Richard T. Estrada's High School Football Predictions: Week 5

September 24, 2010 

RICHARD T. ESTRADA'S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS: WEEK 5

SCORECARD: WEEK 4: 18-8 (.692). ... YEAR TO DATE: 76-18 (.809).

#10 Oakdale (1-2) at #13 Sierra (1-2) Sierra, 28-26 Winner becomes contender for VOL title, loser likely has to win out to make playoffs

#5 Manteca (3-0) at Kimball (0-3) Manteca, 49-7 Banged-up Buffs get a break next two weeks in first-year Kimball, 0-3 Weston Ranch

#4 Sonora (2-1) at Weston Ranch (0-3) Sonora, 37-13 Cats must show they can tackle vs. VOL's second-tier teams these next three weeks

Lathrop (2-1) at East Union (3-0) East Union, 21-13 So long as Teejay Gordon is healthy, the Lancers will keep winning; Sierra's up next

Hilmar (2-2) at Ripon (2-2) Ripon, 27-20 Hilmar, ravaged by injuries, is counting on backup QB and TB to win its TVL opener

Hughson (0-3) at Orestimba (2-2) Orestimba, 34-13 Warriors make their TVL debut knowing that a huge battle with MC awaits next week

Modesto Chr. (0-4) at Riverbank (0-4) Modesto Chr., 38-7 Soph call-up JaVaughn Iverson (160 yards, 3 TDs in debut) has sparked Crusaders

Delhi (1-2) at Denair (1-2) Denair, 36-7 Trevor Werner is giving Coyotes a downfield threat, and they'll need that during the SL

Gustine (1-2) at Mariposa (1-2) Mariposa, 35-14 Grizzlies expected to battle Waterford for No. 2 slot in SL, so this is a must-win game

Ripon Chr. (0-3) at Le Grand (1-2) Le Grand, 42-13 This one could get out of hand with Le Grand's power running game, RC's thin roster

Turlock Chr. (1-2) at #15 Waterford (3-0) Waterford, 28-14 Schedule benefits Wildcats, who get Delhi, Gustine before showdown vs. Le Grand

Downey (3-1) at #6 Patterson (3-1) Patterson, 35-20 Downey must stay close to show it's ready for MMC, since it lacks a signature win

#11 Central Cath (1-2) at Johansen (1-3) Central Cath, 34-20 Every game is a playoff game for Central, which needs lots of Ws to get a high seed

Central Vly (1-2) at #2 Modesto (3-1)-a Modesto, 42-21 No one can stop Mo's pass game, but CV hopes to control clock with RB Tyree Jones

Rodriguez (0-3) at #3 Buhach Colny (3-0) Buhach, 41-20 Last soft foe for Thunder: Potent Clovis East is next, then CCC opener vs. #1 Turlock

Golden Valley (2-1) at Freedom (2-1) Freedom, 28-24 GV has won two in a row, but its three foes are 2-7; Freedom a quality Bay Area team

#12 Los Banos (2-2) at Merced (1-2) Merced, 21-20 If Bears lose this, they're looking at 1-4 going into CCC because Grant is next week

Franklin-Stck (0-3) at #9 Pitman (2-1) Pitman, 30-13 Pride's a good bet to take 4-1 record into conference, with winless Davis (0-4) next

#7 Escalon (2-1) at Dixon (0-3) Escalon, 35-14 Cougars favored rest of the season, but they still need to improve inside running game

#14 Livingston (4-0) at Bret Harte (3-0) Livingston, 31-22 Schedule has been soft, but 5-0 will still be 5-0 when Wolves begin WAC schedule

Winters (2-1) at Amador (2-1) Amador, 21-12 Buffaloes improved schedule with Foothill, Lincoln; should pay off once MLL starts up

Lincoln-Placer (3-1) at Argonaut (3-0) Lincoln, 26-21 Lincoln has twice the enrollment, but Mustangs have the talent to keep this one close

Calaveras (2-1) at Mesa Verde (1-2) Calaveras, 34-7 Possible letdown after thriller at Sonora, but Redskins good enough to overcome that

Natomas (2-1) at Linden (1-2) Natomas, 28-22 RB Jeremy Powers averages 245 yards a game, and Linden needs him big-time here

Summerville (2-1) at Castlemont (0-2) S'ville, 34-22 Castlemont has lost 53-0 and 52-8, so the Bears' passing attack should be decisive

Kickoffs at 7:30 p.m., unless noted; a-at Downey High

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