Hilmar (3-0) v. Sonora (0-3)
Last week: Hilmar defeated Gustine, 48-0
Preview: This is the game of the week for the “Blitz” and it is sure to be action packed, mainly because Hilmar feels like they have something to prove to a Sonora team that has dominated them since 2014. Sonora has won the previous four games. Hilmar has managed to handle their first three opponents with ease, outscoring them 138-16. It looks like the Yellowjackets are marching head on against every opponent. Sonora is the next stop and don’t expect the freight train to stop anytime soon as Hilmar is eager to end this game in the first half—much like their first three games. Sonora is a team that should never be underestimated, however, the speed and physicality of Hilmar could overwhelm the Wildcats. Since 2014, Sonora has won 11, 12, 11 and nine games, respectively.
Pitman (3-0) v. Bullard (0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Pitman defeated Pleasant Grove, 45-28
Preview: With a win over Bullard of Fresno, the Pitman Pride could very well be on their way to finishing a perfect and clean preseason, but they still have two games remaining before they kick off league play for the first time ever in the Central California Athletic League. The Pride, however, should not overlook a Bullard squad from Fresno that year in and year out faces some of the stiffest competition in the entire region. Bullard is coming off a close 17-14 loss at the hands of Clovis High—a consistent winning program. Now, there is no doubt that after losing their first two, they are searching for their first victory of the year against a Pride program that has won their first three games in convincing fashion, scoring 40-plus points in all games so far. The Pitman Pride are firing away on all cylinders so far with no end in sight. Pitman’s latest victory over PG saw some major highlights from the Pride offense that has been rolling. Payton Bass finished with 235 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns. Jakob Partida finished with 131 rushing yards for Pitman while quarterback Treyton Fair tossed for 145 yards. The Pitman defense intercepted PG four times for the game. Joseph Vasquez finished with a pair of interceptions. Jaron Azevedo tallied two sacks and now has four for the year.
Turlock (2-1) @ Sheldon (2-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Turlock defeated Tracy High, 28-17
Preview: Turlock High avenged last year’s losses to Tracy High by defeating them with a convincing victory last Friday. However, heading into week four, the Bulldogs could very well be be in for a bigger battle. The Huskies have the same record as the Bulldogs and have won back-to-back heading into this matchup. The Bulldogs are nearly done with their extremely competitive preseason schedule. They still have to take on a 3-0, at the moment, Central (Fresno), squad in their final pre-league contest, but they can’t look too far ahead. The Huskies have notched 40 and 48 points in their two-win streak and are currently ranked No. 131 in California while the Bulldogs of Turlock are No. 72 in the state. Not only is this a strong match for Turlock High, but for Sheldon a win could really turn things for the better considering their schedule doesn’t get any easier as well. This is one of those middle of the season games that could be one of the hardest hitting and physical games of the year. Turlock is looking healthy following their win over Tracy. In that game, Tracy saw over three players injured during a three-minute span in the first half. Expect nothing but big hits and hard running in this wild matchup that could surprise many to be one of the more entertaining games of the week.
Denair (2-0) @ Stone Ridge Christian (2-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Denair defeated Millennium 56-18
Preview: Hunter Musgrave rushed for 58 yards last week and scored a touchdown. Teammate Steffin Winston rushed for 169 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns en route to 193 yards of total offense while Dylan De Silva amassed 175 rushing yards and a pair of scores on 11 carries. Following the victory, Denair head coach Anthony Armas said, “We’re doing alright right now.” Could be an understatement, but the season is long and grueling, and in all honesty, it is just getting started. Denair so far after two games looks like one of the top teams in the Southern Athletic League. Denair has outscored their first two pre-league foes, 88-18. Denair is coming off a lopsided win over Millennium. In that game, three running backs combined to rush for 402 yards and that looks to be the game plan moving ahead. Denair will be squaring off with an SRC team that has also won twice so far and come off a week three win over Tranquillity that ended 37-13. SRC is coming off a 10-2 season where they swept through league and went a perfect 5-0 to win the Central California Athletic Association. This won’t be easy for either side, but look for Denair’s presence on the trenches to be felt, along with their running back playmakers, including quarterback Elvis Silva.
Turlock Christian (0-3) @ Valley Christian (0-2), Saturday at 7 p.m.
Last week: Turlock Christian lost to Waterford, 28-6
Preview: Turlock Christian football is coming off a 28-6 loss at the hands of Waterford High in last Friday’s special edition and episode of the, “Blitz.” Look for the TC Eagles to continue their progress from a week ago as they head into their week four matchup with a winless Valley Christian. As a battle of the winless, no team really has much to lose and everything to gain. Look for this game to be an even keel matchup that will see both squads come out and run hard and play with all their grit and might. While it hasn’t been the start that the TC Eagles wanted, there are still seven games remaining in the regular season—enough to match or surpass last season’s total of four victories.
Bye week: Delhi (0-3) lost last week to Livingston 42-7