PAGMETER FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS QUARTERFINAL PLAYOFFS, 2019
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This weeks Predictions…….ARE TOUGH TO FIGURE OUT! So many great matchups!
I have been doing Predictions since 2002 and this might just be the toughest playoff week of all to pick winners. So many games are so close.
No 8 Ridgeview Wol Pack (8-4) at No 1 Central Grizzlies (11-0)
Pag Meter Line Central -35+
The Wolf Pack comes in beating Tulare Union 40-21. The Pack got off to a very slow start but came on strong.
The Grizzlies come off a bye. QB Jameson Silva, is having the perfect senior year going 144-186 for 2,222 yards and 32 TD passes.
The X factor if the Pack wants to hang around, QB Justin Hinzo needs to get off to a great start. The Grizzlies are just to tough at home and the Grizzlies home crowd are the loudest. The Pack will have their hands full.
Pag Meter Prediction Central 49 Ridgeview 10
FINAL CENTRAL 56 RIDGEVIEW 10
No 5 Clovis Cougars (7-5) vs No 4 Bullard Knights (9-2)
Pag Meter Line Clovis -4
This has the makings to be a real good game and tough to call.
The Cougars come off a win over Arroyo Grande 56-7. Sophomore Tristan Risley, scored 3 TD’s and the Cougars rolled to 505 total yards.
The Knights come off a bye.
The X factor the Knights beat the Cougars in their first meeting 19-7 in week 3. The Knights have been coasting since losing to Memorial and the Cougars schedule hasn’t been easy.
The Cougars have improved a ton since the Sept 6 game. The Knights defense is really good and in the first meeting the Knights held Risley to 81 yards.
If the Cougars can pound the ball that will help QB Isaiah Robles with his play action offense. The Knights senior QB Jaden Pierucci has settled in and doing a good job at getting the ball to his athletes.
For the Knights to win and play Central next week, they have to get back to the Bullard Knights offense and that’s pounding the football with Shalom Welch. THEY SURE DID!! The Cougars have reached at least the Quarterfinals now for 10 straight years.
Pag Meter Prediction Clovis 27 Bullard 26
FINAL BULLARD 47 CLOVIS 21 (PAG METER BLEW THIS PICK!)
No 7 Bakersfield Drillers (6-6) at No 2 Buchanan Bears (9-2)
Pag Meter Line Buchanan -27
The Drillers stepped up and beat Clovis East 34-15. Wesley Wilson, rushed for 97 yards, scored on a 11-yard TD to start the 2nd half and the Drillers defense did a great job slowing down the CE offense.
The Bears come off a bye.
The X factor can the Drillers slow down Kendall Milton and the passing of Ian Kirby? The Drillers offense will need some big plays.
Pag Meter Prediction Buchanan 40 Bakersfield 13
FINAL BUCHANAN 43 BAKERSFIELD 7
No 11 Clovis West Golden Eagles (4-8) at No 3 Liberty Patriots (10-1)
Pag Meter Line Liberty -19
The Golden Eagles come in beating Clovis North 34-14. This was no upset and It’s official, the Golden Eagles are a much better team than the Broncos on both sides of the ball. They could play each other 100 times and Clovis West would beat CN by at least 14 points every time. Senior QB Bradley Senneway played his best game of the year going 11-14, for 288 yards, & 2 TD passes.
The Patriots come off a bye.
The X factor this is a rematch from week 3 when Liberty beat CW 17-7. The Golden Eagles offense has improved a bunch since week 3 and the Patriots defense is still just as good.
Since week 3, the Golden Eagles schedule has been much tougher than the Patriots schedule.
The Clovis West offense needs a big night running the ball with Brandon Wafer. This is a winnable game for CW if they believe they can do it!!! Plenty of teams lose to Liberty before getting off the bus.
Pag Meter Prediction Liberty 34 Clovis West 14
FINAL LIBERTY 38 CLOVIS WEST 14
No 9 Garces Rams (5-7) at No 1 Hanford Bullpups (11-0)
Pag Meter Line Hanford -14
The Rams are hot and coming off a win over Frontier 37-7. The Rams defense came up with 5 picks. Jalen Smith, rushed for 111 yards and scored 2 TD’s including a big 62 -yard TD run.
The Bullpups come in off a bye and boy did they need it. In the win over Lemoore in the Milk Can game, QB Juaron Watts-brown went down in the 3rd quarter with a shoulder injury. The Top defensive player in our section Tyler Mello, hasn’t played since the first quarter of the Golden West game.
The X factor Watts-brown is doubtful this week. Senior back up Cason Whitney will be ready to take over. Whitney came in and played like a 3 year starter and played great under pressure in helping lead the Bullpups to a victory. Whitney is the perfect team player and has been waiting for his shot & this his time to shine. Mello will be a game time decision.
If the Rams can take care of the ball, (THEY DIDN’T) look for QB Joseph Campbell to have a big game.
Pag Meter Prediction (upset special) Garces 31 Hanford 23
FINAL HANFORD 33 GARCES 20 (EVERY TIME I TAKE THE RAMS, THEY TURN THE BALL OVER WAY TOO MANY TIMES)
No 13 Dinuba Emperors (5-7) vs No 5 Tulare Western Mustangs (10-2)
Pag Meter Line Tulare Western -26
The Emperors come off a big win at Chuck Shidan field beating Sanger 28-14. Josh Magana, threw for 181 yards with 2 TD passes. For his career, Josh has thrown for 7,051 yards and 89 TD passes.
The Mustangs beat Nipomo 42-7. RB Tairyn Johnson, has now rushed for 1,356 yards and has scored 15 TD’s.
The X factor the Mustangs have won 6 in a row after losing to Hanford. This Mustangs team is different in the past because they always had a great record but were never battle tested and got smoked against the good division 2 playoff teams. This year could be different.
The Emperors got by Sanger and a big part of was that the Apaches went through plenty of QB’s. According to legend statistician Ron Blackwood, who has been watching Sanger football for 68 years: Ron has never seen Sanger use 4 QB’s all in 2 weeks.
Noel Collazo, separate shoulder 1st half against SJM, John Pena, backup QB, knee injury in the Madera game. Nick Wise, 3rd QB, completely broken Clavicle, in the 1st half of the Dinuba game & finished the game with JV QB Joaiah Duarte, who was brought up for insurance.
Pag Meter Prediction Tulare Western 42 Dinuba 14
FINAL TULARE WESTERN 47 DINUBA 10 ( Ryan Rocha is now the Mustangs all-time leader in coaching wins with 62)
No 6 St. Joseph Knights (9-3) vs No 3 Redwood Rangers (10-2)
Pag Meter Line Redwood -4
The Knights come in beating Sunnyside 27-6. Brett Burress, scored on a 3- yard TD run. Hunter Barnhart, with a 1 yard TD run, Tyler Williams recovered a fumble in the end zone of a TD & Darien Langley, scored on a 68-yard TD run.
The Rangers beat Atascadero 49-6. The Rangers defense is playing outstanding and on a 6 game winning streak.
The X factor is the Knights offense which is lead by QB Hunter Barnhart vs the Rangers defense. The Knights offense has to finish drives with TD ‘s to win in Visalia. Can the Knights offense handle the physical Rangers offensive line?
Pag Meter Prediction Redwood 28 St Joseph 24
FINAL ST JOSEPH 28 REDWOOD 21
Stockdale Mustangs (6-6) at Memorial Panthers (10-1)
Pag Meter Line Memorial -14
The Mustangs come off a big win over Righetti High 34-24.
The Panthers come off a bye.
The X factor is the Mustangs defense matching up and putting pressure of the passing attack. The Panthers are a very streaky team and when they are on a hot streak, impossible to beat.
Pag Meter Prediction Memorial 35 Stockdale 21
FINAL MEMORIAL 42 STOCKDALE 13
No 8 Central Valley Christian Cavaliers (8-4) at No 1 Kingsburg Vikings (10-1)
Pag Meter Line Kingsburg -14
The Cavaliers come off beating South 43-20. Tyce Griswold, threw for 250 yards, & 1 TD pass & scored 3 TD’s. John Bouwman had 5 receptions for 139 yards & caught a TD catch.
The Vikings come off a bye.
The X factor this is the second go around for CVC playing Kingsburg and without Jaalen Rening. The Vikings won 34-20.
Can Griswold go off against a very good Vikings defense. CVC has to get off to a great start and hope the Vikings come out sleepy from the bye week.
Pag Meter Prediction Kingsburg 37 CVC 23
FINAL CVC 29 KINGSBURG 22 (HUGE UPSET WIN)
No 6 Madera Coyotes (4-7) at No 3 San Luis Obispo Tigers (10-1)
Pag Meter Line San Luis Obispo -13
Both teams come off a bye.
It’s the fast & smaller Coyotes vs the fast and bigger Tigers.
The X factor is Tigers QB Emilio Corona and can the Coyotes slow him down?
Pag Meter Prediction SLO 40 Madera 27
FINAL SLO 49 MADERA 28
No 5 Golden West Trailblazers (7-4) at No 4 Highland Scots (9-2)
Pag Meter Line Golden West -10
Both teams come off a bye. Very tough game to call.
Blazers head coach Paul Preheim is back coaching after being away because of health issues.
The X factor is the defense on both sides of the ball.
The Trailblazers are averaging 38 points per game behind a Wing-T rushing attack led by junior twin brothers —Lonnie Wessel leads the team with 1,755 yards rushing. Michael has rushed for 927 yards.
The Scots have outstanding QB AJ Cleveland who has thrown for 1,939 yards with 26 TD passes.
The Scots are 9-1 and their only loss was to Wing T Kennedy Thunderbirds.
Pag Meter Prediction Golden West 37 Highland 27
FINAL GOLDEN WEST 40 HIGHLAND 15
No 7 Lemoore Tigers (5-7) at No 2 Bakersfield Christian Eagles (8-3)
Pag Meter Line Bakersfield Christian -7
The X factor is the Tigers defense vs the Eagles offense.
Pag Meter Prediction Bakersfield Christian 34 Lemoore 27
FINAL BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN 49 LEMOORE 7
No 8 North Stars (8-4) at No 1 Washington Union Panthers (10-1)
Pag Meter Line Washington Union -22
The X factor is the Panthers coming off a bye and can they keep the MOJO going?
Pag Meter Prediction Washington Union 41 North 19
FINAL WASHINGTON UNION 42 NORTH 13
No 5 Chavez Titans (9-3) vs No 4 Porterville Panthers (8-4)
Pag Meter Line Porterville -25
The X factor can the Titans slow down the red hot Panthers offense. The Panthers are off the radar but soon everybody will know who the Panthers are.
Pag Meter Prediction Porterville 44 Chavez 19
FINAL PORTERVILLE 40 CHAVEZ 6
Kennedy Thunderbirds (10-2) at Templeton Eagles (10-2)
Pag Meter Line Templeton -3
The Birds come in beating Santa Maria 40-28.
The Eagles beat Roosevelt 55-21. Tyler Kaschewski, accounted for 6 TD’s & 336 total yards for the game. Tyler threw for 157 yards & 2 TD’s, rushed for 179 yards on 14 carries and scored 4 TD’s.
The X factor is the Eagles only loss was to Liberty Ranchos (Wing T) and now will face a very good Wing T offense. This could be a very high scoring game.
Pag Meter Prediction Templeton 40 Kennedy 37
FINAL KENNEDY 28 TEMPLETON 21
Wasco Tigers (6-6) at Selma Bears (9-2)
Pag Meter Line Selma -23
The X factor Wing T vs Wings T. This game could be over by 8pm.
Pag Meter Prediction Selma 36 Wasco 13
FINAL SELMA 42 WASCO 7
No 9 Immanuel Eagles (9-3) at No 1 Caruthers Blue Raiders (11-1)
Pag Meter Line Caruthers -2
The Eagles come off a win over Reedley 16-0. Matt Tiger scored 2 TD’s.
Caruthers beat Coalinga 27-7. Bobby Staley scored 2 TD’s and Gustavo Arciga, scored 2 TD’s including a 70 yard pick 6.
The X factor is the defense because both offenses are real good.
Immanuel Sophomore QB Hector Davila is back playing his old team. Hector played for Caruthers POP Warner football team in 6th-7th-8th grade and he is good.
This should be a very good game!
Pag Meter Prediction Caruthers 27 Immanuel 25
FINAL CARUTHERS 43 IMMANUEL 7 (IT’S OFFICIAL, THE BLUE RAIDERS ARE REAL GOOD!)
No 12 Arvin Bears (6-6) at No 4 Strathmore Spartans (11-1)
Pag Meter Line Strathmore -15
The Bears come off a big win over Shafter 41-30.
The Spartans beat Taft 28-20. Carlos Moreno of Strathmore rushed for a career high of 277 yards on 26 carries, scored 3 TD’s on runs of 65 & 86 yards. Senior Armon Estrada has played in 57 games in his 4 years, the most in section history.
The X factor I had Arvin all week and then I came around on Thursday because the Spartans are just to tough at home
Pag Meter Prediction Strathmore 35 Arvin 20
FINAL STRATHMORE 42 ARVIN 21
No 11 Exeter Monarchs (5-7) at No 3 Dos Palos Broncos (11-1)
Pag Meter Line Dos Palos -14
The Monarchs come in beating Woodlake 17-12. The defense stepped up.
The Broncos beat Madera Ranchos 34-27. Tyree Martin, set a school record by returning a kick-off 99 yards for a TD.
The X factor the Monarchs offense has to play lights out to stay in this one.
Pag Meter Prediction Dos Palos 28 Exeter 14
FINAL DOS PALOS 49 EXETER 39
No 10 Madera South Stallions (5-7) at No 2 Yosemite Badgers (11-1)
Pag Meter Line Yosemite -14
The Stallions come in beating Mission Oak 35-34 in OT. Senior QB Isaiah Tyler, rushed for for 139 yards on 16 carries & scored 3 TD’s on runs of 17, 29 & 11 yards, also threw for 118 yards.
The Badgers beat Firebaugh 54-14.
The X factor is the Stallions believing that they are the better team. If the Stallions look at the fantastic 10-1 Badgers record, and say “WOW they are so good” then the Badgers will roll. If both teams switched schedules, it would be a complete reverse of records. This game is all between the ears!
Which defense plays better up front will be a huge factor. THE BADGERS DEFENSE WORE DOWN THE STALLIONS
Pag Meter Prediction (Mini upset) Madera South 27 Yosemite 25
FINAL YOSEMITE 35 MADERA SOUTH 21
No 8 Foothill Trojans (5-7) at No 1 Bishop Union Broncos (10-2)
Pag Meter Line Bishop Union -13
The X factor the Trojans offense has to play a great game vs a great Broncos defense to pull the upset.
Pag Meter Prediction Bishop Union 33 Foothill 20
FINAL BISHOP UNION 34 FOOTHILL 14
No 5 Lindsay Cardinals (9-3) at No 4 Riverdale Cowboys (8-4)
Pag Meter Line Lindsay -4
The Cardinals come in beating Parlier 42-15. Daniel Trujillo, rushed for 265 yards & scored 4 TD’s with runs of 32. 76, 23 and 19 yards.
The Cowboys beat Corcoran 15-6.
The X factor is the Cowboys defense is playing lights out and it’s time for the Cowboys offense to step up to beat the Cardinals.
Pag Meter Prediction Lindsay 28 Riverdale 24
FINAL LINDSAY 28 RIVERDALE 18
No 6 Mission Prep Royals (6-6) at No 3 Orosi Cardinals (10-3)
Pag Meter Line Orosi -3
The Royals come in beating Mira Monte 49-21.
The Cardinals beat Granite Hills 56-24. Dominic Martinez, rushed for 203 yards on 21 carries and scored 3 TD’s.
The X factor these are the two best teams in division 6 and they are playing in the quarterfinals. This is a very even game and both are mirror image of each other. Both are big, physical and will line up and come right at you. The pressure is on the defensive side of the ball.
This is the toughest pick of the night.
Pag Meter Prediction Orosi 44 Mission Prep 41
FINAL OROSI 45 MISSION PREP 42) (Almost nailed the scored)
No 7 Sierra Pacific Golden Bears (5-7) at No 2 California City Ravens (10-2)
Pag Meter Line Cal City -2
Another tough game to figure out.
The Golden Bears come in beating Kern Valley 40-27.
The Ravens beat McFarland 20-7.
The X factor is the Ravens defense vs the Golden Bears offense. The Ravens defense is very fast!
Pag Meter Cal City 20 Sierra Pacific 18
FINAL CAL CITY 18 SIERRA PACIFIC 6