Kern County teams, coaches 'thankful' for a shot at a section title game

 The Ridgeview defense, including Joseph Spainhoward (34) and Cache Tarver (24), wraps up Independence quarterback J.R. Layman during the first half Friday.

Practicing the week of Thanksgiving is a treat for most football programs.

For Ridgeview, it has become the norm, an almost rite of passage but nothing that coach Dennis Manning and his players take for granted.

The Wolf Pack are the lone Central Section team undefeated at 11-0 and host No. 4 Fresno-Sunnyside in the Division II semifinals tonight.

“It doesn’t get old for us,” Manning said. “We try to monitor our energy throughout the season. We’re still hungry. That’s the key for us.”

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Nov 26, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (82) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the fourth quarter of a NFL game as Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin (50) defends on Thanksgiving at Lambeau Field. Chicago won 17-13.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers honored Brett Favre on Thursday, but Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears’ defense ruined the celebration. Cutler, who was 1-11 against the Packers as Chicago's quarterback, led the Bears to a big upset of the first-place Packers, 17-13 at rainy Lambeau

Nov 26, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy (94) and outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) celebrate a stop during the second half of an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. The Panthers defeat the Cowboys 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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