Quarterback Logan Ahlin averages 19.3 yards per completion for Lemoore High, The Bee’s No. 9-ranked football team in the Central Section.
And it’s not hard to figure out why with the athletes he’s surrounded by in pass catchers Reggie Davis, Allen Perryman, AJ Bow, Jordan Perryman and Jerald Campbell.
“I don’t think, in the last three games, that Logan has thrown but three balls over 30 yards,” Tigers coach Shannon Pulliam said. “I tell (Ahlin) you don’t have to hit it up all the way up top all the time. Just get the ball in their hands, and they will make you look good.”
I tell (quarterback Logan Ahlin) you don’t have to hit it up all the way up top all the time. Just get the ball in their hands, and they will make you look good.
Lemoore coach Shannon Pulliam on the Tigers’ deep and talented group of receivers
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All five have busted loose for touchdown receptions of 47 or more yards this season.
Davis (24 receptions for 469 yards and six touchdowns) and Allen Perryman (22-329-7) are featured in a cast that has put Lemoore (5-2, 3-0) in contention to win a second straight West Yosemite League title heading into Friday’s showdown at home against fellow league unbeaten Mt. Whitney (4-2, 2-0).
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” said Pioneers coach Marty Martin, whose team has been led by quarterback Isaiah Salazar, running back/linebacker Isaac Campos and offensive/defending lineman Gene Pryor. “They are a very, very good football team. They are big and physical and have really talented kids in the skill positions.”
Ahlin has done his part, too, in three games since returning from a concussion suffered Sept. 4 against Clovis.
He has completed 74 percent of his passes (32 of 43) for 658 yards and 10 TDs while leading the Tigers to routs of Redwood (41-6), Hanford West (42-0) and Golden West (49-13) to open WYL play.
Lemoore, ranked No. 2 in D-II by The Bee, is aiming for at least a second straight No. 2 seed for the Division II playoffs. Last year, the Tigers were upset at home by No. 3 Dinuba (30-22), which went on to lose 16-14 at top-seeded Ridgeview for the title.
No. 2 Lemoore’s ranking in the Central Section’s Division II by The Bee
Pulliam concedes that the 6-0 Wolf Pack, who owns wins over four D-I teams, deserves the top seed again should it win out as expected in the South Yosemite League. But the second seed appears up for grabs between the Tigers, Tulare (6-0) and Sanger (5-1).
Lemoore has beaten Sanger (21-19), and owns a more impressive victory over Redwood than Tulare (49-41). Sanger also beat Redwood 28-7. The Tigers’ only losses are to D-Is Clovis (6-0) and Buchanan (4-2), teams ranked first and eighth in the section, respectively.
“I wouldn’t mind the No. 2 seed, that puts us away from Ridgeview if they carry out what they are supposed to do,” Pulliam said. “It would be nice to be on opposite sides and make a run to face those guys. We wanted to last year, and thought we had a chance, but it didn’t happen. We’ve got to get back to that same spot again.”
Concussion Symposium Saturday – The Central Valley Concussion Symposium will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UCSF Fresno Medical Education and Research building (155 N. Fresno St.) on the Community Regional Medical Center campus.
More than 200 Central Valley health care professionals, educators, coaches, parents and student-athletes are expected to gather and discuss diagnosis, education and recovery for patients with traumatic brain injuries like concussions.
Games of the week (all Friday)
No. 16 Stockdale (1-5, 0-1) at No. 3 Liberty-Madera Ranchos (2-3, 1-0): The buzz leading up to this Southwest Yosemite League game revolves around Stockdale coach Brett Shelton, who was suspended early in the week by the Kern High School District for an undisclosed reason. The length of the suspension hasn’t been determined.
No. 6 Clovis West (3-2, 0-1) at No. 8 Buchanan (4-2, 1-0): Must-win Tri-River Athletic Conference game for CW after losing 21-17 in final minutes to Clovis North. Buchanan hasn’t won five games in a season since 2010 (6-5).
No. 11 Edison (2-4, 1-0) at No. 10 Sanger (5-1, 1-0): County/Metro Athletic Conference showdown has Sanger leading 19-15 in a series launched in 1932, according to section historian Bob Barnett.