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Week Nine HS Football Preview

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FRONTIER (8-0, 4-0) at STOCKDALE (7-1, 4-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Frontier: 39.9 PFpg, 8.9 PApg
Stockdale: 42.6 PFpg, 13.0 PApg

It’s pretty safe to say this is the biggest football game in Kern County this year, when the Titans and Mustangs meet on Friday in Bakersfield for the likely Southwest Yosemite League Championship.

The two teams come in with a combined 15-1 record and are undefeated in league play.

Although the two teams can put up a lot of points on the board, don’t expect to see either team airing it out in this matchup.

Frontier averages 31.0 carries to 13.1 passes per game, but Stockdales ratio is even more lopsided with 48.8 rushes to 5.6 passes.

Deshaunte Webber and Rudy Valdivida each have rushed for more than 400 yards on the season for Frontier, and the team as a whole has punched in 24 touchdowns on the ground.

On the other side of the field, Spenser Prince has rushed for 707 yards and nine touchdowns. But the other half of the Mustang rushing attack, Malik Henderson, has missed the last two games.

Despite the emphasis on the run, each team’s passing game has been effective when needed. Titan quarterback Josh Legoreta has thrown for 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions on the year. Conversely Efren Venegas has seven touchdowns in the air to only one interception.

The Frontier defense has been dominant this year, limiting opponents to just under nine points per contest. Although it probably won’t be applicable this game, the Titans get to the quarterback and have 36 sacks on the season.

Frontier makes a legitimate argument as the top team in the Valley this year. It had a convincing 43-14 victory over a good Tehachapi team, that is now 7-1 on the year.

A win for Frontier could push it head and shoulders above Tulare, the only other undefeated Valley team in Division II, in the section seedings.

EDISON (5-3, 2-1) at BULLARD (8-0, 3-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Edison: 28.6 PFpg, 13.1 PApg
Bullard: 39.8 PFpg, 14.4 PApg

Bullard is considered by many as the top team in the Valley, but some are suggesting Edison might matchup the best against the Knights.

The Tigers have suffered some setbacks this year, most notably a 21-19 loss to Sanger, but looked focused and back on track last week in a 43-7 blowout of Hoover.

Edison has also has some of the best talent in the Valley with two players, Tevin McDonald and Wesley Flowers, already commited to UCLA and defensive tackle Rykeem Yates is also another Division I college prospect.

However Bullard has looked dominant this year and is undefeated for a reason. The high-powered offense is lead by 6-foot-5 sophomore quarterback Ian Taubler and the two-headed rushing attack of Jordan Jones and Devan Mack.

Bullard has control of first place in the CMAC, but Edison can take it away with a win this week.

EXETER (5-3, 4-0) at KINGSBURG (8-0, 4-0)
Friday at 7 p.m.
Exeter: 20.8 PFpg, 14.8 PApg
Kingsburg: 41.6 PFpg, 10.3 PApg

In case you’ve been hidden under a rock this high school football season, Kingsburg is one of the best Division IV teams in the state and are led by Tennessee-commit Tyler Bray at quarterback.

Offensively and defensively the Vikings have been dominant and have an unusual number of college prospects for a school this small.

Exeter on the other hand started the season with no fanfare and didn’t help their causes by going 1-3 in non-conference play. But the Monarchs have won four of their last five, are undefeated in league play and could take the Central Sequoia League title away from the Vikings. But they will have to do it at Kingsburg.

TRANQUILITY (6-2, 2-0) at MENDOTA (4-4, 2-0)
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Tranquility: 28.9 PFpg, 16.4 PApg
Mendota: 18.5 PFpg, 20.4 PApg

Not the most celebrated league in the central section, but Tranquility and Mendota come into this matchup tied for first place in the West Sierra League.

Tranquility comes in with a four-game winning streak and has won six of its last seven games. Mendota has been outscored by their opponents this year, 20.4-18.5 points per game, but have come up with wins against Coast and Avenal to remain undefeated in league play.

EL DIAMANTE (7-1, 4-0) at HANFORD (5-3, 3-1)
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
El Diamante: 37.4 PFpg, 19.6 PApg
Hanford: 30.1 PFpg, 20.5 PApg

In another game where one of the more highly-ranked teams could have a league title taken away from them, El Diamante travels to Hanford.

El Diamante’s only slip up this year came in a 41-27 loss to a very strong Central team in week three. Although, the Miners had a close call against Paso Robles, but still came out with a 21-18 victory.

Hanford’s bread-and-butter is still the running game, but quarterback Cannon Sanchez has been effective this year, completing 57.2 percent of his passes for 1279 yards, 11 touchdowns and just one interception.

After starting the season 1-3, the Bullpups have won their last four and look to keep the momentum rolling.

COMPLETE WEEK NINE SCHEDULE

Thursday, Nov 5, 2009
Memorial (7-1, 3-0) at McLane (0-7, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Redwood (3-5, 3-1) at Hanford West (3-6, 1-4), 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov 6, 2009
Washington (6-2, 4-0) at Dos Palos (4-4, 3-1), 5 p.m.
Central Valley Christian (3-5, 1-3) at Selma (3-5, 1-3), 7 p.m.
Chowchilla (4-4, 2-2) at Liberty-Madera Ranchos (4-4, 2-3), 7 p.m.
Coalinga (0-8, 0-5) at Immanuel (4-4, 2-2), 7 p.m.
Dinuba (6-2, 3-2) at Yosemite (3-5, 1-4), 7 p.m.
Exeter (5-3, 4-0) at Kingsburg (8-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.
Kennedy (0-8, 0-4) at Independence (4-4, 3-1), 7 p.m.
Mission Oak (1-7, 1-3) at Mira Monte (4-4, 4-0), 7 p.m.
Arvin (1-7, 0-3) at Bakersfield Christian (3-5, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Bakersfield (6-2, 3-1) at East Bakersfield (3-5, 3-2), 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan (8-0, 3-0) at Clovis East (3-5, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Centennial (5-3, 2-2) at North (1-7, 0-5), 7:30 p.m.
Clovis (3-5, 1-2) at Central (6-2, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
Clovis North (4-4, 0-3) at Sanger (3-5, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Edison (5-3, 2-1) at Bullard (8-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
El Diamante (7-1, 4-0) at Hanford (5-3, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Faith Christian (1-5, 1-3) at Lighthouse Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Firebaugh (4-4, 1-1) at Coast (1-8, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Fresno Christian (4-4, 1-2) at Caruthers (7-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Frontier (8-0, 4-0) at Stockdale (7-1, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Garces (5-3, 3-1) at Foothill (2-6, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Highland (2-7, 0-4) at Liberty-Bakersfield (5-3, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Hoover (6-2, 2-1) at Reedley (6-2, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Kerman (5-3, 2-2) at Sierra (5-3, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Laton (1-7, 0-3) at Farmersville (4-4, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Lemoore (2-6, 1-3) at Golden West (0-8, 0-4), 7:30 p.m.
Madera (4-4, 0-3) at Clovis West (3-5, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Madera South (1-7, 1-2) at Roosevelt (4-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
McFarland (5-4, 2-1) at Orange Cove (4-4, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Mission Prep (5-3, 3-0) at Kings Christian (1-7, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Monache (3-5, 2-2) at Tulare (8-0, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Whitney (5-3, 3-2) at Chavez (5-4, 2-3), 7:30 p.m.
Orosi (1-7, 0-3) at Lindsay (6-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Porterville (5-3, 3-1) at Granite Hills (0-9, 0-5), 7:30 p.m.
Ridgeview (5-4, 1-4) at Golden Valley-Bakersfield (2-6, 1-4), 7:30 p.m.
Riverdale (1-7, 0-2) at Fowler (6-2, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Shafter (2-6, 1-2) at Taft (6-2, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Strathmore (6-2, 2-1) at Parlier (4-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Sunnyside (4-5, 3-0) at Fresno (1-7, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.
Tehachapi (7-1, 3-0) at Wasco (6-2, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Tranquillity (6-2, 2-0) at Mendota (4-4, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Tulare Western (3-5, 2-2) at Delano (6-2, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.
West (4-4, 3-1) at South (5-3, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.
Woodlake (5-3, 1-1) at Corcoran (6-2, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
Alpaugh (0-5, 0-3) at North Co. Christian-Atascadero, 1 p.m.
Lighthouse Christian (4-4, 3-1) at Riverdale Christian (5-0, 3-0), 1 p.m.
Clovis Christian (4-3, 2-1) at Visalia Christian (2-3, 1-2), 1 p.m.

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