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HERE IS THE NEW LEAGUE ALIGNMENT FOR THIS FALL & HEAD COACH

MOUNTAIN LEAGUE (ST JOSEPH KNIGHTS CHAMPIONS)

ARROYO GRANDE EAGLES Michael Hartman

ST JOSEPH KNIGHTS Pepe Villasenor

PASO ROBLES BEARCATS Matt Carroll

NIPOMO TITANS Stephen Field

MISSION PREP ROYALS David Schuster

RIGHETTI HIGH WARRIORS Tony Payne

LOMPOC BRAVES Andrew Jones

SANTA YNEZ PIRATES Josh McClurg

COAST LEAGUE (ATASCADERO GREYHOUNDS CHAMPIONS)

MORRO BAY PIRATES Robert Daugherty

TEMPLETON EAGLES Don Crow

SAN LUIS OBISPO TIGERS Pat Johnson

SANTA MARIA SAINTS Dan Ellington

ATASCADERO GREYHOUNDS Victor Cooper

PIONEER VALLEY PANTHERS John Beck

CABRILLO CONQUISTADORS Mitch Crossley

TRI-COUNTY (CENTRAL VALLEY CHRISTIAN CAVALIERS CHAMPIONS)

CENTRAL VALLEY CHRISTIAN CAVALIERS Mason Hughes

EXETER MONARCHS Keirsten Lamb (TRI-COUNTY SEQUOIA EXETER MONARCHS CHAMPIONS)

HANFORD WEST HUSKIES Allen Perryman

IMMANUEL EAGLES Josh Henderson

KERMAN LIONS Damon Jenkins

KINGSBURG VIKINGS Dave Wilson

REEDLEY PIRATES Tony Gates

SELMA BEARS Art Francis

SIERRA PACIFIC GOLDEN BEARS Dion Tate

WASHINGTON UNION PANTHERS Paul Holland

CMAC (MEMORIAL PANTHERS CHAMPIONS)

BULLARD KNIGHTS Don Arax

MADERA COYOTES Kenny Paolinelli

MEMORIAL PANTHERS Anthony Goston

SANGER APACHES Matt Logue

EDISON TIGERS Mike Stamps

GARZA GUARDIANS Yosef Fares

NORTH YOSEMITE (SUNNYSIDE WILDCATS CHAMPIONS)

FRESNO HIGH WARRIORS Keith Pempek

HOOVER PATRIOTS Joe Pierro

MADERA SOUTH STALLIONS Matt Johnson

MCLANE HIGHLANDERS Andrew Pancotti

ROOSEVELT ROUGH RIDERS Dwayne Wright

SANGER WEST HORNETS Rob Thompson

SUNNYSIDE WILDCATS Thomas Wilson

TORRES TOROS Joe Marquez

TRAC (CLOVIS WEST GOLDEN EAGLES CHAMPIONS)

BUCHANAN BEARS Ross Wood

CLOVIS COUGARS Aaron Wilkins

CENTRAL GRIZZLIES Kyle Biggs

CLOVIS EAST T WOLVES Brandon Nagle

CLOVIS NORTH BRONCOS Mike Jacot

CLOVIS WEST GOLDEN EAGLES Eric Brown

SOUTH YOSEMITE RIVER LEAGUE (LIBERTY PATRIOTS CHAMPIONS)

CENTENNIAL GOLDEN HAWKS Richard Starrett

FRONTIER TITANS Chris Bandy

GARCES RAMS Paul Golla

LIBERTY PATRIOTS Bryan Nixon

STOCKDALE MUSTANGS Brett Shelton

SOUTH YOSEMITE VALLEY LEAGUE (BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES CHAMPIONS)

BAKERSFIELD DRILLERS Rashaan Shehee

BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES Darren Carr

HIGHLAND SCOTS Michael Gutierrez

INDEPENDENCE FALCONS Tyler Schilhabel

RIDGEVIEW WOLFPACK Casey Quinn

SOUTH YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE (TEHACHAPI WARRIORS CHAMPIONS)

EAST BLADES Bibi Carrasco

NORTH STARS Richard Bolin

SOUTH REBELS Cary Mills

TEHACHAPI WARRIORS Kris Krempien

WEST VIKINGS Derek Dunham

SOUTH SEQUOIA LEAGUE (KENNEDY THUNDERBIRDS CHAMPIONS)

CHAVEZ TITANS Jesse Ortega

DELANO TIGERS Frank Gonzalez

MCFARLAND COUGARS Manny Munoz

KENNEDY THUNDERBIRDS Mario Milan

SHAFTER GENERALS Jerad Pierucci

TAFT WILDCATS Brian Durkan

WASCO TIGERS Chad Martinez

EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE (CORCORAN PANTHERS CHAMPIONS)

CORCORAN PANTHERS Grant Kapigian

FARMERSVILLE AZTECS Sean Knox

GRANITE HILLS GRIZZLIES Dan Williams

LINDSAY CARDINALS Casey Higginbotham

ORANGE COVE TITANS Horacio Bravo

OROSI CARDINALS Ben White

STRATHMORE SPARTANS Jeromy Blackwell

WOODLAKE TIGERS Manny Martinez

EAST YOSEMITE LEAGUE (REDWOOD RANGERS CHAMPIONS)

EL DIAMANTE MINERS Devin Ramos

GOLDEN WEST TRAILBLAZERS Travis Anderson

MONACHE MARAUDERS Shane Focke

MT WHITNEY PIONEERS Nathan Chamberlain

PORTERVILLE PANTHERS Keith Thompson

REDWOOD RANGERS Kevin Sharton

WEST YOSEMITE LEAGUE (LEMOORE TIGERS CHAMPIONS)

DINUBA EMPERORS CJ Lester

HANFORD BULLPUPS Cannon Sanchez

LEMOORE TIGERS Rich Tuman

MISSION OAK HAWKS Marty Martin

TULARE UNION TRIBE Darren Bennett

TULARE WESTERN MUSTANGS Derek Rosa

HIGH DESERT LEAGUE (BISHOP BRONCOS CHAMPIONS)

BISHOP UNION BRONCOS Arnie Palu

BORON BOBCATS Rob Kostopoulos

CALIFORNIA CITY RAVENS Jay Guinyard

DESERT SCORPIONS Nathan Kearns

KERN VALLEY BRONCS Scott Tedrow

ROSAMOND ROADRUNNERS Jamal Cathcart

NORTHWEST LEAGUE (LIBERTY MADERA HAWKS CHAMPIONS)

CARUTHERS BLUE RAIDERS Brandon Ward

CHOWCHILLA TRIBE Alex Pittz

FOWLER REDCATS Shaun Kilduff

FRESNO CHRISTIAN EAGLES Mick Fuller (8 man football)

LIBERTY MADERA RANCHOS HAWKS Mike Nolte

MINARETS MUSTANGS Shannon Pulliam

PARLIER PANTHERS Drew Halstead

RIVERDALE COWBOYS Brian Close

SIERRA CHIEFTAINS Mark Stelling (8 man & 11 man football)

YOSEMITE BADGERS Josh Wisnioski

SOUTH YOSEMITE HORIZON LEAGUE (GOLDEN VALLEY BULLDOGS CHAMPIONS)

ARVIN BEARS Robert Riley

DEL ORO SUNS Rich Cornford (ONLY JV/FRESHMEN)

FOOTHILL TROJANS Brandon Deckard

GOLDEN VALLEY BULLDOGS James Cain

MIRA MONTE LIONS Christian Johnson

WEST SIERRA LEAGUE (COALINGA HORNED TOADS CHAMPIONS)

AVENAL BUCCANEERS David Lewis

COALINGA HORNED TOADS Jose Piz

DOS PALOS BRONCOS Rob Calvert

FIREBAUGH EAGLES Jorge Saldana

MENDOTA AZTECS Beto Mejia

TRANQUILITY TIGERS Mike Martinez

PAGMETER HOUSEKEEPING FOR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 NOTES

FOOTBALL OFFICIALS

The latest with the officials and it is looking good so far with covering all the games. There could be some game changes with maybe moving a game to a Thursday night instead of Friday. Keep the PAGMETER updated on game changes.

There are 6 official groups, Bakersfield, Tulare, Central Coast and 3 groups up North with CSOSA, CSOA & SJVOA. If you are wondering on what group gets what game….

The CSOSA group (head of CSOSA is Bob Kayajanian) will have Fresno Unified and Selma home games.

The CSOA group (head of CSOA is Joe Kitchen) will have Clovis North, Clovis West, and Clovis East home games.

The SJVOA group (head of SJVOA is Jeff Fontes) will have Buchanan, Clovis, Memorial, Central Unified, Madera Unified and all the county school home games.

**If you would like to be an official, email the Pagmeter (pagmeter@yahoo.com) and we will get you the info. It is a lot of fun to be part of Friday Night Lights!

SCHEDULES

LET US KNOW IF YOUR GAME DAY HAS BEEN CHANGED

THE 2022 X FACTOR

Doing the PAGMETER rankings and the X factor for almost every team (except Redwood among others) is the DEPTH. Plenty of teams don’t have the number of players like in the past. Some teams don’t have JV or freshmen teams.

It might be time to have a JV schedule ONLY with plenty of schools not having JV programs.

Example, plenty of teams in the High Desert League DO NOT have a JV team and Bishop Union does. Bishop Union struggles to find games for their JV team.

WHY ARE THE NUMBERS OF PLAYERS DOWN FOR FOOTBALL?

There’s plenty of factors why the numbers are down. Society is softer, kids love video games, obesity is up, parents are softer and get scared because of the negative effects from the mainstream media telling people everybody will get a concussion if you play football….

By the way, to the young families, football has never been safer, coaches are doing a great job teaching fundamentals/technique on how to tackle. Football is great for making kids tougher, mentally tougher, will help with grades and will help them become better people for the future.

The big problem now with valley football is starting in July. Why would any young family want their kid to play the game of football in ugly weather? The valley weather is horrible along with the bad air usually in July. This year has been very good for good air days but as long as we continue to play football in July, forget about growing the game of football. The Central Coast and the rest of the state have no clue on how bad the summers are in the valley. We all know that it will take an unthinkable tragic story for any change and that is sad. Back in the olden days, double-days started around Aug 15th and the first game was the 2nd week of September. Friday night lights fans actually had to wear a jacket in the last part of the year.  I get it, school starts much earlier than the past. We are all starting so early because of the state playoffs. If we learned anything from a couple of years ago when the world ended with the political flu, coaches learned how to share players with players playing another sport at the same time. If a football team is heading to the state playoffs and plays basketball/soccer, it should be no big deal to share a player for a week.

PAGMETER says- July 15-31 should be the dead period for all football teams and ZERO football practice. ZERO! Weight room is fine.

Everybody should have the same dead period time. Coaches, players and families need time off before the season starts. Football should all start together on August 1st.  

The future of football is in trouble with our youth. There are plenty of teams that have no JV team. This should be a wake up call!  Let’s fix it now. Week 6 is played on September 23. SMH.

THE HELMET ISSUE

Plenty of teams are short on helmets to start the year and it’s because the helmet factory had issues with getting parts and the repairs are slow. If you have some extra helmets to loan out or if you need some helmets, let the PAGMETER know and we will get the word out.

NO MORE WEEK 0

The reason why we ever had week 0 was because some teams put together a late game and usually against out of section teams.

Example back in the 1990’s when Clovis West scheduled a huge game against De La Salle that we all remember. They scheduled the game before the year started, it was the only game scheduled and played before the season. They called it Week 0.

Today every media outlet will call this Week 0 because it’s a habit. 99.5% of the team will start the season this week . IT IS WEEK 1

This is Week 1 and the first week of 11 weeks of the regular season.

NO MORE VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Again to the media outlets and valley teams, there is NO MORE VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIPS. They are now SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS.

When the Central Coast teams moved into the Central Section, the Central Section got a lot bigger with plenty more teams. Last time I checked, Santa Maria is not in the valley. Every time you say valley champions, you are disrespecting the team not from the valley. We now have Lompoc, Santa Ynez and Cabrillo joining the family with more to come.

So make a note-Division 1 is for the CENTRAL Section Championship. (Big Boy Division)

D2-D6 is for the Section Championships.

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2021 NEW PLAYOFF RECAP

Quick look back from last year and after looking back how the playoff format really works. The playoff format semi-changed from last year when teams could move up/down any division the crazy computer decided. This year you can only move up/down one division which is still so wrong. With this playoff format,  If you win plenty of games, you really lose because you will move up from your based division and will have to play teams probably much larger than you and eventually will go down. (Just look at Kerman baseball)

Strathmore, Mission Oak, Mission Prep, Wasco, Dos Palos all went 10-0 last year and how did that work out? Did they have their dream ending of a magical year? No, of course not, they never had a chance because they all got screwed. They all got moved up and had you play much bigger teams in the playoffs. The playoff format is made for the larger schools and the small schools will always get penalized if they have to move up and play the bigger teams. I simply don’t get how the Committee who put this playoff format together doesn’t see it?? The last 3 games of the year will be where you have to see if you need to win or lose.

My advice to the Hanford Bullpups or any overachieving team, do not go 10-0. Finish the year with 2 or 3 losses and you might get to play in the division where you belong. 10-0 or 9-1 will guarantee you playing against teams much bigger than you.

CVC last year strategically figured out the system and the Cavaliers won the division 3 championship. The computer had CVC the No 15 seed in division 2, heading into week 10 & week 11 and the Cavaliers lost the last 2 games giving them the No 1 seed in division 3. I’m no matholgist, but the No 1 seed in division 3 is much better than the No 15 seed in division 2. CVC had zero chance of winning it all last year in division 2 especially with all the division 1 teams moving down into division 2. This year with a 12 team division 1 bracket, that will really help the rest of the divisions. CVC did nothing wrong and with this silly format, it is made to be smart and lose in certain situations.  

If teams stayed in their set based divisions and only asked to be moved up AND NEVER MOVED DOWN, we would never have this issue again. Teams should know heading into the season on what division they will be playing in. Teams like Strathmore, Mission Oak, Mission Prep, Wasco, and Dos Palos could have had a chance to finish their dream year if they all stayed in their based division. Eventually the small schools will be worn down playing against bigger teams. In this playoff format, a division 6 team will never EVER win a section championship again and that is sad. What incentive will they have entering the year?

 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTES,

The Central Section High School playoffs will finally bring in semi common sense. It started with a mess in division 1 with only having 8 teams in the playoff bracket.

 The good news is that common sense has stepped up and will have a 12 team division 1 bracket. The top 4 teams in division 1 will get a bye.

 Whoever came up with the 8 team division 1 format should be off the committee board completely because they were either not hugged enough as a child or hugged way too much. It’s simply was stupud! The computer is ok but common sense needs to step in. We need a football committee to determine what the divisions and playoffs should look like. Duh!

Division 1 will have a 12 team bracket. Division 2, Division 3, Division 4, Division 5 and Division 6 will have 12-16 teams brackets depending on what is left from the 30% winning rule. Teams must win at least 30% of their games in league or overall to enter the playoff tournament.

IF PAGMETER WAS IN CHARGE

I liked it and I pushed for division 1 having 12 teams. I also believe teams should NOT be able to move down. That simply hurts the small school teams. Teams should be able to move up ONLY if they want to but NEVER EVER MOVE DOWN. This is not hard to figure out.

LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, TEAMS SHOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO MOVE UP A DIVISION IF ASKED BUT NEVER MOVE DOWN!!!!!!! IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR A SMALL SCHOOL TEAM TO EVER WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN IF TEAMS CAN MOVE DOWN.

PAGMETER RANKINGS

Don’t get so excited about where teams are starting out the year. We had to start somewhere. It could change daily once we learn more and more about each team so you need to go to the PAGMETER football rankings everyday.

In the past, we had each division separate with their own page but with this silly playoff format, teams can move up/down divisions each week so it’s all in one page.

WE ARE SO SORRY ABOUT THAT! It’s a lot of scrolling down…

HERE WE GO..BUCKLE UP

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GAME ON!!

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DIVISION SCHEDULE RESULTS & TEAM NOTES HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED COMING SOON

No 1 CLOVIS WEST GOLDEN EAGLES (8-1) (3-1 TRAC)

It’s crazy that the Golden Eagles are based in division 2 but with the new playoff format, we officially live in the twilight zone. CW is the smallest enrollment school in the TRAC. The Golden Eagles have the potential to be very good with plenty of young talent. Cdub will have plenty of team speed. The Eagles return most of their defensive and offensive starters from last fall. This is Eric Brown 2nd year as head coach and the new culture at Clovis West is coming along just fine as well as their offensive and defensive schemes. The athletic, aggressive and multiple front defense will help set the tone for the hungry Golden Eagles this season. The big guys upfront on both sides of the ball  are much improved. Junior QB Tyler Patrick comes back after throwing for 1,730 yards & 17 TDs passes in a part time role. Everybody knows how good the PAGMETER All Star baseball player Tyler is, he is also one of the best QB’s in the Central Section and if he has the big year I think TP is going to have, the Golden Eagles will be tough to beat. TP was 1st team Cal-Hi as a sophomore and has verbally committed to play baseball at Fresno State. This could be another Jayden Mandal situation and Tyler will be getting offers to be a QB at the next level. With all that being said, the Golden Eagles are going with Senior QB Ryan Markarian who is coming off ACL surgery. Markarian is a pocket passer and not a threat to run but he will pick you apart if he has time. The junior WR core is very good and leading the way is  Marshel Sanders who holds multiple D1 offers including the PAC 12 and is also outstanding in basketball. Marshel caught 63 passes last year for 1,028 yards and scored 8 TD’s, Landon Wright who might just be the best wide receiver in the Central Section caught 34 passes, scored 5 TD’s and JoJo Pierro caught 59 passes for 692 yards and scored 6 TDs. It will be difficult for defenses to focus on only one WR. A star will be born with sophomore WR JD Darrington and emerging 2 way junior stud Tytus Khajavi also looking to make huge impacts offensively. The Clovis West OL will look to make a name for themselves this season, led by 2 seniors, Tyler Coyle and DeSean Watts. Both are physical, athletic, and great in pass protection. In addition, Junior Guard Joey Chacon, who made the State Wrestling Tournament as a sophomore in the heavyweight division, will also be a force to be reckoned with. These 3 will also be key contributors on the defensive front and will be joined by SR defensive ends Alex Walker and Kevin Wright who will look to establish the line of scrimmage for the Golden Eagles defense. They will be joined by Senior RB Aidan Fortenberry and seniors James Sanders and Mychael Crawford will all continue to fight for carries in this talented backfield. These additions to the offensive side should add plenty of fireworks to an already outstanding returning offense.

Defensive as a whole looks to be more physical and aggressive and fundamentally sound in year 2. At Linebacker, Tytus Khajavi returns and will be a player that offenses have to prepare for and account for at all times. His versatility and ability to blitz and play in space has Division 1 coaches interested in the Junior and he is set to have a breakout year. Senior Brian Evans adds a physical presence to the middle of the defense as he is one of the strongest players on the team and is transitioning from OLB/DE to ILB. RB’s Fortenberry & Crawford will compete for the remaining position of the group and will both see playing time. The corners are an athletic group who have worked hard to perfect their craft in the off-season. Pierro and Sanders return with a year under their belt and sophomore addition Jackson Carr looks to make it difficult for offenses to move the ball through the air. Seniors Markel Sanders and David Cummings will add much needed depth to the secondary from their safety position. Tysun Bigelow will add much needed versatility to the secondary as he can play multiple positions.

GOLDEN EAGLES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Beat Ridgeview Wolf Pack 42-0

Aug 26 Beat Turlock Bulldogs 48-0    

Sept 2 Beat Lemoore Tigers 40-14  

Sept 9 Beat Bullard Knights 28-14      

Sept 16 Beat Edison Tigers at 38-0        

Sept 30 Beat Buchanan Bears 29-22      

Oct 7 Beat Clovis East T Wolves 42-30     

Oct 14 Beat Clovis North Broncos 21-14          

Oct 21 at Central Grizzlies         

Oct 28 vs Clovis Cougars at Buchanan Stadium (Ranger Rider) CW leads series 27-22

No 2 BUCHANAN BEARS (7-1) (2-1 TRAC)

The Buchanan Bears new football coach is Ross Wood and he starts with having the top QB in the Central Section with senior Jayden Mandal. Jayden runs the Bears offense to perfection and has already verbally and will play for Jeff Tedford and the Bulldogs. JM will graduate after the 1st semester at Buchanan and get to spring ball at Fresno State. That means Jayden’s baseball career is over at Buchanan. The Bears will have senior WR/DB Colton O’Toole leading the way on both sides of the ball along with senior WR’s McKay Jones and Hilton Green. The O Line will be young and leading the way will be Center/Guard Jordan McMurry. A star will be born with 6’6 280lb tackle sophomore Brayden Walton. Walton has the makings to be a big time player. Leading the way at running back will be Michael Runnels who has plenty of speed and will be solid at RB. One of the best defensive players in the state will be junior LB/DE Logan Studt who is being recruited by so many. Senior WR/DB Mekhi Johnson will lead the secondary. The speedster senior RB/LB Augustus Remlinger will never come off the field. Cannon can lead looks good at safety and Leading the defensive front will be senior Roman Fries.

BEARS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

Aug 19 Beat Bakersfield Drillers 56-3

Aug 26 Beat Escalon Mustangs 41-40       

Sept 2 Beat Foothill Cougars (Palo Cedro) 35-21

Sept 9 Beat Liberty Patriots 35-27  (GAME CALLED BECAUSE OF LIGHTNING WITH 10:59 LEFT IN THE GAME)     

Sept 16 Beat Memorial Panthers 31-24        

Sept 30 Lost to Clovis West Golden Eagles 29-22        

Oct 7 Beat Central Grizzlies 49-41         

Oct 14 Beat Clovis Cougars 45-24        

Oct 21 vs Clovis North Broncos        

Oct 28 vs Clovis East T Wolves at Lamonica Stadium

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs T

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 3 LIBERTY PATRIOTS (6-2) (3-0 SOUTH YOSEMITE RIVER LEAGUE)

The Patriots are the defending Central Section Champions after winning their 2nd Central Section Championship in school history. Head coach: Bryan Nixon in his 10th year (81-25) at Liberty and overall (191-89). The Patriots come in big, physical and with plenty of senior leadership. The pre-season schedule will be a challenge and will help prepare them for a long playoff run. The X factor will be the QB play. The O-line and D-line will be a big strength just like last year. Top returners will be seniors Grant Buckey OL/DE who will be playing at USC, Cade GretlenOL/DL is getting plenty of offers. One of the top players in the state is LB/RB/WR Jalen Hankins who will never come off the field. The Patriots will get the ball to Jalen anyway they can. Beckom Nielson OLB/WR, Kresean Kizzy WR/DB, Grant Meadors P/K who is one of the best in the state, Caleb Risewig DB/WR, Jackson Provensal LB, Max Juarez DL, Daniel Estrada DL, Ermiah Harrison DB/ WR, Ethan Mehanke WR, Christan Edwards WR/DB, Xander Chisolm QB/DB/WR, Connor Abertalli WR/ LB.Top newcomers will be juniors Tejon Fulton WR/ DB. Tyler Balgeman OL/DE, Jace Nixon QB, Cole O’Brien QB, Tyler Shelton OL, Tyler Lewis LB/WR, Davis Goodwin WR/DB, Mehki Delouth RB, Josh Esparza DB/ RB, Drew Underwood LB, and senior Owen Doolan OL/DL. There is a battle at QB with juniors Jace Nixon or junior Cole O’Brien.

PATRIOTS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

Aug 19 Beat Spanish Springs Cougars 58-17

Aug 26 Beat Ridgeview Wolf Pack 35-0

Sept 9 Lost to Buchanan Bears 35-27 (GAME CALLED BECAUSE OF LIGHTNING WITH 10:59 LEFT IN THE GAME)

Sept 16 Beat Central Grizzlies 35-10

Sept 23 Lost to Carlsbad Lancers 27-0

Sept 30 Beat Garces Rams 13-0

Oct 7 Beat Stockdale Mustangs 42-0

Oct 14 Beat Centennial Golden Hawks 41-7

Oct 21 at Frontier Titans

Oct 28 vs Bakersfield Drillers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 4 MEMORIAL PANTHERS (6-2) (3-0 CMAC)

The defending CMAC Champions are loaded again and playing their toughest non-league schedule in school history. The Panthers are a very experienced team with great senior leadership. The offense has the potential to be elite with many weapons and an excellent offensive line. The offensive line returns 4 starters and will have plenty of quality depth and plenty of BIG people upfront. The offensive line is led by senior Brayden Hall and junior Anthony Razo who is 6’2, 285lb. In the backfield the Panthers have the best two-way player in the Central Section with Brandon Ramirez. Ramirez has 8 offers and counting from big time schools and finished his junior year never coming off the field, rushing for 1,113-yards, scored 14 TDs, and made 101 tackles at LB. The difference between last year Panthers and this year Panthers is the very deep and quality WR core with seniors, the Italian stallion Joe Dalena, new transfer from Madera Ramon Ruiz who is REAL FAST, juniors Ryan Wristen, Jordan Colbert, and Tommy NIx. Get ready for a big year from senior 6’3 QB Carson Dean who has a tremendous arm. If Carson takes control of the offense and can take care of business, get the ball to the play-makers then the Panthers can win it all. Defensively the Panthers will be very good everywhere. SJM returns nose guard Marquise Jones who is one of the best in the state & being recruited by so many, Defensive End James Mahoney and with linebackers, Brandon and Jacob Rangel, along with Jayden Enriquez they will be big and fast up front. The Panthers also have speedy LB with senior Brady Stovall and little brother OL/DL Bowen Stovall. The Panthers also have one of the best young kickers in the Central Section with sophomore Alex Asparuhov. The secondary will be led by Donovan Harris who is outstanding. The Panthers non-league schedule will get them ready for the playoffs after last year being schooled playing in last year’s playoffs.

PANTHERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

Aug 19 Beat Clovis North Broncos 34-0

Aug 26 Beat Central Grizzlies 23-21

Sept 3 Lost to Queen Creek Bulldogs (Arizona) 10-7

 Sept 10 Beat Garces Rams 28-6 (SJM now Leads the Holy Bowl series 33-21-3)

Sept 16 Lost to Buchanan Bears 31-24

Sept 30 Beat Edison Tigers 42-20

Oct 7 Beat Madera Coyotes 56-0

Oct 14 Beat Bullard Knights 56-0

Oct 21 vs Garza Guardians

Oct 28 vs Sanger Apaches  (23 meeting, Apaches lead the series 13-9)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 5 CENTRAL GRIZZLIES (5-3) (2-1 TRAC)

The Grizzlies strengths will be at QB with senior Dayton Tafoya leading the way who had a tremendous summer. The Wide Receivers all return and could be the best WR core in school history with seniors Ladanian Streets, WR/DB Kaleb Tennison, juniors Braylen Hall, Noey Felix, Josh Hill & sophomore Daylan Scott. One of the top players in the state is DB/RB/WR Imari Conley who will never come off the field. The Grizzlies will do what they can to get the ball to Conley. The O-line will be experienced with 3-year starting center senior Center Dominic Castanon, seniors OL/DL Kayaan Thacker, OL/DL Jermay Calvillo and junior Parabjot Singh. The DB’s are good with seniors DB Jabari King, Conley, and junior Jamari Carte. Leading the way at linebacker will be seniors Caleb Shelton, Nate Benjamin and sophomore Aidan Chavez. A star is born on the D-line with sophomore Shondrick Smallwood. The Grizzlies always have outstanding running backs and this year keep an eye on senior Michael James, sophomore David Bell and of course Conley. The Grizzlies weakness will be depth with plenty of players playing both ways and if they stay healthy and the O-line comes through, watchout!

GRIZZLIES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

 Aug 19 Beat Edison Vikings (Stockton) 28-7

Aug 26 Lost to Memorial Panthers 23-21

Sept 2 Beat Turlock Bulldogs 54-41

Sept 10 Beat Bishop Diego Cardinals (Santa Barbara) 38-34

Sept 16 Lost to Liberty Patriots 35-10

Sepr 29 Beat Clovis Cougars 27-21

Oct 7 Lost to Buchanan Bears 49-41

Oct 13 Beat Clovis East T Wolves 56-13

Oct 21 vs Clovis West Golden Eagles

Oct 28 vs Clovis North Broncos

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 6 JOSEPH KNIGHTS (7-1) (5-0 MOUNTAIN)

The Knights bring back plenty and the Knights are going to be very good!  The Knights had one heck of a summer winning every 7vs7 tournament. 7vs7 is not real football but it will give players confidence heading into camp. St Joes will have the best O-line in the Central Section with 4 returning starters. The defense is rebuilding at the linebacker and defensive back position, D line will have significant O line rotators. Quarterback Darian Mensah was outstanding this summer and now has an excellent grasp of the offense. St Joes started 8 sophomores last year and they are all good.

Keep an eye on,

Senior QB Darien Mensah,who is 6’3, 215lb and one of the top QB’s in the state. Mensah has a great arm, with speed and is not afraid to pull it down and run. Mensah has gone to several camps and has plenty of interest from several D-1 schools.

Senior Makai Sat is At 6’3 300 lb and last year’s PAGMETER Lineman of the year. Sat is a 4 year starter and one of the best in the state.

Senior Erwin Taomi is 6’5’ 375lbs, and will be a force to be reckoned with. Big E will be lining up next to Sat and could play some D-line.

Junior Jorge Hernandez is 6’1’ 330lbs,and fits right in with the other big men for St Joes. He will be a force on both sides of the ball and has an incredible motor. A smart player that started as a sophomore and is looking to build off of last season.

Junior Collin Fasse catches everything, runs great routes and should have great stats catching footballs from Mensah.

Junior Carter Vargas is 190lbs, runs downhill and is ready for a big year running behind the St Joseph line. Carter will also play DB, has good hands and should see plenty of passes coming his way.

Junior Malakai Langley is one of the fastest players in the Central Section running the 40 in 4.45 seconds. He returns kicks, plays RB, WR and DB. He is a missed tackle away from taking it to the house on any given play. He is also a tremendous lockdown corner who can play man coverage and has great makeup speed.

KNIGHTS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Beat Palos Verdes Sea Kings 19-16

Aug 26 Beat Bakersfield Christian Eagles 38-7       

Sept 9 Lost to Newbury Park Panthers 31-21

Sept 16 Beat Nipomo Titans 42-0        

Sept 23 Beat Arroyo Grande Eagles 52-17       

Sept 30 Beat Santa Ynez Pirates 42-7       

Oct 7 Beat Paso Robles Bearcats 38-10       

Oct 14 Beat Righetti High Warriors 34-7 (Foster Road Rivalry)         

Oct 21 vs Lompoc Braves        

Oct 28 at Mission Prep Royals

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 7 CLOVIS EAST T WOLVES (6-2) (1-2 TRAC)

 The new Head Coach is Brandon Nagle. The T Wolves will have plenty of team speed. Sophomore QB Ty Miller started last year as a freshman and did a tremendous job. He is a great athlete who can throw it and run it, and was on the D2 Section Championship baseball team. Ty has the perfect release with his throwing motion, throws down hill and every young QB should watch and learn. The running backs are good with seniors Lamaj Travis and Amari Mazeke. Lamaj is a great RB who put on great weight for the upcoming season. He can run by you and/or run you over. Amari is also a DB who is very shifty.

The WR’s have speed with seniors Xavier Garcia, Carson Sandoval and junior DB Harold Duvall. Xavier and Carson both played on the baseball championship, bringing a winning attitude to the team. Harold also plays DB and is a sophomore. Harold has a San Jose offer.

Leading the way upfront will be seniors Brayden Bingham and Jaydrian Domingo. The D-line will have Mark VanHorn and Bobby Liles who are fast/strong and love getting after the QB. A beast at LB will be senior leader Rocky Koontz who is fast and strong. The 6’3 wrestler can run and will make plenty of tackles. Look for the T Wolves to get better and better every week.

T WOLVES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Beat Dinuba Emperors 48-21

Aug 26 Beat Atwater Falcons 52-21        

Sept 2 Beat Sanger Apaches 49-7 (14th meeting, the series is now all tied up at 7-7)

Sept 16 Beat Tulare Union Tribe 49-34        

Sept 23 Beat Kerman Lions 43-14       

Sept 30 Beat Clovis North Broncos 39-35      

Oct 7 Lost to Clovis West Golden Eagles 42-30

Oct 13 Lost to Central Grizzlies 56-13      

Oct 21 at Clovis Cougars        

Oct 28 vs Buchanan Bears at Lamonica Stadium        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 8 CENTENNIAL GOLDEN HAWKS (7-1) (1-1 SOUTH YOSEMITE RIVER LEAGUE)

The key to taking the Golden Hawks to the next level this year will be development of a talented but young offensive line and the ability to control the run game and on defense with a new core of Linebackers working in this year. Centennial has had a strong off season with Coach Starrett’s First full year at Centennial sense arriving from Texas after being interrupted by the plandemic.

The Golden Hawks have a lot of talent on the field but have a young group after graduating a big senior class in 2021.The G-Hawks Strengths in the 3-3-5 scheme will be the Defensive Secondary with Noe Estrada, Cayden Boen, and Kyran Marshall entering their senior year as 3 year varsity players. Offensive Skill, the Spread offensive attack will be in good hands with junior Adam Copus taking over at QB with a bevy of weapons to spread the ball around to. Adam is 6’0, 195lb, a gunslinger and with a tremendous arm so remember the name, Adam Copus!

Keep an eye on junior WR/DB Jaxton Santiago who is getting plenty of Division 1  offers. Junior OL/DL Connor Warkentin is 6’6 250 and also getting plenty of offers. WR Brayden Ruebel is the senior team leader of a stacked skill group. Senior RB/LB Jackson McDonald is ready for a big year.

GOLDEN HAWKS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Beat Redwood Rangers at Mineral King Bowl 28-21

Aug 26 Beat Arroyo Grande Eagles 39-7       

Sept 2 Beat Independence Falcons 60-14       

Sept 9 Beat Ridgeview Wolf Pack 47-7       

Sept 16 Beat Sanger Apaches 35-26 (7th meeting G Hawks now lead the series 5-2)

Sept 30 Beat Stockdale Mustangs 33-6

Oct 7 Beat Highland Scots 21-7       

Oct 14 Beat Liberty Patriots 41-7

Oct 21 vs Garces Rams

Oct 28 vs Frontier Titans

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 9 CLOVIS NORTH BRONCOS (4-4) (1-2 TRAC)

The Broncos will be a hard hitting physical running downhill football team and will have plenty of young talent and just like last year, the X factor will be can they throw the ball when needed? A star is born with sophomore RB McKay Madsen who is already 6’2, 230lb. By the time he graduates, McKay will have tons of offers and will be one of the best in the state/country. The QB spot will be a battle with last year’s starter Dean Scribner and Mario Cosma has left Roosevelt, transferred to Bullard in the spring, pitched on the JV team and now at Clovis North. Whoever the Broncos go with, the other QB will be ready. The Broncos QB job is to keep the engine running smoothly and not make mistakes. This year the Broncos can throw the ball 100% better than last year and that should scare plenty of defenses.

The WR’s are good with  FS Vincent Cordoba, and  CB Rashid Mansour, TE will be Brayden Bitter.n A star is born with WR  junior Vinny Cordoba. Leading the way upfront will be seniors Mario Gonzalez and Davit Boyajyan. One of the best defensive tackles in the Central Section is Rylee Hamm.

BRONCOS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

Aug 19 Lost at Memorial Panthers 34-0

Aug 25 Beat Redwood Rangers 17-16

Sept 2 Beat El Diamante Miners 48-0      

Sept 9 Lost to CVC Cavaliers at Buchanan 23-9

Sept 16 Beat Bakersfield Drillers 37-14       

Sept 30 Lost Clovis East T Wolves 39-35      

Oct 7 Beat Clovis Cougars 38-35      

Oct 14 Lost to Clovis West Golden Eagles 21-14       

Oct 21 at Buchanan Bears        

Oct 28 at Central Grizzlies

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 10 REDWOOD RANGERS (6-2) (3-0 EAST YOSEMITE)

The Rangers will come in as the team to beat in the new EYL. Head coach Kevin Scharton in his 29th season, with an overall combined record at 157-67. (Dinuba/Redwood). Coach starts his 4th season at Redwood but really his first full year because of the world ending 2 years ago. While plenty of other teams’ number of players are down, the Rangers numbers are fantastic with 71 varsity, 72 junior varsity, & 72 freshmen players. That’s a lot of Rangers equipment. Redwood returns 34 varsity players including 8 starters on the defensive side and 6 on the offensive side of the ball. The players to watch will be seniors, QB Francisco Alvarez will returns and he is good, OL Sevee Johnson, LB Evan Gonzalez, LB Noe Viveros, DB Ambrose Bueno, DL PJ Myers, juniors WR Moses Burk, RB Alex Perch who is ready for a big year, BJ Wainwright, and DL Kai Preisendorf. The Rangers run a Multiple Pro Set Style Offense and on defense they will be very good running a 4-2-5 scheme.

RANGERS SCHEDULE (Based in Division 2)

Aug 19 Lost Centennial Golden Hawks 28-21

Aug 25 Lost to Clovis North Broncos 17-16

Sept 7 Beat Tulare Union Tribe 48-20

Sept 9 Beat Tulare Western Mustangs 30-7

Sept 16 Beat Hanford Bullpups 26-20 OT

Sept 30 Beat El Diamante Miners 56-14

Oct 7 Beat Porterville Panthers 28-0

Oct 13 Beat Monache Marauders 44-12

Oct 21 vs Golden West Trailblazers

Oct 29 vs Mt. Whitney Pioneers (Cowhide game) Rangers lead all time series 37-28-1

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 11 CLOVIS COUGARS (3-5) (0-3 TRAC)

The Cougars last year had one of the best teams in school history but just couldn’t put it all together. New head coach Aaron Wilkins takes over a very young group that is still learning to play the game. Majority of starters will be juniors on both sides of the ball. The Cougars have a very talented but thin Senior class. Although they are thin they will make a major impact. Plenty of players will be playing both ways and will look to maximize the roster with the best chance to win some games. The Cougars schedule is a killer one especially for a young team and the Cougars defense will be very good!

Leading the Cougars will be senior WR/DB Jaden Carrillo who will never come off the field, a big time playmaker, fast, physical, tough, and the Cougars will do what they can to get the ball in his hands. Dominic Decanio has been a very consistent and good player and will be another guy at the WR position that will look to get the ball too. The rest of the group is very young and is still learning the game but will be very good as they continue to develop.  Leading the way at running back will be junior Roman Moreno who has a 4.2 GPA. TE’s, this group will be a surprise for a lot of people because of the style of offense the Cougars will play. Look for 6’2, 230lb junior Brenden Nauheimer who is physical  and going to be a monster to deal with.  Expect a lot out of Wyatt Merkord as he is a returning starter from last season.

The Cougars are hoping the O-line will be the strength and leading the way is PAGMETER All Star Matt Miller who is one of our best offensive lineman (also a wrestler) in the Central Section. Both tackles are large and physical with Jahlon Jiminez 6’5 250 and sophomore Jaydon Mendiola 6’4 260 who is going to be a big time player by the time he graduates. Junior Center Nick Muro is the brain at center and is looking to have a great season. Senior Logan Carpenter will be going both ways and playing the interior line as well. One of the top linebackers in the Central Section is junior Noah Luginbill who is fast, strong, physical and has a big time motor! Other players to look out for are Landon Freeman, Roman Moreno, and Returner Wyatt Merkord.

 This Cougars offense will try to be more physical and will try to run downhill.  Last year with Nate Johnson at QB, no-brainer running the spread but for years the Cougars had some major stud running backs like Adam Prentice, Adrian Salas, Samir Allen, Dakota Gordon, Nate Palomino, Josh Hokit and along with great/powerful O-lines but the Cougars would spread it out with a soft offense and that philosophy cost them at least 2 Central Section Championships. The other team’s defenses playing against the Cougars loved the Cougars running the soft spread. The Cougars will be going with freshman 6’3 QB Deagan Rose and he has the makings to be very good. The offense is hoping that running the ball will take the pressure off freshmen Rose at QB.

COUGARS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

Aug 18 Lost to Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits 56-7

Aug 26 Beat Sanger Apaches 14-7 (65th meeting Clovis now leads the series 39-24-2)        

Sept 2 Beat Whitney Wildcats (Rocklin) 21-3

Sept 9 Lost to Salinas Cowboys 50-34       

Sept 16 Beat Bullard Knights 21-14       

Sept 29 Lost to Central Grizzlies 27-21

Oct 7 Lost to Clovis North Broncos 38-35

Oct 14 Lost to Buchanan Bears 45-24       

Oct 21 vs Clovis East T Wolves        

Oct 28 vs Clovis West Golden Eagles at Buchanan (Ranger Rider) CW leads series 27-22

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

No 12 HANFORD BULLPUPS (6-2) (2-1 WYL)

Last year the Bullpups led the Central Section in scoring averaging 44 PPG and this year’s team might just be the fastest Bullpups team they have ever had. All 4 Receivers can score from anywhere from the Up-Tempo spread attack and leading the way will be seniors Jayden Sudds who is one of the best in the state and Donovan Smith who both have speed and great hands. PAGMETER All Star senior QB Cayden Muir returns after throwing for 2,270 yards and 26 TD’s. The 3-year starter is one of the top QB’s in the Central Section. The speedster senior running back/LB Brak Hill is a 3-year starter. A star is born with sophomore RB Kourdey Glass who is already being recruited by San Jose State. The O-line Returns 3 year starters across the board with plenty of senior leadership with LT – Brody Pulis, LG – Jake Pimentel, Center – Johnny Bray, RG – Jesse Ramirez, and RT – Zack Fisher. The defense is fast running a 3-3-5  scheme. The overachieving Bullpups are a borderline Division 1 team but we all know that the Bullpups are a division 2 team. With this silly playoff format, it teaches you that if you win, you really lose in the long run. For the Bullpups to end up in division 2, they should be around 7-3. Hanford is based in division 2 for a reason!

BULLPUPS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Beat Bullard Knights 41-22

Aug 26 Beat Buhach Colony Thunder 66-21

Sept 2 Beat Golden West Trailblazers 58-0

Sept 9 Beat Frontier Titans 49-47

Sept 16 Lost to Redwood Rangers 26-20 OT

Sept 30 Lost to Dinuba Emperors 36-30 OT

Oct 6 Beat Tulare Union Tribe 49-6

Oct 13 Beat Tulare Western Mustangs 56-0

Oct 22 vs Mission Oak Hawks (Senior Night)

Oct 28 at Lemoore Tigers (79th annual Milk Can)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship TBA

DIVISION 2

PAGMETER DIVISION 2 SCHEDULE RESULTS & NOTES

CENTRAL VALLEY CHRISTIAN CAVALIERS (8-0) (3-0 TRI-COUNTY)

The defending Division 3 Section Champions will come in loaded and the best team in Visalia. The Cavs are experienced and the strongest team that head coach Mason Hughes has coached. The Cavs big strength will be with the D-Line, O-Line, receivers/TE and a veteran QB. As for the players, PAGMETER Player of the Year Jaeden Moore returns and he is being recruited by big time schools like Michigan State, USC, Cal, Washington, Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, UNLV, Notre Dame, Utah State, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and Jaeden picked the University of Oregon. Jaeden will play DE/OLB and WR/TE. He is 6’4 and 235 now and is as strong as ever. Look for big years from seniors Zach Zwart (TE/DE), the Italian Stallion Blake Gambini (RB/LB), Chapman Dunn (WR/CB), Cooper Noland (RB/CB), Chase Womack (OL), Arthur Schaap (DL), juniors Brandt Munger (WR/S), Caleb Noeske (OL), Trent Greidanus (RB/LB), Tyler Hughes (OL) and sophomore Gunnar Piepgrass (WR). Senior QB and 3-year starter Max Bakker returns after throwing for 2,635 yards, 31 TD passes, who is very good and a gamer. Junior QB Brent Kroeze had a tremendous summer and will be in the bullpen. The Cavs have a new transfer from El Diamante with junior running back Bryson Donelson and he is good! Bryson has to sit out with the 30-day rule.  The Cavs X factor will be in the secondary being thin.

CAVALIERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Ripon Christian Knights 42-14

Aug 26 Beat Mt. Whitney Pioneers  44-0

Sept 2 Beat Bakersfield Christian Eagles 34-14       

Sept 9 Beat Clovis North Broncos 23-9     

Sept 16 Beat Mission Oak Hawks 42-7        

Sept 30 Beat Kerman Lions 55-14       

Oct 7 Beat Selma Bears 64-13

Oct 14 Beat Kingsburg Vikings 27-26       

Oct 21 vs Washington Union Panthers

Oct 28 vs Immanuel Eagles         

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

KINGSBURG VIKINGS (7-1) (2-1 TRI-COUNTY)

There are always high expectations in Kingsburg nation. The overachievers are still considered a small school, at roughly 1000 students, the Vikings have managed to play beyond their size. Kingsburg is the No 1 school district on the PAGMETER and most school districts should call and set up a meeting and see how Kingsburg runs things. The Vikings have won the CSL Championship 4 years in a row and are the favorites with CVC in the new Tri-County Conference.  Playing Division 1 schools like Buchanan and Bullard a year ago, the Vikings are battle tested. They have a lot of skill returning to this year’s team, it will be the job of the coaches to get the newcomers and a revamped offensive line up to speed. The summer is always difficult at KHS, in that we have a lot of 2 to 3 sport athletes, but the Vikings have been able to compete in a few passing league matches along with improving their overall team strength in the weight room. It’s always exciting times in Kingsburg during the Fall and 2022 will be no different.

Kingsburg returns key players from its 2021 Championship team: Senior QB  Ethan Winslow returns and is coming off a solid junior year that ended in a fractured wrist against CVC in Week 6 last season. Ethan has already verbally committed to play baseball at Fullerton. Junior QB Max Warkentin is also back who picked up where Winslow left off, helping the Vikings to 6 straight wins, before falling to Bullard in the D2 semifinals. It’s crazy to think that the Division 3 Vikings had to play Division 1 Bullard in the playoffs. SMH!

One of the best players in the Central Section is senior Trace Jackson who will never come off the field at RB/LB. The Vikings leading rusher is full throttle on every play. The back field will have senior Caleb Irigoyen, an explosive runner and senior Jack Roger who is good, Kaleb Pederson, and sophomore Ryan Martinez will also be in the backfield. 4 year Varsity player and All CSL WR, senior Conner McFall returns and he is so good along with big play receiver junior Kenyon Simpson will be the main focus in the passing game with TE’s junior Houston Hirschkorn, and senior Ayden Rocha.  

 Defensively, Jackson along with senior Eddie Hernandez, senior Ayden Rocha and newcomers, junior Bodhi Verners, sophomore Ryan Martinez, sophomore Gregg Ross, and junior Dennis Gagnon Jr. will add depth to the Linbacking crew. In the secondary, Irigoyen and All-league safety, junior Gavin Jensen, will roam the defensive backfield with newcomer junior Wyatt Boyd. Up front the Vikings key Offensive Lineman will be seniors Jake Bray and Eddie Hernandez, along with newcomers sophomore Johnny Peterson, junior Teddy Lahn, senior Frankie Ruiz. On the Defensive side, the Vikings expect big things from returning defensive lineman senior Jimmy Cranford, sophomore Aaron Garcia, and newcomer sophomore Sylvester Parra.

VIKINGS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Paso Robles Bearcats 35-0

Aug 26 Beat Sunnyside Wildcats 49-9

Sept 2 Beat Dinuba Emperors 21-14       

Sept 8 Beat Golden West Trailblazers 41-10

Sept 23 Beat Tulare Union Tribe 49-28       

Sept 30 Beat Washington Union Panthers 39-15       

Oct 7 Beat Kerman Lions 28-0       

Oct 14 Lost to Central Valley Christian Cavaliers  27-26      

Oct 21 at Reedley Tigers

Oct 28 vs Selma Bears (90th Fire Hydrant Game)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

LEMOORE TIGERS (7-1) (3-0 WEST YOSEMITE LEAGUE )

Last year the Tigers were a young team overall but with a great work ethic and heart.   This year the Tigers come in a little more balanced age wise with some senior leadership and some younger players with the right attitude. Tigers had an awesome weight room this season starting in January with total commitment and became stronger from top to bottom.  The Tigers have a pretty tough schedule this year with Clovis West and Sanger and then the new WYL. Players to watch this year: Senior 6’1 275 lb Isaiah Morales, who was last year’s WYL Lineman of the year.  Great power, speed and explosion. One of the best QB’s in the Central Section is 6’2 Ty Chambers who can make every throw, has the athletic ability to scramble and is one of the fastest QB’s in the Section. Ty is so smooth and team leader, Senior 6’0, 180 lb WR/CB Demel Turner is an athlete who can do anything with an amazing football IQ and understands concepts that make life easy on both sides of the ball.

Senior RB 200lb Andrew Moench has some of the best instincts as a running back that Coach Tuman has ever been around.  He had ankle injuries that kept him out of both of the losses last year and Tigers look forward to seeing what he brings this year.

Junior Kobe Green will line up everywhere and will play both Safety positions and all wide receiver positions plus some running back.  Kobe has the highest football IQ that Coach Tuman ever coached. This Tigers team is set up for a championship run.

TIGERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Selma Bears 78-6

Aug 26 Beat Washington Union Panthers 56-35        

Sept 2 Lost to Clovis West Golden Eagles 40-14         

Sept 9 Beat Sanger Apaches 42-18 (68th meeting, Sanger now leads the series 33-32-3)        

Sept 23 Beat South Rebels 54-0

Sept 30 Beat Tulare Union Tribe 42-20        

Oct 7 Beat Mission Oak Hawks 48-0     

Oct 14 Beat Dinuba Emperors  28-14       

Oct 21 Beat Tulare Western Mustangs        

Oct 28 vs Hanford Bullpups (79th annual Milk Can game)          

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

FRONTIER TITANS (6-2) (2-1 SOUTH YOSEMITE RIVER LEAGUE)

The Titans were young last year and will get better and better each week. The plandemic really hurt the Titans last year and never put together a streak. Plenty of Titans could be playing both ways. The Top returners will be seniors Travis Perry OL/DL, John Appleton FS/WR, Mason Tapia WR/DB,  Konnor Davis OL/DL, Matthew Smith OL, Devin Cockren WR/DB, Samuel Marquez RB/LB along with juniors RB/LB, James Moon LB/TE, Bryan Chris Holley DE/TE, Brycen Tablit DB/RB, Landon Heredia LB/RB, and Ethan Adkins DE/OL. Keep an eye on junior QB Malakhi Statler who has the makings to be very good. A star will be born with Malakhi who has a very good arm, very fast, can move around in the pocket and has a 3.7 GPA. The other newcomers for the Titans will be juniors Erik De La Garza OL/DL, Daniel Hurtado OL/DL, Kai Rodriguez WR/DB, Cade Shelton WR/DB, sophomore Brady Durkan LB/WR, freshmen Malcolm James WR/DB, and Kobie Watson WR/DB.

The Titans X factor if 6’1, 195lb QB Malakhi Statler has a big year, watch out for the Titans!

TITANS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Beat North Stars 35-13

Aug 26 Beat Bakersfield Drillers 27-24       

Sept 2 Beat Bullard Knights 24-20

Sept 9 Lost to Hanford Bullpups  49-47      

Sept 16 Beat Independence Falcons 35-21       

Sept 30 Ridgeview Wolf Pack  47-46      

Oct 7 Beat Garces Rams 29-28

Oct 14 Beat Stockdale Mustangs 30-7       

Oct 21 vs Liberty Patriots        

Oct 28 at Centennial Golden Hawks         

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

GARCES RAMS (2-6) (0-2 SOUTHWEST YOSEMITE VALLEY)

The Rams might just have the 6 toughest games to start the year and if they can get past that and be healthy then watch out for the Rams. Look for the Rams to get back to the legendary Golla triple option that made the Drillers so tough to beat for years. The new transfer from Stockdale Jordan Gallegoz is the perfect guy to run the offense with his speed. OL will have 4 returners and the strength of the Rams and leading the way will be senior 3-year starter Davis May who is 6’5 300lb. The WR/DB will be very good with senior Julian Smith, juniors Cage Williams, Nathaniel Rogers and all will never come off the field. Look for Davis Smith to be the lead running back. Most of the defense returns from last year with Julian Smith FS, Lonnie Smith LB, David Smith DB, Jonathan Lester DE, Andrew Boyd LB/DL, and Jacob Ruiz NG.

 RAMS SCHEDULE (Based in Division 2)

Aug 19 Lost to Los Alamitos Griffins 41-0

 Aug 26 Beat Paraclete Spirits (Lancaster) 41-7      

Sept 2 Lost to Bishop Diego Cardinals (Santa Barbara) 35-14

Sept 10 Lost to Memorial Panthers 28-6 (SJM now Leads the Holy Bowl 33-21-3)

Sept 23 Lost to Lincoln Hornets (San Diego) 42-16

Sept 30 Lost to Liberty Patriots 13-0       

Oct 7 Lost to Frontier Titans 29-28       

Oct 14 Beat Bakersfield Christian Eagles 30-13       

Oct 21 at Centennial Golden Hawks        

Oct 28 vs Stockdale Mustangs

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN EAGLES (4-4) (2-0 SOUTH YOSEMITE VALLEY)

The Eagles will come in with an attitude after the way last year’s season ended. In the Division 3 Section Championship game, the Eagles appeared to pick off a Cavaliers pass and the game winner, but one referee overruled the back judge and called it an incomplete pass. To overrule a call, the referee better be 100000% sure. The film showed it was an interception.

The Eagles are looking very good on both sides of the ball and will have more depth. The Eagles QB will be senior Jordan Delgado who was backup last season to Braden Waterman so he spent majority of time playing receiver but he is showing he’s very talented and very elusive and can read the defense like a book. Senior Bryson Waterman returns at WR/S and he is so good. The PAGMETER All Star has a 3.8 GPA, with 1,300 receiving yards/1,700 all-purpose yards as a junior and scored 16 TDs. Every team that the Eagles will play, will put extra pressure to slow Bryson. He has an offer from Florida State among others. Senior RB/DB Nate Perez will never come off the field. Senior MLB/RB David Bonales will be a big part on both sides of the ball.  Junior WR/KR Dylan Johnson is fast and should put up big numbers with everybody focusing on Waterman. Leading the way upfront is Transfer senior MLB Kaden Johansen for o-line and junior TE/DE Bo Carr. The Eagles schedule is the toughest in school history.

EAGLES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Mission Prep Royals 35-9

Aug 26 Lost to St. Joseph Knights 38-7       

Sept 2 Lost to Central Valley Christian Cavaliers 34-14     

Sept 9 Lost to Faith Lutheran Crusaders 34-15

Sept 23 Beat Tulare Western Mustangs 28-25       

Sept 30 Beat Bakersfield Drillers 38-14       

Oct 7 Beat Ridgeview Wolf Pack 38-7       

Oct 14 Lost to Garces Rams 30-13       

Oct 21 vs Highland Scots        

Oct 28 vs Independence Falcons

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

WASHINGTON UNION PANTHERS (6-2) (2-1 TRI-COUNTY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE)

The offensive line could be a strength of the Panthers and the X factor will be the QB play.  The Panthers have a veteran running back and a mix of young and veteran receivers. On Defense WU will return a lot of contributors with plenty of speed. Defense should be strong again.  Keys players will be William Fowler, Noah Taylor, Elijah Harvey, Ryan Brown, Joshua Vega, Kado Felder, Karlos Grier.

Panthers Defense will have Safety – William Fowler, CB – Noah Taylor, CB – Joshua Vega, CB – Karlos Grier, DT – Elijah Harvey, LB – Kado Felder and LB-  Ryan Brown.

Just like Fowler, Washington Union is still testing for the cold/flu. Somebody please tell the Union that it is over for testing!!

PANTHERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Fresno High Warriors 61-0

Aug 26 Lost to Lemoore Tigers 56-35       

Sept 2 Beat Torres Toros 35-20

Sept 16 Beat Dinuba Emperors 13-12         

Sept 23 Beat Monache Marauders 41-6       

Sept 30 Lost to Kingsburg Vikings 39-15       

Oct 7 Beat Exeter Monarchs 49-7       

Oct 14 Beat Selma Bears 52-16        

Oct 21 at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers        

Oct 28 vs Kerman Lions        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

DINUBA EMPERORS (4-4) (2-1 WEST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Emperors will be playing in the new WYL and also graduated plenty of outstanding talent. Last year the offense was the strengths and this year the strength will be the defense which returns every LB  & 2 Juniors in Johnny Pena (Safety) & Julian Ramirez (DL) who have played varsity football since their Freshman year. Defense has added depth at each position and can go 2 deep.

On offense, QB will be senior 6’1, 195 lb CJ Hernandez who takes over for PAGMETER All Star Casimiro Barragan who threw 32 TD passes. CJ is good, can run and can make all the throws. The skill positions on offense are loaded with sure handed wideouts and leading the way will be Daniel De Santiago. The running will be led by Hector Gonzalez, Dominique Nunez and Diego Tuttle.  Also keep an eye on OL Adrian Garcia, MLB Isaac Sandoval, nickelback Herbert Denny, DL J.J. Martinez, safety Andrew Ambriz, safety Johnny Pena, and CB Chris Alba. Look for the Emperors to get better and better every week.

EMPERORS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Lost to Clovis East T Wolves 48-21

Aug 26 Beat Golden West Trailblazers 19-6

Sept 2 Lost to Kingsburg Vikings 21-14

Sept 9 Beat Selma Bears 36-7

Sept 16 Lost to Washington Union Panthers 13-12

Sept 30 Beat Hanford Bullpups 36-30 OT

Oct 7 Beat Tulare Western Mustangs 49-7

Oct 14 Lost to Lemoore Tigers 28-14

Oct 20 at Tulare Union Tribe

Oct 28 vs Mission Oak Hawks at Tulare

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

PASO ROBLES BEARCATS (5-3) (3-2 MOUNTAIN LEAGUE)

The Bearcats return 11 starters, 6 on offense and 5 on defense. The Bearcats have a very tough schedule and love to pound the ball and leading the way will be senior RB Leo Kemp. Also leading the Bearcats will be RB/WR Trevor Lambeth, RB/DB Shane Vaughn, OL/DL Randy Dye, and DB/RB Hayden McKanna. The Cats were the most improved team last year with getting better and better every week. The X factor with this schedule is to be physical upfront with long drives.

BEARCATS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Lost at Kingsburg Vikings 35-0

Aug 26 Beat Atascadero Greyhounds 35-21       

Sept 9 Beat Monache Marauders 42-15        

Sept 16 Beat Righetti High Warriors 31-6        

Sept 23 Beat Lompoc Braves 34-33       

Sept 30 Lost to Mission Prep Royals 28-7      

Oct 7 Lost to St. Joseph Knights 38-10       

Oct 14 Beat Santa Ynez Pirates 34-33       

Oct 21 vs Nipomo Titans        

Oct 28 vs Arroyo Grande Eagles

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

BULLARD KNIGHTS (3-5) (2-1 CMAC)

The Knights are the defending division 2 champions. The Knights graduated some outstanding players and this team will be young with talent. For starters the Knights defense will be very good and will be tough to run wide against with two of the top D-Ends in the Central Section with seniors Kyle Hughes and Elijah Eason.  Hughes is a potential big threat offensively at H-back, Tight End/Receiver. He finished No 1 in the Central Section  in the 110 high hurdles in track in his first year competing. Keep an eye on one of the best players in the Central Section with junior RB/LB Nick Stubblefield. The Knights are known over the years to have outstanding running backs and Stubblefiled will be in the talks as one of the best and that is saying a lot! The offensive line is young and needs to mature fast. Receiving core is young but potentially strong. The Knights new QB will be sophomore Josh Madrigal who has a big time arm and has all the intangibles to be a top flight QB. Josh will get better and better with every snap he takes. Could be a very good team come league time and into the playoffs. The X factor right now is the young Knights sophomore receivers with Blake Mathieu,  Israel Castaneda, Melaka Fletcher, and Nehemiah Taylor, and when they come around it will make the Knights a much better team.  

KNIGHTS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

Aug 19 Lost to Hanford Bullpups 41-22

Aug 26 Beat Tulare Western Mustangs 53-7     

Sept 2 Lost to Frontier Titans 24-20        

Sept 9 Lost to Clovis West Golden Eagles 28-14        

Sept 16 Lost to Clovis Cougars 21-14        

Sept 30 Beat Madera Coyotes 35-14        

Oct 6 Beat Garza Guardians 49-18       

Oct 14 Lost to Memorial Panthers  56-0       

Oct 21 at Sanger Apaches (43 meeting, Knights lead the series 24-18)        

Oct 28 vs Edison Tigers at Ratcliffe Stadium (Crosstown Classic) Edison leads series 32-30 since 1959

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

LOMPOC BRAVES (6-2) (3-2 MOUNTAIN)

Welcome the Braves to the Central Section. Let me give you the quick scoop. THE BRAVES ARE ALWAYS GOOD and Head Coach Andrew Jones and his staff do a tremendous job. The Braves offense will be dangerous to slow down with plenty of speed & power so If the defense can step up, the Braves will compete for a division 3 championship. Then again with these silly playoffs, the Braves could be in division 2 or division 4.

Leading the Braves will be QB Cavin Ross who will be a 4 year starter and he is good! Cavin threw for 2,392 yards with 25 TD passes as a junior. Cavin can make all the throws, move around in the pocket and can get the ball to his playmakers. He’s legit on the field. The Braves return the receivers with junior Nelly Maldonado, senior TE/DE Marcos Maya and senior Rudy Elizondo.  The Offensive line returns 3 of the 5 starters from last year with 6’3 275lb junior Kaiden White, junior Alex Rodriguez, and senior Adrian Hernandez. The Running Backs will be by committee with senior Anthony Alonzo, Marcus Bailon, and sophomore Jacob White. The Defense will be led by junior MLB/TE/FB Michael Manzo and senior Santana Centino. Secondary will be led by junior Monte Ortiz, Nelly Maldonado, senior Caden Boston. D-Line will return seniors Marcus Escalante, OJ Lazos, and Escobedo.

BRAVES SCHEDULE (Based in Division 3)

Aug 19 Beat Agoura Chargers 53-12

Aug 26 Beat Pioneer Valley Panthers 54-7

Sept 2 Beat Cabrillo Conquistadors 62-7

Sept 16 Beat Arroyo Grande Eagles 42-37        

Sept 23 Lost to Paso Robles Bearcats  34-33      

Sept 30 Beat Righetti High Warriors 32-7       

Oct 7 Lost to Mission Prep Royals 61-35       

Oct 14 Beat Nipomo Titans 49-0       

Oct 21 at St. Joseph Knights        

Oct 28 vs Santa Ynez Pirates

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SANGER APACHES (4-4) (3-0 CMAC)

Don’t be shocked that the Apaches start the year in the PAGMETER top 10. The Apaches are good! New Head Coach Matt Logue returns to his alma mater and also where he was an assistant coach. I will let you in on a little secret that this Apaches team will be one of the most physical hard hitting teams in the Central Section. The big question for Apaches future football will be what happens with Sanger West starting football up? Right now it’s still good with 60 players.

The Apaches return a strong group of seniors that are talented players, good leaders, and hard workers. This starts with QB, Devin Salcedo who is everything you want in a QB that will be leading the Apaches. Devin is one of the best QB’s in the Central Section that nobody knows about. Running back Jakey Gonzales is going to see the most stats with his speed and aggressiveness. Senior Fullback Jamir Galloway is going to see the end zone much as well. Other Seniors that will play a big role on both sides of the ball are RB/LB Emmanuel Salazar,  WR/DB Jaden Woo.  Some Seniors that will lead in the trenches are DE/G Kasye Biniyam and DE/TE Quirt Holman. The Apaches have quite a few juniors and sophomores that will contribute early as well, led by a very dynamic two-way player in WR/DB Bryson Baker who will be a big-time playmaker. Bryson “the playmaker” Baker already has his 1st D1 scholarship from San Jose State. Junior wide receiver Marquis Cropper (Jalen Cropper’s little brother) is another threat. At the MLB position along with contributing as a RB will be Connor Bohlken who has had a great off-season and camp so far and looks to have a breakout junior year. Apaches will have two Big bookend tackles that will be around for the next couple years in junior, LT Big Nate Velasquez 6’3 285, and sophomore, RT Johnathon Ybarra 6’2, 290.

APACHES SCHEDULE (Based in Division  2)

Aug 19 Beat Sanger West Hornets 58-0

Aug 26 Lost to Clovis Cougars 14-7 (65th meeting Clovis now leads the series 39-24-2)

Sept 2 Lost to Clovis East T Wolves 49-7 (14th meeting, the series is now tied at 7-7)

Sept 9 Lost to Lemoore Tigers 42-18 (68th meeting, Sanger now leads the series 33-32-3)

Sept 16 Lost to Centennial Golden Hawks 35-26 (7th meeting G Hawks now lead the series 5-2)

Sept 30 Beat Garza Guardians 24-13

Oct 7 Beat Edison Tigers 28-27 (41st meeting , Tigers now lead the series 24-17)

Oct 14 Beat Madera Coyotes 42-3 (40th meeting, Apaches now leads the series 26-12-2)

Oct 21 vs Bullard Knights (43 meeting, Knights lead the series 24-18)

Oct 28 at Memorial Panthers (23 meeting, Apaches lead the series 13-9)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

BAKERSFIELD DRILLERS (3-5) (1-2 SOUTHWEST YOSEMITE VALLEY )

The Drillers are going to be very good with plenty returning from last year’s team. The Drillers were the most improved team last year especially when Head Coach  Rashaan Shehee took over in mid season. Leading the way will be the best RB in the Central Section with senior Tybo Rogers.The Cal-Hi all-state junior has committed to the University of Washington and was recruited by so many. Tybo loves the game of football and loves to compete. Tybo played the last part of last year with a sprained ankle and still dominated. Senior QB Tye Monteiro returns and he is very good. Tye is a team leader on and off the field and one of the best wrestlers in the state with a 4.2 GPA and will wrestle at Stanford.  Drahcir Mackey and Anthony Rivera look to continue to make noise on the defensive side of the ball after a successful season.  Kyle Dewey, Limmell Johnson, and Nick Cruz make up the offensive line that will look to replace a successful 2021 offensive front.  Look for Harvey Rogers (Tybo Rogers’ brother), Bryson Campos, and Brison Abbott to be significant contributors on both sides of the football. The Drillers X factor will be the new offensive line.

DRILLERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 1)

Aug 19 Lost at Buchanan Bears 56-3

Aug 26 Lost to Frontier Titans 27-24        

Sept 9 Beat Stockdale Mustangs 51-0       

Sept 16 Lost to Clovis North Broncos 37-14       

Sept 23 Beat Edison Tigers 38-20       

Sept 30 Lost to Bakersfield Christian Eagles 38-14        

Oct 7 Beat Independence Falcons 28-28       

Oct 14 Lost to Highland Scots 21-6       

Oct 21 vs Ridgeview Wolf Pack        

Oct 28 at Liberty Patriots

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

EDISON TIGERS (4-4) (1-2 CMAC)

The Edison Tigers might just be the most interesting team in the Central Section. The Tigers skilled guys are just as good as any team in the Central Section. The X factor will be the big guys upfront. The Tigers are a team that has plenty of speed at WR/DB and on defense. The Tigers can either be a 7-3 team or a 3-7 so stay tuned.

The Tigers to watch out for is one of the top QB’s in the Central Section with senior Ya’J Vance. Entering his senior season he is the unquestioned starter and leader of the Tiger Offense. Incredible footwork and a very skilled passer. The Tigers expect him to eclipse 3000 yards this season. Very Cerebral and can pick apart a defense with ease, and has Coach Stamps Offense down in his 3rd year in the system.

Junior OL/DL Nick Ball. This kid is gonna be special and he is only a junior. He is moving to the edge to be more impactful on the defensive side of the ball and will anchor the left side of the OL. He is big, strong and very fast for his position. Natural leader and will be one of the best players in the Central Section.

Senior DB/RB John Eubanks, might be undersized but one of the best natural football players the Tigers have had in a while and that is saying a lot. He will start on Defense and will be a NFL Tyrann Mathieu type player, disruptive and makes plays. One of the best tacklers in the Central Section. On Offense he is a natural ball carrier and knows how to find daylight. He will make big plays and can score on any play.

A star is born with sophomore WR/DB Dezjour Malone. Just wait till the Tigers unleash this kid this season. He will be one of the best WR’s in the Central Section. When the ball is in the air it is his, the chemistry that Vance and he have will be on full display all year. He will be a matchup nightmare, crips routes, smooth style and aggressive with the ball in the air. On Defense he is coached by Johnny Sears and follows the mold of Edison legendary DB’s. He is a lockdown corner capable of taking away one half of the field. This kid will be special.

Sophomore WR/DB Rashad Perry, the legendary Tony Perry’s kin and is a long, smooth athlete. At his age there is not a player that can track the ball better than this kid. He is a QB’s best friend because he is a bad ball catcher. He will make the highlight reel catch at any moment. He is a player to make sure you have your popcorn ready because at any moment he can make something incredible happen. On Defense he will rotate in at corner and has very good coverage skills to be a major asset. He breaks on the ball better than most players and has the ability to create turnovers.

Sophomore DB/RB James Rose, probably one of the smartest and toughest players the Tigers will have out on the field this season. understands spacing exceptionally well and has above average coverage skills. Very smooth runner and will help Edison create a no fly zone in the middle of the field. He will play a big role for Coach Sears secondary and be the leader in a young secondary. On Offense he will rotate in with carries and is a pone cut and go type back. He can go 80 yards at any moment and is a very intelligent player.

Junior LB/RB Leonard Payton, is 6’1 and 205 lb and is a very good athlete for the position. His side to side movement will allow him to cover the field and be a complete LB for the Defense. In addition to his physical attributes he is very instinctual and can read and dissect plays at a fast rate, which allows him to become a turnover machine. He will meet the RB in the hole and be able to cover the tight end and take the ball away. On Offense he is a powerful runner who is light on his feet and runs with aggression in the open field. He will be used in heavy sets and short yardage to give the Tiger offense a physical  presence.

Junior RB/LB Charles Butler, one of the best combinations of size and speed that Coach Stamps has ever seen. Strong, powerful and can run right by you. He will be a massive weapon for the Tigers offense. He is a natural runner and understands how to find the hole and when it is not there he can create one. Plays with a quiet aggression and will impose his will on the defense. Has very good jands and will also be a threat out of the backfield as a receiver. Should carry a big load for the Tigers offense and will be a feature part defenses will have to account for. On defense he is a very strong tackler and will be a big help in stopping the run. He plays a downhill style of linebacker and along with Nick Ball, will give the Tigers defense the aggression and intimidation factor of any great defense.

Junior WR/DB Ray Brown, this will be the secret weapon of the Tiger offense! Can out jump anyone for the ball, is deceptively fast and strong, and has great hands. This is a play maker and he will be a problem for anyone that lineups across from him. At any moment he can take over a game. Brown is a strong, smooth athlete and will be a focal point of the offense and best option for QB Vance. On defense he is a natural safety with above average ball skills. Understands spacing and is able to close on a receiver quickly to make a difficult catch or take the ball away. He patrols the field and will make any receiver or QB think twice about coming into his area. As you can see the Tigers’ skilled guys are crazy good!

TIGERS SCHEDULE (Based in Division 1)

Aug 19 Beat Kennedy Thunderbirds 20-13

Sept 2 Beat Hoover Patriots 54-0       

Sept 9 Beat El Diamante Miners 34-2

Sept 16 Lost to Clovis West Golden Eagles 38-0     

Sept 23 Lost to Bakersfield Drillers 38-20       

Sept 30 Lost to Memorial Panthers 42-20      

Oct 7 Lost to Sanger Apaches 29-28 (41st meeting , Tigers now lead the series 24-17)        

Oct 14 Beat Garza Guardians  58-40      

Oct 21 at Madera Coyotes        

Oct 28 vs Bullard Knights (Crosstown Classic) Tigers lead series 32-30 since 1959

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

       

DIVISION 3

PAGMETER DIVISION 3 SCHEDULE RESULTS & NOTES

MISSION PREP ROYALS (6-2) (5-0 MOUNTAIN)

The Royals are stepping up and now playing in the tough Mountain league. Not too long ago the Royals were playing 8 man football and last year they had to play the famous Bakersfield Drillers in the division 2 playoffs. You can’t make this stuff up.

The Royals are a very athletic team and probably the most athletic team that Coach Schuster has been at Mission Prep. But this is also an inexperienced team in some key positions. But the commitment of the players this off-season is exciting to see. Senior leadership is really special with this group and they have lived up to expectations this summer.

Senior QB Colby White has become everything the Royals hoped for when he was a freshman. 6’2 / 205lbs, was a top performer in the Elite 11 showcase and has caught the eye of several universities, including a few Ivy league programs. Powerful arm, great athlete, very accurate and has become one of the unquestioned leaders with this really special senior class. Very excited to watch him perform this year. He will have several dudes to throw to. Junior Jamar Howard is a game-changing athlete in both football and basketball and will end up with offers in both sports. Senior Tyler Garrett is a force at TE and a match-up problem for everyone. Senior Cole Tanner transferred over from Atascadero and will be an immediate difference maker at Safety, RB & Slot WR. Other stand-outs will be junior WR Luke Terry, junior WR Luke Walker, junior TE Conner Lopez, and senior WR Aidan Dahlen. Drew Harrigan was All-State as a Sophomore and he became the primary RB for us this year with Cole Tanner and George Kardashian rotating with Drew in the backfield. The Royals love the 2 back set so junior Isaac Townsend and sophomore Champ Morrisey will compete at fullback and both are tough, powerful young men. Up front, the Royals have some great bodies but a lot of inexperience and are led by senior RJ Esmon, one of the top rated Offensive Tackles in the state, at 6’7/280lbs. He has several offers and many more coming but most important, he’s turned into a great leader in the locker room. Junior Gabe Rodriguez is the returning strong guard and is currently the strongest player in the program. Several young men are currently in competitions for the starting spots, between Hunter Wilson, sophomore Sean Rivas, sophomore Case Christiansen, junior Kyle Hawk and junior Joey Clipperton.

The backbone of the Royals program is the defensive side of the ball and leading the way will be once again by the senior Luera Twins, Mario and David. Both are highly rated linebackers, great leaders and dominant young men, both on and off the field. Sophomore Armen Clayton, junior Conner Lopez, junior Lukas Elmerick and Aidan Dahlen will also compete at LB this year and we’re excited to see the development of those four. Up front, we return junior Isaac Townsend, an All-League D-Lineman, sophomore 6’3 Gabe Ahumada, a transfer from Paso Robles, and in the middle of a competition battle for the remaining spots between several young men who are all showcasing excellent skills. In the backfield, the Royals return All-League selection and dynamic leader, senior George Kardashian at safety. He will be joined by Cole Tanner, junior Drew Harrigan and junior Luke Terry. At corner, there is a great competition with Luke Walker, senior Gage Chaney, Luke Terry and Gabe Foster.

ROYALS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost at Bakersfield Christian Eagles 35-9

Sept 2 Beat McLane Highlanders 37-0       

Sept 9 Lost to Aptos Mariners 38-21

Sept 16 Beat Santa Ynez Pirates 32-27       

Sept 23 Beat Nipomo Titans 49-13       

Sept 30 Beat Paso Robles Bearcats  28-7       

Oct 7 Beat Lompoc Braves 61-35       

Oct 14 Beat Arroyo Grande Eagles 41-35       

Oct 21 at Righetti High Warriors        

Oct 28 vs St. Joseph Knights        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

Nov 25 Section Championship TBA   

 

PORTERVILLE PANTHERS (7-1) (2-1 EAST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Panthers are expecting a big year from junior QB Rocky Arguijo, senior RB Jaret Garcia, Senior WR Freddy Nunez, senior WR Cooper Fish, and JR RB Sammy Alcantar. Look for the Panthers to be physical upfront with a little more emphasis on the run game than in the past under Head Coach Keith Thompson. The Panthers are getting after it and finally getting a year back in the weight room after the plandemic shut the world down.

PANTHERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat McLane Highlanders 14-6

Aug 26 Beat South Rebels 49-0

Sept 2 Beat Foothill Trojans 27-0        

Sept 16 Beat Highland Scots 30-28        

Sept 23 Beat Exeter Monarchs 34-6       

Sept 29 Beat Mt Whitney Pioneers  27-6      

Oct 7 Lost to Redwood Rangers 28-0       

Oct 14 Beat Golden West Trailblazers 26-10       

Oct 21 vs El Diamante Miners at Golden West        

Oct 28 vs Monache Marauders 53rd annual Granite Bowl

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SANTA YNEZ PIRATES (5-3) (2-2 MOUNTAIN)

The Pirates are brand new in the Central Section and they have a tremendous sports program in all sports starting with football. The Pirates will be tough in division 3 or division 4 and playing a tough schedule. Leading the Pirates will be senior Luke Gildred who is a 3-year starter, with a 5.0 GPA, fast and with a tremendous arm. Luke will be playing at Claremont McKenna College next year.

Here are some key players returning will be senior TE/DE Aidan Scott 6’3, 215, Junior WR  Daulton Beard 6’4 190, OL/DE:  Nick Crandall 6’4 230 (4 year starter) OL Aidan Cintron 6’3 250, senior WR/FS Dylan Peters, senior DB/WR, and senior RB’s Nolan Oslin.

As of now the Pirates will rotate with senior Isaac Moran, senior Cole Swain, and junior Dallas DeForest (all 3 start on defense as well). Defense, the Pirates Lost 6 starters from last year’s group of seniors.  Defense will be led by returning LBs Isaac Moran and Cole Swain.  On the DL by Nick Crandall, Aidan Scott, and Isaiah Castro.  Dylan Peters and Nolan Oslin in the defensive backfield.

PIRATES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat Atascadero Greyhounds 21-0

Sept 2 Beat Morro Bay Pirates 59-19

Sept 9 Beat Santa Maria Saints 21-0

Sept 16 Lost to Mission Prep Royals 32-27        

Sept 23 Beat Righetti High Warriors 31-11       

Sept 30 Lost to St. Joseph Knights 42-7       

Oct 7 Beat Nipomo Titans 30-21       

Oct 14 Lost to Paso Robles Bearcats 21-16       

Oct 21 at Arroyo Grande Eagles        

Oct 28 at Lompoc Braves        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

KERMAN LIONS (5-3) (1-2 TRI-COUNTY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE)

Head coach Damon Jenkins is excited to get going with his Lions team. The Lions will be in the new Tri-County league and the schedule is tough. The Lions love to throw it all over the yard. Leading the Lions will be senior QB Ashton Chalabian, sophomore safety Nicholas Grewal, junior RB Joseph Tellez, sophomore RB Julien Velez, Adam Delgado, senior WR/DB Frankie Hernandez, senior DE/TE Maximus Minnite, junior OL/DL Nathaniel Villegas, and junior OL/DL Raymond Sanchez.

The Lions are playing a tough schedule.

LIONS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat Chowchilla Tribe 35-28

Aug 26 Beat Torres Toros 28-21       

Sept 2 Beat Madera Coyotes 21-14       

Sept 9 Beat Sunnyside Wildcats 44-18       

Sept 23 Lost to Clovis East T Wolves 43-14    

Sept 30 Lost to Central Valley Christian Cavaliers 55-14       

Oct 7 Lost to Kingsburg Vikings 28-0       

Oct 14 Beat Hanford West Huskies  41-7      

Oct 21 vs Selma Bears        

Oct 28 at Washington Union Panthers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

GOLDEN WEST TRAILBLAZERS (4-4) (2-1 EAST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

New head coach is Travis Anderson and this is his first time as a head coach. Travis is a former Bullard Knight and he talks with Knights coach Donny Arax a lot on how to start up a program. No secret sauce here, the Blazers will be running a spread style of offense and leading the way will be last year’s QB senior Raymond Velazquez.  Golden West is returning 24 seniors and for so long the Blazers barely threw it overhand with running the wing-T. Running the spread attack will open up kids wanting to play football at Golden West. Velazquez will have speed to throw the football to Isaac Lopez, Nick Flaws, and Josiah Jefferson. At RB/SS will be Ricky Elias. Offensive line will be our strength this year with Tackle Eric Meyst (6’3” 315lb sophomore) and oGuard Colton Barcelona (5’10” 250 Junior) will anchor the line. Returning Tackle Julio Anaya will bring much needed leadership.

 Defensively will be led by our 6’5” 225 DE Elijah Fisher. Sold set of linebackers for our 3-4 system but again will be very young in our secondary. Learning new offensive and defensive systems has been good for the kids. New level of excitement. GW will have 55 players on the game day roster this year and that’s awesome! GW first 4 games are TOUGH! Look for the Blazers to get better and better each week.

BLAZERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Arroyo Grande Eagles 16-13

Aug 26 Lost to Dinuba Emperors 19-6

Sept 2 Lost to Hanford Bullpups 58-0

Sept 8 Lost to Kingsburg Vikings 41-10

Sept 23 Beat Tehachapi Warriors 34-13

Sept 30 Beat Monache Marauders 39-14

Oct 7 Beat Mt Whitney Pioneers 18-13

Oct 14 Lost to Porterville Panthers 26-10

Oct 21 at Redwood Rangers

Oct 28 vs El Diamante Miners (Battle for the Saddle)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

TEHACHAPI WARRIORS (8-1) (3-0 SOUTH YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE)

The Warriors return plenty from last year and were the most improved team. The Warriors Head Coach  Kris Krempien, and his staff of Mike Ledesma (offensive coordinator), Jason Hail (defensive coordinator) and Chris Jones (offensive and defensive line) are doing a tremendous job because this team will be fundamentally sound. It’s tough right now to figure out where to rank the Warriors. The Warriors play a tough schedule.

Back at QB will be junior Jacob Root and is feeling very comfortable running the O. The Warriors strength will be upfront with Travis Mason, Andre Stephens, Hayden Michael, Jason Garcia, Mark Nicholson Jr, Matthew Cardenas and Peniel Whiteside. At RB’s will be Ryan Wilson, AJ Anderson, Mike Jones, Christian Morse, Nick Smith and Karson Tiewater. The receivers are looking good with  Andrew Aguirre, Levi Hart and Adrian Pina.

Leading the defense will be PAGMETER All Star LB Wyatt Richie. Also back is standout linebacker Mike Jones, defensive lineman Kamron Westerby and Raul Navarro and secondary specialists Ryan Walker and Kaleb Songer.

WARRIORS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Burroughs Burros 52-0

Aug 26 Beat Highland Scots 42-7       

Sept 1 Beat Taft Wildcats 30-20        

Sept 9 Beat Wasco Tigers 27-20        

Sept 16 Beat Arvin Bears  28-10      

Sept 23 Lost to Golden West Trailblazers 34-13        

Sept 30 Beat South Rebels 26-20

Oct 7 Beat East Blades 35-0        

Oct 14 Beat North Stars 32-28       

Oct 21 vs West Vikings        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

CHAVEZ TITANS (6-3) (4-1 SOUTH SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Titans were very young last year and returned 21 and this team is going to be very good.  The Titans goals are 1) be Delano City Champions 2) be SSL Champions and 3) Section Champions. 90 % of the players either never played as Freshman and were thrown into the fire on the Varsity as Sophomores or played their senior year having last played on the JVs as sophomores. This is the perfect example of how the silly playoff format will hurt this small school team. If the Titans have a very good year they will be moved into division 3 which is so wrong.

The Titans to keep an eye on, seniors OL/DL Andres Rodriguez, OL/DL Jonathan Garcia, OL/DL Moises Moreno, RB/DB Israel Gonzalez, WR/DB Joseph Garcia, WR/DB Christopher Martinez, juniors LB/FB Matthew Guerra, RB/LB Nathen Fernandez, and QB/DB Santana Morales.

TITANS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat Arvin Bears 26-0

Aug 26 Lost to Monache Marauders 39-20

Sept 03 Lost to Campo Verde Coyotes (Arizona) 18-0

Sept 9 Beat Highland Scots 40-21

Sept 16 Beat Shafter Generals 35-34

Sept 23 Beat McFarland Cougars 61-0

Sept 30 Beat Delano Tigers 54-14

Oct 7 Beat Wasco Tigers 49-8

Oct 14 Lost to Taft Wildcats FORFEIT

Oct 28 at Kennedy Titans

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MISSION OAK HAWKS (5-3) (1-2 WEST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Hawks come off a tremendous year going 10-0 and the EYL Champions before being put into division 2 playoffs. Michael Machado stepped down as head coach because the school administration didn’t come through when needed so the new HC will be Marty Martin who was a former head coach at Mt. Whitney, Kerman, Clovis West and DC at Tulare. I love that Coach Machado stuck to his morals and that’s lost in today’s world. Either school administrations get it or they don’t.

The Hawks strength will be the front 7 and plenty will be playing both ways. The Hawks want to run the no-huddle, uptempo offense but with so many playing both ways, the Hawks are hoping they don’t wear out. The running game and offensive line will be the X factor.

Leading the Hawks will be junior WR/DB Kenny Jackson who is one of the best players in the Central Section. Players to watch is senior OL/DL Joey Harris who is one of the best D-lineman in the Central section,  OL/DL Noah Harris, LB/RB Elijah Endsley, DB/WR Jacob Ramirez, RB/LB Jorge Rios, DB/WR Cameron Azevedo, DB/WR Landon Aguirre, LB/OL Lazaro Ortiz. The QB will be junior Danny Gonzalez who was the Redwood JV QB last year.

HAWKS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat Monache Marauders 56-0

Aug 26 Beat Immanuel Eagles 35-10

Sept 1 Beat Roosevelt Rough Riders 28-13

Sept 9 Beat Mt Whitney Pioneers 30-6

Sept 16 Lost to CVC Cavaliers 42-7

Sept 30 Beat Tulare Western Mustangs 43-7

Oct 7 Lost to Lemoore Tigers 48-0

Oct 14 Lost to Tulare Union Tribe 34-14

Oct 2 at Hanford Bullpups

Oct 27 vs Dinuba Emperors at Tulare  

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

HIGHLAND SCOTS (4-4) (2-1 SOUTHWEST YOSEMITE VALLEY LEAGUE)

The Scots return 3 starters on the O-line with  Kiah Jackson, Christian Cisneros, and Simon Chitay. Defense will  be young in the box, but lots of depth in the secondary.

Leading the Scots will be one of the best players in the Central Section with PAGMETER All Star QB Jojo Mata who rushed for +1000 yds, passed +1000 yds, & 25 total TS’s. Jojo will be tough to slow down.  Top Returners will be senior WR/CB Manny Veleta and junior WR/SS Diego Duenas. The top Newcomers will be sophomore RB/SS Austyn Hernandez, junior WR/CB Jeremy Jackson, and sophomore WR/LB Nick Gonzales.

SCOTS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Stockdale Mustangs 24-14

Aug 26 Lost to Tehachapi Warriors 42-7       

Sept 2 Beat Kennedy Thunderbirds 25-21         

Sept 9 Lost to Chavez Titans 40-21        

Sept 16 Lost to Porterville Panthers  30-28      

Sept 30 Beat Independence Falcons 44-29       

Oct 7 Lost to Centennial Golden Hawks 25-21       

Oct 14 Beat Bakersfield Drillers 21-6       

Oct 21 at Bakersfield Christian Eagles         

Oct 28 at Ridgeview Wolf Pack

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs TBA

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs TBA

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs TBA

Nov 25 Section Championship TBA   

ARROYO GRANDE EAGLES (3-5) (2-3 MOUNTAIN)

The Eagles are always big, physical and love to pound the ball with a strong O-line. The Eagles have a good mix of returning seniors with WR Damian Santos, OL/DL Adam White, and WR/DB Koa Kopcho. The Eagles have a large group of juniors with WR/DB Brandon Butler, RB Junior Herlihy, OL Trey Rivera-Lebed, and DL Ephraim Nau. Josue Lopez Jr looks to continue a long tradition of excellent kickers. The Eagles look to maintain the balanced offense while improving on the defensive side of things. All Star QB Max Perrett graduated and taking over will be last year’s JV QB Drake Missamore. Drake’s older brother is running track(the 800) at Boise State.  Drake will settle in nicely who has speed, can throw on the run and is tremendous in the play action-passing game. If the Eagles offense can control the line of scrimmage then watch out for the Eagles in the playoffs!

EAGLES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Lost to Golden West Trailblazers 16-13

Aug 26 Lost to Centennial Golden Hawks 39-7       

Sept 2 Beat San Luis Obispo Tigers 26-14 (93rd meeting)        

Sept 16 Lost to Lompoc Braves 42-37

Sept 23 Lost to St. Joseph Knights  52-17      

Sept 30 Beat Nipomo Titans 53-0        

Oct 7 Beat Righetti High Warriors 28-7       

Oct 14 Lost to Mission Prep Royals  41-35      

Mission Prep San Luis Obispo

Oct 21 vs Santa Ynez Pirates        

Oct 28 at Paso Robles Bearcats

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

   

SAN LUIS OBISPO TIGERS (7-2) (4-1 OCEAN)

The Tigers have a beautiful new place to play and will return 7 starters on defense, and 9 starters on offense. They played no home games in 2021, but will get to play in the newly renovated Holt Field and I’m looking forward to seeing a game. It will be the best game day atmosphere on the Central Coast by a long shot. The Tigers will be the Ocean league favorites.

Defensively, key Tigers returners are: LB’s:Senior Luca Cuccaro RB, Cuccaro who is tough as nails at RB. Explosive play-maker. SLOHS also added Mission Prep sophomore transfer Isaiah Hernandez for added depth at RB. Hernandez is big and explosive, senior AJ Garcia, senior Mack Garcia (no relation) DL senior Leo Miller, senior Brady Birdsong DB, senior Brody Johnson DB, and senior Eli Smiley S. Luca Cuccaro and Leo Miller getting attention from collegiate coaches. Brody Johnson is long and fast, and could play somewhere at the next level.Offensively, key returners are: QB: sophomore Jace Gomes, WR: senior Brody Johnson, senior Nolan Attala (slot), senior Eli Smiley, and senior Miles DeBrum. OL will have senior Sully Medici (G), junior Roman Engelmeier (G), Jace Gomes got pulled up halfway through his freshmen season in 2021 and started his varsity career 4-0. Very athletic with huge potential.

TIGERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Nipomo Titans 35-0

Aug 26 Beat Caruthers Blue Raiders 27-7      

Sept 2 Lost to Arroyo Grande Eagles 26-14     

Sept 9 Beat North Stars 28-0       

Sept 16 Beat Cabrillo Conquistadores 54-14

Sept 23 Lost to Atascadero Greyhounds 28-24      

Sept 30 Beat Pioneer Valley Panthers 42-7       

Oct 7 Beat Morro Bay Pirates 40-34       

Oct 14 Beat Santa Maria Saints 34-14

Oct 28 vs Templeton Eagles        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

KENNEDY THUNDERBIRDS (6-2) (4-0 SOUTH SEQUOIA)

The Thunderbirds are leaning on experience to help get them through what could be their toughest season to date. The preseason schedule will have them battle tested.  The opener is on the road vs division 1 Edison Tigers, then vs division 2 Stockdale.

The experience comes from 10 returners on defense 4 of which were All Leaguers.  MLB Sergio Gonzalez, 6’1 210, DE Emiliano Herrejon 6’0 215, OLB Gamiez Helm 6’4 205 and NG Jayden Rios 6’0 300.  This group has played 3 years in the Birds defensive 33 Stack system and plays very aggressive and fast. Secondary returners Guillermo Pompa, Bryan Guevera and Sebastian Pimpentel all 5’10 and 165lb plus will give the Thunderbirds experience in pass coverage along with returning SS Jude De La Cueva 5’10 185.

On offense the Birds bring back QB Julian Orozco (2 time Section Champion pitcher) along with 3 offensive lineman. The line will be anchored by Zeke Ayon 6’2 260, Manuel Fregoso 6’1 265 and Jacob Acosta 6’2 270.  This group will be anchored by returning center Ramiro Zatarain and returning OG Nathan Soto. Replacing the main offensive cog last year, Avian Pesiana, will be senior Jaikel De Leon who is a quick low to the ground bowling ball that the Birds will hope will grind out yards in the Wing T offense.  New incoming players Sebastian Casteneda, Hugo Lorea, Adrian Palomo and Adrian Ochoa will also bring a spark and speed on offense.

THUNDERBIRDS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Edison Tigers 20-13

Aug 26 Beat Stockdale Mustangs 28-7        

Sept 2 Lost to Highland Scots 25-21

Sept 9 Beat East Blades 34-0        

Sept 16 Beat Taft Wildcats 21-0       

Sept 23 Beat Delano Tigers 21-0       

Sept 30 Beat Wasco Tigers 20-12       

Oct 14 Beat McFarland Cougars FORFEIT     

Oct 21 at Shafter Generals         

Oct 28 vs Chavez Titans

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SUNNYSIDE WILDCATS (6-2) (5-0 NYL)

The Wildcats are the favorites to win the new NYL league. The Cats were very young last year and still very young with only 4 seniors projected to start. The main difference will be that the Wildcats have 19 players who will return with varsity experience as opposed to 2 the prior year. The strength will be in the skilled positions as they return 3 outstanding players who will be sophomores. QB Tanner Wilson who led all freshmen in the state throwing for 3,700 yard and 38 TD passes. Tanner is on pace to break the Central Section career passing record. He’s not little Tanner Wilson any longer, Tanner is now 6’1, 175 lb. The WRs are electric with Malachi Barnes, CJ Jones who caught 56 footballs for 819 yards and 9 TDs, already has several D1 college offers, most notably from Colorado State and San Jose State. Seniors Jeremiah Almarez (RB/LB), Sonjay Burton (WR), Matt Valejo (OL) and Jacob Soliz (DL) will provide some veteran leadership. Wilson will have one of the top WR cores in the Central Section with of course Malachi Barnes & CJ Jones, keep an eye on juniors Ethan Ros, Shamar Jones who will be so good at DB, senior Sonjay Burton and freshman Tyrin Pree. The Cats will return 3 starters from the OL and the big guys will get better and better each week.

 The defense will be led by returning LBs Daequan Jones and Noah Gonzales. There will be competition at most spots on the defense but will return 14 players from last year that started games. The Wildcats will be very athletic and fast on defense, the question will be on the front line. Jacob Soliz who was an ALL-League tackle and Jeremiah Almarez will provide toughness and leadership on the defense. If the defense can make a few stops, the Wildcats will be tough to beat.

WILDCATS SCHEDULE (Based in Division 3)

Aug 19 Beat Golden Valley Bulldogs 50-27

Aug 26 Lost to Kingsburg Vikings 49-9       

Sept 9 Lost to Kerman Lions 44-18        

Sept 16 Beat Madera South Stallions 52-12

Sept 23 Beat Roosevelt Rough Riders 16-7       

Sept 29 Beat Hoover Patriots 63-22      

Oct 7 Beat Fresno High Warriors 59-12       

Oct 14 Beat Torres Toros 48-35

Oct 21 at McLane Highlanders        

Oct 27 vs Sanger West Hornets

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

INDEPENDENCE FALCONS (3-4)  (1-2 SOUTH YOSEMITE VALLEY LEAGUE)

The Falcons are the division 4 defending section champions and graduated some outstanding seniors but are feeling good with a handful of returning starters, role players, and some upcoming sophomores.

The Falcons O-Line is bringing back 2 starters, but feel really good about the young group coming up. Defense is replacing some key parts, so we will rely on young talent to pick up the slack. Last year the Falcons had PAGMETER All Star QB  LaDon Denmark running the show so this year it’s a battle between 3 guys during camp. The Falcons have 8 sophomores that will either start or get meaningful reps. Top returners will be seniors RB/Slot Anthony, LB/TE Jorge Pineda, S Jonathan Rico JR, LB Jaye Blackett, and OL Ulysis Nieves. Top newcomers, junior RB/DB Richard Gooden, sophomore WR/DB Amarius Rowell, sophomore RB Ethan Eckles, junior OL Austin Davis, and senior LB/TE Jaden Brown.

FALCONS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Pioneer Valley Panthers 7-0

Sept 2 Lost to Centennial Golden Hawks 60-14       

Sept 9 Beat South Rebels 44-34

Sept 16 Lost to Frontier Titans 35-21        

Sept 30 Lost to Highland Scots 44-29       

Oct 7 Lost to Bakersfield Drillers 28-25         

Oct 14 Beat Ridgeview Wolf Pack 25-20        

Oct 21 vs Stockdale Mustangs        

Oct 28 at Bakersfield Christian Eagles

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

RIDGEVIEW WOLFPACK (3-5) (1-2 SOUTH YOSEMITE VALLEY )

The Wolf Pack were young last year and leading the way will be senior QB Andres Rivera who is also an outstanding pitcher on the Pack’s baseball team. Rivera is a dual threat and can do it all. Also leading the Pack will be seniors RB Isiah Nunez, WR/LB/RB Zamir Hall, WR/SS Parker Straw, and WR TJ Stocker.  The Wolf Pack will play another tough schedule.

WOLF PACK SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Lost to Clovis West Golden Eagles 42-0

Aug 26 Lost to Liberty Patriots 35-0       

Sept 2 Beat Stockdale Mustangs 25-15       

Sept 9 Lost to Centennial Golden Hawks 47-7       

Sept 23 Beat North Stars 44-14       

Sept 30 Beat Frontier Titans 47-46        

Oct 7 Lost to Bakersfield Christian Eagles 38-14        

Oct 14 Lost to Independence Falcons 25-20       

Oct 21 at Bakersfield Drillers        

Oct 28 vs Highland Scots

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship  

TULARE UNION TRIBE (2-6) (1-2 WEST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

Head coach Darren Bennett in his 28th season and has won 227 games (CVC/TU)  and is 2nd all-time-winningest head coach in Tulare County history. The Tribe will be young and will have plenty of speed. The defense is young with only two returning players in Jaiden Young and Francisco Rodriquez, but what they lack in experience they make up for in athleticism and speed. The offense will spread it out and will be anchored by three three-year starters on the offensive line, Braxton Nunley, Alex Plascencia-Thorpe and Braylan Henderson. Tulare Union looks to get back to getting the ball to explosive athletes in tailback KJ Daniels, wide receiver AJ Hernandez, and H back Tieler Peterson.

The Tribe Impact players will be WR: AJ Hernandez, RB: KJ Daniels who is a 4-year starter at HB/RB: Tieler Peterson, OL: Braylan Henderson, OL: Braxton Nunley, OL: Alex Plascencia-Thorpe, S: Jaiden Young, LB: Francisco Fernandez, S: Damian Williams-Goree, DL: Dominick Ward

TRIBE SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Lost to Mt. Whitney Pioneers 29-16

Aug. 26 Beat El Diamante Miners 43-29

Sept. 2 Lost to Redwood Rangers 48-20

Sept. 16 Lost to Clovis East T Wolves 49-34

Sept 23 Lost to Kingsburg Vikings 49-28

Sept. 30 Lost to Lemoore Tigers 42-20

Oct. 6 Lost to Hanford Bullpups 49-6

Oct. 14 Beat Mission Oak Hawks 34-14

Oct. 20 Dinuba Emperors

Oc 28 vs Tulare Western Mustangs (Bell Game)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

RIGHETTI HIGH WARRIORS (1-7) (0-5 MOUNTAIN)

The Division 5 Section Champions will be young but will have a lot of experience from a long playoff run from last season.

The defense will definitely be the strength of the Warriors this season. The face of the franchise will be the stud LB/RB with the Italian Stallion senior Brian Monighetti. He’s the smartest player on both sides of the ball and the best tackler that Head Coach Tony Payne has ever coached. The Warriors have a new defensive coordinator with Gabe Espinoza who”s focus is tackling. He has already set that tone and the team loves it. The premier position group on the team are the DB’s with junior Jacob Nelson, senior Isaiah Abrigo and Solomon Prado. They have size, speed and Warrior instincts.

Offensively they are led by OC Buddy Garcia and the Warriors will continue to work to get better on offense which is the pistol wing T. Most of the O-line returns from the championship team and will be anchored by all League guard Matthew Graack. The Warriors have a battle at QB with two very good athletes with senior Abel McCormack who was the QB during the championship run and senior Braden Claborn who was injured last season and has put in tremendous work to be ready for this season. Both have shown tremendous leadership and ability all spring. The running backs include the Italian Stallion,  Adrian Mondol and a great mix of other backs and wings. Abrigo and Cali Rodriguez will  keep the defense honest at WR. A star is born with junior WR Cash Carter who has made a huge impact during the summer and somebody that the Coaching staff is very proud of and excited about.

WARRIORS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Lost at Bishop Diego Cardinals 41-9

Aug 26 Lost to Santa Barbara Dons 35-14

Sept 2 Beat Pioneer Valley Panthers 39-13       

Sept 16 Lost to Paso Robles Bearcats 31-6     

Sept 23 Lost to Santa Ynez Pirates 31-11       

Sept 30 Lost to Lompoc Braves  32-7      

Oct 7 Lost to Arroyo Grande Eagles  28-7       

Oct 14 Lost to St. Joseph Knights 34-7 (Foster Road Rivalry)

Oct 21 vs Mission Prep Royals        

Oct 28 at Nipomo Titans        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

STOCKDALE MUSTANGS (1-7) (0-3 SOUTH YOSEMITE RIVER)

The Mustangs come in with plenty of returners but lose last year’s QB Jordan Gallegoz with transferring to Garces. The Mustangs will be running the Pistol Wing and leading the way will be senior QB Isaak Herrera. The others returners will be seniors Johnathan Gonzalez-OL/DT,  Brandon Stevens-OT/DT, Leon Smith-Wing/DB, Daniel Hartman-OLB/WR, AJ Pena-RB/LB, J’Myson Jones-DB/WR, Ques Seward-DB/WR, juniors Bradley Taylor-OG/OLB, Jack Pierce-WR/DB. The Top Mustangs newcomers will be seniors Jacorey Rush-OLB/Wing,Myron Dewberry-Wing/DB, juniors Donavon Daniel-OL/DE, Kenneth Hiang-Wing/DB, Marquise Dewberry-WR/DB, Silas Orozco-LB/RB, Charles Young-Wing/DB, and sophomore Joaquin Whitten-LB/RB.

MUSTANGS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 19 Lost at Highland Scots 24-14

Aug 26 Lost to Kennedy Thunderbirds 28-7

Sept 9 Lost to Ridgeview Wolf Pack 25-15

Sept 9 Lost to Bakersfield Drillers 51-0

Sept 16 Beat El Diamante Miners 12-9

Sept 30 Lost to Centennial Golden Hawks 33-6

Oct 7 Lost to Liberty Patriots 42-0

Oct 14 Lost to Frontier Titans 30-7

Oct 21 at Independence Falcons

Oct 28 at Garces Rams

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

EL DIAMANTE MINERS (0-8) (0-3 EAST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

New Head Coach is Devin Ramos and the first thing that happens is last year’s PAGMETER All Star junior RB Bryson Donelson transfers down the road  to CVC. That’s a huge blow!

The Miners are a work in progress and stay tuned on how good they will be playing a tough schedule.  The Miners will bring back the pro-style offense and leading the way will be last year’s starting QB senior Freddy Valencia. Keep an eye on 6’4 OL Marsel Akins, RB Albert Cano, WR Tylan Stryd, DB Darren Childress, LB Collin Donley and LB Andrew Mills.

MINERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 2)

Aug 18 Lost to Tulare Western Mustangs 31-13

Aug 26 Lost to Tulare Union Tribe 43-29

Sept 2 Lost to Clovis North Broncos 48-0

Sept 9 Lost to Edison Tigers 34-2

Sept 16 Lost to Stockdale Mustangs 12-9

Sept 30 Lost to Redwood Rangers 56-14

Oct 7 Lost to Monache Marauders 26-7

Oct 14 Lost to Mt. Whitney Pioneers 24-0

Oct 21 vs Porterville Panthers

Oct 28 at Golden West Trailblazers  (Battle for the Saddle)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

DIVISION 4

PAGMETER DIVISION 4 SCHEDULE RESULTS & NOTES

LIBERTY MADERA HAWKS (8-0) (5-0 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Hawks are excited about the season! The Hawks will be joining the new Northwest Sequoia League. Head Coach Mike Nolte and his staff do a great job coaching the Hawks up and will be battle tested.

The Hawks return every starter on the O-line from last year, including TE (Davey Pombo, Jared Nolte, Diego Salas, Donny Torres, Tyler Edwards and Max Nulick (TE). In the backfield, the Hawks return starting QB, Luke McFarland as well as 3 RBs that got significant playing time last year with Mitch Whaley, Caleb Sisco, Italian stallion Vincent Oberti and, up from JV team, Brody Harlow.  The challenge will be replacing  Dominic Castaneda. On Defense, and the Hawks are feeling good with the 8 guys, led by ILB’s Whaley and Sisco.  OLB Oberti and Nate Medina, DL Pombo, Nulick, Nolte and Edwards.

  The Hawks will be inexperienced in the defensive backfield as last year’s starters have all graduated.  Excited about the prospects though.  Depending on how they grow as a team, the Hawks can be very competitive. Just like last year, look for the Hawks to get better and better every week..

HAWKS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Mendota Aztecs 34-14

Aug 25 Beat Sanger West Hornets 47-7       

Sept 2 Beat Dos Palos Broncos 28-14       

Sept 9 Beat Yosemite Badgers 43-0 (GAME STOPPED AT HALFTIME)        

Sept 16 Beat Caruthers Blue Raiders 27-24       

Sept 30 Beat Fowler Redcats 35-28 OT       

Oct 7 Beat Minarets Mustangs 55-0        

Oct 14 Beat Parlier Panthers 63-0       

Oct 21 vs Riverdale Cowboys        

Oct 28 at Chowchilla Tribe        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

TAFT WILDCATS (6-2) (3-1  SOUTH SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Wildcats are excited about 2022 and the season ahead and will have some big shoes to fill in losing Jackson Berry and Chase Gratt, but the Cats have a lot of guys- especially the bigs- who got snaps last year so that should help offset those personnel losses to some extent (even though Chase was a monster and Jackson could take a broken play to the house; very hard to replace that in the small school setting).

The Wildcats return 6 starters on offense, and leading the way will be senior RB/LB Cyris Gaylord, senior RB/LB Caleb Kozloski, senior QB/DB/WR Jayce Moore, senior CB/WR Richard Jennings and 3 starters on defense and leading the D will be MLB Caleb Kozloski. Keep an eye on some new Wildcats with junior QB/DB Blaine Neudorf and Junior OL/DL Brendan Gratt.

WILDCATS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Kern Valley Broncs 29-0

Aug 26 Beat Foothill Trojans 48-18

Sept 2 Lost to Tehachapi Warriors 30-20

Sept 9 Beat Arvin Bears 28-21

Sept vs Lost to Kennedy Thunderbirds 21-0

Sept 23 Beat Shafter Generals 29-28

Oct 7 Beat McFarland Cougars 47-0

Oct 14 Beat Chavez Titans FORFEIT

Oct 21 vs Wasco Tigers

Oct 28 at Delano Tigers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

TORRES TOROS (5-3) (4-1 NORTH YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Toros are the baby brother in Madera and already beat BIG brother. Next up is middle brother in week 11. Last year was a very good year for the brand new Toros, in their first varsity game & with no seniors, they beat Hoover. The Toros also knocked off Chowchilla. Head Coach Joe Marquez and his staff are doing a tremendous job. The Toros will be playing in the NYL and heads up to all the NYL teams, the Toros are good!

The Toros return all 22 starters and leading the way is outstanding junior 6’1, 175 lb QB Jose Soriano who is also the best basketball player at Torres. Jose is the perfect guy to build a football program around because this kid is a leader and takes care of business. Jose is very athletic and with a very good arm. Also leading the Toros will be junior 6’1 WR Jesus Moreno,  junior OL/DL 6’5 340 lb Michael Moore, and sophomore LB/RB 6’2, 210lb Amani Sua.

TOROS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Madera Coyotes 28-25

Aug 26 Lost Kerman Lions 28-21       

Sept 2 Lost to Washington Union Panthers 35-20       

Sept 16 Beat Roosevelt Rough Riders 26-20        

Sept 23 Beat McLane Highlanders 34-7      

Sept 30 Beat Sanger West Hornets 34-0        

Oct 7 Beat Hoover Patriots 27-22       

Oct 14 Lost to Sunnyside Wildcats 48-35       

Oct 21 vs Fresno High Warriors at McLane Stadium        

Oct 28 vs Madera South Stallions at Matty J Stadium        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SHAFTER GENERALS (6-2) (3-2 SOUTH SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

Last year the Generals were crushed with injuries. Don’t be fooled by how young the Generals are. They are good! The offensive line is very good. The Generals are the sleeper team to win it all and the team to beat in 2023.

This year’s team is really young with only 9 seniors, 3 with prior playing experience. These are DB/WR Jesse Bernal, LB/RB Koa Rhodes who is very good & track star and DL/OL Joel Gutierrez.  Along with the few seniors, 6 Juniors, 4 of them were big contributors last year as Sophomores, they are LB/H Alex Aguirre, DB/WR Jesus Figueroa, DL/OL Parker Valderrama and DL/OL Jeff VanderPoel.  This shows how young we are as a team.  On a roster of 27, 13 are current sophomores and freshmen. 

With that being said the General squad is better than the ones they have had in the past because the floor and ceiling are really close together.  This leads to a much more consistent game play and team cohesiveness. The Generals have no super stars yet, but have a bunch of good young football players who love playing with each other.  On a whole the offense has 3 seniors starting, and the Defense has 5, so the upside for this team is huge.

The Offensive Side of the ball is anchored by the Offensive line.  The O-line that has one senior on it, is led by 6’2 265 lb Junior Parker Valderrama. The supporting class is a great group to coach.  They are 6’6 225 Junior Jeff  VanderPoel, 5’9″ 250 lb Sophomore Ethan Dunlap, 5’9″ 225 lb Matt Cordova, and the lone senior, Joel Guttierrez who is 5’10” 235.

In the backfield the Generals have 2 of returning starters as running backs.  6’0″ 165 lb Senior Koa Rhodes is the home run hitter, he can take one to the house anywhere on the field.  The other back is 5’7″ 220 lb Sophomore Chris Espinoza, who has great vision and who can pound defenders in his downhill running style.

Our wide receivers highlight two returners who learned a lot last year.  Jesse Bernal 5’7″ 150 and Jesus Figuroa 5’9″ 160 are both weapons that will be used this year heavily.  Rounding out the receiving core is Junior Jonathan Escobedo, Jesus (JJ) Vasquez, and Freshman Mariyon Sloan.  This group will need to make plays for our young QB.

This leads to the QB.  This year’s Generals Offense will be led by a Freshman Ezekiel Osborne.  Ezekiel (EZ) comes in with one of the best QB IQs that the Generals have had at Shafter in a long time.  But he is still a freshman, and this means growing pains.  But the team has really rallied around EZ and his abilities make it easy to do.

Defensively, the Generals have really improved from last year.  But the strength like the offense starts with the big guys up front.

The defensive line brings the biggest maturity bump to all the groups, with 4 seniors.  Although only one of the starters was even on the team last year, the group is doing a great job of running our scheme.  The lone returner is 6’2″ 250 lb. Jeronimo Ceja, his partners in crime are, 5’10” 305 lb. Roberto Castro, Joel Gutierrez, 5’10” 190 lb. Rafael Roman-Amador and 5’10” 295 lb. Sophomore Landon Monreal anchoring the nose guard spot.   

The Linebacker Core brings back three starters from last year.  These are Koa Rhodes, Alex Aguirre, and Jesus Figuroa.  The experience that these 4 have allows the Generals to use them in special ways and their speed makes them sideline to sideline players.

The secondary is all new faces.  Senior Jesse Bernal is playing at corner, with Freshman Mariyon Sloan and Sophomore JJ Vasquez rounding out the secondary.

This year’s team will be fun to watch, and could be playing its best football when it counts, in Late October and November.

GENERALS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat West Vikings 46-6

Aug 26 Beat Arvin Tigers 20-19        

Sept 2 Beat Mira Monte Lions 49-0       

Sept 9 Beat Orosi Cardinals 25-6         

Sept 16 Lost to Chavez Titans 35-34       

Sept 23 Lost to Taft Wildcats 29-28       

Sept 30 Beat McFarland Cougars 43-0       

Oct 7 Beat Delano Tigers 56-14       

Oct 21 vs Kennedy Thunderbirds        

Oct 28 at Wasco Tigers (Highway Takedown since 1933, Shafter has now won 45 Wasco 44 and 5 ties)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MT WHITNEY PIONEERS (3-5) (1-2 EAST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

This team has worked really hard in the weight room since January and has gotten better each week of the summer. The senior leadership has also improved throughout the summer. The Pioneers are excited to be able to get back under the Friday Night Lights. HC Nathan Chamberlain and his staff have done a fantastic job in building up the Pioneers football program back up especially when the roster is light.

On the offensive side of the ball, MW has 6 starters returning from last year: 2 Offensive linemen Guard Efren Juarez and Jacob Barney, Dominic Pineda who is returning at QB is a big bonus. Very competitive but always calm and collected under pressure. Wide Receiver Carter Myers is coming off a tremendous year, Jonah Marquez moving from safety to play the flex position and moving him all over the field getting him the ball as much possible and Michael Sanchez moving from Outside Linebacker to RB.

On defense the strengths are going to be the D Line and starting MLB Paul Huerta. On the defensive side of the ball, there will be 7 starters coming back from last year including the entire defensive line (Axel Romero, Gabriel Villanueva and Zack Cavazos), two of the Linebackers (Pual Huerta and Cody Crippen), corner Kenny Furbush and Safety Mike Servillo who started at outside LB last year.

Here are the Pioneers to keep an eye on, Offense:

QB: 4 Dominic Pineda (Sr), RB: 21 Jonah Marquez (Sr), 30 Mike Sanchez (Jr) RB Coach: Ivan Rodriguez WR: 7 Mateo Casas (Sr), 23 Noah Murillo 23 (Jr), 11 Carter Myers (Jr) WR Coach: DeJuan Jones OL: LT 77 Adam Casas (Jr), LG 78 Efren Juarez (Sr), C 55 Thomas Avila (So), 57 Trent Brumley (Sr), 60 Jacob Barney (Jr) OL Coach: Josh Villarreal

Defense:

D-Line: 27 Axel Romero (12) DE, 99 Gabriel Villanueva (12) NG, 8 Zack Cavazos (12) DE DL Coach: Kevin Tracy OLB: 9 Mario Rodriguez (10) OLB and 44 Cody Crippen (12) OLB. OLB Coach: Blake Kelley,: 42 Paul Huerta (11) MLB, 6 Bernie Santos (12) WLB, ILB Coach: Dillon Kelley CB: 16 Joseph Mendoza (12) and 2 Kenny Furbush (12). CB Coach: Wil Arnold Safety:​​​ 26 Mike Servillo (12) and 19 Chris Garcia (11). Safety Coach: Brian Allen

PIONEERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat Tulare Union Tribe 29-16

Aug 26 Lost to CVC Cavaliers 44-0

Sept 2 Lost to Tulare Western Mustangs 35-27

Sept 9 Lost to Mission Oak Hawks 30-6

Sept 23 Beat Reedley Pirates 20-13

Sept 29 Lost to Porterville Panthers 27-6

Oct 7 Lost to Golden West Trailblazers 18-13

Oct 14 Beat El Diamante Miners 24-0

Oct 21 at Monache Marauders

Oct 28 vs Redwood Rangers (Cowhide game) Rangers lead all time series 37-28-1

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

ATASCADERO GREYHOUNDS (5-3) (4-0 OCEAN)

This Greyhounds team is ready for a run at the Ocean League championship.  Look for a strong running game paired with a solid defense and will grind out the clock as much as possible while looking at a deep run in the playoffs.

The Hounds return 22 lettermen and will be led offensively by 4 returning starters with senior OL/DL Celton Vert, junior G Jaiden Ramirez, junior T/DT Anthony Tejeda, junior Jackson Cooper as well as senior TE Dallas Parish. Senior Trey Cooks will return as the starting TB (avg. 100+ yards/game in 2021) while Diego Real and Skyler Silva will lighten the load at TB as well.  Senior WR CJ Bell (6’4 210 lbs) comes off of a big basketball summer to spark the passing game and juniors Kane Cooks and Jarom Damery will compete for the QB job.   Defensively the Hounds will be led by returning starting LBs Real, Parish, Cooks,  and senior Kaleb Pryor as well as safeties Skyler Silva and Mason Degnan.  Isaac Contreras and Colby Gentry will anchor the D-Line as defensive coordinator Sam DeRose spends his 34th season on the Greyhound Sideline.

Schedule: GREYHOUNDS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Santa Ynez Pirates 21-0

Aug 26 Lost to North Stars 37-14

Sept 2 Lost to Paso Robles Bearcats 35-21

Sept 10 Beat to Alvarez Eagles (Salinas) 42-36 OVERTIME

Sept 16 Beat Santa Maria Saints 28-24

Sept 23 Beat San Luis Obispo Tigers 28-24

Oct 7 Beat Templeton Eagles 27-21

Oct 14 Beat Morro Bay Pirates 42-28

Oct 21 at Cabrillo Conquestors

Oct 28 at Pioneer Valley Panthers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

WASCO TIGERS (4-3) (1-2 SOUTH SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The SSL 10-0 Champions had a great year before the Tigers became the test dummy for the new silly playoff format before they were moved into division 2. The Tigers are always a physical running down hill team. The offensive line won the lineman competition at Hanford over the summer and will be bigger and stronger than last year which was one of the most effective offenses in the Central Section.

Defensively, the Tigers bring a ton of returners back anchored by Jessy Velez on the line and solidified by Ram Lopez at LB.

The Tigers new QB will be David Manzo-who is a true dual threat running and throwing. He has some big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of one of Wasco’s great QB’s in school history with Jacob Ruiz. Stud Tiger Returners, junior RB/OLB Mike Dominguez, senior TE/OLB Eli Vasquez, senior SS/WR  Iziah Juarez, senior Center Farmer Moreno, senior OL Ricky Andrade,  senior OL Chris Mendoza, and junior WR Hector Magallanes.

TIGERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat South Rebels 30-25

Sept 2 Beat Monache Marauders 40-20       

Sept 9 Lost to Tehachapi Warriors  27-20      

Sept 16 Beat McFarland Cougars 45-14

Sept 23 Beat Golden Valley Bulldogs  45-14      

Sept 30 Lost to Kennedy Thunderbirds 20-12

Oct 7 Lost to Chavez Titans 49-8              

Oct 21 vs Taft Wildcats      

Oct 28 vs Shafter Generals (Highway Takedown-since 1933, Shafter has won 45 Wasco 44 and 5 ties) Now that’s a rivalry!

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

CARUTHERS BLUE RAIDERS (6-2) (4-1 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Blue Crew were very young last year and HC Brandon Ward and his staff are really excited about this year’s group. A lot of guys are returning from last year and a lot of solid additions from the JV team.  

Here are some of Blue Raiders to keep on your radar: Senior TE/DE Landon Almeida is outstanding on both sides of the ball, senior QB Collin Hirschkorn who is coming into his own, Junior RB & PAGMETER All Star Hunter Babb, Senior OL/LB Daniel Carmona, Junior OT/DT Junior Madrigal, Senior WR/DB Lorenzo Taguada, and senior WR/LB Jesse Fernandez.

BLUE RAIDERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Coalinga Horned Toads 21-14

Aug 26 Lost to San Luis Obispo Tigers 27-7       

Sept 2 Beat Firebaugh Eagles 43-7       

Sept 9 Beat Riverdale Cowboys 57-14       

Sept 16 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 27-24

Sept 30 Beat Minarets Mustangs 50-0        

Oct 7 Beat Parlier Panthers  63-0      

Oct 14 Beat Yosemite Badgers 50-0         

Oct 21 vs Chowchilla Tribe         

Oct 28 at Fowler Redcats        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs TBA

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs TBA

Nov 25 Section Championship TBA

FOWLER REDCATS (6-2) (4-1 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Redcats will be going with freshman QB Jerod Bubba Smith and a star is born with Bubba. WR – Senior – Nickolas Mendoza, WSL Offensive player of the year,   RB – Senior – Hector Hernandez, 1st team WSL. RB – Senior – Johnny Mendez, 2nd Team WSL.OL – Senior – Elmer Rocha and  OL – Junior – Victor Castaneda. Defensive will have DL – Senior – Alfonso Alvarado, 1st team WSL. LB – Senior – Nicholas Shikaloff, WSL Defensive player of the year. DB – Senior – Vincent Rivera , 1st team WSL.

REDCATS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Corcoran Panthers 27-14

Aug 26 Beat Firebaugh Eagles 42-6        

Sept 2 Beat Immanuel Eagles 25-7

Sept 9 Beat Minarets Mustangs 43-7        

Sept 16 Beat Parlier Panthers 39-8        

Sept 30 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 35-28 OT       

Oct 7 Beat Chowchilla Tribe 35-7       

Oct 14 Beat Riverdale Cowboys  56-19       

Oct 21 at Yosemite Badgers         

Oct 28 vs Caruthers Blue Raiders

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

TULARE WESTERN MUSTANGS (2-6) (0-3 WEST YOSEMITE)

Mustangs had a great summer! Returning at QB to lead an explosive passing attack is senior Carmine Ficher who threw for 2,368 yards and 21 TD’s.. Carmine was dominant this summer and has taken his understanding of defenses to a new level. His main targets are seniors Carson Lopes and seniors Daniel Guerrero while seniors Jacob Ball and Yahir Hernandez will line up at WR and in the backfield. The O-line is coming along great and is led by 3 year starter senior Jose Soto who has offers already from Sac State and Nevada with plenty of interest from other schools. Defensively the Mustangs will be transitioning from the 3-4 to a 3-3. Up front are returning D-linemen juniors Ray’n May and Randy Jones who can play with power and speed. Calling the shots in the middle of the defense will be senior Eddy Loza along with junior OLB Cole Demmers who both can make plays sideline to sideline.

MUSTANGS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat El Diamante Miners 31-13

Aug 26 Lost to Bullard Knights 53-7       

Sept 2 Beat Mt Whitney Pioneers 35-27

Sept 9 Lost to Redwood Rangers 30-7        

Sept 23 Lost to Bakersfield Christian Eagles 28-25       

Sept 30 Lost to Mission Oak Hawks 43-7        

Oct 7 Lost to Dinuba Emperors  49-7      

Oct 13 Lost to Hanford Bullpups 56-0    

Oct 21 vs Lemoore Tigers at Tulare        

Oct 28 at Tulare Union Tribe (58th annual Bell game) Tribe leads 42-15

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

Nov 25 Section Championship

REEDLEY PIRATES (6-2) (2-1 TRI-COUNTY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE)

The big question will be, what will it be like after graduating the best Pirate in school history in Ryan Warkentin? Reedley moves into the Tri-County league and will be the favorites. The Pirates will be a very physical football team. The Pirates’ impact players on offense will be 3 year starting QB Jacob Rocha who is ready for a big year, and H back/receiver Kahlil Yalong who is extremely fast and versatile. Jacob and Kahlil had a very good summer at 7 on 7 tournaments. Offensive line will be the strength of the team, led by senior Sam Rodriguez. The hardest working unit on the team, they average 475 pound squats. Defense will be anchored by 3 year OLB Zach Lampa. The D-line will be bigger and stronger. The Pirates hope to continue the recent success, these seniors have been in the Pirates system for all 4 years and it should show on both sides of the ball. You better strap it up when you play the Pirates because they will want to run you over.

PIRATES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat Firebaugh Eagles 34-12

Aug 26 Beat Roosevelt Rough Riders 26-16       

Sept 9 Beat Coalinga Horned Toads 42-22       

Sept 16 Beat Selma Bears 47-27       

Sept 23 Lost to Mt Whitney Pioneers 20-13       

Sept 30 Lost to Immanuel Eagles 27-23       

Oct 7 Beat Hanford West Huskies 48-27       

Oct 14 Beat Sierra Pacific Golden Bears 42-20       

Oct 21 vs Kingsburg Vikings        

Oct 28 at Exeter Monarchs        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

STRATHMORE SPARTANS (7-1) (5-0 EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Spartans went 10-0 last year and had to be the test dummies for the new silly wacky playoff format that made zero sense. The small school overachievers got worn down playing in division 3. Head Coach Jeromy Blackwell has now won 158 career games. Now with Strathmore getting plenty of transfers in, look for the Spartans to be a high seed in division 4. The Spartans will steam roll their schedule. Watch out this year for the Spartans because they are bringing some speed to the stadium because they are loaded with speed, to make up for a lack of girth… The skilled positions are stacked with speedy junior RB’s Jacob Poole and Adrian Sierra who both return from last year and both are very good. The Spartans Qb looks like it will be junior Bryson Bias who is a 2nd year varsity player and first as starting QB. Returning juniors TE Sebastian Gonzalez and WR Raul Morales will be a big part of the offense. The O-Line is anchored by 2nd year senior Patrick Likewise, and junior Francisco Topete. Defense returns the entire secondary and the Spartans will have a new D-line, with a ton of speed… Speed Kills!!!

SPARTANS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Exeter Monarchs 18-12

Aug 26 Beat Hanford West Huskies 46-20        

Sept 2 Lost to Mendota Aztecs 7-6        

Sept 16 Beat Orange Cove Titans 63-0       

Sept 23 Beat Farmersville Aztecs 49-0       

Sept 30 Beat Orosi Cardinals 35-20       

Oct 7 Beat Woodlake Tigers  28-6      

Oct 13 Beat Granite Hills Grizzlies 49-6       

Oct 21 at Corcoran Panthers        

Oct 28 vs Lindsay Cardinals 101st meeting

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

GARZA GUARDIANS (3-5) (0-3 CMAC)

The new kids on the block are now ready for some varsity action. The Guardians are very young, very talented and with no seniors. The Guardians will get better and better each week and playing in the tough CMAC will have them battle tested for the playoffs. It would have been much better for a young team to play in the NYL the first couple of years.

Top Players to keep an eye on, sophomore QB Caleb Mathews who is good at 6’2, 180 lb and carries a 4.0 GPA. Caleb has a tremendous release, throws downhill, can throw on the run, very accurate and plays like a young Trent Tompkins.  Junior (WR/FS) London Alexander, sophomore OLB Omari Bogan, sophomore OL Gabin Garcia, sophomore NG Forrest Johnson, sophomore OLB Kaden Owens, WR/OLB, Jack Petrisans.

Offensive Line- workers, very young, 4 sophomores and 1 junior starting. Gabin Garcia, the center, is leading that group. The Guardians have a Huge tackle that could be special with sophomore Rodrel Murphy.

WR Core-Very Athletic across the board. Londin Alexander is a top tier talent and will be very dynamic in the passing offense. Fransisco Gama is the most reliable with great hands. Jack Petrisans is a huge target playing the slot/H back spot. Julian Aranzasu is a quick slot WR that can get a lot of speed miss matches on LB’s and safeties.

Defensively the Guardians are very excited about the defense having had a great summer and leading the way will be the two Inside LB Lee Williams and Brydel Aurelio. Garza has a big Nose guard that anchors the defensive Line with Forest Johnson. Great Edge defenders in Omari Bogan and Kaden Owens. And a solid secondary with Ignacio Miller and Francisco Gama, at corner, will be London Alexander and Enrique Munoz at Safety.

 GUARDIANS SCHEDULE  (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Beat Immanuel Eagles 27-14

Aug 26 Lost to Stone Ridge Christian Knights 20-18        

Sept 2 Beat Sanger West Hornets 53-24     

Sept 9 Lost to Sonora Wildcats 57-18       

Sept 15 Beat Coalinga Horned Toads 39-24       

Sept 30 Lost to Sanger Apaches 24-13       

Oct 6 Lost to Bullard Knights 49-18        

Oct 14 Lost to Edison Tigers 58-40        

Oct 21 at Memorial Panthers        

Oct 28 at Madera Coyotes

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

COALINGA HORNED TOADS (5-3) (3-0 WEST SIERRA LEAGUE)

The Toads will be young, but have plenty of Big Play Power led by sophomore QB Noah Tasi, Senior Receiver Devin Sanchez, and sophomore Receiver Dylan Teixeira. The Toads are returning all but two linemen. Expect key blocks made by senior Cavan Maylin, senior Tim Applegate, junior Donovan Urbina, and senior Jahaziel Aispuro. The backfield will be led by junior Wyatt Worth, senior Ty Wisincski, and junior Deegan Brooks.

Defensively, the Toads will be led by senior Linebacker Mario Delgado, junior Linebacker  Bransen Peters, senior D-Linemen Dominic Cattuzzo, and sophomore Cornerback Gavin Watson. The Toads play a very tough schedule.

HORNED TOADS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Caruthers Blue Raiders 21-14

Aug 26 Beat Templeton Eagles 39-15        

Sept 2 Beat Selma Bears  47-18      

Sept 9 Lost to Reedley Pirates 42-22

Sept 15 Lost to Garza Guardians 39-24        

Sept 30 Beat Firebaugh Eagles 39-12       

Oct 7 Beat Avenal Buccaneers  21-12       

Oct  14 Beat Mendota Aztecs 27-0        

Oct 21 at Tranquility Tigers        

Oct 28 vs Dos Palos Broncos

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MADERA COYOTES (3-5) (0-3 CMAC)

The Coyotes will be young and this team will get better and better during the year. The QB battle is between junior Ty Davis and sophomore Joel Arellano. Senior J’Sean Gonzales will be the go to target on the outside with senior Seth Pierson in the slot along with junior Michael Pedro in the slot. Junior Daniel Mendez and senior Aiden Owens in the backfield. The O-line is led by juniors Miguel Sanchez and Chente Rodriguez who will play on both sides of the ball. Defensive backfield will have senior Josh Marchan,  junior Julian Hernandez and senior Julius Torres. Watch out for seniors Eli Maciel and Devin Grisby off the edge. They are both fast and can get to the QB. The Coyotes have to play in the Tough CMAC and now with 3 high schools in Madera, it’s time to get the Coyotes in the Tri-County Athletic Conference with teams their own size. The Coyotes are 2-51 in 12 years playing in the CMAC

COYOTES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Lost to Torres Toros 28-25

Aug 26 Beat Selma Bears 40-35

Sept 2 Lost to Kerman Lions 21-14

Sept 9 Beat Madera South Stallions 34-30 (14th annual Battle of the Saw)        

Sept 16 Beat Golden Valley Bulldogs 34-24       

Sept 30 Lost to Bullard Knights 35-14   

Oct 7 Lost to Memorial Panthers 56-0       

Oct 14 Lost to Sanger Apaches 42-3 (40th meeting, Apaches now leads the series 26-12-2)

Oct 21 vs Edison Tigers

Oct 28 vs Garza Guardians         

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

NORTH STARS (5-3) (3-0 SOUTH YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE)

Keep an eye on the stars with plenty of players returning and leading the way will be 3-year starting junior QB Carson Bennett along with 4th year Players Xarrion Foreman (TE/LB) and Evan Siffing (RB/DB/K) will be one of the top kickers in the Central Section.  New addition is transfer Ty Cooper WR/DB, Daniel Bradwell WR/DB and James Davis WR/DB bring a new level of weapons for Bennett. JR RB Dillon Kyle had a tremendous season on the JV team last year, and will have immediate impact.

Junior Mitchell Stillion LB leads the defense and will be one of the best LB’s in the  Central Section. O-line returns 3/5 starters, with David Chaves leading the way at Tackle at 6’3 310lb, and was a Masters wrestling participant for Heavyweights last spring. Top Returners, senior TE/LB Xarrion Foreman, senior OL/DL David Chaves, junior OL/DL Brayden Shuffletowski, junior OL/DL Dylan Epps. Look for these Stars to step up with junior RB/DB Santos Ornelas, junior RB/LB Jimmy Amador and junior OL/LB Landon Whitby.

STARS SCHEDULE (BASED DIVISION 4)

Aug 18 Lost to Frontier Titans 35-13

Aug 26 Beat Atascadero Greyhounds 37-14    

Sept 1 Beat Delano Tigers 41-27       

Sept 9 Lost to San Luis Obispo Tigers 28-0       

Sept 22 Lost to Ridgeview Wolf Pack 44-14       

Sept 30 Beat West Vikings 28-7        

Oct 7 Beat Mira Monte Lions 35-13       

Oct 14 Lost to Tehachapi Warriors  32-28      

Oct 21 at East Blades

Oct 28 vs South Rebels

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SOUTH REBELS (2-6) (2-0 SOUTH YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE )

The Rebels will finally get to play a home game after 2 years on the road. South now knows what the Fresno Unified school teams felt like with not having a stadium on campus. The new and improved stadium is looking good! South will be very young with only 12 returners: 5 on offense and 5 on defense. The Rebels are on the small side but overall, will have plenty of team speed, strength and toughness is excellent. Offensively, South will plan to stretch the field laterally forcing teams to defend the whole field. South will be attacking the defense and hoping their team speed can make-up for mistakes. South’s best player, with true D1 abilities is PAGMETER All Star senior 6’2, 185lb Shane Carr. Shane is a real 3-sport athlete and will be “Mr. Everything” this year. He was the 2022 Division 2 and Master’s triple-jump champion in his first year of competition. He finished 15th at the state meet. He is extremely gifted. The Rebels  will use Shane in numerous positions and get him the ball. Right behind him and with similar abilities is junior 6’3 195lb James Webster. James played varsity FB as a sophomore and will be “Mr. Everything” #2. Both Shane and James will play both ways and be on the field as much as possible. The Rebels will have a new young QB with sophomore Josh Encinas and his job will be to get the ball to the playmakers.

The top returning OL/DL is senior 6’0, 280lb Ethan Guzman. Ethan will be a 3-year starter having earned all-league honors both his sophomore and junior years. Ethan is a physical/nasty lineman. Other top returners are Bryan Mendoza OLB, Kentrell McDaniel ILB, Cobe Herron OL, Juan Ruiz OL/ILB, Jacob Ramos C/DT and Sam Organista ILB/TE. Top new-comers are Joaquin Manzo RB/LB, AJ Jones SB/S, Marvin Parra SB/S, Anthony Williams CB, Nate Ramos G/DT, Danny Parra DB and Sam De La Cruz SB/CB. All of these guys are really good players and will get better and better each week.

REBELS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 3)

Aug 19 Lost to Wasco Tigers 30-25       

Aug 26 Lost to Porterville Panthers 49-0        

Sept 2 Lost to Golden Valley Bulldogs 28-14       

Sept 9 Lost to Independence Falcons 44-34         

Sept 16 Lost to Fillmore Flashes  30-6      

Sept 23 Lost to Lemoore Tigers 54-0       

Sept 30 Lost to Tehachapi Warriors 26-20       

Oct 7 Beat West Vikings 30-20       

Oct 14 Beat East Blades 35-14        

Oct 28 at North Stars The Sword Game

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

DIVISION 5

PAGMETER DIVISION 5 SCHEDULE RESULTS & NOTES

BISHOP UNION BRONCOS (7-0) (2-0 HIGH DESERT LEAGUE)

Somehow/someway the CIF has to get the Broncos out of the High Desert League because it’s a horrible league to try to grow a football program in. Head Coach Arnie Palu and his tremendous staff have done a great job with the football program but most of the rest of the High Desert teams are pretty much a mess. Most don’t even have a JV team so when league rolls around the Broncos JV’s usually get screwed with no game. Trying to schedule a JV game only is not easy. The old golden rule is if you don’t have a JV or freshmen team, the next stop is 8-man football. The Broncos need to be in a real football league!

Key Returning players for the Broncos Seniors: Cain Omohundro, HDL 1st team D, OLB/slot WR, 76 tackles. Reese Dondero, HDL 1st team, Defensive end, 67 tackles. Aden Arndal, Linebacker, 44 tackles.

Offense:

QB Boden St. Marie, Waiting to take the lead this year after waiting behind Senior Jakob Redmond.  Boden spent the off season in the weight room and at QB camps in Southern California. Poise for a big year. Bryce Lyons is returning as a 3-year starter at Center.  Leads a veteran group ready for a big year.

Young guys working hard and competing to replace graduated, 1,000 yard rusher,  Zach Mojarro.  Austin Powell, Kaleb Brooks, and Omohundro are battling for reps at RB.  Young receiving corps is getting better each day. Carson Schmidt, Cheveyo Marques and Jason Mullner are leading the way.

BRONCOS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Beat Lindsay Cardinals 36-3

Aug 26 Beat Yosemite Badgers 57-0       

Sept 2 Beat Fernley Vaqueros (Nevada) 31-22       

Sept 9 Beat Burroughs Burros 19-7

Sept 23 Beat Rim of the World Fighting Scots 30-28

Sept 30 Beat California City Ravens 28-13      

 Oct 14 Beat Kern Valley Broncs  26-6      

Oct 21 at Rosamond Roadrunners

Oct 28 vs Boron Bobcats

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

EXETER MONARCHS (5-3) (2-0 TRI-COUNTY)

Exeter has 20 returning players from last season’s team and have had a really good summer competing in various 7 on 7 tournaments and Lineman competitions.  The best work has been done during the regular summer practices.  The Monarchs have been working really hard in the weight room and on the field.

Keep an eye on, Top Players:  QB Ruben Ruiz,  RB Matthew Howell,  WR  Aidan Robertson, WR Jace Evans,  OT Austin O’Mara,  OT Jonathan Barraza, LB Josh Torres,  LB Jacob Molina,  DT Alexander Jeronimo,  DT Fabian Santillan, and  LB Gunner Lentz.

MONARCHS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Strathmore Spartans 18-12

Aug 26 Beat Woodlake Tigers 7-6 (Valencia Cup)

Sept 2 Beat Lindsay Cardinals 39-0       

Sept 9 Beat Granite Hills Grizzlies 63-0        

Sept 23 Lost to Porterville Panthers  34-6       

Sept 30 Beat Hanford West Huskies 29-9       

Oct 7 Lost to Washington Union Panthers 49-7       

Oct 14 Beat Immanuel Eagles 14-6

Oct 20 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears at Hanford

Oct 28 vs Reedley Pirates The Green Bowl

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

DOS PALOS BRONCOS (4-4) (3-0 WEST SEQUOIA)

The Broncos are young and have a lot to prove coming off a 10-0 year. The Broncos were penalized for being good. The Broncos had to move up in divisions and the season ended.

The Broncos defense is led by 3rd year varsity LB’s Julio Garcia and Hernan Hernandez. The D-line also has 3-year starters with Caleb Sanchez and Felix Garcia.  The secondary will have Ruben Chavez and Elias Esquivel.

Offensively will be pretty much a new unit. The Broncos lost 4 of the 5 offensive lineman from last year. Junior 6’2 QB Peyton VanWorth will be the new leader of the Broncos offense. DP will be very good in the skills position and leading the way will be junior RB Drake Hennagan.  At WRs, the Broncos are loaded and leading the way will be by senior Mike Cantu and sophomore sixth Ibarra.  The Broncos will battle and will get better and better every week.

BRONCOS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Los Banos Tigers 35-27

Aug 26 Lost to Summerville Bears 34-28

Sept 2 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 28-14

Sept 9 Lost to Pioneer Valley Panthers 28-27        

Sept 23 Beat Chowchilla Tribe 42-7        

Sept 30 Beat Avenal Buccaneers 42-27       

Oct 7 Beat Mendota Aztecs 44-41       

Oct 14 Beat Tranquility Tigers 36-0

Oct 21 at Firebaugh Eagles        

Oct 28 at Coalinga Horned Toads

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MORRO BAY PIRATES (4-4) (2-2 OCEAN LEAGUE)

Former MW Pioneer and COS QB Robert Daugherty is now the Head Coach of the Pirates. The Pirates are the defending Division 6 Champions.

Leading the way is PAGMETER All Star QB Nicky Johnson is one of the hardest working QB’s on/off the field and was a big part of the Pirates winning their first school Championship in 26 years. Johnson went 241-383 for 3,104 yards with 34 TD passes. Plenty of the Pirates return and this team is going to be good again.

PIRATES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to San Marcos Royals 35-18

Aug 26 Beat Carpinteria Warriors 41-7

Sept 2 Lost to Santa Ynez Pirates  59-19      

Sept 9 Beat Fresno High Warriors 28-13        

Sept 15 Beat Pioneer Valley Panthers  38-21      

Sept 30 Beat Santa Maria Saints 34-22

Oct 7 Lost to San Luis Obispo Tigers 40-34

Oct 14 Lost to Atascadero Greyhounds  42-28      

Oct 21 vs Templeton Eagles        

Oct 28 vs Cabrillo Cabrillo Conquistadores

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

CORCORAN PANTHERS (7-1) (4-0 EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

Last year the Panthers got caught up in the political plandemic game and it crushed a very good team. The O-line has been getting after it in the gym but the biggest question mark is the big guys upfront. Center Justin Portillo leads the way upfront.  Leading the way at QB will be the outstanding athlete Gage Armbruster and watch for Trae Edwards and Eian Hernandez at WRs. The Panthers are going old school and letting their best athlete play QB with Armbruster.

Defense- the Panthers will still be the physical/big blue wrecking crew with all returners in the secondary and LB. Look for a new and improved D-line and leading the way at DE will be Edwards. Kiki Rios will be a stud at LB and Armbruster & Hernandez will roam the secondary.

PANTHERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 26 Beat Fowler Redcats 27-13

Sept 1 Lost to Hanford West Huskies 12-10        

Sept 9 Beat Sierra Pacific Golden Bears 20-3

Sept 16 Beat Granite Hills Grizzlies 59-7       

Sept 23 Beat Woodlake Tigers 31-22

Sept 30 Beat Lindsay Cardinals 20-15        

Oct 6 Beat Orange Cove Titans 39-15       

Oct 14 Beat Orosi Cardinals 33-8       

Oct 21 vs Strathmore Spartans        

Oct 28 vs Farmersville Aztecs

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship  

MONACHE MARAUDERS (2-6) (1-2 EAST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Marauders return plenty and are feeling good heading into the new EYL.

The O-line is returning with center Dal Johnson, guard Joaquin Leyva, guard Dagon Allee, tackle Jonathan Newsom, and tackle Malachiah Robles. Every coach loves when the big guys upfront all return. At TE will be Matthew Barba. At QB will be 6’4 junior Emmett Focke and he has the potential to be very good. The RB’s will be (WR)Trayce Hornsby, David Leyva, and Damien Espinoza.

The Defense will have returning FS Joseph Espinoza, LB Izaiah Astorga, LB Edgar Batres and SS Victor Ayon. A star is born with sophomore Ty Baxter who will play DB and have a big impact on the Offensive side of the ball.

MARAUDERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Mission Oak Hawks 56-0

Aug 26 Beat Chavez Titans 39-20        

Sept 2 Lost to Wasco Tigers 40-20       

Sept 9 Lost to Paso Robles Bearcats 42-15        

Sept 23 Lost to Washington Union Panthers 41-6       

Sept 30 Lost to Golden West Trailblazers  39-14      

Oct 7 Beat El Diamante Miners 26-7       

Oct 13 Lost to Redwood Rangers 44-12       

Oct 21 vs Mt Whitney Pioneers        

Oct 28 at Porterville Panthers 53rd annual Granite Bowl

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

Nov 25 Section Championship

  

MADERA SOUTH STALLIONS (5-3) (4-1 NORTH YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

Finally the Stallions are out of the CMAC. Being in the CMAC has cost the Stallions years of a tremendous football program. Being in the NYL fits the Runnin Stallions with teams their own size. The Stallions will return 8 starters on offense and 6 returners on defense. The Stallions Players to watch – Senior RB/LB  Angelo “Thunder” Moreno, Senior RB/LB Erik “Lightning” Cervantes, returning starters Junior OL/DL/LBs, Eric Gallegos and Vincent Gutierrez.

Senior & do everything (very athletic) Isaiah Ford 6’2″ 205 lbs. Senior OL//DL Interior lineman 6’2″ 270 Joe Velasquez, returning DB and return specialist senior Rueben Marines.

Sophomore  QB Ahmed Sharhan has won the job and is going to be very good. Ahmed is a gamer and a big time competitor. Senior QB Jacob Edward’s will be ready if needed. Senior Daniel Castro is a big target and could be playing some WR/DB/QB.  Returning senior LB Seth Ochoa, returning senior DB/WR Juan Zavala and returning Lineman Micah Warden are all ready for a big year.

STALLIONS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Orosi Cardinals 41-13

Aug 26 Lost to Golden Valley Cougars (Merced) 35-7

Sept 9 Lost to Madera Coyotes 34-30 (14th annual Battle for the Saw)        

Sept 16 Lost to Sunnyside Wildcats 52-12        

Sept 23 Beat Sanger West Hornets 30-6       

Sept 30 Beat Fresno High Warriors 28-0      

Oct 7 Beat Roosevelt Rough Riders 26-17        

Oct 14 Beat McLane Highlanders  24-16      

Oct 21 vs Hoover Patriots at Ratcliffe Stadium        

Oct 28 vs Torres Toros

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs TBA

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

PIONEER VALLEY PANTHERS (3-5) (2-2 OCEAN LEAGUE)

The Panthers had one of the craziest years in a long time. PV got hit hard by the political plandemic game, played a very tough schedule, scored only 3 TD’s before the playoffs, went 0-8, got the No 3 seed in the Division 6 playoffs and battled the division 6 champions tough in the semifinals. PV returns plenty and should be much better on both sides of the ball. PV plays another killer schedule.

PANTHERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Independence Falcons 7-0

Aug 26 Lost to Lompoc Braves 54-7       

Sept 2 Lost to Righetti High Warriors 39-13     

Sept 9 Beat Dos Palos Broncos 28-27       

Sept 16 Lost to Morro Bay Pirates 38-21

Sept 23 Beat Cabrillo Conquistadors 33-6        

Sept 30 Lost to San Luis Obispo Tigers 42-7       

Oct 14 Beat Templeton Eagles  28-21      

Oct 21 vs Santa Maria Saints

Oct 28 vs Atascadero Greyhounds        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

TEMPLETON EAGLES (5-3) (2-2 OCEAN)

The 2022 Eagles will be young but experienced after starting 12 sophomores last year. The Eagles have two good QB’s, both played last year. Senior Noel Brady 6’2″ 200 is the returning starter but was lost for the season in week 2. Junior Anthony Chavez took the rest of the year and he has the heart of a lion and will get some reps at wing back also. The Eagles have a returning starting wing that was 2nd team all league last year and is ready for big things with senior Landen Miller who is pound for pound the strongest Eagles player, he runs hard and also has excellent hands. Eagles return 4 O-Linemen that had multiple starts last year, led by junior Johnny Peschong who was a 1st team all league performer. Eagles also look for big things from left tackle junior Aiden Wall. Eagles have 6 players that will contribute as running backs in the wing T-offense.

Defensively the Eagles will start 8 or 9 juniors, but 7 of them started as sophomores last year. The defense will be led by 3 returning linebackers who will all be juniors. Lane Miller, Trevor Tonini and Kohen Sizemore. The Eagles are expecting big things from this group. The Eagles have 3 of our 4 starters in the secondary returning  and leading the way will be JT Martinus who is a 3  year starter and he will be tasked with playing across from the best opponents receiver. The D line is going to be tough to run against and has great depth and plans on rotating 6-7 guys to stay fresh and play hard and fast.

The Eagles opened a new weight room in January and put it to great use. Eagles D-Line coach said it was the most productive spring and summer he has seen in 21 years of coaching.

EAGLES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 26 Lost to Coalinga Horned Toads 39-15

Sept 2 Beat East Blades 49-9

Sept 9 Beat Firebaugh Eagles 13-7       

Sept 16 Beat West Vikings  37-7      

Sept 23 Beat Santa Maria Saints 21-17

Sept 30 Beat Cabrillo Conquistadors 35-12        

Oct 7 Lost to Atascadero Greyhounds  27-21      

Oct 14 Lost to Pioneer Valley Panthers  28-21      

Oct 21 at Morro Bay Pirates

Oct 28 at San Luis Obispo Tigers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

IMMANUEL EAGLES (3-5) (2-1 TRI-COUNTY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE)

Eagles have some strong talent, but lack the varsity level depth heading into the year. The Eagles have an eager and committed group and are building! This season will be good but will have its challenges due to the low upperclassman numbers. The Eagles are a work in progress.

O-Line will be young and did not return any full time starters on the line.  The bright Spots are Charles Going , Chris and Leka Takapu, Sawyer Friesen……, and a good group of freshmen.

Junior QB Jacob Horn looks to start in 2022. He is bright eyed, high integrity with a strong arm and will get better and better with every game he plays.

Defense: the inside LB’s are very strong performers and some of the best in the Central Section with PAGMETER All Star Will Henderson and Jason Romo who both return. Together they made over 200 tackles and played sideline to sideline last season. At CB/WR will be senior Jason Poole.

The Eagles rising players will be Noah Schletewitz, Trey Romo, and Stephen Lopez. Once the 30-day transfer ends, look for plenty of new BIG Eagles to show up from all over the state.

EAGLES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Garza Guardians 27-14

Aug 26 Lost to Mission Oak Hawks  35-10      

Sept 2 Lost to Fowler Redcats 25-7       

Sept 16 Lost to Firebaugh Eagles 14-7        

Sept 23 Beat Mendota Aztecs  28-7      

Sept 30 Beat Reedley Pirates 27-23

Oct 7 Beat Sierra Pacific Golden Bears 28-7

Oct 14 Lost to Exeter Monarchs 14-6       

Oct 21 vs Hanford West Huskies

Oct 28 at Central Valley Christian Cavaliers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MCLANE HIGHLANDERS (4-4) (3-2 NORTH YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Highlanders are getting after it in the weightroom and on the field. 2nd year Head Coach Andrew Pancotti who is one of the best young coaches in the state is doing a fantastic job with building the Highlanders football program.

The offense is led by sophomore QB Logan Sanchez who transferred in from Buchanan! It might be the first in Mclane history to get a QB from a D1 school. Sanchez targets are explosive playmakers with sophomore Dominique Newhouse and 6’2 TE Jazimer Boyland. The O-line is led by seniors Roman Gudino and Sataeh Hannah. RBs Da-Zir Newhouse and Pearson  Sengsoulinh will get the load of the carries.

Defense is young but talented, explosive and led by a fearless linebacking core with returning starter Gustavo Castaneda at the helm and Noah Zamora. Backed up by an aggressive and Stingy secondary, led by sophomore Da-zir Newhouse, senior Jordan Stewart, and junior Kylen Worthy. Returning starters are senior DE Roman Gudino,  and junior DB TJ McMillan.

HIGHLANDERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Porterville Panthers 14-6

Aug 26 Beat Mendota Aztecs 20-14 OVERTIME        

Sept 2 Lost to Mission Prep Royals 37-0    

Sept 16 Beat Fresno High Warriors 28-21       

Sept 23 Lost to Torres Toros 34-7

Sept 30 Beat Roosevelt Rough Riders 13-7       

Oct 7 Beat Sanger West Hornets 36-28       

Oct 14 Lost to Madera South Stallions 24-16       

Oct 21 vs Sunnyside Wildcats        

Oct 28 vs Hoover Patriots

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

GOLDEN VALLEY BULLDOGS (4-5) (2-0  SOUTH YOSEMITE HORIZON LEAGUE)

The Bulldogs have plenty returning and will be better on both sides of the ball.

BULLDOGS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Sunnyside Wildcats 50-27

Aug 25 Beat East Blades 28-7       

Sept 2 Beat South Rebels 28-14

Sept 8 Lost to Delano Tigers 22-15       

Sept 16 Lost to Madera Coyotes  34-24      

Sept 23 Lost to Wasco Tigers 45-14       

Sept 29 Beat Mira Monte Lions 41-0        

Oct 7 Beat Arvin Bears 28-6       

Oct 14 Lost to West Vikings  24-19      

Oct 21 vs Foothill Trojans

 Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

ARVIN BEARS (4-5) (0-3 SOUTH YOSEMITE HORIZON LEAGUE)

The Bears will be young and new Head Coach Robert Riley will have his Bears ready. Long time HC Edgar Mares is now the AD. The Bears will be stronger upfront and hitting the weight room has helped the Bears. The Bears will have much more depth this year and leading the way will be senior DB/RB Jonathan Moreno along with    FB/LB Chris Carlos and RB/DB Joaquin Currichi. The Bears will lean on their strong offensive line, and leading the way will be OL/DL Andres Alcaraz, and OL/DL Angel Velasquez. The new QB will be Omar Pardo, who has the potential to be very good. Leading the way at WR will be Jack Kasinger. Keep an eye on some young Bears that have had a tremendous summer with Xavier Reynoso, Xavier Gonzalez, Elias Roman, David Martinez, and Noah Tolentino.  

BEARS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Chavez Titans 26-0

Aug 26 Lost to Shafter Generals 20-19        

Sept 2 Beat Kern Valley Broncs 27-0        

Sept 9 Lost to Taft Wildcats 28-21        

Sept 16 Lost to Tehachapi Warriors 28-10        

Sept 22 Beat West Vikings  42-20     

Sept 29 Beat Boron Bobcats 35-6

Oct 7 Lost to Golden Valley Bulldogs 28-6       

Oct 14 Beat Foothill Trojans 21-14       

Oct 21 at Mira Monte Lions

Oct 28 ?

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

DELANO TIGERS (3-4) (0-3 SOUTH SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

Head Coach Frank Gonzales is an alum of Delano (1986) and his staff have done an amazing job building the Tigers football program back up. Before the world ended in 2020,  you all remember in 2019 when Delano had an ugly fight with Mission Oak. After that fight on Nov 5, Delano had to start over and Coach Gonzales was hired and what a great move for Tigers football! The 2022 Tigers have the makings to be very good! This is the 3rd year for Coach but really the 2nd year since Delano Unified got caught up in the political plandemic and shut down the season in 2020.

The Tigers had 8 sophomores on offense and 7 sophomores on defense last season, many of those sophomores were two-way starters.  Most are back, in addition to adding some seniors and sophomores. The Tigers are still growing and building the Tiger culture of being a mentally and physically tough football team. In the ups and downs of last season, one thing that players consistently displayed was our NEVER QUIT attitude.

Offensively, QB, Jr, Eddie Silva, returner.  Silva has dedicated himself in the off-season and has shown improvement in his pocket presence and reading defenses.  

WRs will be senior George (JJ) Inguito, returner. Inguito has explosiveness and some decent speed.  The Tigers have high expectations for Inguito and getting him the ball.  Juniors Jayden Gurrola and Edward Rodriguez are returners as well. Both have improved on their route running and catching abilities.  

The O-line has two returners, senior tackle, Paul Carrillo, and junior guard, Jacob Gama.  The center and other guard are returners but have limited varsity playing experience.  The Tigers other tackle is a sophomore who has shown improvement during fall camp. The OL is still learning how to work together and trust each other.

RB duties will be shared by sophomore Roberto (RG) Garcia, and Denny Pena.  Both are tough runners. The Tigers are expecting big things out of both Running backs.

The defense will be young with many players starting for the first time on the Varsity level. Leading the way will be senior MLB Miguel Salmeron.  Salmeron saw action last year, however, this is his first year being the full time starter.

The D-line is headed up by 1st year starters, DE’s senior Alex Mejia, and junior Joan (pronounced HO-AN) Maldonado.  On the inside the Tigers will have sophomore Paul Garcia who has shown exceptional improvement during camp. The Linebackers will be juniors Julian Martinez and Ruben Reyes.  Both saw limited action last year, however, have shown improvement during fall camp.

In the secondary will be senior Everado Barajas-returner.  Barajas saw limited action last season.  This will be his first year as a starter.  Jayden Gurrola and Edward Rodriguez and Barajas will see time at Cornerback.  Roberto (RG) Garcia will share duties at safety. Look for the Tigers to get better and better with every game they play. The Tigers could be a very good sleeper team that will be tough to beat when the playoffs start.

TIGERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Beat Mira Monte Lions 33-29

Aug 26 Beat West Vikings 37-7     

Sept 1 Lost to North Stars 41-27       

Sept 8 Beat Golden Valley Bulldogs 22-15         

Sept 23 Lost to Kennedy Thunderbirds 21-0       

Sept 30 Lost to Chavez Titans 54-14       

Oct 7 Lost to Shafter Generals 56-14        

 Oct 21 at McFarland Cougars        

Oct 28 vs Taft Wildcats        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SANTA MARIA SAINTS (3-6) (1-4 OCEAN LEAGUE)

The Saints ended last year with a 6-game losing streak and this year they will be a young team with only returning 9 seniors. The QB will be Jossue Ellena who started last year. The X factor will be the offensive line because the strength will be the skilled guys. Leading the way will be WR/S Juan Rico, RB/LB Javier Delgadillo, OL/DL Angel Perez, OL/DL Joseph Villalovos, OL/DL Angel Castillo, RB/LB Jabdiel Calderon, RB/S Felipe Ramirez, RB/LB Angel Lucas, WR/CB Bottros Akkari, and WR/CB Malachi Jordan.

SAINTS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat East Blades 24-22

Aug 26 Lost to San Marcos Royals 28-9       

Sept 2 Beat Nipomo Titans 14-13        

Sept 9 Lost to Santa Ynez Pirates 21-0

Sept 16 Lost to Atascadero Greyhounds  28-24       

Sept 23 Lost to Templeton Eagles 21-17        

Sept 30 Lost to Morro Bay Pirates 34-22       

Oct 7 Beat Cabrillo Conquistadores 40-13

Oct 14 Lost to San Luis Obispo Tigers 34-14       

Oct 21 at Pioneer Valley Panthers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

    

MENDOTA AZTECS (3-5) (1-2 WEST SIERRA LEAGUE)

Aztecs strength will be the Offense and Defense upfront along with 3 year starting QB. The Aztecs have lost 4 players to transfer out of the district and moved out of Mendota. 3 of them were projected as starters. Impact Aztecs will be  QB Juan Cejia, WR/CB Rene Aguilar, RB/LB  Chris Mejia, and OL/DL Alex Aldana.

AZTECS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 34-14

Aug 26 Lost to McLane Highlanders 20-14 OVERTIME       

Sept 2 Beat Strathmore Spartans 7-6       

Sept 9 Beat Roosevelt Rough Riders 31-14

Sept 23 Lost to Immanuel Eagles 28-7       

Sept 30 Beat Tranquility Tigers 41-14       

Oct 7 Lost to Dos Palos Broncos 44-41       

Oct 14 Lost to Coalinga Horned Toads 27-0      

Oct 21 at Avenal Buccaneers        

Oct 28 vs Firebaugh Eagles Battle of Highway 33

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

WOODLAKE TIGERS (5-3) (3-2 EAST SEQUOIA)

The Tigers have 11 returners from last year for new Head Coach Manny Martinez who is a graduate from Woodlake and the Defensive Coordinator since 2017. Coach Manny has been around the Woodlake program for over 20 years. The Tigers have been in the weight room since February, and the mission is FINISH WHAT THEY STARTED LAST YEAR!

Team strength is (the trenches) Offensive Line. The Tigers have 4 out of the 5 returning on the O-line and are bigger and stronger. 6’2 Jared Reyes and 6’0 Daniel Guzman (both Seniors) are going to be the anchors on the offensive line. Returning Junior Isaiah Taylor and (remember this name) Conner Wallace (RB/Receiver/LB) will be running behind these Big men.

Junior QB Vincent Duran has been putting in the work all off season and his main targets will be (Senior, league leading receiver) Shane Rodriguez (DB/WR) and (Returning Junior) Ismael Peña (DB/WR).

On the Defensive side:

THE TIGER WILL BE AGGRESSIVE & PHYSICAL. 7 of the 11 returners played on the defensive side of the ball last year. Rodriguez, Wallace, Guzman, Reyes, and Peña have been pushing the rest of the team all off season. The Tigers will have one of the top defenses in the Central Section.

TIGERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION (5)

Aug 19 Beat Hanford West Huskies 21-14 OVERTIME

Aug 26 Lost to Exeter Monarchs 7-6 (Valencia Cup)

Sept 3 Beat Sierra Pacific Golden Bears 45-30

Sept 16 Beat Lindsay Cardinals 28-16

Sept 23 Lost to Corcoran Panthers 31-22

Sept 30  Beat Orange Cove Titans 34-7

Oct 7 Lost to Strathmore Spartans 28-6

Oct 14 Beat Farmersville Aztecs 13-7

Oct 21 vs Orosi Cardinals

Oct 28 vs Granite Hills Grizzlies (Battle for the Belt)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

    

ROOSEVELT ROUGH RIDERS (1-7) (1-4 NORTH YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

Dwayne Wright is the new Riders Head football Coach. Dwayne was an assistant coach at Roosevelt and played at Fresno State, 4th round pick by the Buffalo Bills. Coached at West Hills, FCC before coming to Roosevelt. This will be the first head coaching job for Dwayne Wright.

Leading the Riders will be senior RB Ulysses Diaz. NYL All  Star Steven Perez a DB/RB, NYL All Star Isaiah Velasquez who was Roosevelt Sack Leader and comes in with a ton of experience. Young offensively but very efficient. Defensively the Riders return 5 veteran starters. A star is born with sophomore WR Donyell Booker who is fast, explosive, athletic and the Riders will do what they can to get the ball to him. Keep an eye on Jerimiah Romero DB/RB, Offensive Center 6’4 275 lbs Ivan Flores , and LG 265 lbs 6’2 Isack Valencia is explosive. The Clovis Cougars backup QB last year Jackson Kloster has transferred to Roosevelt.

ROUGH RIDERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 26 Lost to Reedley Pirates 26-16

Sept 2 Lost Mission Oak Hawks 28-13        

Sept 9 Lost to Mendota Aztecs 31-14        

Sept 16 vs Torres Toros 26-20

Sept 23 Lost to Sunnyside Wildcats 16-7       

Sept 30 Lost to McLane Highlanders 13-7       

Oct 7 Lost to Madera South Stallions 26-17      

Oct 14 Beat Hoover Patriots 42-0     

Oct 21 vs Sanger West Hornets at Sunnyside Stadium        

Oct 28 vs Fresno High Warriors at Sunnyside Stadium

92nd “Little Big” Pig game (Fresno High leads the series over Roosevelt 46-42-2)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

Nov 25 Section Championship

EAST BLADES (1-7) (1-2 SOUTH YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE)

The Blades played much better in the 2nd half of last year’s season and are hoping to keep it going to start the year. HC Bibi Carrasco and his staff are doing a tremendous job especially with so many players who are new at playing football. The QB battle is between senior Frank Fonceca who also is a wrestler and a stud playing football and senior who is getting better and better every day. The O-line all comes back and last year they were all mostly freshmen. The RB’s will be junior OLB Lorenzo Patino, FS Sammy Ramos, and OLB Kalay Santiago. The WR’s will be FS Edward Hawkins and DB Thomas calistro. The Blades will have plenty of team speed and this team will not sneak up on anybody because they are good!

BLADES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Santa Maria Saints 24-22

Aug 25 Lost to Golden Valley Bulldogs 28-7     

Sept 2 Lost to Templeton Eagles 49-9       

Sept 9 Lost to Kennedy Thunderbirds  34-0      

Sept 23 Lost to La Salle Lancers (Pasadena) 41-21

Sept 30 Beat Foothill Trojans 28-0        

Oct 7 Lost to Tehachapi Warriors 35-0       

Oct 14 Lost to South Rebels 35-14

Oct 21 vs North Stars        

Oct 28 at West Vikings

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

FRESNO HIGH WARRIORS (2-6) (2-3 NORTH YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Warriors issue the last 5 years has been the low turnout for football.

WARRIORS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Washington Union Panthers 61-0

Aug 26 Lost to Chowchilla Tribe 13-12        

Sept 9 Lost to Morro Bay Pirates 28-13        

Sept 16 Lost to McLane Highlanders 28-21       

Sept 23 Beat Hoover Patriots 14-12       

Sept 30 Lost to Madera South Stallions 28-0         

Oct 7 Lost to Sunnyside Wildcats  59-12      

Oct 14 Beat Sanger West Hornets 20-12      

Oct 21 vs Torres Toros at McLane Stadium

Oct 28 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at at Sunnyside Stadium

92nd “Little Big” Pig game (Fresno High leads the series over Roosevelt 46-42-2)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

WEST VIKINGS (2-6) (1-2 SOUTH YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE)

The Vikings have the potential to have a very good year. Senior QB Gustavo Chavez who is a good basketball player transferred out so get ready for junior Jack Parks and this could be the blessing that the Vikings really needed. Jack is a good athlete/leader and a stud. Jack was going to be the starting OLB and anytime your QB can play LB, you know how tough he is. Jack Parks is going to be a beast at 6’3 190lb and he is a steer wrestler and one of the toughest Vikings in a long time.

The Vikings will run a multiple front attacking defense and rely on plenty of team speed. OL is going to be very good and the DL will be the strength of the team.

The Vikings senior studs are OL/DL Lennox Laulu who is 5-10 225, center Julian Navarro 5-10 375, WR/DB David Leon 5-8 165, Anthony James WR/DB 6-3 195, OL/DL Carlos Workman 5-10 245, and newcomer Zion Laulusa who will play DL at 6-3 265. The younger guys are RB/LB Abraham Ramirez 5-9 175, RB/LB Joseph Reed 5-9 185, Andrew Beasley OL/DL 5-10 265, and Sophomore RB/LB Julian Navarro 5-9 175.

VIKINGS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Shafter Generals 46-6

Aug 26 Lost to Delano Tigers 37-7       

Sept 9 Beat Mira Monte Lions 34-0        

Sept 16 Lost to Templeton Eagles  37-7      

Sept 23 Lost to Arvin Bears 42-20       

Sept 30 Lost to North Stars  28-7      

Oct 7 Lost to South Rebels 30-20

Oct 14 Beat Golden Valley Bulldogs 24-19 

Oct 21 at Tehachapi Warriors         

Oct 28 vs East Blades        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

HOOVER PATRIOTS (1-7) (1-4 NORTH YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Patriots need to forget about last year because everything went wrong. The Pates have lost 19 games in a row and the last win was Nov 1, 2019. 2nd year coach Jo Pierro is working on building the Patriots culture back up. The Patriots will have plenty of players with speed & playing both ways.  The Patriots are very excited about QB Darrian Hernandez who is a dual threat and can thread the needle. Donald Turner is a two- way player at DB/SLOT with great size. Coach Dartanian Shack (OL at FSU), tireless worker has the defense flying and making plays led by MVP from last year Devin Douangmala who is a beast at MLB/LB. Keep an eye on D-end Burnett Byrant, DT Erick Romero, and 2 way stud Pete Garcia FS/WR. Leading the way upfront, will be Charlie Castro, Haden Arrendondo, and newcomer Anthony Figueroa. The WRs on the outside will be  Maki King (X wr) & Bryant BelI (Z wr). The Patriots play a tough schedule and if they can win 30%, they will be tough to beat in division 5.

PANTHERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 26 Lost to Sierra Pacific Golden Bears 32-13

Sept 2 Lost to Edison Tigers 54-0       

Sept 9 Lost to Hanford West Huskies 36-29        

Sept 16 Beat Sanger West Hornets  33-14      

Sept 23 Lost to Fresno High Warriors 14-12      

Sept 29 Lost to Sunnyside Wildcats 63-22     

Oct 7 Lost to Torres Toros 27-22

Oct 14 Lost to Roosevelt Rough Riders 42-0

Oct 21 vs Madera South Stallions at Ratcliffe Stadium        

Oct 28 at McLane Highlanders Revolution Bowl

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

NIPOMO TITANS (0-8) (0-5 MOUNTAIN LEAGUE)

New Head Coach Stephen Field was the AD at Arroyo Grande. Graduated and played at Arroyo Grande/Cal Poly and coached at Arroyo Grande. The Titans are always a hard hitting physical team. Stay tuned on the Titans.

TITANS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to San Luis Obispo Tigers 35-0

Aug 26 Lost to Cabrillo Conquistadores 13-6

Sept 2 Lost to Santa Maria Saints 14-13

Sept 16 Lost to St. Joseph Knights  42-0      

Sept 23 Lost to Mission Prep Royals  49-13      

Sept 30 Lost to Arroyo Grande Eagles 53-0       

Oct 7 Lost to Santa Ynez Pirates 30-21       

Oct 14 Lost to Lompoc Braves 49-0       

Oct 21 at Paso Robles Bearcats        

Oct 28 vs Righetti High Warriors        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SELMA BEARS (1-7) (0-2 TRI-COUNTY )

Football has been way down in Selma for the last 2 years. When the world ended with the plandemic, the Bears administration were so scared and got caught up in the political game and the athletic teams paid the price. The Bears have a new outstanding head coach with Art Francis and he has some new administrators that want to be in the kid business and that’s great news for Bear nation. The Bears offense is moving away from the Wing-T.

The Bears offensive line will be the strength but are young . The senior leader upfront is guard Miguel Alvarado , Junior tackle Jose Flores, junior guard Aiden Alvarado, and sophomore tackle Isaiah Ochoa should be solid upfront.  Junior Qb Hugo Lopezis is developing as a passer coming from the wing-t scheme. The RB’s will be junior Drew Cerda, junior Noah Lopez, and senior Aiden Gomez. The Receivers will be junior Nico Colado, junior Javon Hicks, and  junior Anthony Roman .

Defensively the Bears will have only LB Miguel Alvarado returning . Other stand outs should be senior David Singh (DL), junior Sammy Trejo and junior Pablo Luna.  In the secondary will be junior Aiden Valdez and senior Josh Montoya.

The Bears are young and inexperienced but will be tough and will get better and better each week. If the Bears get into division 5 playing a tough schedule, watch out!

BEARS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Lemoore Tigers 78-6

Aug 26 Lost to Madera Coyotes 40-35       

Sept 2 Lost to Coalinga Horned Toads 47-18       

Sept 9 Lost to Dinuba Emperors 36-7         

Sept 16 Lost to Reedley Pirates 47-27

Sept 30 Beat Sierra Pacific Golden Bears  27-24       

Oct 7 Lost to Central Valley Christian Cavaliers  64-13      

Oct 14 Lost to Washington Union Panthers  52-16      

Oct 21 at Kerman Lions        

Oct 28 at Kingsburg Vikings (90th Fire Hydrant Game)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

    

SANGER WEST HORNETS (0-8) (0-5 NORTH YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Hornets are very young as we will not have any seniors for this first year so they will be playing all underclassmen. They really are a JV team playing against very good varsity teams. New Head Coach Rob Thompson and his staff will be building from the ground floor and 90% of the starters will be sophomores next year, so having these guys for multiple years will help out tremendously. This summer was huge for the Hornets as a team because a majority of these kids have not played together, so getting that team bonding and establishing that culture was important.

Impact Hornets players to keep an eye on, Arion Ciano ’25 (QB) – Aden Rodriguez ’25 (WR) – Josiah Riojas ’24 (LB) – Nicholas Augular ’25 (OL) – George Osbaldo ’24 (SS) – Elpidio Gamez ’24 (RB/LB) – Josh Pleasant ’24 (RB/LB)

HORNETS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 4)

Aug 19 Lost to Sanger Apaches 58-0

Aug 25 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 47-7

Sept 2 lost to Garza Guardians 53-24

Sept 16 Lost to Hoover Patriots 33-14

Sept 23 Lost to Madera South Stallions 30-6

Sept 30 Lost to Torres Toros 34-0

Oct 7 vs McLane Highlanders 36-28

Oct 14 Lost to Fresno High War 20-12

Oct 21 vs Roosevelt Rough Riders at Sunnyside Stadium

Oct 27 at Sunnyside Wildcats

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

DIVISION 6

The Desert Scorpions will not be playing football the rest of the year.      

 PAGMETER DIVISION 6 RANKING (IF FRESNO CHRISTIAN & SIERRA PLAYED)

No 1 CHOWCHILLA TRIBE (5)

No 2 HANFORD WEST HUSKIES (5)

No 3 AVENAL BUCCANEERS (6)

No 4 FIREBAUGH EAGLES  (5)

No 5 SIERRA PACIFIC GOLDEN BEARS (5)

No 6 KERN VALLEY BRONCS (6)

No 7 RIVERDALE COWBOYS (6)

No 8 BORON BOBCATS (6)

No 9 LINDSAY CARDINALS (6)

No 10 OROSI CARDINALS (6)

No 11 MIRA MONTE LIONS (6)

No 12 CABRILLO CONQUISTADORS  (5)

No 13 YOSEMITE BADGERS (6)

No 14 FARMERSVILLE AZTECS (6)

No 15 FOOTHILL TROJANS (6)

No 16 MCFARLAND COUGARS (6)

No 18 ORANGE COVE TITANS (6)

No 19 CALIFORNIA CITY RAVENS (6)

No 20 TRANQUILITY TIGERS (6)

No 21 GRANITE HILLS GRIZZLIES (6)

No 22 ROSAMOND ROADRUNNERS (6)

No 23 PARLIER PANTHERS (6)

No 24 MINARETS MUSTANGS (6)

IF 8-MAN FRESNO CHRISTIAN EAGLES & SIERRA CHIEFTAINS PLAYED IN DIVISION 6, THEY WOULD BE RANKED IN THE TOP 10

THE REAL DIVISION 6 RANKINGS SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS

No 1 CHOWCHILLA TRIBE (5)

No 2 HANFORD WEST HUSKIES (5)

No 3 AVENAL BUCCANEERS (6)

No 4 FIREBAUGH EAGLES  (5)

No 5 SIERRA PACIFIC GOLDEN BEARS  (5)

No 6 KERN VALLEY BRONCS (6)

No 7 RIVERDALE COWBOYS (6)

No 8 BORON BOBCATS (6)

No 9 LINDSAY CARDINALS (6)

No 10 OROSI CARDINALS (6)

No 11 MIRA MONTE LIONS (6)

No 12 CABRILLO CONQUISTADORS  (5)

No 13 YOSEMITE BADGERS (6)

No 14 FARMERSVILLE AZTECS (6)

No 15 FOOTHILL TROJANS (6)

No 16 MCFARLAND COUGARS (6)

PAGMETER DIVISION 6 SCHEDULE RESULTS & NOTES

CHOWCHILLA TRIBE (5-3) (4-1 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

This is an important year for the Tribe in re-setting the culture of the program.  Last year the numbers were down. We all remember when Chowchilla was a bad-ass football program when they were the Redskins but the soft society we now live in, it will have to be the Tribe.

Chowchilla finally was able to have a full off-season with a heavy emphasis on commitment in the weight room.  Head Coach  Alex Pittz and his staff have to teach the kids how to be winners again. Chowchilla were very fortunate to hire a great guy and coach my good friend with Chowchilla Alum, Mike Parsons (State Champ head coach with Modesto Christian and Section Champ at Clovis West) as the new OC and we’ll be transitioning to his shotgun wing T (we ran that back in 2011-14 when Coach Pitz first took over as head coach of the Redskins.

The roster currently sits at 30 (10 playing for the first time and 6 sophomores up) and are going to be young but improved.  

Some to keep an eye on, Seniors: Mason Bell (RB/DB), Thomas Crawford (OL/DL), Joey Garcia (RB/DB), Deven Godwin (WR/QB/DB), Logan Vandecar (OL/LB). Juniors: Anthony Avila (TE/DB), Brendan Calley (OL/DL), Cody Kinney (OL/DL) and Andre Pulliam (RB/DB).

Some key newcomers and youngsters:

Maleek Cobian (SR, 1st time, baseball player, RB/DB), Dwayne Hemphill (SO, RB/LB), Alejandro Molina (SO, OL/LB),  Benson Soares (SO, QB/DB) Davian Stephenson (SO, WR/DB).

TRIBE SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Kerman Lions 35-28

Aug 26 Beat Fresno High Warriors  13-12      

Sept 9 Beat Parlier Panthers 49-6       

Sept 16 Beat Yosemite Badgers 54-0         

Sept 23 Lost to Dos Palos Broncos 42-7       

Sept 30 Beat Riverdale Cowboys 28-24      

Oct 7 Lost to Fowler Redcats 35-7       

Oct 14 Beat Minarets Mustangs  40-0      

Oct 21 at Caruthers Blue Raiders        

Oct 28 vs Liberty Madera Hawks        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

HANFORD WEST HUSKIES (3-5) (0-3 WEST YOSEMITE LEAGUE)

The Huskies new Head Coach will be Allen Perryman who graduated from Lemoore, played at Sacramento State and spent the last two seasons as the defensive backs coach at COS, this will be his first head coaching job. The Huskies will be very athletic. Leading Huskies will be senior RB/WR/DB Oryin Turner, DT Julius Andrews, DT Ashton Houston, and junior Robert Stedman.

HUSKIES SCHEDULE (BASED DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Woodlake Tigers 21-14 OVERTIME

Aug 26 Lost to Strathmore Spartans 46-20

Sept 1 Beat Corcoran Panthers 12-10

Sept 9 Beat Hoover Patriots 36-29        

Sept 17 Beat Avenal Buccaneers 7-6      

Sept 30 Lost to Exeter Monarchs 29-9       

Oct 7 Lost to Reedley Pirates 48-27

Oct 14 Lost to Kerman Lions 41-7      

Oct 21 vs Immanuel Eagles at Hanford        

Oct 28 vs Sierra Pacific Golden Bears at Hanford        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

AVENAL BUCCANEERS (4-4) (1-2 WEST SIERRA)

New Head Coach David Lewis is back and he has his hands full. Last year Avenal got caught up with the political flu and it was a disaster. Coach Lewis returns after coaching the Bucs for 5 years. The Avenal administration is not good for a sports program so let’s hope it gets better because the Buccaneers will never ever be successful with this administration in place. Let’s hope this year is better! If the Administration can back the team 100%, the Buccaneers can compete and so far the buzz in Avenal is looking good.

BUCCANEERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 18 Beat McFarland Cougars 35-0

Aug 26 Beat Orosi Cardinals 24-21       

Sept 2 Lost to Riverdale Cowboys 20-12       

Sept 9 Beat Farmersville Aztecs 42-0       

Sept 17 Lost to Hanford West Huskies 7-3       

Sept 30 Lost to Dos Palos Broncos 42-27       

Oct 7 Lost to Coalinga Horned Toads 21-12        

Oct 14 Beat Firebaugh Eagles 20-14

Oct 21 vs Mendota Aztecs        

Oct 28 Tranquility Tigers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

FIREBAUGH EAGLES (2-6) (1-2 WEST SIERRA LEAGUE)

The Eagles graduate more than any team in the Central Section so the Eagles will be young. The new Head Coach is Jorge Saldana and he is GOOD! The Eagles will be extremely young, with only 5 returners/seniors. The offensive line will be all new names with no returners and minimal varsity experience. Junior OL/DL Erik Salcedo and sophomore OL/DL Anthony Mayo will be leading in the trenches up front.

The offense will return 2 starters and look to continue to be a run heavy team, there is a QB competition between 3 Eagles for the job right now with a few weeks to win the job.

The Eagle defense returns 4 of its best defenders from last season junior RB/LB Anthony Fernandez, senior DE/TE/OL Norberto Mendoza, senior LB/QB Manuel Bautista, senior WR/FS Isaiah Leyva 12 WR/FS, junior RB/LB Anthony Fernandez who last year had 130 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, & being the heart of the defense.

EAGLES SCHEDULE BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Lost to Reedley Pirates 34-12

Aug 26 Lost to Fowler Redcats 42-6

Sept 2 Lost to Caruthers Blue Raiders 43-7

Sept 9 Lost to Templeton Eagles 13-7

Sept 16 Beat Immanuel Eagles 14-7

Sept 30 Lost to Coalinga Horned Toads 39-12

Oct 7 Beat Tranquility Tigers 44-21

Oct 14 Lost to Avenal Buccaneers 20-14

Oct 21 vs Dos Palos Broncos

Oct 28 at Mendota Aztecs

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SIERRA PACIFIC GOLDEN BEARS (3-5) (0-3 TRI-COUNTY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE)

The G Bears led the State with the most injuries at QB in a long time and look to bounce back from a disaster year. SP is refreshed and made a lot of changes in coaching and philosophy.

This year’s team has a huge chip on their shoulders. This has been the most demanding off-season lifting program that some of these kids have ever seen. The boys have made it clear that last year’s injury plagued 1-9 season will not happen again. The team will be led by Sophomore QB Landon McKee who is a very accurate smart passer. The running game will be split by two big physical running backs, Blake Sifton and Damian Villa. Villa is coming back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the majority of the season. Both backs are downhill runners.

The receiving group will be led by sophomore David Hilyard. David started 7 games as a freshman on varsity last season and became the go to guy. At 6’3 he will be hard to guard this year. Returning from a season ending knee injury will be Junior Aden Dominguez. Before the injury Aden was the most explosive player on the roster. The O-line will be returning several starters from last year. Juniors Josiah Hill,  Case Nuckles, and Seniors Andrew Lewis, and Ronny Montgomery, along with Shawn Miller who is making the move from a defensive only player to the offensive line this season.  The line is shaping up to be a very good unit.

Defensively the team will be returning several starters from last season. Shawn Miller, David Hilyard, Andrew Lewis and Big Nose Tackle Justin Galvan who will be a huge part of the defensive scheme this season. Case Nuckles who was the team leading tackler will anchor the defense at Middle Linebacker. Two Junior Defensive backs that played over 90% of the defensive snaps as sophomores will lead the defensive backs this season.  Marquise Harris and Tyler Leslie should be two of the best defensive backs in the small school division.

The new G Bears to keep an eye on, Nathaniel DeMatto: Ended up 13th in the state as a sophomore in the 110 Hurdles (very fast). Shauntai Kimble 6’4 freshman that has impressed the coaches over summer workouts Sebastian (man child) DeCastro: No words can express his ability and work ethic.

GOLDEN BEARS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Orange Cove Titans 26-7

Aug 26 Beat Hoover Patriots 32-13      

Sept 3 Lost to Woodlake Tigers 45-30       

Sept 9 Lost to Corcoran Panthers 20-3        

Sept 23 Beat Foothill Trojans 31-3       

Sept 30 Lost to Selma Bears  27-24      

Oct 7 Lost to Immanuel Eagles 28-7        

Oct 14 Lost to Reedley Pirates 42-20

Oct 20 vs Exeter Monarchs        

Oct 28 vs Hanford West Huskies at Hanford        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

FRESNO CHRISTIAN EAGLES (8-0)

The Eagles are the defending 8-man champions and will repeat again this year. The Eagles would easily compete for the division 6 section championship and hopefully soon they will.
Leading the Eagles is junior QB Logan Stotts, senior Joshua Chinn, senior Sam Copeland, junior Jude Sheppard and sophomore Joshua Kubota

EAGLES SCHEDULE
Aug 26 Beat Vasquez Mustangs 47-0
Sept 2 Beat Branson Bulls 32-24
Sept 9 Beat Stuart Hall Knights 43-20
Sept 16 Beat Alpaugh Buffaloes 48-0
Sept 23 Beat Riverdale Christian Ambassadors 48-14
Oct 1 Beat Orcutt Academy Spartans 54-14
Oct 7 Beat Sierra Chieftains 56-27

Oct 15 Beat Portola Valley Panthers 36-22
Oct 28 at Laton Mustangs

RIVERDALE COWBOYS (4-4)  (1-4 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

Keep an eye on the Cowboys because they have the makings to be good with plenty of senior leaders. Keep an eye on the returning running backs with seniors Isaac Romero and Juan Martinez. Leading the WRs will be senior Daniel Pimentel.  The O-line will have seniors Craig Mendes, Austin Simas, and  junior Armondo Leon.

The new Cowboys QB will be freshmen Xaidyn Camacho who is 6’0 160lb and this kid has the makings to be very good.

On defense the Boys will have senior LB Alexis Velasquez,  senior DE Jon Griggs,  junior DB Imanol Herrera,  senior DB Isaac Romero and senior Daniel Pimentel.

COWBOYS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Beat Tranquility Tigers 37-21

Aug 26 Beat Orange Cove Titans 22-18       

Sept 2 Beat Avenal Buccaneers 20-12        

Sept 9 Lost to Caruthers Blue Raiders 57-14        

Sept 16 Beat Minarets Mustangs 42-14        

Sept 30 Lost to Chowchilla Tribe 28-24        

Oct 7 Lost to Yosemite Badgers  52-47      

Oct 14 Lost to Fowler Redcats 56-19       

Oct 21 at Liberty Madera Hawks

Oct 28 vs Parlier Panthers        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

SIERRA CHIEFTAINS (7-1)

Once again the Chieftains are playing a blended schedule. Four-11 man games and six 8-man games.The Chieftains need to be in the Division 6 rankings even though they are considered 8-man and they need to ask the CIF right now to play 11-man in the division 6 playoffs.
It is time for the Chieftains to get back into 11-man football for 100% at a time.
Only 6 seniors back from last year. The Chiefain senior leaders are Bodee Cunnings, Jeremy Rue and Hunter Fowles at the skill positions and Center Colton DeLuca. Multi sports stars Logan Kilbert and Luke Brown return to build on last year’s performances. Sophomore Jake Pond will help fill voids on the line. Junior RB/LB Brock Cunnings and QB Aaron Irvine looks to build on productive sophomore seasons. Looking good in summer wohas been WR/DB Tanner Forrester.
In 6 games the Chieftains have scored 36 TDs and total offense of 2,800 yards.

CHIEFTAINS SCHEDULE
Aug 18 Beat Minarets Mustangs 27-21 (11-man)
Aug 26 Beat Kern Valley Broncs 37-28 (11-man)
Sept 2 Beat Yosemite Badgers 40-29 (11-man)
Sept 9 Beat Coast Union Broncos 48-36 (8-man)

Sept 16 Beat Tranquility Tigers (11-man) 55-49 OT
Sept 23 Beat Orcutt Academy Spartans (8-man) 59-21
Sept 30 Beat Laton Mustangs (8-man) 59-36
Oct 7 Lost to Fresno Christian Eagles 56-27
Oct 14 at Riverdale Christian Ambassadors (8-man)
Oct 22 vs Alpaugh Buffaloes (8-man)

KERN VALLEY BRONCS (4-4) (2-1 HIGH DESERT LEAGUE)

The Broncs have a new Head Coach with Scott Tedrow and along with his staff are starting from the ground floor with building a football program. The Broncs have no JV team. Not too long ago the Broncs were tough to beat. The Broncs return 16 players and that’s good news. There is a QB battle with Josh Papp and Hunter Watts. Papp missed last year with an injury and is back working hard. The running backs will be Bryan Hernandez and Deegan Lee. Leading the way at WR will be Daimon Dedmon. Leading the O-line will be OT/DT Ryan Prince. Leading the way on defense will be MLB Derrick Hinkey, OLB Deegan Lee and LB Christopher Lopez.

BRONCS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Taft Wildcats 29-0

Aug 26 Lost to Sierra Chieftains 37-28       

Sept 2 Lost to Arvin Bears 45-0       

Sept 9 Beat McFarland Cougars 20-7        

Sept 16 Beat Mira Monte Lions 28-14        

Sept 30 Beat Rosamond Roadrunners 34-13        

Oct 7 Beat California City Ravens 33-0       

Oct 14 Lost to Bishop Union Broncos  26-6      

Oct 21 vs Boron Bobcats        

Oct 28 COULD BE LOOKING FOR A GAME        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

OROSI CARDINALS (2-6) (2-3 EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Cardinals are going to be very good on offense so the X factor will be the defensive side of the ball. There could be plenty of shootouts with plenty of Cardinals playing both ways.

The Cardinals return 7 starters with junior PAGMETER All Star RB Andrew Camarillo (1580 yds 31 TDS,  senior FB Alex Ortega (905 yds 5 TD’s 10.5 ave, 3 returning O-line with , Tyler Oliveras, Angelo Lupian, Eugene Hernandez. Junior QB Lance Lopez started the last 5 games and had a 110 QB rating. WR Justin Villatoro (21 rec. 222 yds)

Defense will be a work in progress, led by the same guys Camarillo and Ortega Linebackers, Villatoro at CB, the 3 O-line also playing D-line.

CARDINALS SCHEDULE ( BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Madera South Stallions 41-13

Aug 26 Lost to Avenal Buccaneers 24-21       

Sept 9 Lost to Shafter Generals 25-6        

Sept 16 Lost to Farmersville Aztecs 28-26       

Sept 23 Beat Lindsay Cardinals 49-21       

Sept 30 Lost to Strathmore Spartans 35-20       

Oct 7 Beat Granite Hills Grizzlies 48-6       

Oct 14 Lost to Corcoran Panthers  33-8       

Oct 21 at Woodlake Tigers        

Oct 28 at Orange Cove Titans (The Battle of the O)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

BORON BOBCATS (4-4) (2-0 HIGH DESERT LEAGUE)

The Bobcats will be young and with no JV team. Leading the way will be junior QB Braeden Wolfe. The Cats will battle for 2nd place in the HDL.

BOBCATS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Beat Foothill Trojans 8-0

8/26 Lost to Mira Monte Lions 12-8

Sept 2 Beat Riverside Prep Silver Knights (Oro Grande) 38-8

Sept 9 Lost to Rio Hondo Prep Kares (Arcadia) 54-20

Sept 16 Lost to Big Bear Bears 22-20        

Sept 30 Lost to Arvin Bears 35-6

Oct 7 Beat Rosamond Roadrunners 29-14        

Oct 14 Beat California City Ravens 29-14       

Oct 21 at Kern Valley Broncs

Oct 28 at Bishop Union Broncos        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship 

LINDSAY CARDINALS (3-5) (2-3 EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The overall roster was young last year and will have a good amount of young returning players. The Redbirds will be leaning on the experienced younger players who will be ready to rock & roll. The Cardinals will have 3 starters on offense and 5 returners on defense coming back.

Leading the Cardinals will be senior QB Samuel Reyes who is like a coach on a field. Junior SS/OLB Fernando Martinez was the Team Defensive MVP as a sophomore. The O-Line was a work in progress last year and will be returning two starters and several kids who got adequate playing experience.

CARDINALS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Bishop Union Broncos 36-3

Aug 26 Beat California City Ravens 33-7

Sept 2 Lost to Exeter Monarchs 39-0       

Sept 16 Lost to Woodlake Tigers 28-16       

Sept 23 Lost to Orosi Cardinals 49-21       

Sept 30 Lost to Corcoran Panthers  20-15       

Oct 6 Beat Farmersville Aztecs 36-14       

Oct 14 Beat Orange Cove Titans 42-21`       

Oct 20 at Granite Hills Grizzlies        

Oct 28 at Strathmore Spartans 101st Meeting

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MIRA MONTE LIONS (2-6) (1-2 SOUTH YOSEMITE HORIZON LEAGUE)

Last year was a disaster with the political flu and the Lions never got it going. Leading the way at QB will be junior QB Hector Burmudez. The new Horizon league is perfect for the Lions to grow and compete against.

LIONS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Delano Tigers 33-29

Aug 26 Beat Boron Bobcats 12-8        

Sept 2 Lost to Shafter Generals 49-0      

Sept 9 Lost to West Vikings 34-0        

Sept 16 Lost to Kern Valley Broncs 28-14       

Sept 29 Lost to Golden Valley Bulldogs  41-0      

Oct 7 Lost to North Stars 35-13       

Oct 15 Beat Cabrillo Conquistadores 42-25        

Oct 21 vs Arvin Bears        

Oct 28 at Foothill Trojans

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

CABRILLO CONQUISTADORS (2-6) (0-5 OCEAN)

The new kids on the block are now 1-0 in the Central Section and breaking their long losing streak. Head Coach Mitch Crossley and his staff are building a football program. This team is coming along. Last 2 years with the political flu didn’t help but the number of players coming out for football and changing to the Central Section with playing teams their own size will really help grow a football program. Plenty of teams in the Central Section would not be winning against big teams like Ventura and Santa Barbara area teams either. This year’s team will be physical upfront and look for Cabrillo to get better and better with every game they play.

 CONQUISTADORS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 5)

Aug 19 Beat Nordhoff Rangers 51-19

Aug 26 Beat Nipomo Titans 13-6        

Sept 2 Lost to Lompoc Braves 62-7        

Sept 16 Lost to San Luis Obispo Tigers 54-14       

Sept 23 Lost to Pioneer Valley Panthers 33-6       

Sept 30 Lost to Templeton Eagles 35-12        

Oct 7 Lost to Santa Maria Saints 40-13

Oct 15 Lost to Mira Monte Titans 42-25       

Oct 21 vs Atascadero  Greyhounds

Oct 28 at Morro Bay Pirates

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

YOSEMITE BADGERS (2-6) (2-3 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA)

The Badgers have a new Head Coach with Josh Wisniowski who is a very good young coach. Coach Josh brings in plenty of heart and passion and the players will feed off it.

Josh takes over the worst school districts in the Central Section when it comes to common sense but we have good news, the old administration is gone bye bye (YAY) and that’s great news if you live in Oakhurst. The new Superintendent is Brian Beck and he’s a sports guy and will be tremendous for the mountain community. Brian Beck is the perfect guy that gets it and comes in and will fix the issues and listen to the parents. I’m excited for Coach Josh and his Badgers!  

The Badgers will be young and hungry and ready to compete for a section title this year. YHS will return most of last year’s coaching staff with a few returning coaches from years previous.

The team will showcase a new offensive philosophy and return to an old defensive philosophy. Bringing back the 46 Bear defense and going with an option style offense will certainly make the Badgers tough to prepare for weekly.

The Badgers to keep an eye on, junior QB/LB Jackson Kissee,  senior RB/QB/DB Colin McMechan, junior RB/WR/DB Carson McIntosh, junior RB/LB Tristan Sherman, senior OL/DL Dylan Lutz, senior OL/DL Lucas Wade, and the Italian Stallion sophomore WR/DB Luca DeBernardi.

BADGERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 18 Lost to Mariposa County Grizzlies 35-12

Aug 26 Lost to Bishop Union Broncos 57-0       

Sept 2 Lost to Sierra Chieftains 40-29 (39th Mountain Bowl)        

Sept 9 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 43-0 (GAME CALLED AT HALFTIME)       

Sept 16 Lost to Chowchilla Tribe 54-0       

Sept 30 Beat Parlier Panthers 7-2       

Oct 7 Beat Riverdale Cowboys 52-47        

Oct 14 Lost to Caruthers Blue Raiders 63-0       

Oct 21 vs Fowler Redcats        

Oct 28 at Minarets Mustangs (The Game)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

FARMERSVILLE AZTECS (3-4) (2-3 EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

The Aztecs had a very good 7v7 summer that will carry over to the season. The Aztecs have a very good Head Coach with Sean Knox and this could be the sleeper team. Knox graduated from Tulare Western, played DB at Utah, coached for 10 years in college, was the DC at Reedley College & Tulare Western with some tremendous teams. Keep an eye on the Aztecs!

Keep an eye on senior QB/LB Anthony Salinas because is very good. Anthony is a gamer, competitor and with a tremendous arm.

AZTECS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Beat Parlier Panthers 47-0       

Sept 9 Lost to Avenal Buccaneers 42-0

Sept 16 Beat Orosi Cardinals 28-26       

Sept 23 Lost to Strathmore Spartans 49-0       

Sept 30 Beat Granite Hills Grizzlies  39-6      

Oct 6 Lost to Lindsay Cardinals 36-14       

Oct 14 Lost to Woodlake Tigers  13-7      

Oct 21 vs Orange Cove Titans        

Oct 28 at Corcoran Panthers        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

FOOTHILL TROJANS (2-6) (0-2 SOUTH YOSEMITE HORIZON LEAGUE)

The Trojans come off winning the SEYL Championship for the first time since 1981. The Trojans will be young after graduating a very good class. Leading the way will be junior QB Joel Trevino and older brother RB/DB Elias Trevino. The Trojans are a work in progress.

TROJANS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Boron Bobcats 8-0

Aug 26 Lost to Taft Wildcats 48-18        

Sept 2 Lost to Porterville Panthers 27-0        

Sept 9 Beat California City Ravens 36-13       

Sept 16 Beat Rosamond Roadrunners 28-0       

Sept 23 Lost to Sierra Pacific Golden Bears  31-3      

Sept 30 Lost to East Blades 28-0

Oct 14 Lost to Arvin Bears 21-14       

Oct 21 at Golden Valley Bulldogs         

Oct 28 vs Mira Monte Lions        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

ORANGE COVE TITANS (2-6) (0-5 EAST SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

Last year the Titans were young.

TITANS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Sierra Pacific Golden Bears 26-7

Aug 26 Lost to Riverdale Cowboys 22-18       

Sept 2 Beat Parlier Panthers 35-7         

Sept 16 Lost to Strathmore Spartans 63-0       

Sept 23 Beat Granite Hills Grizzlies 35-12

Sept 30 Lost to Woodlake Tigers 34-7

Oct 6 Lost to Corcoran Panthers  39-15      

Oct 14 Lost to Lindsay Cardinals  42-21      

Oct 21 at Farmersville Aztecs         

Oct 28 vs Orosi Cardinals (Battle of the O)

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MCFARLAND COUGARS (2-6) (0-5 SOUTH SEQUOIA LEAGUE)

When you look at successful football programs it always starts with the administration and the questions you ask, are they in the kid business? Do they want outstanding families to move into the school district? Do they support the sports programs at 100%? If any of these answers are a no, your sports program will be in trouble.

In McFarland the administration does not do their part and it’s that simple. The Cougars have an outstanding Head Coach with Manny Munoz who is in his 2nd year at McFarland. What’s crazy is the administration tried to find somebody else to coach during the off season and everybody knew what a joke the administration was, nobody wanted the job. Manny is back and he gives so much extra time to McFarland because he’s in it for the kids. McFarland  football does a tremendous job from the varsity all the way to the youth. From the coaches, players and parents, the McFarland community is a wonderful place and the coaches, players and parents deserve a much better administration.  

The Cougars roster with 26 players is full of great kids who want to play hard and learn the game of football. The Improvements have been around but the experience from last season is the biggest strength going into the 2022 season. 8 starters returning.

 The Cougars to keep an eye on, will be senior Tito Zepeda – RB/LB; senior Miguel Zepeda – TE/DT; senior Juan Villareal – RB/LB; senior Cesar Rivera – TE/DE; junior. Jordi Gallegos; sophomore. Jorge Hernandez QB who is getting better and better and Manny Murrillo – T/DT.

COUGARS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 18 Lost to Avenal Buccaneers 35-0

Aug 26 Beat Tranquility Tigers 7-6

Sept 2 Beat Granite Hills Grizzlies 19-14

Sept 9 Lost to Kern Valley Broncs 20-7

Sept 16 Lost to Wasco Tigers 45-14

Sept 23 Lost to Chavez Titans 61-0

Sept 30 Lost to Shafter Generals 43-0

Oct 7 Lost to Taft Wildcats 47-0

Oct 14 Lost to Kennedy Thunderbirds FORFEIT

Oct 21 Delano Tigers

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

CALIFORNIA CITY RAVENS (1-7) (0-3 HIGH DESERT)

The Ravens new Head Coach is Jay Guinyard and he comes from a disaster last year with the political flu. The Ravens only played 5 games and every game was a ugly blow out. Cal City also does not have a JV team and that means the Ravens will be young and the numbers are down.

RAVENS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Fillmore Flashes 49-0

Aug 26 Lost to Lindsay Cardinals 33-7       

Sept 9 Lost to Foothill Trojans 28-0       

Sept 16 Lost to Santa Rosa Academy Rangers 40-6

Sept 23 Beat Rosamond Roadrunners 20-13

Sept 30 Lost to Bishop Union Broncos  28-13      

Oct 7 Lost to Kern Valley Broncos 33-0       

Oct 14 Lost to Boron Bobcats 35-0             

Oct 28 at Rosamond Roadrunners        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

TRANQUILITY TIGERS (1-7) (0-3 WEST SIERRA)

Tranquility has the perfect coach with Mike Martinez who has 29 years of coaching experience. Coach is in it for his kids and loves coaching at his alma mater.

The Tigers will battle and compete this year, and  have some pretty good skill position players but we all know it starts at the line with only two returning lineman but the Tigers are hoping they can have more linemen come out and play this year.

Things have not been easy, enrollment is down and Tranquility is the smallest school in the WSL league with 400 kids. Coach Martinez will always have his Tigers ready to compete with respect and great character. Iron Sharpens Iron so man Sharpens another!

The leading Tigers will be,

No 50 senior DL/OL Carlos Novoa, Tigers best Lineman that will carry the Line this year, one of the  toughest young-man on the Team and one the Team Captains.  

The Tigers have two young-men competing for the starting role at QB, both athletic, junior No 7 Aj Reynoso and senior No 2 Cesar Guzman.

RB’s,  senior No 3 Anthony Echeverria and junior No 5 Josue Avilas both are tough and looking to lead the Tigers.

WR’s, will have sophomore No 10 Isaias Lopez and senior No 4 Gabriel Guzman will be leading our receiving core.

TIGERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Riverdale Cowboys 37-21

Aug 26 Lost to McFarland Cougars 7-6

Sept 2 Lost to Le Grand Bulldogs 50-0        

Sept 16 Lost to Sierra Chieftains 55-49 OT         

Sept 23 Beat Minarets Mustangs 26-7      

Sept 30 Lost to Mendota Aztecs 41-14       

Oct 7 Lost to Firebaugh Eagles 44-21        

Oct 14 Lost to Dos Palos Broncos  36-0      

Oct 21 vs Coalinga Horned Toads        

Oct 28 Avenal Buccaneers        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

GRANITE HILLS GRIZZLIES (1-7) (0-5 EAST SEQUOIA)

Stay tuned for more info coming.

GRIZZLIES SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 26 Beat Parlier Panther 34-28

Sept 2 Lost to McFarland Cougars 19-14

Sept 9 Lost to Exeter Monarchs 63-0       

Sept 16 Lost to Corcoran Panthers  59-7      

Sept 23 Lost to Orange Cove Titans 35-12       

Sept 30 Lost to Farmersville Aztecs 39-6       

Oct 7 Lost to Orosi  Cardinals 48-6

Oct 13 Lost to Strathmore Spartans 49-6       

Oct 20 vs Lindsay Cardinals         

Oct 28 at Woodlake Tigers         

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

ROSAMOND ROADRUNNERS (1-7) (0-2 HIGH DESERT)

The Roadrunners new Head Coach is Jamal Cathcart. If any team in the High Desert that can compete it might just be the Roadrunners. Plenty of players return from last year.

ROADRUNNERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Littlerock Lobos 28-0

Aug 26 Lost to Big Bear Bears 45-0        

Sept 2 Lost to Colton Yellowjackets  29-6      

Sept 9 Beat Vasquez Mustangs (Acton) 53-19

Sept 16 Lost to Foothill Trojans 28-0 

Sept 23 Lost to California City Ravens 20-13       

Sept 30 Lost to Kern Valley Broncs 34-13       

Oct 7 Lost to Boron Bobcats  29-14        

Oct 21 vs Bishop Union Broncos        

Oct 28 vs California City Ravens        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

PARLIER PANTHERS (0-8) (0-5 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA)

Head Coach Drew Halstead is also the new AD. The Panthers are still very young and have very little playing experience. The offense is a work in progress and the defense is coming along. The Panthers are just trying to get better everyday. The toughest part of Coach Halstead and his staff is keeping his team motivated because there hasn’t been much success, but the coaches see the improvement. The Panthers have a pretty good group of freshmen, but don’t have enough players to have a JV team until week 3 or 4. Once school starts more kids will come out for football. It’s good to see the Parlier administration is getting better at supporting the Panthers sport program.  Panthers also have a tremendous youth football program. The Panthers play a very tough schedule.

PANTHERS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 19 Lost to Farmersville Aztecs 47-0

Aug 26 Lost to Granite Hills Grizzlies 34-28       

Sept 2 Lost to Orange Cove Titans 37-7

Sept 9 Lost to Chowchilla Tribe 49-6        

Sept 16 Lost to Fowler Redcats 39-8        

Sept 30 Lost to Yosemite Badgers  7-2       

Oct 7 Lost to Caruthers Blue Raiders 50-0       

Oct 14 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 55-0

Oct 21 vs Minarets Mustangs

Oct 28 at Riverdale Cowboys

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

MINARETS MUSTANGS (0-8) (0-5 NORTHWEST SEQUOIA)

New Head Coach is Shannon Pulliam. With all the building of homes down the hill from Minarets, this team has the makings to be a sleeping giant if it’s worked the right way.

Leading the Mustangs will be Logan Baize, Julian Vasquez, Joey LaMadrid who is a big target at WR and keep an eye on the Mustangs young sophomore QB Adrian Vazquez.

MUSTANGS SCHEDULE (BASED IN DIVISION 6)

Aug 18 Lost to Sierra Chieftains 27-21

Aug 26 Lost to Mariposa County Grizzlies  21-6      

Sept 9 Lost to Fowler Redcats 43-7         

Sept 16 Lost to Riverdale Cowboys  42-14       

Sept 23 Lost to Tranquility Tigers 26-7       

Sept 30 Lost to Caruthers Blue Raiders  50-0      

Oct 7 Lost to Liberty Madera Hawks 55-0

Oct 14 Lost to Chowchilla Tribe 40-0        

Oct 21 at Parlier Panthers        

Oct 28 vs Yosemite Badgers (The Game)        

Nov 4 1st Round Section Playoffs

Nov 10 Qtr. Final Section Playoffs

Nov 18 Semi-Final Playoffs

Nov 25 Section Championship

One comment

  • What on Earth is going on at Hoover? I was at the game Friday night against Madera South and witnessed a coaching meltdown unlike I’ve ever seen. The tall coach (I think the defensive coach) got ejected and refused to leave the field. Finally an administrator(?) escorted him out of the stadium. Then after the handshake line the head coach was screaming about how the refs screwed them and was swearing a blue streak about how it was bs and the refs were s****y. This tantrum continued for like another 10-15 minutes on the sideline as he sat on the bench while the field cleared out. Very concerning.

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