Storylines Abound: Prep Football Week 1

Calaveras High tailback Connor Hamilton ran for 281 yards and six TDs at McNair. He and the Redskins host the Escalon Cougars in Week 1. (ROGER WOO/THE RECORD)

Isn’t it funny how high school football mirrors every other level?

Offense was the story Friday night of Week 0. In case you needed proof, here are a few scores – some close, some not: McNair 55, Calaveras 48; Sierra 54, Ripon 7; Chavez 40, Modesto-Gregori 36.

Tailbacks went off for massive games, as Sierra junior Mark Paule Jr. stunned Ripon with 202 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, Calaveras’ Connor Hamilton had 281 yards via 26 carries, with six touchdowns. And, out at wide receiver, McNair’s Sean Hamilton had a nifty eight catches for 259 yards and three touchdowns.

So, there’s that.

There are several storylines, offensive and otherwise, worth watching as we venture into Week 1 on Friday night. I’m putting out Cardinal Newman-St. Mary’s coverage all week (It’s our Game of the Week), so we’ll focus on the other games:


Manteca, a four-time Sac-Joaquin Section, wasted no time proving that last year’s NorCal bowl run was not an aberration. The Buffaloes topped the Santa Clara-Wilcox Chargers 20-14 on the road, avenging last year’s 28-27 OT loss at home in Manteca.

Now, Manteca hosts Dublin-Valley Christian, a matchup against a good squad that went 9-4 in 2014.

Senior tailback Hector Soto shined in his debut, with 139 yards and two touchdowns, and I’d expect him to thrive again. I also expect junior quarterback Dakarai Charles to improve upon his debut and show off his arm on the run.


Escalon High football visiting Calaveras, two Div. IV mainstays, is a great matchup for the old-school football fan.

Cougars fullback Wesley Dick and the Redskins’ Hamilton should carry major loads for their teams in this game. Plus, Escalon is 0-1 after losing to Patterson, and Calaveras lost that shootout to McNair, so both teams will be starving to get in the win column.

This is up in San Andreas, but worth the drive if you’re undecided on where to go.


It’s been a long seven years for the Franklin Yellowjackets. Their last winning season, 2007, their wins were vacated.

Now, 1982 Franklin grad Gregg Marsh has taken over, and his team began with a 37-18 win at Sacramento-Johnson Saturday afternoon. That was a 1-9 team a year ago with only 20 players on its roster, though, so when Franklin hosts Modesto-Grace Davis Friday – which beat East Union 16-6 in Week 0 – it’s a better test.

Look out for wide receiver Jovon Woods, who had 170 yards of total offense Friday.


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