Rivalry games add spice to the last week of the Central Section high school football regular season.
Here’s a look at some of the big games Friday:
Bell Game – Tulare Union (9-0, 4-0), newly vaulted to No. 2 in The Bee’s Coaches’ Top 10 poll, and No. 5 Tulare Western (9-0, 4-0) are at their collective zenith heading into the 63rd renewal of this city rivalry at Bob Mathias Stadium. Tulare Union leads the series 37-15, according to section historian Bob Barnett.
Tickets are on sale at the Bob Mathias Stadium east ticket booth until 5 p.m. Friday – but school leaders warn it will probably sell out before then.
Little Big Game – Also known as the Pig Game, it’s the 89th meeting in Fresno’s oldest rivalry. Fresno leads Roosevelt 46-40-2. Last season, the Warriors defeated the Rough Riders 49-14. The game will be played at Sunnyside Stadium.
Range Rider Trophy – Clovis West and Clovis meet in a series that Clovis West leads 24-21. The Cougars had won four straight before Clovis West won last season 41-28. The game will be played at Lamonica Stadium.
Cowhide Game – Mt. Whitney and Redwood will meet for the 53rd time at Mineral King Bowl in Visalia. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Redwood leads the series 36-25-1.
Tickets for the game went on sale and Monday at both schools.
Battle for the Saddle – Visalia’s two newer schools started their own rivalry 14 seasons ago, and Friday it’ll serve as a West Yosemite League showdown. El Diamante (6-3, 5-0) leads the WYL with Golden West (8-1, 4-1) alone in second place.
El Diamante leads the series, played at Groppetti Stadium on the Golden West campus, 9-4.
Milk Can Game - Hanford won last season’s Kings County showdown over Lemoore 27-0 to take a 38-33-2 lead in the series. The 74th meeting is at Hanford’s Neighbor Bowl.
Fire Hydrant Trophy - Kingsburg and Selma have met since 1922, with Kingsburg leading the series 47-35-2. Selma has won the past two after the Vikings won 13 straight.
Granite Bowl - Monache has won the past two games against Porterville in the series between Porterville’s oldest schools. Monache leads 30-17-1. The teams will meet at Jacob Rankin Stadium on the campus of Porterville’s newest high school, Granite Hills.
Mountain Bowl - Sierra and Yosemite will meet for the 34th time, this year in Tollhouse. The game was spawned after Yosemite broke away from the Sierra school district. Sierra has won the past five against Yosemite, including 41-14 last year, but Yosemite comes in undefeated.
Battle of the Bell - This is the 94th time Strathmore and Lindsay will play. Strathmore won last season’s game 35-0.
Battle of 43 - Sierra Pacific and Corcoran will meet for the sixth time since the rivalry started. Last season, Sierra Pacific rolled to a 77-0 win.
Battle of the Boot - Private schools Immanuel and Central Valley Christian started the rivalry game in 1992 and Immanuel leads the series 13-12. CVC won last season’s matchup 41-34 and has won seven straight in the series.
Stadium Road Showdown - This series between Madera and Madera South started in 2008 after the new high school opened. Madera South has won the past two meetings.
League titles on line
Here’s a look at some of the league races, which could factor into playoff seedings when brackets are determined Saturday:
Tri-River Athletic Conference – Central (8-1, 4-0) goes for its second straight outright title and the top seed in the Division I playoffs.
County/Metro Athletic Conference – Bullard (5-4, 4-0) can win the title outright by beating Edison (5-4, 3-1). But a loss to the Tigers and a Sanger (8-1, 3-1) victory would create a three-way tie.
North Yosemite League – Sunnyside (6-3, 4-0) plays Reedley on Thursday looking for its 18th straight NYL win.
North Sequoia League – A Kerman (8-1, 3-0) win over Washington gives the Lions an outright NSL title; its last piece of the crown came in 2002.
Central Sequoia League – All Dinuba (8-1, 4-0) needs to do is pick up a win over Exeter to become outright CSL champion.
More superlatives as recorded by Barnett:
▪ Golden West senior fullback Gonzalo Rodriguez became the leading rusher in Visalia city history as he rushed for 181 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 47-14 victory over Mt. Whitney. Rodriguez has rushed for 4,254 career yards and has 58 touchdowns.
▪ Tulare Western senior running back David Alcantar’s 95-yard run in a 57-6 win over Monache was the third-longest in school history.
▪ Tulare Union senior running back Kazmeir Allen scored five touchdowns to push his total to 48 for the season and 97 for his career – fifth-best in section history.
▪ Caruthers senior running back Imanol Arredondo had a career-high five touchdowns in a 54-27 victory over Orosi. He finished with 10 carries and 217 yards.
▪ Bullard junior running back Marcus Fulcher had a career-high four touchdowns in a 32-24 victory over Memorial. He finished with 38 carries for 197 yards.
The Bee’s Coaches’ Top 10 poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Central (10)
3. Clovis West
5. Tulare Western
Reedley at Sunnyside, 7 p.m.
Woodlake at Granite Hills, 7:15 p.m.
Clovis East at Central, 7 p.m.
Clovis North vs. Buchanan (Veterans Stadium), 7 p.m.
Clovis West at Clovis, 7 p.m.
Bullard vs. Edison (Ratcliffe Stadium), 7 p.m.
Madera South at Madera
Memorial at Sanger
Kerman at Washington, 7 p.m.
Chowchilla at Liberty-Madera Ranchos, 7 p.m.
Fowler at Caruthers
Parlier at Riverdale
Roosevelt vs. Fresno (Sunnyside), 7 p.m.
Hoover at McLane
Tulare vs. Tulare Western (Mathias Stadium), 6:30 p.m.
Porterville vs. Monache (Granite Hills), 7 p.m.
Mission Oak at Delano
Redwood at Mt. Whitney, 6:30 p.m.
El Diamante at Golden West, 7 p.m.
Lemoore at Hanford, 7 p.m.
Golden Valley at East Bakersfield
Independence at Ridgeview
Tehachapi at West
Bakersfield at Liberty-Bakersfield
Centennial at Frontier
Stockdale at Garces
Highland at North
Mira Monte at Foothill
Kingsburg at Selma, 7 p.m.
Central Valley Christian at Immanuel
Dinuba at Exeter
Strathmore at Lindsay, 7:15 p.m.
Sierra Pacific at Corcoran, 7:15 p.m.
Bakersfield Christian at Taft
Chavez at Arvin
Wasco at Shafter
Tranquillity at Mendota, 7 p.m.
Coalinga at Firebaugh
Dos Palos at Avenal
McFarland at Farmersville, 7 p.m.
Orange Cove at Orosi, 7:15 p.m.
CENTRAL SIERRA (8-MAN)
Laton at Frazier Mountain, 7 p.m.
Rosamond at Boron, 7 p.m.
California City at Kern Valley, 7 p.m.
Desert at Animo Robinson, 7 p.m.
Yosemite at Sierra, 7 p.m.
Bishop at Kennedy
CENTRAL SIERRA (8-MAN)
Kings Christian at Riverdale Christian, 1 p.m.