Undefeated PHS, GHHS, SHS playing at home
Grizzlies play tonight at Rankin Stadium
The fourth week of high school football boasts a full schedule of games with three out of five Orange Belt schools playing at home.
Undefeated Porterville, Granite Hills and Strathmore hope to continue their success when they play at home while Monache and Lindsay try to pick up wins on the road after tough week three losses.
With the regular season just weeks away, the Marauders have yet to pick up their first win of the season while the Cardinals are still trying to figure out a young team that can’t seem to get their offense going continuously.
Every team, but Strathmore, faces a team with a losing record or just one
win on the season. Orange Cove (1-2) at Granite Hills (2-0), 7:15 p.m.
After just two games, Granite Hills senior Jasper Berumen is on pace for a 1,000-yard season. The senior leads the East Sequoia League in rushing yards with 387 yards on 43 carries and is tied at six rushing touchdowns with Strathmore’s Joseph Garcia.
The Titans of Orange Cove will try to find a way to stop a Grizzlies offense that is averaging 200 yards a game and has picked up all eight of their touchdowns on the ground. With only 51 receiving yards in two games, if Granite Hills is forced to go to the air things could get interesting.
The Grizzlies defense continues to play well for the team with only one seven points allowed on the season. Senior Alexis Gil has had an interception in both games, as well as a blocked field goal and a safety in the team’s 43-0 win over Farmersville (0-3) in week one.
The Titans are coming off a 32-12 win over the Panthers of Parlier (0-2). Hanford (0-3) at Porterville (1-0), 7:30 p.m.
With the latest start for any football team in the Orange Belt, a fresh Porterville team pounded its way to a 33-6 win over Taft (1-2) last week.
PHS sophomore quarterback Tanner Jones threw two interceptions, but finished 8-of-16 for 133 yards and a touchdown to junior Hunter Alcantar. Jones also ran for a touchdown while senior Angel Lucatero’s one pass was completed to Alcantar for a 60yard touchdown.
Offensively the Panthers looked good, with seniors Andru Chavez and Mark Inman also scoring rushing touchdowns and Chavez rushing for 91 yards on 18 carries. But defensively Porterville looked just as good.
Coming off a five-sack game thanks to seniors Andrew Caballero (2.5), Matt Velasquez (2.0) and Joey Sandoval (0.5); the Panthers have a chance to do something big against the Hanford Bulldogs, who run the
ball on nearly 80 percent of their plays.
In Hanford’s first three games, the Bullpups scored a total of two rushing touchdowns and were unsuccessful on both PATS. The team lost by 42 in both of their first two games against Buchanan (3-0) and Sanger (3-0), but put up a fight against Madera (2-1) in a 7-6 loss last week. Monache (0-2) at Kingsburg (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Both Kingsburg and Monache started their seasons off with big losses to Golden West (2-0) but the Vikings bounced back with a 3017 win over Washington Union (0-3) last week.
After having to cancel their week two game due to a heat wave and bad air quality from fires, Monache struggled late in its week three loss to El Diamante (12). Down three points, the Marauders gave up 14-unanswered points
in the fourth quarter en route to their second double-digit loss.
Against Kingsburg, Monache will need to find a way to stop its opponent’s run game. Giving up a large amount of rushing yards is something that has plagued the Marauders since week one when they gave up 355 yards to Golden West.
In their last game, Kingsburg’s leading rusher, Bo Jackoson, had 176 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns.
Monache has balance in its offense that continues to work in its favor. Senior Daniel Baca is the team’s leading receiver with 187 yards and one touchdown on 11 receptions, while sophomore Aidan Galvan leads the team on the ground with 86 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. Orosi (2-1) at Strathmore (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
After an early bye week, Strathmore returns to face an Orosi team that had its win streak stopped by Granite Hills after a 14-7 loss to the Grizzlies (2-0) in week three.
As they did last season and in their first two games, the Spartans have used their games to dismantle defenses and pickup touchdowns on big runs from running backs like senior Joseph Garcia. Strathmore’s star back has amassed 293 yards and six touchdowns on just 21 carries and is averaging 14 yards a carry.
Stopping Garcia is what the Cardinals may try to do, but they will learn quickly that the Spartans have a number of weapons to target, like junior Alonso Acevedo who has 216 yards and three touchdowns
on only 11 carries.
Getting past Strathmore’s defense will also be tough for Orosi. Strathmore senior Noah Alcantar has 30 tackles on the season and junior Jadon Guire has two sacks. Although Templeton (1-2) put up 20 points in Strathmore’s week two, 55-20, win over the Eagles the Spartans defense should not be slept on. Lindsay (1-2) at Farmersville (0-3), 7:15 p.m.
All three Farmersville (0-3) losses have come at the hands of future East Sequoia League opponents Strathmore (20), Granite Hills (2-0) and Woodlake (2-1). The Aztecs were outscored by at least 40 points in each loss.
Lindsay has yet to score 40 points and is coming off a lopsided 38-0 loss to Central Valley Christian (3-0) last week. The Cardinals’ only win came in week two, 22-6, against the Buccaneers of Avenal (1-2).
Despite the win against Avenal, Lindsay continues to struggle offensively. The team usually keeps the ball on the ground using senior running back Ethan Duran, but he only has 174 yards on 48 carries and is averaging just 3.6 yards a carry.
LHS senior quarterback Ernie Bautista is completing a little less than half his passes and is 19-of-41 for 237 yards and one touchdown. But while Bautista can make clutch plays, he has thrown five interceptions on the season.
The Cardinals have three sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions on the season. Their defense can make the stops, but that won’t mean anything if their offense can’t put points on the board.