Category Archives: High school football

X-Factors: Tokay at Bear Creek

Tokay’s offense made big play after big play in its opening 34-23 win over Churchill County of Fallon, Nev. The Bear Creek defense was best in the San Joaquin Athletic Association last year, and showed up strong in the 17-7 opening loss at Lodi. Something’s got to give in Week 1. The Bear Creek football [...]

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Players to Watch: Tokay at Bear Creek

Friday is a night of firsts. If all goes to plan, it’ll be the debut of the refurbished Podesto Field, Bear Creek’s home for football and soccer which features a brand-new, state-of-the-art surface from the company “Field Turf.”     For Tokay and first-year coach Michael Holst, it’s their new leader’s debut in the area. [...]

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Stats and Breakdown: Lincoln skunks Stagg

What a difference a year can make. The first time I saw Ronald “June” Walker, Lincoln’s senior running back, was his junior-year debut at by FlashMall” href=”#65022947″> home against Stagg. He was very, very good in the Trojans’ 34-14 win, as he took 19 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Yet, everything about him [...]

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Prep Football Power Rankings: Week 1

Conjuring up rankings for a high school football area is difficult enough late in the season. After all, there are only so many head-to-head matchups to help. So when I do them after one week of football, yes, it’s still plenty of guesswork. But it sure is fun, and for the teams who feel slighted, [...]

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Helmet Stickers: Football’s Week 0

Everything you needed to know about the McNair football team’s season-opener Friday at Calaveras in San Andreas could be summed up by the opening kickoff. Derrion Grim, an Eagles senior wide receiver bound for Boise State, brought back the kick 89 yards to the house. And he wasn’t done. Grim is one of 16 players [...]

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Player of the Game, Lincoln-Stagg: Ronald Walker

Ronald Walker showed flashes of being a primetime running back in 2014. Apparently, he’s poured his offseason workouts and focus into following through on that. Walker, Lincoln’s 5-foot-8 featured rusher, dazzled Friday night, tallying 124 yards on nine carries with a 35-yard touchdown run in a 29-0 Trojans win, that took one half due to [...]

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Friday Prep Football Predictions: Week 0

WE ARE BAAAAAACK! Seriously, we are back into football season. Today marks the slate of Week 0 games, and by Week 0, it really means Week 1, because calling it Week 0 is ridiculous. My Friday Prep Football Predictions return for 2015. After a slow start last year, and I mean, give me a break, I [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 1, Mark Paule Jr.

One named was burned into the psyche of the San Joaquin County-area high school football fan as soon as Week 0 hit last season. And, wouldn’t you know it, he’s No. 1 on my returner rankings. Stay tuned, below, to read about the top spot. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners [...]

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Predicting Prep Football’s League Champions

St. Mary’s football’s student section, the Green Machine, makes noise during last year’s win over Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman. RECORD FILE PHOTO Last year’s area league champions didn’t really surprise me. In the TCAL, everybody knew St. Mary’s was loaded with senior-heavy, collegiate-caliber talent. In the SJAA, it was a wide-open field, and Chavez had a [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 2, Marcel Dancy

Football coaches hate singling out one player to embody a team’s success. And it makes sense. NFL rosters are 53 while MLB is less than half that and NBA is a quarter of that. It’s the ultimate selfless sport. Yet, sometime, players can be electric, and vital to a team in all phases of the [...]

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