Sometimes, football records are meaningless.
Take Edison and Liberty-Bakersfield, who are combined 4-7.
If they return to the Central Section Division I championship on Dec. 4, no one would blink.
Let’s examine these two while explaining their rankings by The Bee:
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▪ No. 11 Edison (2-4): Yes, the Tigers went 1-4 against a stiff nonleague schedule while scoring a humiliating total of six touchdowns.
Then, Friday night, they welcomed the quarterback they’ve been waiting for, Sunnyside transfer Gerard Mendez, and the sophomore completed 68 percent of his passes while throwing for 214 yards in a 19-7 win at a then-No. 13 and 5-0 Memorial. And Edison had two touchdowns nullified by penalties.
Speed, power and balance – the Tigers lacked for nothing against the Panthers, who were far outmanned in numbers and size.
So the season outlook has suddenly brightened for Edison, which will only get better should arguably its top offensive threat, multiple-position senior Will Lee (broken foot), return as expected in a few weeks.
All that said, Mendez and the Tigers had better keep their focus in a County/Metro Athletic Conference showdown Friday at No. 10 Sanger (5-1) or the season could turn south again in a hurry.
▪ No. 3 Liberty-Bakersfield (2-3): The Patriots clearly have the goods to win it all a year after going 10-3 and just missed picking off top-seeded Edison in a 21-14 D-I championship loss before 7,000 fans at Sunnyside Stadium.
Consider Liberty’s losses: 27-14 to Misson Viejo, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 7 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports; 29-14 to Ridgeview, which is 6-0, No. 4 in the section and caught the Patriots without their starting quarterback, Jordan Love (concussion symptoms); and 24-10 to Cathedral Catholic-San Diego, which has lost to three state-ranked teams in a 4-3 season and couldn’t run away from Liberty despite eight turnovers by the Patriots.
Also, consider Liberty’s wins: 27-6 at Buchanan, which is 4-2 and No. 8 in the section; and 49-17 Friday over the section’s then-No. 7 Frontier, which lost only 36-30 to Ridgeview in a season-opener. Love passed for two touchdowns and ran for three against the Titans.
Topping the section marquee Friday, in addition to the Edison-Sanger game, will be No. 16 Stockdale at Liberty-Bakersfield in the Southwest Yosemite League, No. 6 Clovis West at Buchanan in the Tri-River Athletic Conference; and Mt. Whitney at No. 9 Lemoore in a duel of teams unbeaten in the West Yosemite League.
Week 7 Central Section football rankings
- 1. Clovis (6-0)
- 2. Bullard (5-1)
- 3. Liberty-Bakersfield (2-3)
- 4. Ridgeview (6-0)
- 5. Clovis North (3-2)
- 6. Clovis West (3-2)
- 7. Centennial (4-2)
- 8. Buchanan (4-2)
- 9. Lemoore (5-2)
- 10. Sanger (5-1)
- 11. Edison (2-4)
- 12. Hanford (7-0)
- 13. Frontier (4-2)
- 14. Memorial (5-1)
- 15. Sunnyside (4-2)
- 16. Stockdale (1-5)
- 17. Tulare (6-0)
- 18. Bakersfield (3-3)
- 19. Central (1-5)
- 20. Clovis East (3-3)
- 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 (5-1), 2. Chowchilla (5-1), 3. Madera South (4-2)
- D-V: 1. Immanuel (6-0), 2. Fowler (3-2), 3. Mendota (3-3)
- D-VI: 1. Kennedy (6-1), 2. Avenal (4-2), 3. Sierra Pacific (4-2)