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Pitman (5-0) @ Enochs (2-3), 7 p.m.

Last week: BYE

Preview: This will be the “Blitz’s” game of the week and it is without question a game to watch because the Pitman Pride are looking to make it six straight wins to start off the year after a perfect pre-league schedule. It is also their first ever Central California Athletic League game along with Enochs, which will make things more interesting. Enochs was shutout by Edison, 38-0, last Friday and will be hungry to bounce back. This game could be decided in many ways, but the consistent running attack for Pitman should be tough to handle. Treyton Fair has proven time again that he has a more than capable arm to make plays happen and the Pride have a plethora of unsung heroes who can breakout at any moment. With an early league win, the Pride will be on the verge on perhaps repeating what they did in 2016 — winning all nine of their first games — and tying the most wins in a single season in program history (10).


Turlock (2-3) v. Downey (3-2), 7 p.m.

Last week: BYE

Preview: It’s week one for the Central California Athletic League as they kick things off on Friday and one of the games to look out for will be the Turlock Bulldogs against the Downey Knights. Friday’s league opener comes off a much-needed bye, after the Bulldogs finished an extremely challenging preseason schedule that saw them fall to three top teams in California. Downey is coming off a 20-14 loss against small-school powerhouse McClymonds High where they also saw their starting quarterback go down in Beau Green. It will be interesting how Downey responds as well as Turlock, which is coming off consecutive losses heading into league play.


Denair (4-1) @ Gustine (4-1), 7 p.m. 

Last week: Denair lost to Ripon Christian, 35-7

Preview: The Denair Coyotes started their season with a bang and four victories — until they met Ripon Christian in Week 6.  Before the Knights had a go at them, the Denair offense had been nearly unstoppable after the first four games, amassing 32 points or more in all games, including back-to-back 56-point efforts. It will be interesting when they face a 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league Gustine squad. The Gustine Reds are coming off a 17-13 nudge over Mariposa to win their second straight league game. However, Denair has provided many teams with headaches, proving they have multiple weapons and steady running backs on the offensive side of the ball. Look for this game to be a battle and a must-win for both if they wish to be in the hunt for a playoff berth.


Turlock Christian (1-5) v. Millennium (2-4), 7 p.m. Thursday

Last week: Turlock Christian lost to Big Valley Christian, 42-0

Preview: The Turlock Christian Eagles are coming off their second shutout loss of the year when they took on Big Valley Christian and allowed six touchdowns. They will be the only game this week that is taking place on Thursday against a Millennium team that is coming off a 48-8 win over Delta Charter a squad that TC beat 22-8. This could be an evenly matched game with the possibility of the Eagles capturing their second win, but they will have to work for every point. Millennium isn’t a team that can be taken easily as they have won two of their last three games.


Delhi (0-5) v. Mariposa (1-4), 7:15 p.m.

Last week: Delhi lost to Waterford, 33-0 

Preview: Delhi High’s varsity football team is still winless heading into week seven. They have currently lost their first five games and have been outscored 186-14 so far. Following the loss of several seniors from last year’s team, the Hawks have struggled to compete with their 35-man roster. They will be squaring off against a one-win team in Mariposa that was ousted by Gustine last Friday, 17-13. Combined, both teams have scored just 69 points so far and this could very well be an evenly matched game.


BYE week: Hilmar (beat Escalon 20-17 last Friday)