Intersectional focus: A week after Bakersfield lost 42-28 at the state's sixth-ranked Long Beach Poly, a lot more will be learned about the Central Section's Division I power in three intersectional showdowns this weekend:
- Redlands East (0-0) at Clovis East (1-0), tonight: A year after the Timberwolves lost 39-13 at Redlands East, Clovis East coach Tim Murphy says Clovis East will be at such a size disadvantage it will be "comical." That said, the Wildcats of the Southern Section, following an 11-1 season, can expect a different game this time at Lamonica Stadium: The Timberwolves had their double-wing offense rolling last week behind quarterback Daniel Corona and wing Khary Coleman (152 yards, three touchdowns) in a 49-22 rout of Edison.
Eight schools, including 2009 Division V champion Corcoran, have won appeals, allowing them to remain in the football divisions in which they competed last year.
Others who felt they would have been at a competitive disadvantage to move up a division were Madera (D-II), Chavez (D-IV), Independence (D-III), Kennedy (D-V), Washington (D-IV), Fowler (D-V) and Coast (D-V).
There are three possible levels of appeal -- section commissioner Jim Crichlow and his three area commissioners; the section's executive committee; and, finally, the state CIF.
Corcoran's argument reached the state level; the other seven had their appeals upheld by the section's executive board.
The eight schools were originally elevated one division as part of a historical section realignment move that adjusted playoff divisions by individual sport according to recent competitive history.
The new divisions are set for two years.
PLAYER IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Ian Hall, Clovis West: Bullard coach Donnie Arax suspects the key for Clovis West against Del Oro, which thinks run-defense first, will be the play-action passing of Hall out of a shotgun, wing-T alignment.
OTHER GAMES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
- Dos Palos (0-0) at Kingsburg (1-0): The Vikings' first home game in four seasons without quarterback Tyler Bray will be against a veteran Broncos outfit trying to deliver career win No. 200 for outgoing coach Mike Sparks.