Week 1, September 4-6 (Got some time? Here are 5 fun games to choose from!)
Buhach Colony-Atwater at Enochs-Modesto (Downey High), 7:30 – The Colony has a new coach, and we all wonder what impact the departure of head coach/offensive guru Kevin Swartwood will have on the fly offense? You have to see BC RB Aundre Sherman this season – he won’t put up ridiculous stats because the Thunder spread the wealth, but he is worth the ticket.
The best football player in the city of Modesto this fall is Enochs’ QB Shawn Munoz. In the correct scheme, he can repeat his 2012 performance when he was Black Hat’s Sophomore of the Year. We grabbed some video from Munoz’s junior year, so check it out.
Central Catholic-Modesto at Atwater, 7 – Last time these two played? Good question! The Raiders aren’t as deep as many large schools, but their front-line starters are better than just about any team in The 209 with QB Hunter Petlansky, TE Jared Rice, sophomore RB Montel Bland & Co. Great game for Atwater and it should be a packed house on the home side – when’s last time Falcons hosted a two-time defending state champ?
Golden Valley-Merced at Beyer-Modesto, 7:15 – Couple of up-and-coming QBs, but the prpgrams are a year or two away from catching up to their skills. GV Coach Dennis Stubbs took over a program that was in ashes and is a year away from making the playoffs – and he’s got the coach-in-waiting with the recent hire of Le Grand’s Rick Martinez. This is Beyer’s game to win and the Patriots can win the MMC so long as they keep the balls in the hands of QB Nick Trujillo, RB Jay Price and WR Caleb Saalfeld and a few others. Don’t worry about overworking those kids!
Turlock at Oakdale, 7 – These two have been knocking heads for generations, but the series that may be on its last legs. With Oakdale committed to its rivalry with Sonora – a non-league game – do the Mustangs want to be locked into the same for for two of their three non-league games every year? We think not. They have benefited from playing Paraclete, Enterprise, Aptos, Oceanside and others – and the flexibility of having two non-league games with changing foes will only benefit the program.
Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa at St. Mary’s-Stockton, 7:15 – Always fun to see two Catholic school programs knock each other around. The Rams are high on QB Noah Righetti and they have a real hitter in LB Khalil Hodge. WR Demetrius Ferguson and TE Karsten Lee can turn Rams into contenders if they’re able to produce big senior seasons.