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Week 1 Preview: Golden Hawks and Rangers headline the week

FEATURE GAME OF THE WEEK
Redwood (0-0) at Centennial (0-0)

Thursday at 7 p.m. at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
Redwood: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg
Centennial: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg

The Rangers and the Golden Hawks square off in a Thursday night showcase of some of the top talent in the Valley.

Centennial is led by USC-bound quarterback Cody Kessler and Utah-bound linebacker Jared Norris. Kessler will be without last year’s top receiver Cole Hallum, who chose not to play football this year, but has other receivers like Tim Martinez ready to step up in his place.

Fresno State-bound running back Dillon Root leads the Rangers. The offense also features dynamic wide receiver KC Pearce, who caught 34 passes for 803 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago. The Ranger D, led by linebacker Phil Martin, gave up 22.8 points per game a year ago, which isn’t bad, but they will need a superb effort to shut down the Golden Hawk offense.

Dos Palos (0-0) at Kingsburg (1-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Kingsburg
Scoring Averages
Dos Palos: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg
Kingsburg: 19.0 PFpg, 15.0 PApg

Two of the best small-school rushers will square off, in Dos Palos’ Kevin Schofield and Kingsburg’s Garrett Steele.

Last week it took Steele filling in for injured quarterback Austin Bray and a hail mary pass for the Vikings to leave San Luis Obispo with a 19-15 victory. But the defense that a lot of people were questioning coming into the season only gave up two touchdowns and a field goal.

It remains to be seen what Dos Palos can do, but one thing is certain, it has a great running back in Schofield.

Edison (0-1) at Bakersfield (0-1)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
Edison: 22.0 PFpg, 49.0 PApg
Bakersfield: 28.0 PFpg, 42.0 PApg

Two of the most storied programs in the Valley meet up, both of whom happen to be coming off of tough losses.

Coming into the season, everyone knew Bakersfield quarterback Brian Burrell was both an excellent runner and passer, but the Drillers also revealed they have a potential backfield. Running backs Walter Hunt and Silas Nacita combined for 186 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.

With a new coach and a lot of new faces, it’s hard to know what to expect from Edison.

“All we really know about Edison is that they are very athletic,” Bakersfield head coach Paul Golla said.

Edison coach Jim O’Brien seems to have the same questions about his team. Despite the Tigers athleticism, Clovis East was able to move the ball at will against them last week.

El Diamante (0-0) at Clovis North (0-1)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium
Scoring Averages
El Diamante: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg
Clovis North: 19.0 PFpg, 21.0 PApg

Clovis North is coming off a narrow 21-19 loss that still has to be stinging. While El Diamante has to be chomping at the bit to start the season.

Bronco running back Alek Mechikoff was limited to 39 yards on 12 carries last week … don’t expect that to happen again. Quarterback Chris Mariscal put together a solid game, completing 13-of-22 pass for 200 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Miners also have an excellent running back in Aaron Sing and are coming off a 9-2 season a year ago.

Redlands East Valley (0-0) at Clovis East (1-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lamonica Stadium
Scoring Averages
Redlands East: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg
Clovis East: 49.0 PFpg, 22.0 PApg

To put it bluntly, Clovis East looked unstoppable last week. Even when the Timberwolves threw the ball (two times), they went for 30-plus yards.

Junior Khary Coleman showed he is one of the best running backs in the Valley and capable of leading the traditional powerful Timberwolf running attack, with 154 yards on 15 carries. The recruiters will be salivating soon enough.

Redlands East Valley is not to be taken lightly though. The Wildcats are coming off an 11-1 season a year ago and will be looking to start the season on the right note.

Del Oro (Loomis) (1-0) at Clovis West (1-0)
Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium
Scoring Averages
Del Oro (Loomis): 41.0 PFpg, 19.0 PApg
Clovis West: 42.0 PFpg, 21.0 PApg

Both schools are coming off nearly identical wins against non-sectional teams at home.

Clovis West running back Kendall Brock erased any doubt that he was completely healed, as he rushed for 194 yards and five touchdowns.

Del Oro started the season by picking up a 41-19 win at home against defending Divison I Valley Champion Bullard last week.

Sanger (0-0) at Hoover (0-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Stadium
Scoring Averages
Sanger: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg
Hoover: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg

Sanger and Hoover both open the season this week.

The Patriots are led offensive and defensively by RB/WR/CB Tevin Ivy, who does a lot of everything, but excels as a shutdown corner. Hoover also has an excellent defensive tackle in Demontae Williams.

Not information is coming out of the Apache camp, except they have a superb athlete at quarterback in Aaron Perez.

West (0-0) at Liberty-Bakersfield (1-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
West: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg
Liberty-Bakersfield: 40.0 PFpg, 7.0 PApg

Liberty is one of the most overlooked teams in the south Valley, despite bringing back leading rusher Carson Moyer and a D1 recruit in Cody Temple.

Although a lot of the defense is new this year, it looked good in a 40-7 victory over Delano. Moyer also rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns in that game.

DB Fred Wilson, who was recently offered by UNLV, leads the West defense. The Vikings are looking to start the season off right after posting a 4-7 record last year.

Porterville (1-0) at Shafter (1-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Shafter
Scoring Averages
Porterville: 48.0 PFpg, 14.0 PApg
Shafter: 49.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg

Porterville is coming off a 48-14 win over Mt. Whitney and, not surprisingly, none of their stats were posted. But Mt. Whitney’s stats were posted and there was a chink in the Panthers’ armor, as they gave up 180 yards rushing, with a 7.2 yard average.

Shafter posted a 49-0 thrashing of Kennedy last week. Running back Fernando Saucedo led the way with 197 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Mendota (0-0) at Caruthers (0-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Caruthers
Scoring Averages
Mendota: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg
Caruthers: 0.0 PFpg, 0.0 PApg

The West Sierra and West Sequoia leagues clash as Mendota and Caruthers kick off their seasons.

Mendota brings back its two leading rushers in run-heavy offense in Estefan Velasco and Rafael Cervantes.

Some consider Caruthers to be the favorite to win its league, but it first has to face off against Mendota. The Blue Raiders bring back key offensive components, including quarterback Josh Gilmore and running backs Brandon Gomez and Abraham Delgado.

Complete Week 1 Schedule
Thursday

Madera (0-1, 0-0) at Fresno (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Redwood (0-0, 0-0) at Centennial (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Friday
Arvin (0-1, 0-0) at Foothill (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Avenal (0-1, 0-0) at Greenfield, 7:30 p.m.
Chavez (0-1, 0-0) at Roosevelt (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Chowchilla (1-0, 0-0) at Central Valley Christian (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Clovis (1-0, 0-0) at Atascadero, 7:30 p.m.
Corcoran (1-0, 0-0) at Wasco (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Dinuba (0-0, 0-0) at Reedley (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Dos Palos (0-0, 0-0) at Kingsburg (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Edison (0-1, 0-0) at Bakersfield (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
El Diamante (0-0, 0-0) at Clovis North (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Exeter (0-1, 0-0) at Woodlake (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Fowler (0-1, 0-0) at Firebaugh (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Fresno Christian (0-0, 0-0) at Laton (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Garces (0-0, 0-0) at Tehachapi (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Golden West (0-0, 0-0) at Tulare (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Hanford (1-0, 0-0) at Monache (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Highland (1-0, 0-0) at Golden Valley-Bakersfield (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Immanuel (1-0, 0-0) at Liberty-Madera Ranchos (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Kerman (0-0, 0-0) at Madera South (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Kings Christian (0-1, 0-0) at Trona, 7:30 p.m.
Lindsay (0-0, 0-0) at Granite Hills (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Maricopa at Lighthouse Christian (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
McLane (1-0, 0-0) at Selma (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Memorial (0-0, 0-0) at Yosemite (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mendota (0-0, 0-0) at Caruthers (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mira Monte (0-1, 0-0) at North (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mission Oak (0-0, 0-0) at Hanford West (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mojave at Coast (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Parlier (0-0, 0-0) at Orosi (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Porterville (1-0, 0-0) at Shafter (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Redlands East at Clovis East (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Ridgeview (0-0, 0-0) at Independence (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Riverdale (0-1, 0-0) at Orange Cove (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Sanger (0-0, 0-0) at Hoover (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Sierra (0-0, 0-0) at Golden Valley-Merced, 7:30 p.m.
South (0-0, 0-0) at Frontier (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Stockdale (0-0, 0-0) at East Bakersfield (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Strathmore (1-0, 0-0) at Farmersville (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Sunnyside (0-0, 0-0) at Lemoore (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Taft (0-1, 0-0) at Coalinga (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Tulare Western (0-0, 0-0) at Mt. Whitney (0-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
West (0-0, 0-0) at Liberty-Bakersfield (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
Faith Christian (0-0, 0-0) at Shandon, 7:30 p.m.
North Co. Christian-Atascadero at Alpaugh (0-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Bullard (0-1, 0-0) at Valley Christian-S.J., 7:30 p.m.
Clovis Christian (0-0, 0-0) at Anchorpoint Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Del Oro-Loomis at Clovis West (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

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