PAG METER TOP 30 FOOTBALL RANKINGS 2020
PAG METER TOP 30 REALLY REALLY REALLY EARLY FOOTBALL RANKINGS
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**When will the football season start? Probably in August like it should be!
**What will the schedule look like? Probably the same.
**Will there be state playoffs? I’m thinking no.
**For all players,
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(From the state CIF)
Without a framework in place at this time for students to return to campus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, section commissioners have been working on different contingency plans. All of the uncertainty has left Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod feeling a bit uneasy.
“If you give me a date, I can give you a calendar, and we’ll be ready to go,” said Wigod, who will begin his ninth year as section commissioner this fall. “The hard part is that we don’t know what the date is. It’s going to be very complicated, which people are going to need to understand.”
The task of getting all the sections in alignment will be a challenge due to the different obstacles that will need to be cleared, according to CIF State executive director Ron Nocetti.
“We have a few subcommittees that are getting together with our section commissioners and are talking about contingency plans if we start the fall a little bit later,” said Nocetti, who replaced Roger Blake as executive director on Aug. 1, 2019. “What if we start in the fall and we have to pause? We have another subcommittee talking about bylaw issues and any changes or waivers that we need to look at. One of the more complicated issues for the Southern Section office is finding a consensus timeline for when school districts and private schools will reopen their campuses.
While the CIF L.A. City Section office oversees the schools in the L.A. Unified School District, the Southern Section office has to gather the information from 13 different counties and a significant number of school districts and private schools before settling on a calendar that can be put into action.
“Every school district and private school will have a start date for their school year to begin,” Wigod said. “Some schools will start on time; others will have distance learning. The challenge for us is that in a section that has 562 high schools, we have to find a consensus of where the section is (when it comes to the start of the new school year), and then we can put together a calendar.”
If you take that one issue and magnify it by 10, you can see how things get a bit more complicated for Nocetti and his staff in the state office. However, Nocetti voiced an optimistic outlook when it comes to handling each obstacle.
“It is one of the main reasons why the federation model works very well,” Nocetti said, who noted that New York is the only state, other than California that has adopted the federation model. “We don’t get to make decisions in the state office that applies to everyone, like most other states. Our sections are going to have a say and rightfully so. They represent their local schools and school districts.”
The CIF State office and sections have had recent experience dealing with disruptions due to wildfires. The goal then and now, Nocetti said, is to find adjustments that are equitable and in the best interests of the student-athletes.
There are also the financial aspects of the current crisis. Some schools rely on the money generated by its athletic teams, especially football. There has been talk of high school football games being played in empty stadiums this fall, but Wigod doesn’t see that happening.
“The college and pro games, those games are accessible in some format,” Wigod said. “In high school, we don’t have that same capability. I don’t see our high school sports resuming with no one in the stands.
“We have to have our confidence restored. If our students are going to get on a bus and play volleyball or football, they’re not going to be practicing social distancing. Maybe we’ll have to try with limited people in the stands.”
Sections lost money in the spring due to the cancellation of its playoff and championship events. The Southern Section was recently approved to receive funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which, Wigod said, will keep the nonprofit organization on solid ground for the remainder of its fiscal year. According to Nocetti, the state office and many other sections in the state, will apply for the same loan.
Private schools could also be in for a rough school year from a financial perspective.
With so many families in the state impacted either by furloughs, work reductions or job losses, there could be a spike in the number of student-athletes who transfer this year from private to public schools for financial consideration.
Current transfer rules don’t allow a financial component for immediate eligibility (the half-season sit-out period applies for most student-athletes who don’t meet the change of residence requirements), but Nocetti and Wigod both noted that everything is on the table for consideration.
“Financial hardship is one of the major questions that our commissioners are receiving,” Nocetti said. “While it’s too early to make a decision in that regard, because I don’t think anyone knows what the next 4-6 weeks will have in store for us, it will be a topic for conversation as we move forward.”
Despite the issues, Nocetti’s pleased with the work that has been completed at sectional offices throughout the state.
“Within the 10 section commissioners, they work well together in normal times. Now with what we are facing, they have come together even more,” Nocetti said. “Our decisions will never be driven by financials. They’ll be driven by the health and safety of our student-athletes.”
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PAG METER REALLY REALLY EARLY TOP 30 2020 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
No 1 CENTRAL GRIZZLIES
The Grizzlies will have a new QB with Buchanan transfer DJ Stevenson. Grizzlies are a heavy favorite again to win their 4th straight Central Section Championship
No 2 LIBERTY PATRIOTS
The Patriots will have QB Haden Mann ready for a big senior year
No 3 CLOVIS COUGARS
The best Cougars team in a few years. Junior QB Nate Johnson is one heck of a dual threat along with Pag Meter All Star RB junior Tristan Risley
No 4 BULLARD KNIGHTS
The Knights will have a very good defense and leading the way will be senior DE T’ky Posey. Senior QB Bryce Weiner is ready to lead the Knights
No 5 MEMORIAL PANTHERS
The Panthers graduate plenty of stars and they will lead with outstanding senior RB Jordan Hornbeak. Will the Panthers move up to Division 1?
No 6 BUCHANAN BEARS
Junior QB Ian Kirby, and senior RB/LB Cade Uehling will lead the Bears into 2020
No 7 EDISON TIGERS
New head coach Cory Hall will take over the Tigers
No 8 CLOVIS NORTH BRONCOS
senior Garrett Jones will start out as the new Broncos QB
No 9 GARCES RAMS
Plenty of Rams return and watchout for senior RB/LB Jalen Smith, because he is electric
No 10 ARROYO GRANDE EAGLES
The Eagles will be ready to pound you with the run. Senior Ethan Royal, returns at QB along with OL Zach Silva and Mason Bewley leading the way upfront.
No 11 CLOVIS WEST GOLDEN EAGLES
Sophomore Dayton Tafoya, will start at QB and he has the makings to be real good
No 12 BAKERSFIELD DRILLERS
Senior Ricky Easterwood returns at QB
No 13 BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES
The defending State Champions graduated plenty of star
No 14 REDWOOD RANGERS
The Rangers return almost the entire O-line
No 15 CENTENNIAL GOLDEN HAWKS
17 of 22 starters return and the G Hawks defense will be really good again!
No 16 CLOVIS EAST T WOLVES
Leading the T Wolves will be senior RB/LB Jacob Tafoya
No 17 RIDGEVIEW WOLF PACK
Plenty of speed in 2020 and leading the way will be senior WR/RB Zion Hall
No 18 TULARE UNION TRIBE
Plenty return for 2020 and leading the way will be seniorsXavier Haley and WR Willie James
No 19 KINGSBURG VIKINGS
Senior QB Jett Jackson is back and he is one heck of a dual threat QB
No 20 TULARE WESTERN MUSTANGS
Pag Meter All Star Senior DB/RB/WR Mikey Ficher, who will never come off the field.Stay tuned on the Mustangs
No 21 SELMA BEARS
The defending division 4 Section Champions will be good again with seniors QB Joey Ramirez, and RB/DB Aaron Blancas
No 22 ST JOSEPH KNIGHTS
Have the put the Knights in the top 20 because you never know who will show up
No 23 GOLDEN WEST TRAILBLAZERS
Wessel brothers are now seniors Lonnie and Michael are beast and ready for big years
No 24 SAN LUIS OBISPO TIGERS
The Tigers are huge upfront and leading the way is senior 6’7, 270 Thomas Cole who just got an offer from Michigan
No 25 HANFORD BULLPUPS
Cannon Sanchez takes over and the Bullpups will be young with speed
No 26 WASHINGTON UNION PANTHERS
Will the Panthers rotate QBs again in 2020 again with junior Lawerence Sell and senior Jayden Green?
No 27 PORTERVILLE PANTHERS
2-year starter Hector Nava is now a senior and one of the best QBs in the section already throwing for 6,308 yard and 54 TD’s. Outstanding junior running back Isaiah Ellis comes back after rushing for 934 yards..
No 28 FRONTIER TITANS
Junior QB Travis Plugge, will be the QB
No 29 MADERA COYOTES
Senior QB David Zavala is ready for a big senior year
No 30 NIPOMO TITANS
Senior RB/LB Keyshawn Pu’a, who is 6’0 230lb is very good
No 30 OROSI CARDINALS
The Cards can play with anybody especially with senior RB Dominic Martinez, who last year rushed for 2,279 yards, scored 31 TD’s and QB Evan Lara