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Turlock football
Turlock's Alex Velasquez fights his way through Buhach Colony defenders in a scrimmage held at Central Catholic High School (SAMANTHA SCHMIDT/The Journal).

Football teams from Turlock, Pitman, Hilmar and Denair high schools put the finishing touches on preparations for the 2022 season, which officially kicks off Friday night. 

Pitman football
Pitman showed off their running game during a scrimmage against Roosevelt High (CHRISTOPHER CORREA/The Journal).

The Bulldogs competed in a scrimmage with Central Catholic and Buhach Colony, while the Pride and Yellowjackets took part in a scrimmage at Atwater High. 

Hilmar football
Hilmar wideout Derek Taylor lines up during a scrimmage vs Pitman on Friday (CHRISTOPHER CORREA/The Journal).

The Coyotes, meanwhile, traveled to Modesto to take on Big Valley Christian. Be sure to check out the Journal on Wednesday for our football preview edition, which will feature last year’s league standings and results, this year’s schedules and league capsules, coaches polls, the Blitz’s 10-year anniversary team ... and more!

Denair football
On defense, a pack of Denair Coyotes work together to take down a Big Valley Christian Lion (SAMANTHA SCHMIDT/The Journal).