Hilmar (2-0) @ Gustine (0-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Hilmar defeated Los Banos, 49-19
Preview: The Hilmar Yellowjackets are off to another 2-0 start this year, like last season, and they are looking to maintain that momentum. This week they will take on local non-league foe Gustine High. The “Blitz” be there to cover all the excitement. Hilmar has notched just over 100 points in their first two games. Gustine fell to Linden, 35-7, in their week one matchup, and are looking to bounce back. Hilmar will be extremely difficult to stop for the lower division Gustine High. Controlling the line of scrimmage and the clock will be vital in a friendly pre-league matchup that will for sure see big hits and a big crowd regardless. If you can’t make the game, tune into the “Blitz” episode on Saturday on our Youtube channel and we will give you highlights, analysis, interviews and more.
Turlock (1-1) v. Tracy (1-1), 7 p.m. (Thursday game)
Last week: Turlock lost to Clayton Valley, 21-7
Preview: The Bulldogs have had a mixed start to their season. Following their week one victory over Freedom, 21-7, they lost in week two to Clayton Valley Charter. Tracy is coming off an upset loss at the hands of Buhach Colony, where they fell 35-21. Tracy and Turlock don’t only share the same mascot, but the recent history between both programs has seen multiple games played, playoffs included, where the game was decided by one score or less. Both teams coming off their first loss of the year, this game could prove to be crucial for their respective seasons. Look for Turlock to keep their defense cemented while the offense is looking to put up more than a score in this game. It is the battle for the dog bone, bragging rights and to help move up the section rankings. Look for this to be a hard-hitting game that could, per usual, be decided by one score or less.
Hughson (1-1) @ Argonaut (0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Hughson lost to Orestimba, 22-21
Preview: Week two was the opposite of what Hughson saw in their week one battle with Stagg High. They fell to Southern League steady contenders Orestimba High in a one-point game that could have gone either way. Hughson’s head coach Shaun King is still optimistic about the remainder of the season and especially league. But before embarking on that journey, they need to take on Argonaut and hopefully come out with their second victory in three games. A win this week for either side could prove to be crucial as the playoff run unfolds. In last week’s loss, Hughson’s offense was held to just 176 total yards on offense, while they surrendered 288 yards to Orestimba. They held Orestimba to just six points in the first half alone while coach King mentioned that his defense is what has kept them in these first two contests. Quarterback Aiden Meyer tallied most of the offense against Orestimba and will be looking to pick up where he left off last week. He ended up amassing 124 total yards, which included 77 passing and 47 rushing. Meyer also completed 10 of 25 to go with a rushing and passing touchdown.
Bye week: Pitman and Denair