Turlock (0-1) v. Reno (0-0)
Last week: Turlock lost to Freedom, 42-35
Preview: Not only is Turlock High head coach James Peterson loaded the schedule in pre-league and this contest only feeds into that. Reno is opening up their season on the road at Turlock against a Bulldog team that was tested for all four quarters last week and still notched 35 points offensively, despite losing. Last year Reno outscored all 13 opponents by a combined score of 466-121. They also won their first 12 games before losing in the state semifinal with less than half of that squad making up seniors. The game should provide a great test for both squads. This could very well be the game of the week in the area.
Pitman (1-0) @ Lincoln (0-1)
Last week: Pitman beat Napa, 55-7
Preview: Last year the Pitman Pride and Lincoln Trojans of Stockton battled in a wild game, but the Pride came out on the losing end, 47-40. They split the series in their last two meetings, but it doesn’t matter as every year changes with a totally different squad and the Pride are keen on making it 2-0 to kick things off this year. Lincoln is coming off a 24-7 loss to Antioch High last Friday and still searching for their first win of the early season. The Pride offense tallied 55 points in their first game of the year and looked like they came out injury free. This could very well provide one of the best tests early on for the Pride who are looking to match their start from two seasons ago when they won their first nine games of the year. Expect Pitman to remember last year’s game as they come out and strike early. This could be one of the better games of the Pride’s schedule.
Hilmar (1-0) v. Los Banos (1-0)
Last week: Hilmar defeated Delhi, 48-7
Preview: Hilmar and Los Banos High are separated by 25.2 miles and a single road, however, the last time these two teams faced each other was 1956. Coming off a dominant week one victory, the Yellowjackets have won four of their last five games dating back to last season’s postseason run. The team looks nearly identical and they certainly picked up where they left off. In the past five games, Hilmar has scored 41 points or more, including three games where 47 points or more were scored. Isaac Sharp and Justin Rentfro will be needed for the Hilmar Yellowjackets to stand a chance against a team that typically competes in a higher division and is usually seen in the postseason and competing for a league. This game will most likely be decided in the trenches.
Delhi (0-1) @ Johansen (0-1)
Last week: Delhi lost to Hilmar, 48-7
Preview: Delhi High football is coming off a rough 48-7 loss to Hilmar High in their week one meeting, essentially getting a taste for top contenders in the section. They will look to continue their progress with their young squad when they travel to Johansen High for their second week matchup to take on a Vikings team that is coming off a 47-0 loss to Waterford, a Southern Athletic League foe. This could provide a good test for the young Hawks squad that only has two more preseason games before they kick off SAL play. Expect the Hawks to pull out all the stops with nothing to lose and everything to gain from a preseason victory.
Turlock Christian (0-1) @ Vacaville Christian (0-1)
Last week: Turlock Christian fell to Foresthill, 36-24
Preview: The Turlock Christian Eagles nearly pulled off what would have been considered a first week upset, but unfortunately, they fell to Foresthill from home at the Hilmar High football field last Friday in what resulted in a 36-24 loss. TC held Foresthill to just 178 yards passing while they allowed 151 rushing yards. The Eagles of TC only surrendered one sack in that game and had one interception so there is no doubt that moving forward in their second week, they are prepared. Vacaville Christian lost to TC’s league foe Stone Ridge Christian in their first week game in what resulted in a lopsided score of 35-12.
Bye week: Denair — last week the Coyotes beat Woodland Christian, 32-0