Something is bound to give tonight at Rankin Stadium when the Central Section's most prolific scoring offense hosts the stingiest defense in terms of points allowed in a showdown of undefeated, Bee Top 20-ranked football teams.
The East Yosemite League opener between No. 10 Porterville (5-0) and No. 18 Mission Oak (5-0) highlights a Thursday schedule that also features No. 5 Central (3-2) at Buchanan (0-5) in a Tri-River Athletic Conference opener, Fresno (2-3) at Sunnyside (2-3) in the North Yosemite League and Monache (1-4) at Tulare (1-4) in the EYL.
Porterville arrives having scored 283 points (an average of 56.6 per game) out of its hurry-up, wing-T offense that's been led by quarterback Dennis Chester, running backs Isaiah Jones and Austin Hefner and receiver Lalo Nevarez.
Mission Oak has given up 32 points (6.4 per game), with 22 coming in the fourth quarter of games that were already blowouts, behind a defense led by linebacker Kaleb Fite.
But the Hawks aren't a one-trick pony, not with explosive running back Elijah Porchia, receiver Leandre Jefferson and emerging sophomore quarterback Trey McJunkin, who passed for a career-high 279 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-0 win over Mt. Whitney last week.
Mission Oak is No. 4 in the Cal-Hi Sports' State Bowl Game Division III South rankings.