jericho Sierra, Mike Iriye, Josiah Demacablin, and Eithen Boggs. The Other WO spot is being rotated between a group of long Basketball guys that include Victor Gomez, Anthony Velasquez, and Jason Hernandez. The Hawks are absolutely loaded with speed with wide receivers.
The offensive line is a question mark with no returning starters but these guys kicked ass all summer long in the weight room with Tackle-Miguel Ambriz, Guard-Alex Dixon, Tackle-Jordan Pineda, Guard- Adrian (Buffy) Ascencio, and Center-Cyrus Valencia. The Hawks O-line averages 265 lb.
The defense returns 5 starters with MLB David Alvarado, OLB and former safety Teytem Anaya, DB Sonnie Herrera, DB Beau Arriaga, and DE Carlos Sanchez Jimenez.
The Hawks X factor is the O-line and if QB Matt Ordunez plays like he did this summer, the Hawks will have a good year.
Aug 22 vs West Vikings
Aug 30 at Madera Coyotes
Sept 13 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers at Tulare Union
Sept 20 vs Kerman Lions at Tulare
Sept 27 at Madera South Stallions
Oct 4 at Porterville Panthers
Oct 10 at Monache Marauders
Oct 18 vs Tulare Western Mustangs at Tulare Union
Oct 25 at Tulare Union Tribe
Nov 1 at Delano Tigers
No 10 DOS PALOS BRONCOS (0-0) (0-0 WSL)
Last year (6-6) (4-1 WSL)
NEW Head Coach is Rob Calvert
Coach Rob is back and so are the Broncos! Broncos are returning 4 offensive linemen, Herbert Sanders, Isaac Carnell, Mike Paz and Jason Alinez. Running the ball this year will be senior Tyree Martin (Broncos legend Kenny James nephew) and junior Ryan Ramirez. Top receiver will be 6’4 Zane Merrell. The Broncos QB will be sophomore Trent Calvert and he is already a team leader. Trent grew up a Bronco and is ready for a big year.
Defensively the Broncos are very young with starting 3 sophomores with Inside linebacker Miguel Padeiro ,outside linebacker Marcus Ramirez and Defensive end JC Tapia.
The Broncos have had a really good summer and the coaching staff is still trying to change the culture to the Broncos way. Once they figure it out they can be really good.
The Broncos will be tested early with Los Banos, Chowchilla, Washington union and Roosevelt.
The X factor will be the young Broncos meshing with the veteran Broncos. If they do, watch out!
Aug 23 at Los Banos Tigers (West Side War)
Aug 30 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders
Sept 6 at Washington Union Panthers
Sept 20 vs Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 27 vs McLane Highlanders
Oct 4 at Mendota Aztecs
Oct 11 vs Coalinga Horned Toads
Oct 18 vs Firebaugh Eagles
Oct 25 at Tranquillity Tigers
Nov 1 at Avenal Buccaneers
No 11 MADERA SOUTH STALLIONS (0-0) (0-0 CMAC)
Last year (0-10) (0-5 CMAC)
Head Coach Matt Johnson
The Stallions should be better on paper than last season when they started 6 sophomores. Returning starters on offense include QB, 4 offensive lineman and 2 receivers.
On Defense the Stallions return 7 underclassman most notably all CMAC cornerback Alberto Torres. Nobody has a bigger motor and heart than Torres!!
What to do with the Stallions football team? Should they be in Division 3? Division 4? Or Division 5?
Here is the problem with the Stallions, yes they have more students at Madera South than any other division 5 team but they have ZERO football culture, it’s a soccer/cross country school, and next year a new school goes down the road in Madera taking 30% of the students away. Madera South should not be in the CMAC and it was a horrible idea, it should have never happened!! It put Madera South football back 10 years in growth. Matt Johnson and his staff will have the tough job at keeping the team fired up week after week playing a tough schedule. Madera South’s other problem is nobody in division 5 wants to play the Stallions in a non league game except for Mission Oak.
For an example, looking at the Madera South Schedule, it would be like Fresno State playing a non league schedule vs Washington State, San Jose State, UCLA, Cal Poly and Central Florida. Then in league, it would be vs Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Georgia and Utah State.
There is not ONE team in Division 4 or Division 5 that would win a game playing in the CMAC…ZERO!
That being said, Madera South’s non league schedule means everything.
The MS record might not be good and if they stay healthy you will not want to play the Stallions in the playoffs and they should get a high seed with that monster schedule but has to win 3-4 games to get a high seed.
The Stallions X factor will be the QB play, staying healthy and they must take care of business in their non league schedule because once Oct 4th comes around, the Stallions will get beat up for a month, that’s no fun and hard to keep the team’s morale up. The opener is huge for the Horses.
Aug 30 at Kerman Lions
Sept 6 vs Wasco Tigers
Sept 12 at Golden West Trailblazers
Sept 20 vs Fresno High Warriors
Sept 27 vs Mission Oak Hawks
Oct 4 vs Edison Tigers at Sunnyside
Oct 11 Memorial Panthers
Oct 18 at Sanger Apaches
Oct 25 vs Bullard Knights
Nov 1 at Madera Coyotes (12th annual Battle for the Saw)
No 12 EXETER MONARCHS (0-0) (0-0 CSL)
Last year (2-7) (1-4 CSL)
Head Coach Keirsten Lamb
The Monarchs move into division 5.
The Pro style offensive attack did OK last year but the defense really struggled. The Monarchs are returning 6 players on offense and 6 on defense.
The QB will be the backup from last year with Chris Lopez and he is working his tail off.
At running back will be returning Nathaniel Heath, and Dewayne Coleman. Up from the JV team will be Hank Williams (not a country singer) and he should see considerable time in the backfield.
The O-Line is the biggest front the Monarchs have had in a few years. They are looking pretty good and are working hard to get better every day.
The focus on defense this year has been physicality. Don’t just get to the ball but run through the ball. All 6 returners on defense played almost every down last season.
The secondary looks to be much improved over last season.
The addition of Hank Williams, and Jake Mauer, at linebacker will give the D a more physical presence at that position that they didn’t have last season.
The D-Line looks to be improved over last season with the return of Jordan Mueller, Nathan Bettencourt, and Abel Gonzalez.
To be good this year on both sides of the ball, the Monarchs need to continue to work hard in every drill and every rep to improve their craft. The process of being efficient.
The Exeter mantra this year has been, “we can’t worry about how good somebody else is or how hard they’re working. What we can control is how hard we are working and how good we can be.”
The Monarchs X factor is scoring enough points in a tough Central Sequoia schedule.
Aug 23 vs Farmersville Aztecs
Aug 30 at Woodlake Tigers
Sept 6 at Lindsay Cardinals
Sept 13 vs McLane Highlanders
Sept 27 at Chowchilla Tribe
Oct 4 Kingsburg Vikings
Oct 10 vs Hanford West Huskies at Hanford
Oct 18 at Selma Bears
Oct 25 vs Dinuba Emperors
Nov 1 vs Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
No 13 ARVIN BEARS (0-0) (0-0 SSL)
Last year (7-5) (3-3 SSL)
Head Coach Edgar Mares
The Bears come off a good and graduated many Bears stars. If the new Bears stars come through then the Bears will have a good year.
Aug 23 at Highland Scots
Aug 30 vs Foothill Trojans
Sept 6 vs Rosamond Roadrunners
Sept 13 vs Mira Monte Lions
Sept 27 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds
Oct 4 at Chavez Titans
Oct 11 at Shafter Generals
Oct 18 vs Wasco Tigers
Oct 25 vs McFarland Cougars
Nov 1 at Taft Wildcats
No 14 HANFORD WEST HUSKIES (0-0) (0-0 CSL)
Last year (0-10) (0-5 CSL)
Head Coach Matthew Tesoriere
The Huskies will be young but this years team has much better chemistry.
Players to keep an eye on will be senior 3-year starter WR/DB Keantre Davis.
2 year starter QB/FS Josiah James, who has plenty of speed.
Senior RB/DE Elijah Jones, junior WR/DB Ieremia Fatuesi and leading the way upfront will be junior Justin Staley. If the Huskies play some defense, this team will be much improved.
Aug 23 at Hanford Bullpups (Dog Bowl)
Aug 30 at Corcoran Panthers
Sept 6 vs McLane Highlanders at Hanford
Sept 13 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears (Clash of the Claws)
Sept 27 vs San Luis Obispo Tigers at Hanford
Oct 4 vs Selma Bears at Hanford (Homecoming)
Oct 10 vs Exeter Monarchs at Hanford
Oct 19 vs Central Valley Christian Cavaliers at Hanford
Oct 25 at Kingsburg Vikings
Nov 1 at Dinuba Emperors
No 15 FOWLER REDCATS (0-0) (0-0 WSL)
Last year (5-6) (3-3 WSL)
Head Coach Jim O’Brien
Last year the Cats were young and had some big injuries.
On offense the Cats return 7 starters with very good skilled position players. Running back Pedro Ayala returns. He led the team in TD’s, rushing yards with 1,019. The O-Line is returning 3 starters anchored by junior Jordan Lopez, (1st team all league as a sophomore). All receivers are returning led by Isaiah Rodriguez along with some young Redcat receivers that are ready to break out.
On defense the Redcats return 8 starters. The Redcats are undersized but very athletic. The secondary will be led by returner Zeke Alanis, and newcomer Julian Moreno. Linebackers will be led by Isaiah Rodriguez and Estevan Rodriguez. The D-Line will be led by Jordan Lopez, and Rj Laporte.
The Redcats X factors is replacing Lisandro Solario, who was WSL league Defensive Player of the year and the team leader.
Also the QB play will be a huge factor. Last year the Redcats used 6 different QB’s after the starter was lost for the season. 4 of the 6 returns and will see who emerges as the guy. It’s between Vince Hernandez, Trey Mendoza, Eli Rodriguez, Max Arredondo.
Aug 23 vs Corcoran Panthers
Aug 30 Firebaugh Eagles
Sept 6 at Sierra Chieftains
Sept 13 at Lindsay Cardinals
Sept 20 at Minarets Mustangs
Oct 4 vs Orange Cove Titans
Oct 11 vs Orosi Cardinals
Oct 18 at Parlier Panthers
Oct 25 vs Riverdale Cowboys
Nov 1 at Caruthers Blue Raiders
No 16 MENDOTA AZTECS (0-0) (0-0 WSL)
Last year (2-8) (2-3 WSL)
Head Coach Beto Mejia
One thing about head coach Beto Mejia is he will make the players better people once they are done at Mendota. The players like record older Edgar Segura don’t come around all the time and I like that Mendota is back in division 5 where they belong. The Aztecs are heavy with sophomores and you can’t put fertilizer in them to speed up the development so there will be bumps along the way. Running the ball and playing discipline defense is the key for the Aztecs to compete in the tough West Sierra League. Feature backs will be Sophomores Jacob Silva and Juan Sandoval. QB will be Jacob the older brother of Justin Silva. OL/DL will be led by Senior Angel Gutierrez. Sophomore OLB Julian Ocegueda has a great future ahead of him and can be a tough match up defensively.
Aug 23 at McLane Highlanders
Aug 30 vs Liberty Madera Hawks
Sept 13 at Reedley Pirates
Sept 20 vs Pajaro Valley Grizzlies
Sept 27 at Immanuel Eagles
Oct 4 vs Dos Palos Broncos
Oct 11 at Firebaugh Eagles
Oct 18 Avenal Buccaneers
Oct 25 at Coalinga Horned Toads
Nov 1 vs Tranquillity Tigers
No 17 YOSEMITE BADGERS (0-0) (0-0 NSL)
Last year (5-6) (0-4 NSL)
Head Coach Chance Sigala
The Badgers started out strong last year winning 4 straight and then the defense hit a wall. The skills guys will be good and leading way will be senior RB/LB Nicholas Harper, and junior (RB/LB) Holden Eames. The Badgers have the small roster and should be in division 6!
Aug 23 vs Riverdale Cowboys
Aug 30 at Parlier Panthers
Sept 6 vs Minarets Mustangs
Sept 13 vs Mariposa County Grizzlies
Sept 20 at McLane Highlanders
Oct 4 at Liberty Madera Hawks
Oct 11 at Kerman Lions
Oct 18 vs Chowchilla Tribe
Oct 25 vs Washington Union Panthers
Oct 1 at Sierra Chieftains (Mountain Bowl)
No 18 TAFT WILDCATS (0-0) (0-0 SYL)
Last year (2-8) (0-6 SYL)
Head Coach George Falgout
The Wildcats move into Division 5. Taft is always a tough place to play at. Stay tuned in the Wildcats.
TAFT WILDCATS SCHEDULE
Aug 23 Kern Valley Broncs
Aug 30 vs California City Ravens
Sept 6 vs Tehachapi Warriors
Sept 14 at Cabrillo Jaguars (Long Beach)
Sept 20 at Kennedy Thunderbirds
Sept 27 vs Shafter Generals
Oct 11 at McFarland Cougars
Oct 18 vs Chavez Titans
Oct 25 at Wasco Tigers
Nov 1 vs Arvin Bears
No 19 IMMANUEL EAGLES (0-0 FREELANCE)
Last year (4-6 Freelance)
NEW Head Coach is Andrew Halstead
1st year coach Drew Halstead, taking on a very young team. Numbers are down at Immanuel right now in the football program, but Coach Halstead is doing big things with what he has. The talent that is returning is young, but with varsity experience. Looking for a big season from seniors Trace Pires and returning QB Matt Tiger who is electric when he has the football.
Coach Halstead is a competitor, and will have the Eagles ready to compete at a high level.
The Eagles to keep an eye on will be junior RB/DE Winston Williams, senior FS/WR Trace Pires, senior WR/DB Andrew Herrera, and junior OL/DE Michael kawagoe.
The X factor is plenty will be playing both ways so can the Eagles stay healthy?
Aug 23 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders
Aug 30 at Farmersville Aztecs
Sept 6 vs Chowchilla Tribe
Sept 13 vs Viewpoint Patriots (Calabasas)
Sept 20 at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers
Sept 27 vs Mendota Aztecs
Oct 11 at Liberty Madera Hawks
Oct 18 vs Sierra Chieftains
Oct 25 at Millennium Falcons (Tracy)
Nov 1 at McFarland Cougars