Richard T. Estrada's High School Football Predictions: Week 2

September 3, 2010 

SCORECARD: WEEK 1: 12-3 (.800) ... YEAR TO DATE: 12-3 (.800)
GAME (Last year's records)PICKCOMMENT
 No. 4 Oakdale (1-0) at No. 7 Turlock (1-0)Oakdale
 Call this one the "Underclass Bowl," as both teams are counting on their newcomers
 No. 6 Sonora (0-0) at Johansen (0-1)Sonora
 Sonora is 8-0 vs. Modesto schools back through 2006, so until that streak ends ...
 Stagg (1-0) vs. No. 2 Modesto (1-0)-aModesto
 Big-play athletes should light it up. Look for 3 scoring plays that are at least 50 yards
 West (0-0) at Atwater (1-0)West
 Offense will be a problem for Falcons until the young offense has played a few games
 No. 13 Merced (0-1) at Clovis West (0-0)Clovis West
 Ex-MC coach Mike Parsons will start 2010 the way he ended 2009 - with a big win
 Los Banos (0-1) at Tracy (0-0)Los Banos
 Rematch of last year's quarterfinal thriller, only LB wins by more than a point this time
 Golden Valley (0-0) at Clovis (0-0)Clovis
 GV coach Jake Messina makes his debut, but the guy to watch is RB Tyler Arnsberg
 Granada (0-0) at No. 9 Patterson (1-0)Patterson
 Granada WR Atkinson is four-star recruit, Notre Dame wants him, but Tigers too big
 East Union (0-0) vs. Beyer (0-1)-bBeyer
 Beyer defense playing with enthusiasm, now it's up to the offense to get some points
 No. 14 Pitman (0-1) at Antioch (0-0)Pitman
 Pitman QB is questionable, but Pride will have better success handling Antioch offense
 Cosumnes Oaks (0-1) at Kimball (0-0)Cosumnes
 Tracy's third school plays first varsity game and it's at home, but must wait for a win
 No. 5 Escalon (0-0) at Lathrop (0-0)Escalon
 Cougars' Wing-T is difficult for veteran defenses; this is Lathrop's first senior class
 Linden (0-0) at Ripon (0-1)Ripon
 After narrow loss to Ceres, Indians looking for a decisive victory to get them going
 No. 15 Livingston (1-0) at Mod Chr. (0-1)Livingston
 This is my Upset Special: Wolves looked great last week and this would be huge win
 Denair (0-0) at Riverbank (0-1)Denair
 Denair RB Dylan Souza debuts against a defense that surrendered 35 to Waterford
 Delhi (0-0) at McLane (0-0)McLane
 Teams were a combined 0-19 a year ago, but McLane has more than 2,000 students
 Bret Harte (0-0) at Gustine (0-0)Bret Harte
 Both have been struggling, but Bullfrogs will open the season with a badly needed win
 Le Grand (0-0) at Tranquility (0-0)Le Grand
 A couple of powerful small-school programs, but Le Grand's too physical on the line
 Big Valley (1-0) vs. Turlock Chr. (0-0)-cTurlock Chr.
 TC high on 6-6 QB Chase Gonzales, but Big Valley upset Ripon Christian a week ago
 Waterford (1-0) at Hughson (0-1)Waterford
  No way Hughson wants to lose to smaller neighbor, but 'Cats looked good last week
 Amador (0-0) at Golden Sierra (0-1)Amador
 Buffaloes' schedule is built for success, and it starts here with impressive opening win
 Argonaut (0-0) at Liberty Ranch (0-0)Argonaut
 After finishing third in the MLL a year ago, Argonaut bellieves it's ready to win a title
 Weston Ranch (0-0) at Calaveras (0-0)Calaveras
 With Monti Wilson, MLL favorite should have one of the top running games in district
 Hogan (0-0) at Orestimba (0-0)Orestimba
 Almost had a bye here, but Warriors found a comparable foe and it could mean a W
 No. 1 Central (0-0) vs. Newman (0-0)-dCentral
 Raiders atop The Bee's rankings and this could be a team that goes to a Bowl Game
 Galt (1-0) at Manteca (0-0)Manteca
 Galt has strong running game, but nothing the Buffs don't see every year in the VOL
 Kickoffs at 7:30 p.m., unless noted; a-at Downey; b-at Modesto JC; c-at Livingston; d-Saturday at 2 p.m.

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