Kevin Swartwood may not have his top two weapons when Buhach Colony hosts Clovis East tonight.
The BC coach said both stars Dallon Muse and Jarrell Davis are questionable.
Both have been limited in practice this week with nagging injuries. Davis is nursing a sore back and Muse has been hobbled by an ankle injury.
"Both have lingering issues from last week," said Swartwood, whose team comes in with a 4-0 record for the first time in school history.
"They haven't practiced much. They've both been out there suited up and they've been trying to practice. I don't fault those guys, they've just been kind of hindered."
The BC duo has accounted for the bulk of the offense with 1,122 yards and 14 touchdowns.
If Muse and Davis are out, it takes some of the luster off a potential showdown with one of the top teams in the Central Section.
Swartwood said the plan will be to try to use them on defense first to give them a chance to warmup and see if they can go.
Next week's CCC opener against Turlock (4-0) won't come into the decision to play Muse and Davis.
"During warm-ups they'll let me know if they can go or not," Swartwood said. "I don't think it would be any different if we were playing Turlock this week. Both kids are good kids and either they will be able to go or they won't. We're not going to hold them out and save them for Turlock. If they can go, we'll let them go."
Clovis East is off to a 3-1 start this year and is a threat to win a Valley Championship every year.
It was the kind of test Swartwood wanted to give his team heading into Central California Conference play next week.
"Looking at our preseason, we knew we had a veteran group coming back," Swartwood said. "We had a big group of seniors and a good group of juniors coming up. It's probably the most committed group of kids to football I've had since I've been at Buhach Colony.
"Knowing what I had coming, we wanted to toughen up our preseason schedule. We wanted a perennial power to see how we matched up and Clovis East is that type of team."
Clovis East is a physical team that runs a double-wing offense similar to Chowchilla.
Buhach Colony's toughest task will be fighting off the waves of Clovis East blocks and slowing down Khary Coleman, who has rushed for 524 yards and seven touchdowns.
Coleman has verbally committed to Nevada-Reno.
"They give that kid the ball a lot and he produces," Swartwood said. "They get a lot of blockers to the point of attack. He does a great job of getting on their hips and break off through the blocks."
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.