Video/Looking Ahead to 2028 — Black Hat Football’s Fun-Filled Schedule For The 209

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As we jump into 2018, let’s take a look at a full-season schedule we’d love to see! We’ll call it Black Hat Football’s 2018 Tour … we’ll carry it through the end of the playoffs. We’re going to emphasize fun and entertainment value, recognize rivalries and make sure they’ll be crowd-pleasing.

Here are the first seven weeks of the season – kickoff is Friday, August 17; a week earlier than normal. because folks are tired of seeing State Bowls compete with Christmas Day. The large-school Sac-Joaquin Section championship games will now be played Thanksgiving Weekend:

WEEK ZERO (August 17 – the season starts one week earlier across the state)

Central Catholic Raiders at St. Mary’s Rams

It’s the new debut for St. Mary’s QB Noah May, who threw for 241 yards & 3 TDs in the 2017-opening rout of Serra-San Mateo – a school that would go on to win a State Bowl. May suffered a season-ending shoulder injury diving for a loose ball in that game … Central Catholic historically punches way above its weight class in this Holy Bowl series, so it would be a true test for May to kick off the 2018 season.

WEEK ONE (August 24)

Downey Knights at Oakdale Mustangs

Oakdale has beaten plenty of pass-focused teams in the playoffs during this past decade of dominance, following a regular season that allows the pass defense to mature. But facing a pass-early, pass-often team the second week of the season? … Downey has an experience air game returning with QB Bryce Peterson and Co., and it would be fun to see that passing attack on the turf at The Corral.

WEEK TWO (August 31)

Mountain House Mustangs at Weston Ranch Cougars

These teams will be scoring on virtually every possession. Make sure to buy your soda and hot dog before kickoff 🙂 Weston Ranch QB Amier Bowen is going to be a stat monster, while Mountain House will pile up its point behind RB Vladik Sutherland and option QB Jesse Jordan.

WEEK THREE (September 7)

Pitman Pride at Stagg Delta Kings 

Always love a contrast of styles, with Stagg’s free-wheeling offense and returning QB Cameron Deville against the Pride’s precision-focused wing-T attack … Stagg always plays better at home, and since the Delta Kings would be underdogs, this game would be played in Stockton. We want to make sure it stays competitive, and the Stagg crowd will help with that 🙂

WEEK FOUR (September 14)

Franklin Yellowjackets at Merced Bears

We want to see three of The 209’s most exciting skill players on the same field, and we get that with Merced QB Dhameer Warren and Franklin’s tandem of DB Angelo Washington and RB Felipe Figueora – will be lots of big plays. It’s also a great test for Warren, who needs to improve his TD-to-INT ratio if the Bears hope to win the new-look Central California Conference title next fall.

WEEK FIVE (September 21)

Manteca Buffaloes at Tracy Bulldogs

It’s a classic matchup between two schools that have been playing football forever in The 209 … Both teams will be loaded with talent next fall, with Manteca welcoming this year’s powerful sophomore team – which played without sophomore RB Trabron Russell, the varsity’s leading rusher … Tracy QB Logan Fife will have honed his passing skills, and it’s an opportunity for RB Mason Sarsfield to show he has gained the burst of quickness needed to turn a short gain into an 8-yard run.

WEEK SIX (September 28)

Sierra Timberwolves at Chavez Titans

We’d love to see a repeat of the 2013 classic, with Sierra celebrating after a 61-58 thriller over the Titans. It was big play after big play, and Chavez has the potential to do that again with its tandem of Jasaun Allen — the 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Utility Player of the Year – and RB George Romero Robinson. This one needs to be at Chavez, we get to see this game on that nice turf.

WEEK SEVEN (October 5)

Modesto Panthers at Atwater Falcons

What a great opportunity to see two of the top returning running backs along Highway 99 — Modesto’s Zaire Eugene and Atwater’s Charles Jackson. Give them each 20 touches and the one with the most total yards is going to get the win. Both of them can go the distance from anywhere on the field.


About the Author ()

Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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