With consecutive undefeated regular seasons, two straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division 2 semifinal appearances, 10 consecutive Central California Conference victories and a pair of league titles, the last two years can unquestionably be called The Days of Thunder. Still, four-star recruit Aaron Cochran believes theres much left to prove. In skilled players, the Thunder have an embarrass- ment of riches with running backs Leon Miles (809 yards), Stefon Gold (931 yards, 16 TDs), Kevin Kellerher (474) and Shane Bel (218). Joe Marquez, the teams top receiver from a year ago, will shift under center.
Cougar And His Cub
Golden Valley's Ridge Bertuccio unleashed an aerial assault on the school's record books last fall. Bertuccio attempted 40 passes per game and racked up 3,078 yards and 27 touchdowns. The senior will be the Cougars' top gun again this year, but he'll be in a new offensive system with the return of head coach Dennis Stubbs. Stubbs is GV's third coach in four years. For the fourth straight year, the Cougars will be changing offenses. Stubbs was 78-54-1 during his first 12-year stint at Golden Valley before resurrecting the program in Los Banos. In five years, Stubbs led the Tigers to four postseason appearances.