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Week 6 Preview: League play opening

Tulare Union (4-1, 3-1) at El Diamante (5-0, 2-0)
Friday at Visalia
Scoring Averages
Tulare Union: 37.6 PFpg, 17.6 PApg
El Diamante: 32.6 PFpg, 19.6 PApg

With league play opening up in most of the leagues in the Valley, it only seems fitting to have our feature game of the week should be a marquee non-league clash. But this really should be a good one.

Tulare gets criticized every year for its cupcake non-league schedule, but El Diamante is anything but a cakewalk. The Miners are one of the five remaining undefeated teams, with wins over teams like Central and Frontier.

This game will feature the two best running backs in Tulare County in Tulare’s Xavier Stevens and El Diamante’s Aaron Sing. Stevens is more of the prototypical running back, with nice size and speed. Sing is one of the most versatile backs in the Valley and can pick up yards on the ground and catching passes.

The defenses are about even and will mostly just look to slow down each other’s high-power offense.

The Redskins have shown more capable of consistently putting up big numbers through the air. Tulare’s Oscar Reyes comes in averaging 283.3 yards passing per game and thrown a total of 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions.

Besides obviously keeping their record undefeated, this game could extra importance for El Diamante, because a win over the Redskins would give it a win over premier teams from Bakersfield (Frontier), Fresno (Central) and Tulare County.

Strathmore (4-1, 0-0) at Corcoran (3-2, 0-0)
Friday at Corcoran
Scoring Averages
Strathmore: 36.8 PFpg, 9.4 PApg
Corcoran: 11.2 PFpg, 9.8 PApg

The Panthers’ run-heavy offense hasn’t necessarily had difficulty moving the ball, but it’s been difficult to put the ball in the endzone. Corcoran’s leading rusher Andre Ramirez has rushed for 529 yards (105.8 per game), but only scored one touchdown.

The defense is legit and has only given up 49 points this season, 26 of which were in one game against Chowchilla.

The Spartans have put up a lot more points on the board, but against lesser competition.

They’re also a run-primary offense, but they’ve show more of a propensity to throw the ball. But not with much success, Spartan QB Julia Arellano has only thrown three touchdowns to seven interceptions.

Buchanan (4-1, 0-0) at Central (4-1, 0-0)
Friday at Koligian Stadium
Scoring Averages
Buchanan: 30.8 PFpg, 20.4 PApg
Central: 40.4 PFpg, 19.6 PApg

Both these teams have suffered through some crucial injuries. Central has survived on depth, while Buchanan might be getting a few key players back in the lineup to start TRAC play.

Filling in essentially as the fourth-string running back, Ernest Carter rushed for 167 yards for the Grizzlies last week.

Buchanan’s strength on the depth chart is at the wide receiver, where quarterback Seth Moranda utilizes just about every eligible receiver.

This one should still be a shootout, but it could have been one for the ages if it weren’t for all the injuries.

Golden Valley (4-1, 0-0) at Garces (4-1, 0-0)
Friday at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
Golden Valley: 34.0 PFpg, 23.4 PApg
Garces: 40.4 PFpg, 14.0 PApg

Golden Valley has a nicely-balanced offense (181.6 passing to 191.0 rushing yards per game) that averages 34.0 points per game. The key to the offense is running back Emery Palacios, who has rushed for 528 yards and 10 touchdowns in five games.

The defense isn’t terrible, giving up 23.4 points per game and averaging 3.2 sacks per game, but it needs to tighten up though.

Garces was one Chris Brown miracle game away from being undefeated at this point.

It’s not a secret the Rams love to run the ball, with four players averaging 40+ rushing yards per game — Jalen Sykes 148.8, Zack Puente 83.8, Grant Campbell 57.6 and Patrick Hellman 42.7. But quarterback Blake Campbell has been efficient when called upon, with four touchdowns to no interceptions.

Sanger (4-1, 0-0) at San Joaquin Memorial (4-1, 0-0)
Friday at Fresno
Scoring Averages
Sanger: 19.2 PFpg, 8.4 PApg
San Joaquin Memorial: 28.0 PFpg, 18.6 PApg

The CMAC season opens with a bang, as arguably the top two teams in the league square off this week.

Memorial running back Chris Brown has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season (1,062 to be specific), after just five games. He has a nice, big O-line blocking for him, but fumbles have become a problem, as he’s fumbled seven times and lost four.

Memorial has a nice receiver in Jordan Stallworth (15 catches for 269 yards), but the passing game hasn’t really taken off. The defense has been good, but not great, giving up 18.6 points per game.

When Sanger lines up, it doesn’t look that impressive. But the Apaches have bought into coach Shidan’s scheme and everyone fulfils their assignment. It seems like every week, we’re writing about some new Apache being their star.

Stockdale (3-2, 0-0) at Centennial (5-0, 0-0)
Friday at Bakersfield
Scoring Averages
Stockdale: 30.8 PFpg, 15.4 PApg
Centennial: 51.8 PFpg, 12.4 PApg

Stockdale ended a two-game losing streak by knocking off Buchanan, 44-24. But the Mustangs will need to bring even more to knock off Cody Kessler and the Centennial Golden Hawks, who have beat each of their first five opponents by a minimum of 30 points.

The passing game hasn’t been there for the Mustangs thus far, but the rushing attack is averaging 285.4 yards per game. Running back Deon Martin should be approaching or surpass the 1,000-yard mark after this game.

Kessler is the undisputed leader of the offense, but he has a nice sidekick in running back Shawn Johnson, who has rushed for 864 yards and 12 touchdowns in just five games. Plus he’s averaged 12.9 yards per carry.

But it’s the Golden Hawk defense that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Centennial has recorded one shutout and on two other occasions held its opponents to single digits. DE Brodie Scott gives the Golden Hawks a nice pass rush and has six sacks already.

Porterville (5-0, 3-0) at Tulare Western (4-1, 4-0)
Friday at Bob Mathias Stadium
Scoring Averages
Porterville: 39.6 PFpg, 12.6 PApg
Tulare Western: 31.4 PFpg, 17.0 PApg

With its win over Tulare Union, Porterville took control of the East Yosemite League, but the work is not done yet. It squares off against a gritty Tulare Western team that is also undefeated in league play.

After dropping its season opener to Mt. Whitney, 43-29, Tulare Western has buckled down on defense and not allowed more than 13 points in a game. But it has not faced a team of Porterville’s caliber to this point.

Porterville has a chance for a perfect season and likely won’t overlook Tulare Western.

Lindsay (3-2, 0-0) at Caruthers (5-0, 0-0)
Friday at Caruthers
Scoring Averages
Lindsay: 23.0 PFpg, 22.2 PApg
Caruthers: 44.0 PFpg, 17.4 PApg

Sometimes it wasn’t pretty, but Caruthers has maintained its undefeated record five games into the season.

Lindsay snapped a two-game losing streak last week by knocking off Farmersville, 34-12. The run-heavy offense is a four-headed beast and led by quarterback Adam Gamboa, who has rushed for 223 yards this season.

Clovis East (3-2, 0-0) at Clovis (3-2, 0-0)
Friday at Lamonica Stadium
Scoring Averages
Clovis East: 22.4 PFpg, 16.6 PApg
Clovis: 12.0 PFpg, 15.0 PApg

Both squads come into the battle for Lamonica with identical records, but the Cougars may have a little more momentum with a two-game winning streak.

Clovis East posted two sub-par performances its last two outings, with a 21-19 win over Bullard and 21-7 loss to Buhach Colony (Atwater).

In the wing-t offense, running back Khary Coleman has looked great at times, but needs to be more consistent. The rushing game averages almost 300 yards per game and
seven players have scored a rushing touchdown thus far.

The defense is getting it done for Clovis. During the Cougars two-game winning streak, it held Sanger to seven points and shutout Stockdale.

Shafter (3-2, 0-0) at Tehachapi (4-1, 0-0)
Friday at Tehachapi
Scoring Averages
Shafter: 21.2 PFpg, 17.5 PApg
Tehachapi: 26.2 PFpg, 17.4 PApg

Shafter is looking for some consistency after following a pattern of winning one game one week and losing the following. Last week its defense stepped up, as it defeated Kern Valley (Lake Isabella), 9-6.

Tehachapi is riding a three-game winning streak and is led by running backs Phil Rhodes and Marcus Curiel. After five games, Curiel has rushed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and Rhodes has rushed for 333 yards and six touchdowns.

Complete Week 6 Schedule

Immanuel (1-5, 0-2) at Selma (3-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.
Hoover (0-5, 0-0) at Fresno (0-5, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Alpaugh (0-2, 0-0) at Faith Christian (1-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Bakersfield Christian (2-3, 0-0) at Wasco (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan (4-1, 0-0) at Central (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Bullard (1-4, 0-0) at Edison (0-5, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Clovis East (3-2, 0-0) at Clovis (3-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Clovis West (4-1, 0-0) at Clovis North (2-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Coalinga (5-1, 2-0) at Dinuba (1-4, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Cuyama Valley at Kings Christian (1-4, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Delano (2-3, 1-2) at Monache (0-5, 0-4), 7:30 p.m.
Foothill (2-3, 0-0) at East Bakersfield (0-5, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Fresno Christian (1-4, 0-0) at Riverdale (1-4, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Golden Valley-Bakersfield (4-1, 0-0) at Garces (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Golden West (1-4, 0-1) at Lemoore (3-2, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Granite Hills (2-4, 2-2) at Kennedy (0-5, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Hanford West (3-3, 0-2) at Mt. Whitney (1-4, 0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Independence (3-2, 0-0) at Bakersfield (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Kerman (3-2, 0-0) at Chowchilla (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Kingsburg (6-0, 2-0) at Exeter (4-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.
Laton (3-2, 0-0) at Coast (1-4, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Liberty-Bakersfield (3-2, 0-0) at Frontier (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Liberty-Madera Ranchos (3-2, 0-0) at Yosemite (1-4, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Lindsay (3-2, 0-0) at Caruthers (5-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Madera (3-2, 0-0) at Sunnyside (2-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
McFarland (1-4, 0-0) at Firebaugh (3-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
McLane (2-3, 0-0) at Reedley (3-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mendota (1-4, 0-0) at Dos Palos (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mira Monte (2-3, 0-0) at Ridgeview (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mission Oak (1-4, 1-2) at Chavez (2-4, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.
North (1-4, 0-0) at Highland (2-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Orange Cove (4-1, 0-0) at Farmersville (2-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Orosi (0-5, 0-0) at Woodlake (3-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Parlier (1-4, 0-0) at Fowler (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Porterville (5-0, 3-0) at Tulare Western (4-1, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Redwood (3-2, 2-0) at Hanford (5-1, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Roosevelt (4-1, 0-0) at Madera South (0-5, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Sanger (4-1, 0-0) at Memorial (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Shafter (3-2, 0-0) at Tehachapi (4-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
South (2-3, 0-0) at West (2-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Stockdale (3-2, 0-0) at Centennial (5-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Strathmore (4-1, 0-0) at Corcoran (3-2, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Taft (0-5, 0-0) at Arvin (0-5, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Tranquillity (1-4, 0-0) at Avenal (0-5, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Tulare (4-1, 3-1) at El Diamante (5-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Washington Union (3-2, 0-0) at Sierra (2-3, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Classical-Valencia at Clovis Christian (1-2, 1-0), 4 p.m.
Lighthouse Christian (1-3, 0-0) at Riverdale Christian (1-0, 0-0), 7:30 p.m.

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