A showdown week in Central Section football finds No. 3 Edison and No. 5 Clovis West minus impact players.
Edison, which will play No. 1 Buchanan on Friday at Sunnyside Stadium, lost three positions with one player when receiver/strong safety/kicker Kenny Travis broke his clavicle making a catch last Friday in the Tigers' 34-3 win at Merced.
He will be out for six weeks, Edison coach Tim McDonald said.
And Clovis West, which will oppose No. 2 Bullard at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium, lost starting quarterback Ian Hall for a month after he broke his collarbone on the Golden Eagles' third play of a 41-23 loss at Centennial-Corona.
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In attempting to defend Buchanan (3-0), which compiled 766 total yards in defeating then-No. 3 Bakersfield 56-41, -- a "daunting task" as described by McDonald -- just became more difficult sans Travis.
He will be replaced by Deontay Greenberry, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound sophomore.
"He's got a lot of ability," McDonald said. "He's tall and he can run. He'll be just fine."
UCLA-bound free safety Tevin McDonald, the coach's youngest son, will anchor the secondary against Buchanan and quarterback Lance Orender, who passed for 513 yards and six touchdowns against the Drillers.
"They've got the triggerman and guys who run and catch," Tim McDonald said. "We've got to play disciplined defense and make more plays than they make -- that's what it will come down to."
At Clovis West, sophomore Hall has been replaced by John Koretoff, a junior who had a change of heart and joined the team only three weeks ago. Despite having taken minimal snaps in practice, the Bee All-Star catcher still passed for 160 yards after replacing Hall against Centennial.
Connor Buss, who started the Eagles' opener against Liberty-Bakersfield, also will play against Bullard, Eagles coach Coby Lindsey said.
The coach also said eight players have completed two-weeks suspensions for disciplinary action and will be available to face Bullard.