Un­de­feated PHS, GHHS, SHS play­ing at home

Griz­zlies play tonight at Rankin Sta­dium

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By NAYIRAH DOSU ndosu@porter­villere­corder.com

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.

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