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Taco Bell Athlete of the Week: McNair-Stockton junior receiver Sean Hamilton makes 2014 debut with breakout game

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Taco Bell Athlete of the Week: McNair-Stockton junior receiver Sean Hamilton makes 2014 debut with breakout game

Taco Bell shares Black Hat Football’s commitment  to high school academics and football, and the positive impact the sport has on campus and in the community. That’s one reason Taco Bell is sponsoring our Athletes of the Week. Each Monday, Black Hat will announce its three Taco Bell Athletes of the Week and award each with a $20 gift card and a Taco Bell […]

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Black Hat watches the Stagg/Lincoln rivalry through a different set of eyes – the game off the field with lots of photos

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Black Hat watches the Stagg/Lincoln rivalry through a different set of eyes – the game off the field with lots of photos

Stockton’s Jim Anderson has seen plenty of football – but not the way you and I see the game. He’s got 10 years experience officiating high school football and another 2 years in the college game as a linesman and a line judge. He’s getting a different view of the game in The 209 this […]

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Black Hat Football Small-School rankings: How our Top 10 fared in Week Zero

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Black Hat Football Small-School rankings: How our Top 10 fared in Week Zero

How Black Hat Football’s Top 10 fared (with last week’s ranking): SMALL SCHOOLS 1) Hilmar (1-0) beat Livingston 10-7. A one-week hiccup by the Yellowjackets, or is this an indication of how much they miss all-Black Hat receiver Tyler Robinson and Black Hat Defensive Player of the Year Joseph Bello? 2) Los Banos (0-1) lost […]

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Black Hat Football’s Large-School rankings: How our Top 10 fared in Week Zero

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Black Hat Football’s Large-School rankings: How our Top 10 fared in Week Zero

How Black Hat Football’s Top 10 fared (with last week’s ranking): LARGE SCHOOLS 1) Merced (0-1) lost to Clovis West 49-39. QB Tyrone Williams completed 30 of 60 passes for 400 yards, but also suffered five interceptions. His ball security will need to improve and the Bears’ defense needs to get healthy (3 starters sat […]

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Dante Berggren, Justin Stefani, Mark Paule, Demetrius Vinson – good night to be an RB in The 209

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Dante Berggren, Justin Stefani, Mark Paule, Demetrius Vinson – good night to be an RB in The 209

Let’s take a look at some of Friday night’s excitement … We warned defenses about Waterford RB Dante Berggren a few weeks back – and had the video to back it up – but not even Black Hat Football could have anticipated Friday night’s debut! The Cat went off with 6 TDs – including a 99-yarder […]

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Video: Patterson’s Dynamic Duo of Damarrio Hammonds & Michael Lawson overwhelm rival Escalon

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Video: Patterson’s Dynamic Duo of Damarrio Hammonds & Michael Lawson overwhelm rival Escalon

   Black Hat Football got exactly what it expected from Friday night’s season opener at Escalon, with the host Cougars pounding out yardage on the ground and Patterson striking with big plays. We saw the Tigers sparkle during the summer 7-on-7 season with QB Damien Paulo tossing to Damarrio Hammonds and junior Michael Lawson, and […]

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Video: Pitman scores 29 unanswered points to rally past Downey, thwart QB PJ Wilson’s performance in the 2014 opener

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Video: Pitman scores 29 unanswered points to rally past Downey, thwart QB PJ Wilson’s performance in the 2014 opener

   Trailing by 19 points in the third quarter and apparently heading to a season-opening defeat, Pitman High-Turlock went on a second-half run Friday night to surprise Downey-Modesto 36-33 at Joe Debley Stadium on the Turlock High campus. QB PJ Wilson (22 of 42, 325 yards) had led the Knights to a 26-7 lead, and […]

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Time to pick the winners: Black Hat takes a stab at picking the champions – and everyone else – from the 10 leagues

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Time to pick the winners: Black Hat takes a stab at picking the champions – and everyone else – from the 10 leagues

   With the season kicking off Friday night, it’s time to take a look at each of the 10 leagues in The 209. Always dicey picking top to bottom before the first play, but that’s what makes it so fun. The Hat’s going to be at Escalon Friday night to see the Cougars open the […]

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CalHiSports showers its love on The 209, with kids all over its preseason Sac-Joaquin Section team

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CalHiSports showers its love on The 209, with kids all over its preseason Sac-Joaquin Section team

   CalHiSports has busted out its all-Sac-Joaquin Section team, and it’s showing tons of love for The 209. CalHi has selected nine kids from The 209 for its preseason all-Sac-Joaquin Section first team, and another 11 were selected to the second team – heady stuff considering CalHi’s status as the statewide authority on the game. […]

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Oakdale hosts rival Sonora Friday night at The Corral – and hear what coach Trent Merzon has to say about his Mustangs

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Oakdale hosts rival Sonora Friday night at The Corral – and hear what coach Trent Merzon has to say about his Mustangs

Oakdale High has been on impressive run this century, with a winning record and a trip to the playoffs 13 of the 14 season – the Mustangs were 4-6 in 2005. They’ve won 78.6 percent of their games since 2000 and coach Trent Merzon has high expectations for this year’s team, as well. Check out […]

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