Week 9 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. Clovis West (8-1) Next: vs. Clovis (6-3), Friday
2. Centennial (8-1) Next: vs. Frontier (6-3), Friday
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3. Bakersfield (7-2) Next: vs. Liberty-Bakersfield (6-3), Friday
4. Porterville (9-0) Next: vs. Monache (1-8), Friday
5. Tulare (8-1) Next: vs. Tulare Western (6-3), Friday
6. El Diamante (8-1) Next: at Golden West (2-7), Friday
7. Frontier (6-3) Next: at Centennial (8-1), Friday
8. Buchanan (6-3) Next: at Clovis North (3-6), Friday
9. Liberty-Bakersfield (6-3) Next: at Bakersfield (7-2), Friday
10. Clovis (6-3) Next: at Clovis West (8-1), Friday
11. Central (6-3) Next: at Clovis East (3-6), Thursday
12. Clovis North (3-6) Next: vs. Buchanan (6-3), Friday
13. Garces (8-1) Next: vs. North (4-5), Friday
14. Stockdale (4-5) Next: vs. Independence (3-6), Friday
15. Memorial (7-2) Next: at Edison (3-6), Friday
16. Clovis East (3-6) Next: vs. Central (6-3), Thursday
17. Ridgeview (8-1) Next: vs. Golden Valley (6-3), Friday
18. Redwood (6-3) Next: vs. Mt. Whitney (5-4), Friday
19. Tehachapi (8-1) Next: at Taft (2-7), Friday
20. Sunnyside (6-3) Next: at Bullard (3-6), Thursday
D-I 1. Clovis West; 2. Centennial; 3. Bakersfield
D-II 1. Frontier; 2. Clovis North; 3. Garces
D-III 1. Porterville; 2. Ridgeview; 3. Kingsburg (8-1)
D-IV 1. Dos Palos (8-1); 2. Coalinga (8-2); 3. Washington (7-2)
D-V 1. Fowler (8-1); 2. Lindsay (7-2); 3. Corcoran (6-3)
D-VI 1. Mendota (4-5); 2. Strathmore (6-3); 3. Farmersville (4-5)
Then-No. 1 Centennial's 20-19 last-second loss to Liberty- Bakersfield on Friday figures to be a stinger for the newly aligned Southwest Yosemite League regarding Central Section Division I seedings Saturday. The SWYL is Kern County's answer to the Tri-River Athletic Conference, an aggregation of athletic power in the south Valley -- Centennial, Bakersfield, Liberty, Frontier, Stockdale and still-blooming Independence. But consider: Liberty, with a 3-1 record, is tied for first place in the league with Centennial and Bakersfield. But Liberty lost 29-0 at home Sept. 17 to Clovis East. And the Timberwolves are 0-4 and in last place in the TRAC. Further, Liberty lost 23-17 a week later to Buchanan, which is 2-2 and in third place in the TRAC.
Coalinga's 42-28 win at Exeter throws D-IV seedings into a blender and probably adds another 30 minutes to the day for section commissioner Jim Crichlow and his seeding committee. D-IV members Coalinga and Exeter, and D-III Kingsburg have defeated one another and likely will finish in a three-way tie for the Central Sequoia League title. D-IV Dos Palos will be hurt by playing in the weak West Sierra League, but the Broncos have beaten D-IV Washington, which has clinched at least a tie for the North Sequoia League crown. Dos Palos has extended its state record with a 47th league championship.
Central's B.J. Kelley, arguably the section's premier receiver, was averaging 22.5 yards per catch and 107.0 yards per game before running into Clovis West cornerback Gerald Nutt, who held him to two receptions for 14 yards in the Golden Eagles' 51-28 TRAC win. "We had a game plan, and knew we had the capability to shut them down," Nutt said, "and that's what we did."