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Week 1 Marquee Games


Looking for a good game to go to? Here are five marquee games this Friday (not in any particular order) you may want to consider attending.

NOTE:Inclusion on this list does not mean will or will not cover all or any of the listed games.

NO. 1 (Valley) CLOVIS NORTH (1-0) at NO. 1 (Nationally) ST. JOHN BOSCO (BELLFLOWER) (1-0), 7 P.M.

The Valley’s top-ranked Clovis North Broncos have rescheduled up by traveling to Bellflower to take on St. John Bosco, which is ranked No. 1 in the country by and No. 11 in USAToday’s Super 25 poll.

If you love battles at the line of scrimmage this game features a one-on-one matchup that might be unparalleled between Damien Mama—the No. 1 OG recruit of the Class of 2014—vs. Jacob Daniel—potentially the top DT recruit of the Class of 2015.

In addition to the 6-foot-4, 370-pound Mama (uncommitted), the Braves lineup features four-star recruits CB Jaleel Wadood (committed to Cal), CB Naljlel Hale (committed to Arizona), DE Malik Dorton (committed to USC) and a number of other players holding offers.

NO. 6 WASCO (1-0) at NO. 2 BAKERSFIELD (0-1), 7:30 P.M.

The defending Division IV Valley Champion Wasco also improved its scheduled after being overlooked for a State Playoff game last year because of a perceived lack of strength of schedule.

However it won’t be an easy task to go into Griffith Stadium and knock off the Drillers, who looked impressive, despite losing 51-50 to Oaks Christian, one of the top programs in the state.

The key matchup will Tigers rushing trio of Isaiah Sharp, Terrance Grinner and Casper Lopez vs. the Drillers’ unconventional defensive front.

NO. 7 LIBERTY-BAKERSFIELD (1-0) at NO. 4 CENTRAL (1-1), 7 P.M.

The Patriots and the Grizzlies squared off last year, with the Grizzlies winning both encounters.

The Patriots will look to establish the ground game, with the tandem of Anthony Mariscal and Quincy Jountti, to open up the pass game, led by senior QB Josh Medina.

With all their talent and athleticism, the Grizzlies have looked a little ragged so far. However, as he showed last week against Hanford, don’t let your guard up on Michiah Quick. He can take it to the house at any minute.

NO. 22 SUNNYSIDE (0-1) at NO. 10 EL DIAMANTE (1-0), 7:30 P.M.

The Miners had to have been itching for this one ever since the Wildcats eliminated them from the playoffs.

The Miners may have a little more of a pass game this year with QB JC Robles, but the key will be the running game, led by senior DeAngello Torres.

Even with the graduation of the Wingfield twins, Sunnyside showed it’s still a formidable opponent by hanging tough at Sanger last week.

NO. 16 LEMOORE (1-0) at NO. 14 CLOVIS (0-1), 7:30 P.M.

Lemoore is looking to secure and marquee win early on the season, while the Cougars are looking to redeem themselves after a 43-6 loss last week to Edison.

For many in Fresno County, this will be their first chance to see Lemoore RB Richard Doctor in person and see how he fares against a Fresno County program known for its defenses.

The Cougars frankly didn’t appear hungry in the preseason and that contentment manifested itself last week against Edison. They’ll need to find that feistiness the Clovis program has been known for the past couple years.

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