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Valley Oak League juggles schedule: Defending co-champs Sierra & Oakdale open at The Corral

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Valley Oak League juggles schedule: Defending co-champs Sierra & Oakdale open at The Corral

The Valley Oak League is shaking up its schedule this fall, and the first change you’ll see is Sierra facing Oakdale at The Corral in Week 4 to open league play. They were VOL co-champs last fall, with Oakdale winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 title and going to a NorCal Bowl. Oakdale had been […]

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The first step to selecting Black Hat’s All-Grid/Wrestling Team: Let’s look at The 209 results from State Meet

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The first step to selecting Black Hat’s All-Grid/Wrestling Team: Let’s look at The 209 results from State Meet

As the Black Hat Football staff prepares to pick its 2014-15 Grid/Wrestling Team, it seems like a good time to spotlight The 209′s best – those that played football, as well as those who focus on wrestling as their primary sport. If you want to check out the 2013-2014 Black Hat Football Grid/Wrestling Team, just […]

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Riverbank High unveils independent football schedule for 2015: Bruins open at Waterford and will finish with Johansen-Modesto

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Riverbank High unveils independent football schedule for 2015: Bruins open at Waterford and will finish with Johansen-Modesto

 Riverbank High faced a difficult decision in 2013: Stop playing football for safety reasons, or create an independent schedule and give the program a chance to survive. (For the original story, click on this Blue Line Special for the 2013 piece) The Bruins’ have long struggled in the Trans-Valley League, yet were denied the opportunity […]

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So you’re starting a HS football program? If The 209 were a free agent’s market, these would be your 50 best signings

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So you’re starting a HS football program? If The 209 were a free agent’s market, these would be your 50 best signings

So you ‘re starting a high school football program and looking for free agents? The Black Hat Football staff looks at a Top 50 list from The 209 who would serve well as starter kits. We’ll start our list from #50 and work our way down to the top spots: We’ll apologize ahead of time […]

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TVL Offensive Lineman of the Year Caleb Blakeley didn’t want Modesto Christian High to be his final stop

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TVL Offensive Lineman of the Year Caleb Blakeley didn’t want Modesto Christian High to be his final stop

Caleb Blakeley is one of those kids who didn’t want his final game high school football game to be his final football game. But recruiting season quietly came and went, and Modesto Christian High’s 6-foot-2, 265-pound offensive lineman began focusing on a productive career killing bad bugs. More about those bad bugs later. The better […]

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The Dream Season: Black Hat’s staff puts together its schedule of ‘wanna-see’ games for the 2015 season

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The Dream Season: Black Hat’s staff puts together its schedule of ‘wanna-see’ games for the 2015 season

As Black Hat Football begins poking around for 2015 schedules — anxious to see who’s got new non-league games, like Lincoln facing Downey  – here are games we’d love to see this season. The staff at Black Hat has put together a dream season, fun games from Week 0 through Week 13 – yep, we’ll carry it […]

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New state football playoff system: Everyone goes bowling & Sac State’s a no-brainer for Open Games

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New state football playoff system: Everyone goes bowling & Sac State’s a no-brainer for Open Games

Before we start talking about the CIF’s new State Bowl system – some love it, others hate it – let’s talk about the best decision that the state’s lords of high school athletics made.  Thank you bringing the State Open Bowl to Sacramento State for 2015-17 – the place is made for an event such […]

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Early 2015 Rankings: Holy Bowl could be #1 vs. #2 … and here are 5 talented small schools to keep an eye on

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Early 2015 Rankings: Holy Bowl could be #1 vs. #2 … and here are 5 talented small schools to keep an eye on

Sure, it’s barely 2015 and last football season only ended about six weeks ago, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead. Check out Black Hat Football’s Early, Early 2015 Rankings. Here are out 1st 10, and we’ll follow with 10 more later this week:  1, St. Mary’s-Stockton (12-2 in 2014) – The Rams […]

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The top pass/catch combos in The 209 for 2015: St. Mary’s? The QB is graduating – why are the Rams on this list?

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The top pass/catch combos in The 209 for 2015: St. Mary’s? The QB is graduating – why are the Rams on this list?

High school football in The 209 is a 12-month commitment for Black Hat Football – carrying into the spring and then the 7-on-7 summer season – so we don’t stop paying attention just because the basketballs have come out. Last week we looked at the top backfield combinations returning in The 209 next fall (just […]

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Top 2015 backfields in The 209? Is Beyer-Modesto’s depth enough to win MMC this fall? What about wild SJAA & TVL?

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Top 2015 backfields in The 209? Is Beyer-Modesto’s depth enough to win MMC this fall? What about wild SJAA & TVL?

Taking a look toward the 2015 season, we’ll spotlight what should be some of the top backfields in The 209: MantErra – This is the combination we’ve had if we could get Manteca QB Dakarai Charles and Sierra RB Mark Paule Jr. on the same team. Charles has good feet and showed a nice arm […]

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