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Week 6 prep football rankings: Playing the comparative scores game

Clovis West sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez, who accounted for 286 total yards and three touchdowns in a 21-0 win over Edison last Friday, will lead The Bee’s fifth-ranked Golden Eagles against No. 6 Clovis North this Friday in a Tri-River Athletic Conference opener at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Clovis West sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez, who accounted for 286 total yards and three touchdowns in a 21-0 win over Edison last Friday, will lead The Bee’s fifth-ranked Golden Eagles against No. 6 Clovis North this Friday in a Tri-River Athletic Conference opener at Veterans Memorial Stadium. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

It’s October and Central Section football will launch a complete schedule of league games this week, meaning: There’s enough evidence to play the comparative scores game now.

It’s a fun game to play. And even if it’s not always relevant to rankings, it certainly can have an influence.

Some fresh examples:

Clovis West’s 21-0 dominance of Edison on Friday night makes Bullard’s 42-23 throttling of Clovis West a week earlier look all the more impressive.

It also has to be encouraging for Central, which is 1-4, but missed knocking off Bullard by a couple of yards in a 21-14 loss two weeks ago.

On the flipside for Bullard, what had been deemed an admirable 21-14 loss at state eighth-ranked Grant-Sacramento on Sept. 12 has lost some steam, given the Pacers’ 42-7 loss to state No. 22 Elk Grove on Friday.

Clovis (5-0), Ridgeview (5-0) and Bullard (4-1) are 1-2-3 in this week’s Bee rankings, though arguments can be made for that top billing going to Ridgeview or Bullard.

That’s particularly the case for Ridgeview, the section’s defending Division II champion, which swaps the 2-3 positions with the Knights.

The Wolf Pack’s nonleague run counted four conquests of not only D-I opposition, but section-ranked opposition, in No. 4 Liberty-Bakersfield (29-14), No. 7 Frontier (37-30), No. 15 Stockdale (43-22) and No. 18 Bakersfield (27-10).

Memorial looks even better after Sunnyside beat then-No. 7 Stockdale 27-21.

That occurred a week after Memorial beat Sunnyside 28-20, so the 5-0 Panthers get a four-slot bump to No. 13 entering a big County/Metro Athletic Conference opener at home Friday night against No. 17 Edison (1-4).

Sunnyside (3-2), likewise, is promoted four slots to No. 14 before its North Yosemite League opener at McLane.

The section’s games of the week Friday night will match No. 5 Clovis West (3-1) and No. 6 Clovis North (2-2) at Veterans Memorial Stadium and No. 7 Frontier (4-1) and No. 4 Liberty-Bakersfield (1-3) at Liberty.

Andy Boogaard: 559-441-6400, @beepreps

Week 6 Central Section football rankings

OVERALL

  • 1. Clovis (5-0)
  • 2. Ridgeview (5-0)
  • 3. Bullard (4-1)
  • 4. Liberty-Bakersfield (1-3)
  • 5. Clovis West (3-1)
  • 6. Clovis North (2-2)
  • 7. Frontier (4-1)
  • 8. Centennial (3-2)
  • 9. Buchanan (3-2)
  • 10. Hanford (6-0)
  • 11. Lemoore (4-2)
  • 12. Sanger (4-1)
  • 13. Memorial (5-0)
  • 14. Sunnyside (3-2)
  • 15. Stockdale (1-4)
  • 16. Tulare (5-0)
  • 17. Edison (1-4)
  • 18. Bakersfield (2-3)
  • 19. Clovis East (3-2)
  • 20. Madera (4-0)

DIVISIONAL

  • D-I: 1. Clovis, 2. Bullard, 3. Liberty-Bakersfield
  • D-II: 1. Ridgeview, 2. Lemoore, 3. Sanger
  • D-III: 1. Hanford, 2. Memorial, 3. Madera
  • D-IV: 1. Chavez (5-0), 2. Chowchilla (4-1), 3. Madera South (4-1)
  • D-V: 1. Immanuel (6-0), 2. Fowler (2-2), 3. Mendota (3-2)
  • D-VI: 1. Kennedy (5-1), 2. Avenal (3-2), 3. Sierra Pacific (4-1)

Andy Boogaard: 559-441-6400, @beepreps

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