Week 1 games: Thursday night opportunity to see new, improved Shawn Munoz & Enochs’ Eagles

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.

Video: Stagg Contact Camp has plenty of big boys up front and skill players following them

   The summer football season pretty much came to an end with last week’s contact camps at Stagg-Stockton, Central Catholic-Modesto, Buhach Colony-Atwater and Manteca.

After two months of 7-on-7 passing events – including tournaments that Black Hat Football attended at Golden Valley-Merced, Delta College-Stockton, Patterson, Stagg and Modesto JC – it was fun to see linemen finally getting to hit.

We shot video at the Stagg Contact Camp: Ya gotta love it when Stagg’s Lester Williams (43 catches, 21.3-yard avg., 13 TDs) has the ball, and Kimball has a breakaway back in Rashaad Cooper (581 yards, 4 TDs in 2013). Chavez-Stockton, Sierra-Manteca and Lathrop were also at Stagg.

     Estrada also wrote a piece for the Stockton Record on the Stagg camp and the Delta Kings’ interesting QB situation – two transfers have arrived, but neither can pay first five games. That means the Delta Kings will look very different in November than September.


2014: Check out these Week Zero games – who knew openers could be so critical to playoff seedings?

With the Sac-Joaquin Section overhauling its postseason criteria – total wins will still be used to decide playoff teams, but a human panel will judge the quality of each team’s wins  to determine seeding – every win is crucial. A Week Zero win is just as critical as a Week 10 victory when it comes to landing a high seed.

Here are a handful of Week Zero games that will be entertaining, for a variety of reasons. We’ll bust out similar lists for each week as we get closer to the start of practice in early August.

Week Zero, August 29-30

Merced at Clovis West, 7:30 – Merced won the CCC in 2013, but it won’t settle for just a league title this year. With The 209’s top QB in prospect Tyrone Williams (click the link for his video), speed at receiver and a couple of quality RBs, the Bears need to open 2014 with a bang.

Colfax at Argonaut-Jackson, 7:30 – Both are likely Division 5 in Sac-Joaquin Section’s new seven-division playoff format and polar opposites on offense. Colfax is a high-flying offense that loves to fling the ball on Friday nights, while Argonaut will remain run-first under new coach Gary Landergen – previously the line and special teams coach. A nice inter-regional opener for the 2014 season.

Downey-Modesto at Pitman-Turlock (Turlock High), 7 – Could be a ton of points on the turf at Turlock High, with Downey’s passing spread vs. Pitman’s explosive Wing-T. How much has Downey QB PJ Wilson improved from 2013 – and is Josh Lowe capable of hitting the 100-reception mark? Sure, that’s a crazy stat – but he seems to catch everything thrown his way. The Pride always seems to restock its backfield with talented runners, and word is they got a QB, too.

East Union-Manteca at Davis-Modesto (Modesto JC), 7:30 – Two programs anxious to open with a win. Davis will exploit its passing game (QB’s back and tall receivers) under new coach Tim Garcia, a former Davis QB. EU follows with Johansen and Gregori, and is looking at a 2-1 or 3-0 start if it wins this one – then the Lancers face mighty Oakdale to open the Valley Oak League in Week 4.

Buhach Colony-Atwater at El Capitan-Merced (Merced JC), 7:15 – It’s the first varsity game for Merced’s third public high school, and it’s got its hands full with the Thunder. We’d love to see BC RB Aundre Sherman break open 2014 with a huge game and everything is in place for it against a team that will be playing without seniors.

Hughson at Johansen-Modesto, 7:15 – How much has Hughson QB Devondre Stendardo grown? The Huskies underachieved in 20134, and they can win this one – even though Johansen has more than double the enrollment. Love Huskies’ schedule with rival Waterford, pass-happy Ceres and Summerville coming up. The Vikings haven’t had a winning season since 2008 and roster size is a perpetual issue – but a few early season wins could solve that problem.

Sonora at Oakdale, 7 – OK, this is weird Week Zero game. These two have met in the regular-season finale for, what, 90 years or so? With Sonora joining the small-school Mother Lode League, it’s now the opener in an attempt to maintain one of The 209’s longest and most entertaining rivalries. Sonora’s been showing a nice option game during summer workouts and vows to throw the ball more – the pass game has been its Achilles heel in recent years. The Mustangs? They think they can win a section title this season, and could have one of the region’s top RB tandems with Darus Nelson and Brock Whiting.

 Stagg-Stockton at Lincoln-Stockton, 7:15 – Stagg won’t have QB Marcus Moore on the field until Week 6, so the offense will try to roll behind a line that features 6-6, 320-pound prospect Tristen Taylor. Stagg has one of The 209’s dynamic kids in Lester Williams – won’t see him getting caught from behind very often. It’s a huge game for Lincoln: The Trojans made the Division 1 quarterfinals just two years ago, but last year’s 4-7 record left the Trojan faithful in shock.

Patterson at Escalon, 7:30 – These guys have played for years, but usually later in the season. Last year’s OT thriller was on by Patterson and the Tigers have kids – Malik Lawson and Demarrio Hammonds – who will put on a show with the ball in their hands. Ya gotta see Patterson QB Damien Paulo (29 TDs as a junior) – if he’s going to have a big year, it needs to start here. How many ways will Escalon get the ball into the hands of RB Christian May? Coach Mark Loureiro’s had the entire offseason to come up with new ideas.

Manteca at Wilcox-Santa Clara  (Levi Stadium), 4:30 – An OT thriller a year ago, both suffered big graduation losses. The Buffaloes will be young, but what makes this game fun is the setting – it will be the first official game at the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi Stadium. Stick around for the first half of the nightcap, too, when national program De La Salle-Concord comes out firing against Jesuit-Carmichael.

Central Catholic-Modesto chasing 3rd straight California state championship in 2014

The Mountain Misery Camp was expected to be at Sonora High, but with the Wildcats’ field being replaced, it became the Modesto Misery Camp at Central Catholic High. It included Calaveras and RIpon Christian and the common bond was CC coach Roger Canepa – he also coached at Calaveras and Sonora.

We got a quick video from the camp, with some runs by the Raiders and some good hits by Sonora. Sorry we didn’t shoot more video, but spent time chattin’ with the folks who came down from the hill – always fun to see the foothill teams visit the valley.

CC QB Huntet Petlansky is now about 6-4 and 220 pounds, and he was difficult to bring down – the Raiders aren’t as massive on the O-line as they’ve been, but they’ve got plenty of skill kids.


Round-robin scores from MJC 7×7 tourney – and Black Hat has great catches on video

    The summer 7-on-7 tournament season came to a close with Modesto Junior College’s 16-team tournament on Saturday, July 12. Four brackets of four teams apiece, and here were the scores from a fun day of football!

By the way, here’s our 3rd video package from the tournament, which featured a half-dozen quality QBs. Click here for the show.

     North Bracket:  Modesto (3-0) d. Pacheco 16-14, d. Riverbank 26-6; d. Sierra; Sierra (2-1) d. Riverbank 14-6, d. Pacheco 31-18; Pacheco (1-2) d. Riverbank 34-0.

     South Bracket: Downey (3-0) d. Orestimba 20-6, d. Le Grand 26-6, d. Ceres 27-14; Le Grand (2-1) d. Ceres 26-6, d. Orestimba 27-7; Orestimba (1-2) d. Ceres 21-18.

     East Bracket: Golden Valley (3-0) d. Mariposa 16-12, d. Sonora 20-12; d. Gregori; Mariposa (2-1) d. Gregori 27-6, d. Sonora; Gregori (1-2) d. Sonora 13-12.

    West Bracket: Turlock (3-0) d. Central Valley 20-6, d. Beyer 14-6; d. Escalon; Central Valley (1-2) d. Beyer 18-14; Beyer (1-2) d. Escalon 19-6; Escalon (1-2) d. Central Valley (22-6).

    Semifinals: Turlock d. Golden Valley & Downey d. Modesto

    Title game: Downey 21, Turlock 20




Modesto JC 7×7: Ginda & Kamoku play for Pacheco, Le Grand bangs it out & lots of video

    The summer 7-on-7 tournament season came to a close with Modesto Junior College’s 16-team tournament on Saturday, July 12. Four brackets of four teams apiece, with Downey, Turlock, Modesto & Golden Valley on top.

   After Downey beat Modesto and Turlock topped Golden Valley in semifinals, Downey beat Turlock 21-20 with a late TD & PAT in the title game. Some hit the 7-on-7 for experience and practice, others hit it to experience victory.

 Check out our second highlight video from the tournament. We posted out first Saturday night and we’ve got more to come – they’ll all be at www.BlackHatFootball.com.

    Downey and Turlock were here for both: Downey was working a No. 2 QB early in the day, before a couple of poor passes and a bad decision on a crossing pattern led to an interception. A few quick words later and it was clear that PJ Wilson would be taking the snaps the rest of the day.

   Wilson ended up throwing three TDs in the final, including a late and a PAT toss to Josh Lowe for the winning point. Lowe and Sierra’s 6-foot-3 Hunter Johnson won the Good Hands Award – catching everything within their grasp.

    Johnson is typically and inside receiver, more like a tight end in Sierra’s spread offense, but got to play outside Saturday and was unstoppable on his routes to the corner of the end zone. Quick DBs are too small to jump with him and big DBs are too slow to run with him on crossing routes over the middle …

   Lowe is the li’l brother of Caleb Lowe, one of Downey’s prolific receivers from a few years ago. Josh caught 24 balls for 378 yard and 4 TDs as a junior, numbers that will jump this coming season in the Knights’ passing attack …

   Downey’s trying to pin down its RB, after the graduation of Mario Sanchez (793 yrads 8 TDs). … Downey and Gregori will open the season as Modesto Metro Conference favorites. Most folks feel Gregori has superior physical talent, but the Knights’ have the better scheme to exploit their personnel …

   Good to see Pacheco RB/LB Frank Ginda back on the field – missed him at the Patterson 7×7 tourney two weeks ago, with Ginda sidelined by an ankle injury – as well as RB/LB Kalama Kamoku. He missed his junior season with a knee injury and is wearing a sturdy brace this summer …

   Le Grand was one of the more physical teams, banging and jostling receivers before and after the catch. In the same bracket as Downey and Ceres – QB Frank Contreras helped the ‘Dogs go 2-1, their loss 26-6 to Downey – it gave Le Grand a chance to flex their muscles against a few larger schools. With a new coach, Le Grand is anxious to prove it won’t be taking a step backward …

Downey, QB PJ Wilson top Turlock by a point in final of Modesto JC 7-on-7 tourney

   Quick update on the Modesto Junior College 7-on-7 Tournament: We’ll follow up Sunday with more notes and names from the 16-team event.

   First, MJC assistant coach Rusty Stivers did a great job running the event, which featured teams ranging from Le Grand to Sonora to Sierra to Golden Valley.

   Downey beat Turlock 21-20 in the championship game, with Josh Lowe catching the PAT pass for the winning point … Downey beat Modesto and Turlock beat Golden Valley in the semifinals, after those teams won their four-team brackets.

   Here’s our first video from Saturday’s (July 12) tournament. We’ll break out a few more Sunday … Got a month until pads go on and hitting begins.

MJC 7×7 Passing Tourney: 16 teams, lots of talented QBs and a sneak peek at upcoming season

   The last of the summer’s big passing tournaments is Saturday (July 12) at Modesto Junior College, with 16 teams from The 209 starting at 9 a.m and wrapping up with the championship game at 12:25 p.m.

   Merced High was the top team at the Golden Valley event in early June, then Lincoln-Stockton and Chavez-Stockton won the morning and afternoon events at Delta College. Stagg won its Brown and Gold Tournament a few weeks ago, then the host Tigers won the Patterson Tournament the following day.

    There’s a mix of programs coming to MJC, including Sierra – always a contender in a 7-on-7 passing tourney – Pacheco with QB Juwan Epperson, Downey with PJ Wilson, Le Grand with Frank Contreras, Ceres with Brad Bussard and Beyer with Nick Trujillo.

   The games will be brief, just 20-minute time slots, which should reduce any idle time between snaps. There are four pools with four teams apiece:

   NORTH: Sierra, Modesto, Pacheco & Riverbank

   SOUTH: Downey, Ceres, Le Grand & Orestimba

   EAST: Golden Valley, Gregori, Sonora & Mariposa

   WEST: Turlock, Escalon, Beyer & Central Valley

   At first glance, the North bracket looks to be the deeper with Sierra, Pacheco and Modesto – Sierra and Modesto are exclusive spread formations, though both are breaking in new QBs … The East is interesting with Gregori, Sonora and Mariposa – three teams that love to run the ball – and Golden Valley still finding its offensive feet under coach Dennis Stubbs. …

   The West has one veteran QB in Trujillo, with recent graduations at Turlock, Escalon and Central Valley leaving huge shoes to fill … The South bracket has the most experience at QB: Wilson, Bussard and Contreras combined to throw for  5,500 yards and 54 TDs as juniors – and should be busy on Saturday.

For a full schedule of Saturday’s action, check out this link

 Modesto JC 7×7 Schedule

Patterson 7-on-7: Tigers got hot playmakers in Demarrio Hammonds & Malik Lawson

After round-robin games all morning, Patterson went on a run and beat Tracy, Western Athletic Conference rival Pacheco-Los Banos and then Sierra-Manteca in the final of its own 7-on-7 tournament Saturday (June 28). The host Tigers showed they’ll be busy throwing again this season, with QB Damien Paulo (2,011 yards, 29 TDs, 7 INTs) back.

We’ll have a couple of videos from the tournament – which also included Ripon, Tracy, Atwater and Sonora – and here’s the first of those.

We’ll have a couple of videos from the tournament, and here’s the first. Paulo, Pacheco’s  Juwan Epperson, Ripon’s Nick Price were starters in 2013 … Sonora came down the hill and worked on its passing game. Promising sign to see Wildcats in Patterson, means greater emphasis on developing a passing game as they join the Mother Lode League …

Here’s second video from Patterson’s 7×7 Tournament. Couple nice throws by Atwater’s incoming QB, particularly the one at the end of the tape … If Patterson has a RB who can provide a steady ground game, it could equal or surpass last year’s 9-2 record … Pacheco played Saturday without Frank Ginda (ankle), and he’ll be a big factor when the teams meet with the pads on.

Paulo, Pacheco’s  Juwan Epperson, Ripon’s Nick Price were starters in 2013 … Sonora came down the hill and worked on its passing game. Promising sign to see Wildcats in Patterson, means greater emphasis on developing a passing game as they join the Mother Lode League …

Can’t remember the name of the Atwater QB – sorry; someone help me out there – and Tracy’s Michael Brown showed nice touch on some of his deep throws (a speciality in the Bulldogs’ run-focused offense) … Pacheco got behind Patterson’s secondary a few times for long TDs, and everyone got to hear about it as they came back to the huddle :) The sparring made the game even more fun. Their WAC meeting will be a hot ticket.

Paulo spent much of Saturday tossing it to Demarrio Hammonds and junior Mailk Lawson: Hammonds doubles as a safety and was offered by Weber State in mid-June, and Lawson the little brother of former Tiger receiver Rodney Lawson.

Hammonds caught two passes last year and is one of only two kids in the program who has a varsity reception – Paulo is the other, catching one pass for 4 yards last year – while Lawson was the star of the JV team last year.

The best tight end – tough to say what position Sierra’s 6-foot-3 Hunter Johnson plays, because the Timberwolves play in a spread and he runs routes down or across the middle – but he’s the best tight end we’ve seen this summer. … The game of the day was Pacheco  & Patterson in the semifinals – they’re co-favorites in the Western Athletic Conference – and there was lots of chirping going on.

At the end of the game, there was the question of the score: Pacheco though it had won, then it turned out Patterson had won … yeah, that will be remembered when the teams meet in Week 9 to decide the WAC title.

Peak of the 7-on-7 season: Black Hat Football’s tape from Delta College afternoon session

It’s the peak of the 7-on-7 passing season, with the Delta College Tournament last weekend, the Stagg Tournament Friday, the Patterson Tournament Saturday and the Modesto JC Tournament in a couple of weeks – not to mention the weeknight events featuring 2 or 3 schools.

Black Hat Football was at Delta, Stagg and Patterson, and we’ll be at Modesto JC. Richard Estrada wrote a piece for the Stockton Record on the Delta & Stagg events. This link will take you to The Record, so check out the stories.

Lincoln and Chavez won the tournament titles at Delta – the Mustangs did a great job hosting morning and afternoon events – and we’ll have a couple of videos from the event. Sorry Titans, bad timing on our part meant we missed your throws, but we’ll try to catch you later this summer. Our afternoon session tape is right here and you can check out some clips from the Patterson Tournament on Black Hat’s Youtube page, as well.

We’ll have a couple of Patterson tapes – and a second tape from Delta posted soon – and here’s that second tape from the Delta Tournament. Got some nice action from Lincoln, Stagg and Manteca, as well as plays from Calaveras and others who played in morning.