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Week 5 Preview: Rivalries flaring early on

FEATURE GAME OF THE WEEK
Reedley (3-1, 0-0) at Sanger (3-1, 0-0)
Friday at Sanger
Scoring Averages
Reedley: 20.8 PFpg, 21.8 PApg
Sanger: 20.8 PFpg, 8.8 PApg

They say disregard the records for rivalry games, because both teams are going to put their best foot forward. Taking into account both teams come in with 3-1 records, anticipation has to be high for what is considered by some to be the top rivalry in the Valley, as Sanger hosts Reedley on Friday.

Sanger was brought back to earth last week with a 7-10 loss to Clovis, but anytime the Apaches are at home, they have a shot to win with one of the toughest crowds in the Valley.

Sanger is also extremely disciplined and has a senior quarterback Aaron Perez who keeps all the Apaches focused on the same goal. And the defense has only allowed 8.8 points per game.

Reedley also suffered a humility lesson last week, as Central handed the Pirates a 45-6 loss. Before that Reedley won three-straight games, including a 29-22 win over Golden West on the road in Visalia.

El Diamante (4-0, 1-0) at Hanford (5-0, 1-0)
Friday at Hanford
Scoring Averages
El Diamante: 32.3 PFpg, 21.8 PApg
Hanford: 42.6 PFpg, 14.4 PApg

Two of the hottest teams in the Valley square off in what might end up determining the West Yosemite League championship, when El Diamante travels to Hanford on Friday.

Hanford has been pouring it on offensively and has scored 40+ points in four its five victories. The defense has been good enough to win, but hasn’t blown anyone away yet.

The Bullpup D will need to tighten up against El Diamante, as the Miners bring in legitimate Valley Player of the Year candidate Aaron Sing and well-coached Miner team.

El Diamante has already beat one of the South Valley’s teams to be reckoned with in Frontier and one of Fresno’s top teams in Central. Now the Miners will begin their focus on the middle of the Valley.

Hoover (0-4, 0-0) at Bullard (0-4, 0-0)
Friday at McLane Stadium
Scoring Averages
Hoover: 8.8 PFpg, 26.3 PApg
Bullard: 11.3 PFpg, 40.8 PApg

Not an attractive game on paper, as both teams have disappointed thus far with 0-4 records.

But the Battle for Barstow may be as even as it has been in a long time. And don’t let the records fool you, both of these teams have some athletes, some of which will even play at the next level.

From what I’ve seen so far, if the Hoover student body/community wants to keep this a neutral field, they will need to step up their support of their Pates. Despite Bullard’s woes this year, its crowds have been alive and healthy.

Golden Valley-Bakersfield (3-1, 0-0) at Foothill (2-2, 0-0)
Friday at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
Golden Valley: 35.8 PFpg, 29.3 PApg
Foothill: 15.8 PFpg, 24.8 PApg

Golden Valley is realing from a 55-7 loss last week to Bakersfield, but prior to that the Bulldogs had three-straight wins where they scored at least 40 points and won by at least 20.

Running back Emery Palacios leads the Bulldog offense with 485 yards and eight touchdowns. Golden Valley also has a capable passing game and quarterback Darrik Martin’s top target Chris Brown has caught 22 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

It’s not a secret the defense determines the outcome for Foothill. In the Trojans two wins this year, they only gave up a combined six points. In the two losses, they gave up a combined 93 points. The offense is ball-control to the max, so the D has to hold opponents to win.

Coalinga (4-1, 1-0) at Selma (3-1, 0-0)
Friday at Selma
Scoring Averages
Coalinga: 31.0 PFpg, 19.0 PApg
Selma: 31.5 PFpg, 30.5 PApg

These are two relatively unexpected one-loss teams this year.

Selma’s offense just wasn’t the same last week against Washington Union with running back Kane Cooper out. Although the Bears were able to get it going somewhat after a bumpy start, they would still like to see him in the lineup. Last week, sources indicated he would probably be back for this game.

After being an abysmal 1-9 last year, Coalinga is already 4-1 and looking like it has a potent offense. Running back Brian Alvarado has 800 of the team’s 1320 rushing yards this season and has 11 touchdowns. He also leads the team in tackles with 36.

Ridgeview (4-0, 0-0) at Frontier (3-1, 0-0)
Friday at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
Ridgeview: 34.5 PFpg, 16.3 PApg
Frontier: 38.5 PFpg, 25.3 PApg

Last week Frontier showed it has a legitimate second rushing threat, as Bryson Lockwood rushed 18 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns. The Titans’ first option Deshaunte Webber also had a pretty good game with 135 yards and one touchdown.

Ridgeview is 4-0. The schedule hasn’t been great (two wins against still winless teams), but it hasn’t been terrible (two wins against .500 teams). Frontier will be the Wolf Pack’s first real test.

Central (3-1, 0-0) at Kerman (3-1, 0-0)
Friday at Kerman
Scoring Averages
Central: 37.0 PFpg, 17.8 PApg
Kerman: 24.5 PFpg, 25.0 PApg

Central rebounded from its loss to El Diamante by teaching Reedley a 45-6 lesson last week.

The athleticism and talent is well documented, but the Grizzlies need to show they can slug it out in the trenches.

Running back Aldo Valencia may be the running back flying under the radar the most, so far. He’s rushed for 534 yards and seven touchdowns in four games.

Buchanan (4-0, 0-0) at Stockdale (2-2, 0-0)
Friday at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
Buchanan: 32.5 PFpg, 14.5 PApg
Stockdale: 27.5 PFpg, 13.3 PApg

Buchanan has been hit with injury bug and narrowly edged Edison, 13-0, last week.

The Bears are taking the “spread” in the spread offense literally, as five players have received for 100 yards or more at this point. Quarterback Moranda also has an 81.8 percent completion percentage.

It’s hard to evaluate the Stockdale offense at this point. In the two wins it averaged 46.5 points per game and in the two losses it averaged 8.5 points per game. The defense has been solid so far, with just game where it gave up more than 20 points. But offense needs to find some identity.

Caruthers (4-0, 0-0) at Laton (3-1, 0-0)
Friday at Laton
Scoring Averages
Caruthers: 41.0 PFpg, 20.3 PApg
Laton: 29.0 PFpg, 18.3 PApg

Caruthers’ record, at 4-0, is impressive, but keep in mind their opponents thus far are a combined 4-12.

Laton’s record isn’t too much different at 3-1 and opponents are pretty similar at 5-13. The offense is led by running back Johnathon Covian, who is averaging 206.0 yards per game and has scored a total of six touchdowns.

Both teams will have a lot to prove in this one.

Dos Palos (3-1, 0-0) at Washington Union (3-1, 0-0)
Friday at Easton
Scoring Averages
Dos Palos: 27.0 PFpg, 20.5 PApg
Washington Union: 39.8 PFpg, 25.5 PApg

Some of the best Division IV athletes will be on display in this one, with Dos Palos running back Kevin Schofield and Washington Union’s receiving core of Josh Williams and Deontay Greenberry.

Both these teams only blemishes have been heartbreakers in Kingsburg. This one should be a shootout.

Week 5 Complete Schedule

Thursday
Central Valley Christian (2-3, 0-1) at Dinuba (0-4, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Delano (2-2, 1-1) at Tulare (3-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Friday
Coalinga (4-1, 1-0) at Selma (3-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.
Dos Palos (3-1, 0-0) at Washington (3-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.
Central (3-1, 0-0) at Kerman (3-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.
Antelope Valley Christian (Antelope Valley) (1-3, 0-0) at Lighthouse Christian (0-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Avenal (0-4, 0-0) at McFarland (0-4, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan (4-0, 0-0) at Stockdale (2-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Caruthers (4-0, 0-0) at Laton (3-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Chavez (1-4, 1-2) at Kennedy (0-4, 0-2), 7:30 p.m.
East Bakersfield (0-4, 0-0) at Centennial (4-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Edison (0-4, 0-0) at Clovis West (3-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
El Diamante (4-0, 1-0) at Hanford (5-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Exeter (3-1, 1-0) at Yosemite (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Farmersville (2-2, 0-0) at Lindsay (2-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Firebaugh (2-2, 0-0) at Parlier (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Fresno (0-4, 0-0) at Sunnyside (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Fresno Christian (1-3, 0-0) at Tranquillity (0-4, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Garces (3-1, 0-0) at Taft (0-4, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Golden Valley-Bakersfield (3-1, 0-0) at Foothill (2-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Hanford West (3-2, 0-1) at Lemoore (2-2, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Hoover (0-4, 0-0) at Bullard (0-4, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Kings Christian (1-3, 0-0) at Clovis Christian (0-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Kingsburg (5-0, 1-0) at Immanuel (1-4, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Memorial (3-1, 0-0) at Mt. Whitney (1-3, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Mission Oak (1-3, 1-1) at Tulare Western (3-1, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
Monache (0-4, 0-3) at Granite Hills (1-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Orosi (0-4, 0-0) at Orange Cove (3-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Redwood (2-2, 1-0) at Golden West (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Reedley (3-1, 0-0) at Sanger (3-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Ridgeview (4-0, 0-0) at Frontier (3-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Sierra (1-3, 0-0) at Mendota (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
South (1-3, 0-0) at Bakersfield Christian (2-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Tehachapi (3-1, 0-0) at Rosamond (Rosamond) (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
West (1-3, 0-0) at North (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
Faith Christian (1-2, 0-0) at North Co. Christian (Atascadero) (4-0, 0-0), 7 p.m.

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