All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Buhach Colony (5-0) at No. 1 Turlock (5-0) -- BC has never won more than six games in a season, while Turlock is coming off 0-10 campaign. BC's fly offense stretches the defense with Dallon Muse and Jarrell Davis (1,292 yards, 10-yard average, 15 TDs combined), and they're faster than the Bulldogs' quickest defender. Turlock QB Kevin Kramer (1,041 yards offense, 16 TDs) has blossomed into a star, but 'Dogs' success in this Central California Conference opener is going to depend on defensive front seven.
No. 3 Modesto (4-1) at Johansen (1-4) -- Panthers enter this one with a long-term plan: Sweep the Modesto Metro Conference, finish 9-1, secure a high playoff seed and maybe even get two postseason games at home. Focus will be on a defense giving up 34 points a game, too many for a playoff team. Vikings will throw it early and often with QB Armando Hernandez (754 yards, 12 TDs) and WR Michael Brown (565 yards, 9 TDs) against a suspect secondary.
Ripon (2-3, 0-1) at No. 8 Escalon (4-1, 1-0) -- Ripon struggled to stop Hilmar's Power-I two weeks ago in a 21-14 loss, and Escalon will present similar problems with the Wing-T -- blasting away inside over and over, before trying to spring Josh Miguel (521 yards, 7 TDs) outside the tackle or on a pass. The Indians will need QB Alex Gustin (824 yards offense) to generate a passing attack to keep Escalon "D" from stacking the line. Ripon's running game has struggled with each week, as defenses disregard the pass.
Summerville (4-1) at Calaveras (4-1) -- This one's all about revenge: Calaveras still is seething over last meeting, when QB Zach Roberson (1,092 passing yards, 11 TDs this fall) and the Bears used a 24-0 second-half spree for a 31-21 upset. Roberson will fill the air with footballs again, but Calaveras has its own offensive star in RB Monti Wilson (674 yards, 8-yard average, 8 TDs) and it nearly upset Sonora earlier.
Modesto Chr. (1-5) at Hilmar (4-2) -- It's a blast from the past at Hilmar, which is using power football after losing top two offensive players to injuries. 'Jackets line up in Power-I and focus their blocking on a specific point in the defense: 107 carries for 273 yards last two weeks. The best part of MC's defense, though, is the front seven against the run so look for Hilmar to throw in a few wrinkles.
-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA