WHO'S NO. 1 IN THE CENTRAL SECTION?

After Stockdale's stunning 28-27 upset of defending champ Bakersfield, Clovis is now on top with Golden West, Buchanan and Centennial all angling upward as well. Garces is No. 1 for the Sequoia-Sierra Division.

Central Section Football Rankings

Yosemite Division

1. Clovis 1-0

2. Golden West (Visalia) 1-0

3. Buchanan (Clovis) 1-0

4. Centennial (Bakersfield) 1-0

5. Clovis East (Clovis) 1-0

6. Sanger 1-0

7. Edison (Fresno) 1-0

8. Clovis West (Fresno) 1-0

9. Central (Fresno) 1-0

10. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 1-0

So how did Stockdale do it? First, the Mustangs sprung sophomore sensation Francis Ojukwu onto the Drillers to the tune of 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Ojukwu also hauled in three passes for 63 yards. Second, Sam Betty might be more than just a 6-6 basketball player trying his hand in football. The senior quarterback did give up a 30-yard interception return for one of Bakersfield's scores, but he also was 14 of 24 for 171 yards and two scores. Bakersfield's kicking game also contributed to the upset as the Drillers missed a PAT with three minutes left that would have tied the score. New head coach Jason Oliver of Bakersfield will need to turn around the team's fortunes in a hurry, too. The next two games are against Antelope Valley and Buchanan.

Clovis moved up to No. 1 after an easy 37-0 win over Madera. Tyler Clutts, the former linebacker turned quarterback, as 15 of 26 for 168 yards and one TD. He also scored twice on short runs.

Sequoia-Sierra Division

1. Garces (Bakersfield) 1-0

2. S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 1-0

3. Washington (Easton) 1-0

4. Yosemite (Oakhurst) 1-0

5. Dos Palos 0-1

6. Sierra (Tollhouse) 1-0

7. Tehachapi 0-0

8. Corcoran 1-0

9. Kerman 1-0

10. Fresno Christian 1-0

The St. Bonaventure of Ventura football team ended Dos Palos' consecutive games scoring streak last Saturday night with a 52-0 win. The last time the Broncos failed to get on the scoreboard was a 47-0 loss in 1991 at the hands of South Tahoe High. The 131-game streak is tied for third-longest in section history behind Bakersfield, which has a current streak of 195 games, followed by Clovis, with 135 games (1985-96) and Clovis West, with 131 games (1987-97).

In Fresno Hoover's season opener against Clovis West (a 28-7 loss), Ahijah Lane's 99-yard touchdown reception from sophomore James Altschuler tied a section record with four other players and also obviously tied a state record for longest pass reception. The first Central Section player with a 99-yard TD catch was James Jones of Lemoore, who teamed with QB Monte Mello in 1974.

Sierra of Tollhouse kicker Korey Hendrix established a new school record by kicking nine PATs against Roosevelt last week, breaking Aaron Wellman's total of eight set in 2000.

Top individual stat standouts of the week included:

Brent Webber (Sanger) -- Carried 32 times for 225 yards and two TDs in 21-7 win over Reedley.

Patrick Nanamura (Granite Hills, Porterville) -- Came up with three interceptions as Granite Hills routed Orosi, 69-0.

Leanore Matthews (East Bakersfield) -- Piled up 220 yards on 37 carries and scored on a 11-yard run. Garces still ran all over the Blades, 43-6.

Finally, congratulations to coach Rick Clark and his team at Coast Union of Cambria for snapping an 11-game losing streak dating back to 2000 with a 13-6 triumph over McFarland in its season opener.

Note: Bob Barnett is the CIF Central Section historian and he has been a key correspondent for Cal-Hi Sports for 15 years.


Golden State Preps Top Stories