What readers are saying on The Bee's forum at forums.modbee.com:
The Bee's Game of the Week has Central Catholic hosting St. Mary's on Friday in the Holy Bowl, and while there are plenty of opinions on the winner and point spread -- all seem to agree that it will be an offensive spectacle:
"Although I cheer for Central, I do not think that Central's defense -- coming off two straight shutouts -- will be able to handle St. Mary's excellent passing game. It will be a close, high-scoring game. We will see how good Central's offense really is. My prediction is St. Mary's 49, Central Catholic 47, with St. Mary's winning on the final drive of the game." golfinstructor
At least one of the Hughson faithful believe the Huskies are going to be on the right side of the score Friday when they visit Linden. The Huskies have dropped three of four and are struggling to score, but that could change this week -- the Lions allow 42 points a game:
"I don't believe in 'locks,' but if there ever was one, it is Hughson over Linden. Most of Escalon's first-half drives were of five or so plays (Escalon scored six TDs in the first half of its 44-7 win over Linden on Friday). Escalon played its second team most of the second half. Hughson may be struggling, but not so bad that they won't beat Linden by at least one or two TDs." Doug Danhoff
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First place in the Valley Oak League boys soccer race will be at stake when Ceres visits Central Valley at 4 p.m. in a battle of 6-0 teams. Also on the line, however, will be bragging rights -- Ceres' two public high schools are less than two miles apart.
It should be a hot time in the city of Ripon, as the city's volleyball programs battle when the namesake Indians visit Ripon Christian at 6:30 p.m. Ripon (26-3) has won 17 of its last 18, a streak that was interrupted only by a 3-2 loss to defending Sac-Joaquin Section D-IV champ Christian Brothers. In the first meeting, Ripon beat RC in four games.
Two of the Modesto Metro Conference's three contenders in soccer meet when Downey visits first-place Johansen at 3:30 p.m. Modesto, tied with Downey in second place, hosts Davis.
Davis at Modesto, Beyer at Enochs, Downey at Johansen, 3:30 p.m.; Ceres at Central Valley, Sonora at Oakdale, Central Catholic at Livingston, Hilmar at Orestimba, 4 p.m.; Amador at Argonaut, Bret Harte at Calaveras, Summerville at Linden, 7 p.m.
Beyer vs. Downey (Dryden), Davis vs. Enochs (Creekside), Johansen vs. Modesto (Modesto Muni), Atwater at Merced, Pitman at Los Banos, Modesto Christian at Central Catholic (Dryden), Hilmar at Hughson, Riverbank at Bret Harte, Orestimba at Livingston, Patterson at Gustine, Linden at Ripon Christian, 3:30 p.m.
Modesto at Enochs, Davis at Downey, Beyer at Johansen, Atwater at Pitman, Turlock at Los Banos, 6 p.m.; Modesto Christian at Hughson, Escalon at Riverbank, Ripon at Ripon Christian, 6:30 p.m.; Summerville at Linden, Amador at Argonaut, Bret Harte at Calaveras, 7 p.m.
Downey at Beyer, Enochs at Davis, Johansen at Modesto, Pitman at Golden Valley, Buhach Colony at Turlock, Manteca at Ceres, Oakdale at Sierra, Weston Ranch at Sonora, 3:30 p.m.
Johansen at Beyer, Downey at Modesto, Davis at Enochs, Oakdale at Ceres, Atwater at Los Banos, Pitman at Golden Valley, 3 p.m.
-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA