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Week 11 HS Football Preview: Valley Playoffs First Round

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All the hard work of the regular season comes down to this — the playoffs. While a large portion of the playoff teams received a first-round bye, there are still enough intriguing matchups to keep it interesting.

(13) MT. WHITNEY (6-4, 3-3) at (4) MEMORIAL (9-1, 5-0)
Friday at 7 p.m.
Mt. Whitney: 28.8 PFpg, 35.1 PApg
Memorial: 34.4 PFpg, 9.2 PApg

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Aside from a seven-point loss to undefeated Buchanan, Memorial has been just about unstoppable. Eight of the Panthers’ nine victories have been by 20 points or more and they get it done with an effective offense and a devastating defense.

Memorial gives up the second fewest points in the Valley (just 0.1 points per game more than leader Roosevelt). The Panther D has recorded two shutouts and a total of six games when the opponent scored less than seven (usually a fail extra point).

The balanced rushing tandem of Chris Brown and Christian Garcia lead the Memorial offense and are complemented with the efficient passing game of quarterback Bryant Cummings.

Mt. Whitney has shown it can put points on the board against just about anyone, including 33 against undefeated Tulare. Unfortunately the Pioneer defense showed it can give up large sums of points to their opponents, including 69 to undefeated Tulare.

Against a dominating defense like Memorial, the Pioneers can’t expect to carry the entire load and win. Mt. Whitney will need to get the defensive stops to pull this first round upset.

(15) MIRA MONTE (5-5, 5-1) at (2) TEHACHAPI (8-2, 4-1)
Friday at 7 p.m.
Mira Monte: 24.0 PFpg, 27.1 PApg
Tehachapi: 27.5 PFpg, 16.2 PApg

One thing is for the certain is the clock will keep moving in this game. Both teams average a combined 82.7 rushing attempts per game. Mira Monte runs the ball 81 percent of the time (392 rush to 92 pass) and Tehachapi runs it even more — 90 percent of their plays are on the ground (435 rush to 48 pass).

Despite the enormous loads, both teams feature back maintains a strong average en route to massive amounts of yardage. Tehachapi’s Jesse Olofson has compiled 1,543 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns. Meanwhile Mira Monte running back Timothy Harris has 1,449 yards with a 7.5 ypc average and 15 touchdowns.

Mira Monte will need to step up its defense, which allowed 27.1 points per game in the regular season, if it is to compete with the Warriors.

(13) HIGHLAND (2-9, 0-6) at (4) DELANO (8-2, 4-2)
Friday at 7 p.m.
Highland: 13.5 PFpg, 32.0 PApg
Delano: 36.5 PFpg, 15.2 PApg

Possibly the most lopsided first round game, at least on paper.

Highland’s scoring margin is -18.5 per game, while Delano’s is +21.3 per game. The Tigers offense, which averages 386.9 yards of total offense per game, will look to exploit a defense that allowed 32.0 points per game in the regular season.

(11) REEDLEY (7-3, 2-3) at (6) GARCES (6-4, 4-2)
Friday at 7 p.m.
Reedley: 25.9 PFpg, 19.6 PApg
Garces: 35.2 PFpg, 24.8 PApg

Both teams will be looking to right the ship in this Division II first round matchup.

Reedley had an impressive 5-0 record at one point, but lost three of the final five, all of which were in CMAC action. Garces, on the other hand, looked to be on a role, with a three-game winning streak, but dropped the final game 35-6 to Liberty-Bakersfield.

(12) SUNNYSIDE (5-6, 4-1) at (5) EDISON (6-4, 3-2)
Friday at 7 p.m.
Sunnyside: 17.5 PFpg, 25.5 PApg
Edison: 27.5 PFpg, 12.2 PApg

The Sunnyside Wildcats were the comeback kids of the second half of the season after starting out 1-5. The Wildcats won four-straight and made a run at the North Yosemite League title, but came up just short in the final week of the regular season, with a 29-3 loss to Memorial.

The Wildcats will need to find a renewed focus on Friday as they take on the Edison and arguably the best defensive line in the Valley, led by DT Rykeem Yates and DE Wesley Flowers.

They’ll also need to find a way to minimize the impact of UCLA-bound all-purpose player Tevin McDonald, while looking for a big game from 1,000-yard rusher Lejon Mason.

COMPLETE WEEK 11 SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009
Division I
(9) Clovis East (4-6, 2-3) at (8) Centennial (6-4, 3-3), 7 p.m.
Division II
(9) West (4-6, 3-2) at (8) Sanger (5-5, 3-2), 7 p.m.
(12) Sunnyside (5-6, 4-1) at (5) Edison (6-4, 3-2), 7 p.m.
(13) Mt. Whitney (6-4, 3-3) at (4) Memorial (9-1, 5-0), 7 p.m.
(11) Reedley (7-3, 2-3) at (6) Garces (6-4, 4-2), 7 p.m.
(10) Redwood (5-5, 5-1) at (7) Hoover (6-4, 2-3), 7 p.m.
Division III
(9) Clovis North (4-6, 0-5) at (8) Chavez (5-6, 2-4), 7 p.m.
(12) Golden Valley-Bakersfield (3-7, 1-5) at (5) Hanford (6-4, 4-2), 7 p.m.
(13) Highland (2-9, 0-6) at (4) Delano (8-2, 4-2), 7 p.m.
(14) Independence (6-4, 5-1) at (3) Porterville (7-3, 5-1), 7 p.m.
(11) Hanford West (3-7, 1-5) at (6) Ridgeview (6-5, 2-4), 7 p.m.
(10) Foothill (3-7, 2-4) at (7) South (6-4, 2-4), 7 p.m.
(15) Mira Monte (5-5, 5-1) at (2) Tehachapi (8-2, 4-1), 7 p.m.
Division IV
(9) Roosevelt (6-4, 3-2) at (8) Kerman (5-5, 2-4), 7 p.m.
(11) Central Valley Christian (4-6, 2-4) at (6) Dos Palos (5-5, 4-2), 7 p.m.
(10) Immanuel (4-6, 2-4) at (7) Sierra (7-3, 3-3), 7 p.m.
Division V
(9) Bakersfield Christian (3-7, 1-4) at (8) Mission Prep (7-3, 5-0), 7 p.m.
(11) Fresno Christian (5-5, 1-3) at (6) Lindsay (7-4, 2-2), 7 p.m.
(10) Firebaugh (5-5, 2-2) at (7) Parlier (5-5, 2-2), 7 p.m.
Division VI
(5) Orange Cove (5-5, 3-2) at (4) Farmersville (6-4, 4-1), 7 p.m.
(6) McFarland (5-6, 2-3) at (3) Mendota (5-5, 3-1), 7 p.m.

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