The Stanislaus District Top 40 Teams

September 10, 2008 

• 1. MERCED (11-1 last season)

Could be best team in the Sac-Joaquin Section, with four D-I prospects

• 2. OAKDALE (12-1)

First three weeks (Turlock, West, McClymonds) will tell tale of Mustangs

• 3. PITMAN (6-5)

QB Tyler Snodgrass is playing behind a veteran line with good RBs

• 4. CENTRAL CATHOLIC (11-2-1)

New-look Raiders open Saturday vs. another dynasty: Cardinal Newman

• 5. DAVIS (6-5)

Spartans feel they can overcome MMC's inability to compete in playoffs

• 6. SONORA (6-5)

Showdown with rival Oakdale in Week 10 should be for VOL crown

• 7. PATTERSON (11-2)

QB Daniel Reza struggles against Central; he gets one more chance

• 8. MODESTO CHRISTIAN (8-4)

QB Isaiah Burse throwing to 6-9 Reeves Nelson: Need we say any more?

• 9. TURLOCK (3-7)

Bulldogs have their eyes set on Oct. 17: Harvest Bowl IV vs. Pitman

• 10. LOS BANOS (5-5)

Can coach Dennis Stubbs improve on last season's surprising debut?

• 11. MANTECA (10-2)

QB transfer gives Buffaloes reason to believe they can sit atop VOL

• 12. ESCALON (10-2)

Coach Mark Loureiro will have to deliver one of his best jobs this year

• 13. HUGHSON (8-3)

Huskies can't match MC, but second place in TVL is a real possibility

• 14. MODESTO (4-6)

Panthers are the biggest team in town and boast a strong group of linebackers

• 15. SIERRA (6-4)

Talent arrives from JV team, but will it translate into varsity success?

• 16. HILMAR (7-3)

Yellowjackets only problem is being in same league with Central Catholic, Patterson

• 17. JOHANSEN (4-6)

Vikings could challenge Davis, Modesto for MMC title; but will they throw?

• 18. ENOCHS (1-9)

Talent is there to win MMC, but only if QB Boomer Green is set loose

• 19. ATWATER (2-8)

Falcons have struggled recently: RB Dexter Coward could change that

• 20. CALAVERAS (8-3)

If you get a chance to see RB Jake Mote, take it: He's worth the trip

• 21. DOWNEY (6-4)

Backfield ravaged by graduation but still fun to watch on its artificial turf

• 22. BUHACH COLONY (2-8)

Success likely a year away, when its strong sophomore class matures

• 23. ARGONAUT (5-6)

Take a trip to see the Mustangs; you can tailgate while watching game

• 24. LE GRAND (5-6)

Bulldogs always have a running game; spotlight Oct. 24 at Mariposa

• 25. GOLDEN VALLEY (5-5)

Fewer than 30 players on roster is troubling against physical CCC

• 26. CENTRAL VALLEY (3-7)

Hawks have struggled when butting heads with aggressive VOL rivals

• 27. RIPON (4-6)

RB Efren Sifuentes could struggle as foes zero in on the talented senior

• 28. BEYER (5-6)

Senior class has struggled, with many athletes now attending Enochs

• 29. MARIPOSA (7-3)

The Grizzlies are always fun, and there's not a better group of fans

• 30. BRET HARTE (5-6)

Mother Lode League could be wild, with everyone chasing Calaveras

• 31. LINDEN (5-5)

With three MLL teams going to playoffs, Lions have reason for optimism

• 32. AMADOR (4-6)

Facing Hughson, MC in Weeks 4 and 5; no better way to prep for MLL

• 33. EAST UNION (4-6)

Lancers are in the second tier in one of the section's top leagues

• 34. DENAIR (6-5)

Coyotes are always in the thick of the SL race, and that won't change

• 35. TURLOCK CHRISTIAN (10-1)

Expect a big fall after record-setting season, as SL foes seek revenge

• 36. CERES (0-10)

Ceres hasn't been the same since Central Valley opened across town

• 37. WATERFORD (4-6)

Wildcats have skill players to win the SL but lack winning tradition

• 38. LIVINGSTON (1-9)

Wolves' season a success if they can grab fourth place in the WAC

• 39. RIVERBANK (3-7)

Get there early; limited seating since bleachers are being renovated

• 40. ORESTIMBA (3-7)

Small enrollment puts limitations on ability to compete in the WAC

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