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The Bee's Week 6 Top 20

Week 6 of the 2010 Central Section football season is in the books. Here's Andy Boogaard's team and division rankings, and the latest buzz topics:

TOP 20 TEAMS

1. Centennial (6-0) Next: at Independence (3-3), Friday

2. Clovis West (5-1) Next: vs. Buchanan (4-2), Friday

3. Bakersfield (5-1) Next: vs. Frontier (4-2), Friday

4. Central (5-1) Next: vs. Clovis (4-2), Friday

5. Porterville (6-0) Next: at Chavez (2-5), Friday

6. Tulare (5-1) Next: at Monache (0-6), Thursday

7. El Diamante (5-1) Next: at Hanford West (3-4), Friday

8. Clovis (4-2) Next: at Central (5-1), Friday

9. Clovis North (2-4) Next: at Clovis East (3-3), Friday

10. Clovis East (3-3) Next: vs. Clovis North (2-4), Friday

11. Memorial (5-1) Next: vs. Sunnyside (3-3), Friday

12. Garces (5-1) Next: at Highland (3-3), Friday

13. Stockdale (3-3) Next: at Liberty-Bakersfield (4-2), Friday

14. Buchanan (4-2) Next: at Clovis West (5-1), Friday

15. Liberty-Bakersfield (4-2) Next: vs. Stockdale (3-3), Friday

16. Frontier (4-2) Next: at Bakersfield (5-1), Friday

17. Ridgeview (5-1) Next: at South (2-4), Friday

18. Redwood (4-2) Next: at Tulare Western (4-2), Friday

19. Sanger (4-2) Next: vs. Edison (1-5), Friday

20. Tehachapi (5-1) Next: vs. Arvin (1-5), Friday

DIVISIONAL RANKINGS

D-I 1. Centennial; 2. Clovis West; 3. Bakersfield

D-II 1. Clovis North; 2. Memorial; 3. Garces

D-III 1. Porterville; 2. Ridgeview; 3. Kingsburg (6-1)

D-IV 1. Dos Palos (5-1); 2. Washington (4-2); 3. Chowchilla (5-1)

D-V 1. Corcoran (4-2); 2. Fowler (5-1); 3. Lindsay (4-2)

D-VI 1. Farmersville (3-3); 2. Orange Cove (4-2); 3. Strathmore (4-2)

THE BUZZ

The ranking process has turned painstaking with only two unbeatens standing among 89 teams in the Central Section. Ten of The Bee's Top 20 lost last week. So, mostly, it's become a comparative scores game, reflecting particularly well on surging Porterville of the East Yosemite League. Example: The Panthers beat Tulare, which beat El Diamante, which beat Central. As a result, 6-0 Porterville leaped from 17th to fifth this week. Coach Rick Stewart has authored one of the most remarkable turnaround stories in the section.

The Panthers are 23-9 overall and 15-2 in the EYL in the past three seasons after going 4-21 and 2-16 in the previous three. In the year of the running back in the section, they have one of the finest in senior David Ali, who has led them to a 16-4 record in the past two seasons, including a 10-4 mark and Division III runner-up finish last year.

Another sensational swing can be found at Clovis, which is 4-2 and ranked No. 8 after going 5-26 the previous three seasons. The Cougars, led by linebacker Nate Palomino and free safety Donnell Vercher, have given up an average of 136 yards while beating ranked opposition in Clovis East (14-0), Sanger (10-7) and Stockdale (6-0) the past three weeks. And they have an emerging 6-5 quarterback in Andrew Smith, who completed 12 of 16 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions against Clovis East.

Bullard is a combined 3-13 following D-I title game seasons. The Knights went 2-8 in 2006 and are 1-5 this year.

Centennial remained No. 10 and Clovis West slipped one notch to No. 19 in the latest Cal-Hi Sports state rankings.

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