Favorite: Buchanan should deliver the league's first outright title since Clovis East in 2005. The Bears have shared the past two with the Timberwolves and Clovis West, both of whom will remain factors with interim coaches.
Games to watch: Edison at Clovis, Thursday; Liberty-Bakersfield at Clovis West, Sept. 4; Clovis East at Redlands East Valley, Sept. 11; Clovis West at Servite-Anaheim, Sept. 11; Clovis East at Bullard, Sept. 25; Clovis West at Centennial-Corona, Sept. 25; Bakersfield at Buchanan, Sept. 25; Bullard at Clovis West, Oct. 2; Buchanan at Edison, Oct. 2; Madera South at Madera, Oct. 2; Clovis West at Edison, Oct. 9; Clovis West at Buchanan, Oct. 23; Clovis East at Clovis West, Oct. 30; Buchanan at Clovis East, Nov. 6.
Impact players: Buchanan, QB Lance Orender (6-6, 195, sr.), WR/DE Kelvin Cain (6-4, 215, sr.), WR Kyle Novak (6-2, 195, sr.), WR Seth Moranda (6-1, 180, jr.), WR/CB Austin Kemp (5-7, 155, jr.), DT Josh Banks (5-9, 240, sr.), DT Kyle Papendorf (6-4, 255, sr.)
Central, RB Brendon Bigelow (5-9, 165, jr.), RB/LB Robert Johnson (5-11, 200, jr.), RB Ruben Berrones (6-6, 155, sr.), QB Michael Baker (6-2, 180, soph.), OT Caleb Harrington (6-2, 210, jr.), DL Kenneth Hortizuela (5-8, 200, sr.), LB Devonta Newsome (5-5, 160, jr.)
Clovis, TE Tyler Ryska (6-3, 200, sr.), OL Brett Smith (6-3, 235, jr., S Matt Durbin (5-10, 175, sr.), DL Taylor Ferguson (6-2, 210, jr.), DL Zack Nevilles (6-0, 185, soph.)
Clovis East, QB/FS Jerry Haymon (6-0, 200, jr.), RB/OLB Sean Johnson-Bey (5-9, 195, sr.), WR Josh Garrett (5-11, 175, sr.), DE Willy Irwin (6-3, 240, sr.), LB Nate Smith (6-3, 225, sr.), TE/DE George Macias (6-4, 215, sr.)
Clovis West, RB Kendal Brock (5-10, 185, jr.), WR Gerald Nutt (6-1, 180, jr.), RB/LB Braden Seibert (5-10, 185, sr.), G Pirtpal Mann (5-11, 205, sr.), C Roman Garcia (6-2, 265, sr.), DE Donovan Lewis (6-2, 215, jr.), DE Dylan Beck (5-10, 180, sr.), LB Jonah Ribera (6-2, 210, sr.), FS Tanner Lareau (6-4, 215, sr.)
Madera, RB David Allen (5-8, 150, sr.), QB Ryan Montes (5-10, 148, jr.), CB Nathan Lozano (5-7, 150, sr.), RB/CB Margarito Ortiz (5-7, 155, sr.), OL/DL James Cheuvront (5-10, 178, sr.), OL Michael Tovar (5-10, 203, sr.), K Ivan Torres (5-11, 195, sr.).
Welcome, Coby: Clovis West interim coach Coby Lindsey, in his varsity head coaching debut, will be greeted by arguably the most difficult nonleague schedule in the state. In Liberty-Bakersfield, Servite-Anaheim, Centennial-Corona, Bullard and Edison, he'll confront teams that finished with a combined 47-14 record last year. Further, Centennial finished top-ranked in the state by Cal-Hi Sports at 15-0, Bullard won the County/Metro Athletic Conference title and Liberty shared the Southeast Yosemite League crown.
Welcome, Kelvin: With Josh Banks and Kyle Papendorf, Buchanan projected very well this season in the defensive line. Now add Kelvin Cain, who played basketball for the Bears after transferring to the school from Portland, Ore., in the second semester last winter. "Totally lucky deal," coach Mike Vogt said. "His mother got transferred by the IRS to Fresno and found a place to live in our area. I mean, that's never happened to me, when a guy with this ability fell into my lap. He has a chance to be a highly recruited player."
He said it: "They say you'll have a loss for every sophomore you start. For us, that would mean 10 or 11 losses, but it's not going to happen with this group. These sophomores haven't lost since seventh grade. We're going to survive." -- Madera coach Randy Blankenship
2008 TRAC standings
With division, overall record and conference record listed:
*Clovis West (I): 10-3, 4-1
Buchanan (I): 9-3, 4-1
Clovis East (I): 9-4, 4-1
Clovis (I): 2-9, 2-3
Central (I): 1-9, 1-4
Madera (I): 1-9, 0-5
* -- Section D-I champion