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- It's being billed as the potential "Game of the Year," with two of the state's top football teams -- No. 9 Edison of Fresno hosting No. 17 Merced -- in a battle of unbeatens. The game is being played at Chukchansi Field, the ballpark that is also home to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies:
"Edison loves to beat you with special teams play, kickoff return/punt return. I would punt away from the return man, and I would kick off low and hard and let one of the front guys handle it, that hopefully will minimize the return. If you do not, you will see what happens in the open field. Any daylight and its over. If Merced does not (already) have its best speed/tacklers on (kick coverage) team, it better for this game. (Edison coach Tim) McDonald also likes to bring the 'house' on a lot of defensive plays to create havoc in the backfield quickly, like seven or eight teams coming, and he does not disguise it. They are all up in gaps and on the ends, and he trusts his stud DBs to cover any quick pass play you might audible to." #1INTnUS
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"I wouldn't doubt (RB Felix) Figueroa's abilities, because not a lot of people know he hasn't even played a fourth quarter yet. Gustine has a good line and a strong defense, and I believe will have a winning record this year." redskinball
TOP OF THE DAY
Some of the top girls water polo teams from the Stanislaus District head north for the Top 16 Tournament at Woodcreek High in Roseville. Play begins today and continues through Saturday, and the field includes Johansen, Oakdale and Pitman.
West at Oakdale, 3:30 p.m.
Johansen, Modesto, Oakdale, Pitman at Woodcreek Invitational, all day.; Atwater, Beyer, Los Banos, Merced at Merced Tournament (Pitman), all day.
STATS & STARS
Luis Martinez, Ceres soccer: Scored three goals to lead the first-place Bulldogs (7-2, 3-0) to a 5-0 victory over Weston Ranch.
Jordan Bettencourt, Hilmar soccer: Scored three goals as Hilmar rolled to a 7-0 WAC victory over Central Catholic.
Simon Bettencourt, Hilmar soccer: Joined his cousin Jordan Bettencourt in scoring three goals in win over Central.
McKenzy Harden, Ceres tennis: Improved to 18-0 this season with three wins in the Bulldogs' team victory over East Union.
Christian Errequin, Enochs tennis: Freshman No. 3 singles player won her match in three sets, sparking the Eagles to a 5-2 win over Johansen.
Summer Uhrik, Modesto golf: She shot a 46 to lead the Panthers (5-4 MMC) to a 258-319 win over Downey.
Mackenzie Cook, Modesto tennis: No. 1 singles player won her match 6-0, 6-0 as the Panthers remained undefeated in the MMC.
Jennifer Musui, Big Valley Christian volleyball: Served 11 aces -- her team served a total of 50 aces -- in a three-game sweep over Venture Academy.
Candice Adema, Ripon Christian volleyball: Dished out 24 assists as the Knights swept Hughson 25-14, 25-14, 25-13 in a TVL match.
Elise Neville, Downey volleyball: Had 13 kills, eight digs and four blocks as the Knights beat Johansen in a five-game thriller for their first MMC victory of the season.
-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA