Turlock Christian's got a new coach in Shane Smith and he expects to have 30 players for tonight's opener at Fresno Christian. That includes 6-foot-6 Chase Gonzalez, who threw for 1,600 yards in six games. He missed the middle four weeks of the season after breaking his collarbone, then finished the season by hitting 14 of 21 for 305 yards and five TDs in a 48-40 loss to Delhi. He had thrown seven picks a week earlier in a 48-6 loss to Denair, so consistency is going to be crucial. Nick Steeley and Thomas Sawyer return to catch passes.
RC's Got Attitude
There will be no lack of excitement when Ripon Christian gets on the field, not with Andrew Brown in the backfield. He was a scoring machine as a sophomore with 34 TDs, running for 28 and catching six. He had 2,284 yards of offense he was the district's No. 5 rusher at 1,718 yards and delivered some electrifying plays in a league better known for power football. He had a good summer playing 7-on-7 with RC and showed a little 'tude at the MJC tournament. After running past a few defenders for a TD, Brown flashed the ball back at them with a grin. He got a quick word from his coach, but not before his teammates smothered him with love.