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Turlock undefeated? Not so fast
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Friday Night Football Nonconference

·         Davis (0-4) at Pitman (3-1) at Joe Debely Stadium, 7:15 p.m.

·         Turlock (4-0) at Franklin (0-4) in Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

 Southern League

·         Denair (2-2, 1-0 SL) at Le Grand (2-2, 1-0), 7:30 p.m.

·         Turlock Christian (1-3, 0-1 SL) at Gustine (0-4, 0-1) at Livingston High, 7:30 p.m.

 Trans-Valley League

·         Hughson (0-5, 0-1 TVL) at Hilmar (3-2, 1-0 TVL), 7:30 p.m.

The Turlock High football team is nearing the midway point of what seemed nearly impossible at the beginning of the season. Remember, the Bulldogs capped off their 2009 run with a horrible 0-10 record.

This season, it’s a whole different story.

The Bulldogs are 4-0 entering Friday night’s game against winless Franklin High in Stockton. So, at this point, it’s safe to ask one lingering question: Can the Bulldogs make one of the greatest turnarounds in high school football history by going undefeated this season?

“That’s something that will be determined week-to-week, depending on how we play,” second-year Turlock coach James Peterson said. “Our team has gotten better every week. As far as going undefeated, we’re going to take it week-to-week.”

So far, a perfect record doesn’t seem that out of reach for the Bulldogs. Again, Friday night’s opponent is Franklin, which is 0-4 and coming off a humbling 53-7 loss to Pitman High. That defeat was held at Joe Debely Stadium, meaning the Bulldogs didn’t have to travel very far to scout the Wildcats since Turlock and Pitman share the renovated football field.

What Peterson and his coaching staff saw was a Franklin team that had individual standouts, but the Bulldogs have earned a perfect record so far by utilizing many weapons on the team. And they hope to have another complete game on Friday.

“If we’re scoring points and other teams aren’t, then that’s a possibility,” Peterson said, referring to a question about going undefeated.

Pride on hot streak 

It might seem like centuries ago that the Pitman High Pride lost their season opener to Modesto High, a 48-36 heartbreaker that wasn’t decided until late in the final quarter. That’s because the Pride have won three straight contests in convincing fashion and are on the verge of notching a 4-1 record heading into the Central California Conference.

But first, the Pride will host a struggling Davis High team at Debely Stadium on Friday night, and Pitman coach Brandon Harris has repeatedly said his team is improving week-by-week.

Pitman is coming off a 53-7 stomping of Franklin High, while Davis is 0-4 and lost 55-7 to Turlock in Week 3.