Comprised of teams from the Central California Conference, Modesto Metro Conference, Valley Oak League and Western Athletic Conference:
1. (1) Oakdale (6-1, 4-0): The Mustangs have opened up the attack in the last two games. Marc Dickson has thrown four touchdown passes during that stretch, including three to Hunter Falconi. Dickson and Falconi started a 48-7 rout of Sierra with a 21-yard connection. Friday: at Kimball.
2. (2) Central Catholic (6-0, 4-0): Dauson Booker had his string of 100-yard rushing games snapped at five in a 70-12 victory over Weston Ranch, but it had nothing to do with the Cougars’ defense. Booker rushed for 59 yards and three touchdowns on just four carries. As a team, Central Catholic scored eight rushing touchdowns. Friday: at Lathrop.
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3. (3) Downey (8-0, 4-0): The Knights poured it on early against Johansen, racing out to a 41-8 lead in the first quarter and invoking a running clock before halftime. Before he was pulled, quarterback Bryce Peterson topped 200 passing yards for the seventh time in eight games. Friday: vs. Modesto.
4. (4) Manteca (5-2, 2-2): The Buffaloes cruised past Kimball, 51-6. Manteca scored the first 43 points. Friday: at Weston Ranch.
5. (5) Gregori (7-0, 3-0): Too much Bobby Avina. Too much Gabe Sanchez and Mason Medrano. Too much Marcelo Longstreth. The Jaguars made quick work of Enochs with the cast of usual suspects and the MMC’s stingiest defense. Friday: vs. Davis.
6. (6) Turlock (5-2, 3-0): Idle. Friday: at Atwater.
7 (7) Los Banos (7-0, 2-0): Tiger running back Antonio Lopez topped the 1,000-yard mark in a 50-29 victory over Central Valley. Lopez rushed for 186 yards and four touchdowns against the Hawks, giving the talented junior 1,183 yards and 16 touchdowns for the season. Friday: vs. Patterson.
8. (9) Patterson (6-1, 2-0): Stay hot, Gabe Sanchez. The Patterson quarterback was 10 of 12 for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers’ 56-12 rout of Ceres. In his last three games, Sanchez has thrown 15 touchdowns with no interceptions. Friday: at Los Banos.
9. (10) East Union (5-2, 2-2): The Lancers moved to within one victory of clinching the program’s second straight postseason berth with a 21-0 win over Lathrop. The shutout was the program’s third in the MaxPreps era (2004), including a 31-0 victory over Lathrop in 2010 and a 25-0 victory over Central Valley in 2006. Friday: vs. Sierra.
10. (nr) Buhach Colony (5-3, 3-1): Clay Abrams threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and the much-maligned Thunder defense clamped down on Pitman in an impressive 27-13 victory. Friday: at Merced.
Dropped out: Pitman (3-4, 2-1).
Others to watch: Modesto (5-2, 3-0).
Comprised of teams from the Central California Athletic Alliance, Mother Lode League, Southern League and Trans-Valley League:
1. (1) Orestimba (7-0, 4-0): The Warriors pummeled Denair 58-20 for their 18th consecutive league game. Running back Tymon Bolden had a big night, rushing for 175 yards and three touchdowns. Friday: vs. Waterford.
2. (2) Sonora (6-2, 4-0): Led by juniors Jake Gookin and C.J. Castleman, the Wildcats scored the first 56 points and improved to 4-0 all-time against Linden. Sonora has won six straight. Friday: Bye.
3. (3) Calaveras (6-1, 2-1): Idle. Friday: at Amador.
4. (4) Escalon (4-3, 2-0): Sophomore Kaden Christensen and senior Elliott Mello scored three touchdowns apiece as the Cougars celebrated homecoming with a 49-34 victory over much-improved Mountain House. Friday: vs. Ripon.
5. (nr) Modesto Christian (3-4, 2-0): The Crusaders overcame a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter and then held on late to remain in pole position for the TVL title. Mario Hernandez blocked what would have been the game-tying extra point with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Friday: vs. Hilmar.
Dropped out: Ripon (4-3, 1-1).
Others to watch: Big Valley Christian (7-0), Hilmar (4-3, 1-1), Gustine (6-1, 4-0), Summerville (6-1, 2-1).