UPDATED, 12:38 a.m.: Here's your Week 2 stock report. I'm at USC in like 11 hours to cover Cody Kessler's first full game at quarterback for the Trojans, who take on Boston College.
Trending up: Bakersfield, Stockdale, South, Golden Valley, East, Indepdendence, Centennial
Holding steady: Ridgeview, Liberty, West, North, Kern Valley
Trending down: Garces, Arvin, Highland, Mira Monte, Foothill, Frontier, Tehachapi, Shafter
UPDATED, 10:23 p.m.: Centennial gets it back on a three-and-out, and three straight completions to Greg Gomez move the Golden Hawks to the Clovis 31 with 1:04 left. Centennial takes its second timeout at that point. Incomplete to Malcolm Johnson, so now third-and-4. Next pass is overthrown, and it's fourth down. Hansen will run. He has the first down — and fumbles! Nick Nevills jumps on it for Clovis, and that's it. A game effort for Centennial, but four turnovers are going to kill their chances at an upset. Clovis 28-21 the final.
UPDATED, 10:12 p.m.: Centennial with an important drive here, not only for this game but perhaps for the season. Hansen has hit two consecutive receivers on the money for two big gains, and the Hawks now driving at the Clovis 40. Two QB draws net only three yards, though, and it's third-and-7. Hansen over the middle to Gabe De Leon, who holds on as he's hammered. First down. Two runs later, it's third-and-4 from the 19. A penalty and a short completion make it fourth-and-7, and Hansen does it again, hitting De Leon for a tough nine yards a first down. Centennial can't stand its own success though, and the Hawks are behind schedule again at third-and-11. Incomplete, miscommunication for Hansen and a receiver. Now fourth down. Ball tipped twice, and it's incomplete. Clovis takes over with 3:36 on the clock.
Final score: West 33, North 20.
UPDATED, 9:58 p.m.: Marlon Watkins can't pick up the first down, but Clovis goes for it on fourth and Hartmann hits Stelling for 14 yards and the big conversion. Three plays later, Hartmann hits Fabian Serna on a slant, and Serna makes a brilliant cutback back to the sideline to get inside the 5. Clovis in business. Hartmann on the keeper, and he pushes forward for the go-ahead touchdown. Now the Cougars will go for 2, trying to establish a 7-point lead. It's a wildcat formation, with Alan Crowley taking the snap and going in for the conversion. So Clovis leads 28-21 with 10:14 remaining.
Final score: Bakersfield 56, Garces 7.
UPDATED, 9:51 p.m.: End of third quarter: Centennial 21, Clovis 20. Cougars have a third-and-2 at the Centennial 40 when the fourth begins.
UPDATED, 9:46 p.m.: After the chaos of the turnovers early in the half. Centennial settles things down with a 14-play, 73-yard drive, capped by an Andrew Hansen 10-yard keeper for a touchdown. Andrew Aeman hits the PAT to give the Golden Hawks their first lead of the night, 21-20. What a drive for the Hawks, who get the finish they were looking for. The clock ran 8:10 on that drive, too, so we're already late in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Bakersfield 56, Garces 7. What a statement from the Drillers.
UPDATED, 9:38 p.m.: A disaster to start a half again for Centennial, with Andrew Hansen picked off by Clovis DB Adam Prentice, who just reached up and snatched it at the Centennial 27. Now Clovis inside the red zone — but Marlon Watkins loses a fumble, and the Hwks have it back. Back-to-back turnovers to begin the second half here, and now the Golden Hawks driving.
First final score of the night: Liberty 34, Tehachapi 0, with a big second half for the Patriots. Frontier trails Moorpark 14-0 in the fourth quarter.
UPDATED, 9:25 p.m.: With the second half about three minutes away, here are some stats:
Clovis: RJ Hartmann 8-14 passing, 263 yds, 3 TDs. Marlon Watkins 5-41 rushing, 3-83 receiving, TD; Mark Rivera 3-78, TD; Fabian Serna 1-74, TD
Centennial: Andrew Hansen 8-15 passing, 132 yds, TD, INT, 8-66 rushing; Noah Frazier 12-67, TD; Malcolm Johnson 1-46 receiving, TD; Greg Gomez 4-39.
UPDATED, 9:09 p.m.: Centennial driving again, and now a pass interference call on Clovis will give the Golden Hawks a first-and-goal with less than a minute left. After another penalty - I think an unsportsmanlike conduct against Clovis that has the Cougars sideline going crazy. Andrew Hansen gets down to the goal line — and then disaster strikes for the Golden Hawks. A substitution penalty, followed by a dropped pass and a fumbled snap have given the ball back to the Cougars. The Cougars drive to Centennial territory but the half runs out there. It's 20-14 Clovis after a scoreless second quarter. Centennial's red-zone failures, two of them in this quarter, have the Golden Hawks behind at the break.
Elsewhere, Liberty has exploded for 28 points in the third quarter. The Patriots lead Tehachapi 31-0 now. Still 28-7 Bakersfield over Garces at halftime. We've got a good one here.
UPDATED, 8:44 p.m.: Bakersfield has hit a third long TD, this one a 57-yard run from Marcus Bruce, and the Drillers lead Garces, 21-7 with about four minutes left in the half.
Here, Centennial gets a stop, finally, and now the Golden Hawks are driving inside the Clovis 35 early in the second quarter. Clovis leads 20-14.
Now it's fourth-and-6 for Centennial from the Clovis 30. Out of a timeout, Andrew Hansen hits an open Matthew Clenenden for 13 yards and a first down in the red zone. The offense stalls again, and Andrew Aleman, under a lot of pressure, misses a 33-yard field goal wide right. So a good drive for Centennial gets the Hawks nothing. Still 20-14.
UPDATED, 8:32 p.m.: Guess what? We've got another touchdown. Andrew Hansen hits Malcolm Johnson for a 46-yard touchdown catch and run for Centennial, and the Golden Hawks have cut the lead to 20-14.
Kind of a low-scoring surprise at Liberty, where the Patriots lead Tehachapi just 3-0 at halftime. Bakersfield now leads Garces 14-7 after 61-yard touchdown run from Jeremiah Reddick.
Centennial gets a three-and-out here, and the first quarter will come to an end with Clovis leading 20-14.
UPDATED, 8:23 p.m.: After a Golden Hawks interception, Centennial loses another receiver deep, and R.J. Hartmann isn't missing. He hits Fabian Serna deep on a third down here, and the result is a 74-yard touchdown on which Serna could jog the final 40 yards. It's 20-7, Clovis.
Stockdale leads Inglewood, 21-6. Garces and Bakersfield tied after a quarter, 7-7. Golden Valley leads Highland, 14-0.
UPDATED, 8:14 p.m.: Great answer here for Centennial, which got a good punt return from Khaliel Shegog and then went 57 yards in 5 plays, capped by Noah Frazier's 20-yard touchdown run. We're tied, 7-7
They're also tied at Garces, where Sheldon Croney rips off a 33-yard touchdown run to tie that game, 7-7.
Now an answer quickly from Clovis — R.J. Hartmann pump-fakes and goes deep to Mark Rivera, who catches the ball with his fingertips and streaks in for a 62-yard touchdown. The PAT is no good, but the Cougars lead 13-7 less than six minutes into the game.
UPDATED, 8:04 p.m.: Two early scores in the two big games, both from 76 yards out: Here, on the first play from scrimmage, Clovis quarterback RJ Hartmann hits Marlon Watkins on a wide-open wheel route for a 76-yard passing touchdown, and the Cougars take a 7-0 lead just 18 seconds into the game. The teams have traded three-and-outs since then.
At Garces, it was Kevin Hayes taking a punt back 76 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Drillers lead.
UPDATED, 7:35 p.m.: There was a serious injury to a Centennial JV player that required an ambulance late in that game, and they called it with 2:05 left in the game and Clovis still leading, 14-8. I will update on the JV player (name and condition) if and when I track it down.
Meanwhile, that situation pushed back the start of the varsity game until about 7:50, so keep it on bakersfield.com for the live stream and updates from other games.
First score of the night: Kern Valley 7, Morro Bay 3, late first quarter.
UPDATED, 7:02 p.m.: We're live at Centennial, and we're about to go live on bakersfield.com here from Clovis at Centennial. Expect the live broadcast to begin at about 7:15. Until then, I'll begin updating scores from 7 p.m. games here as they flow in. Most everything — including Bakersfield at Garces and Frontier at Moorpark, the other big ones — start at 7:30.
Clovis' defense just got a fourth-down stop inside the 10-yard line to preserve a 14-8 lead over Centennial late in the junior varsity game. There are about four minutes left in the game and the Cougars are trying to run the clock out.
We'll be back with more at kickoff.
ORIGINAL POST: As I said yesterday on our weekly BVarsity Live Preview, this Week 2 is kind of like the calm before the storm that is Week 3. Next week the Central Section has an unbelievable slate of games — Long Beach-Poly at Bakersfield, Clovis North at Frontier, Crenshaw at Edison, El Diamante at Central — that will shape the rest of the season.
This week will serve to set up some of those matchups, but that's not to say there aren't strong games tonight, too. Look no further than Garces, where the Rams and Bakersfield renew one of the section's best rivalries, or Centennial, where the new-look Golden Hawks have a chance to make a big-time statement against two-time defending TRAC champion Clovis. Frontier also plays a second consecutive Southern Section power, traveling to Moorpark to take on the stingy Musketeers.
But we'll keep most of our focus on the Clovis-Centennial battle here on the blog and on our weekly BVarsity Live broadcast. Updates will come in from all over the county, of course. Here's the weekend schedule:
7 p.m. Friday — Clovis at Centennial live broadcast (kickoff at 7:30 p.m.)
11 p.m. Friday — BVarsity Live, with Louis Amestoy and Zach Ewing, going strong until 12:30 a.m.
12:15 a.m. Saturday — We'll choose which game to live stream in Week 3
The live scoreboard below will begin to update when games get going around 7 p.m.
(Central Section rankings in parentheses; games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless noted)
Kern County scoreboard
(1) Bakersfield 56, (12) Garces 7
(3) Liberty 34, Tehachapi 0
Moorpark 21, (5) Frontier 7
(9) Clovis 28, (22) Centennial 21
(14) Ridgeview 33, Foothill 0
(15) Stockdale 55, Inglewood 12
Independence 41, Lancaster-Eastside 35
South 43, Arvin 23
Golden Valley 21, Highland 0
East 32, Mira Monte 12
West 33, North 20
Selma 26, Shafter 14
Exeter 41, Taft 16
Kennedy at McFarland
Chavez 45, Strathmore 14
Morro Bay 37, Kern Valley 27
Littlerock at California City
Frazier Mountain 34, Simi Valley-Grace Brethren 28
Acton-Vasquez 47, Rosamond 0
Yermo-Silver Valley 52, Desert 45, OT
Mojave 13, Valencia-Trintiy Classical Academy 6
Los Olivos-Dunn at Maricopa
Immanuel Christian 8, Victorville-Victor Valley Christian 6
Other Central Section scores
(2) Fresno-Edison 45, Merced 0
(4) Clovis North 40, Atwater-Buhach Colony 38
(8) Visalia-El Diamante 49, Porterville-Monache 6 (Thursday)
(11) Dinuba 42, Hanford 27
(13) Porterville 33, (21) Clovis-Buchanan 27
(16) Sanger 37, Visalia-Mt. Whitney 0
(17) Tulare-Mission Oak 42, Visalia-Golden West 8
(18) Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial 18, Tulare Western 13
(19) Lemoore 38, Fresno-Hoover 0
Visalia-Redwood 28, (20) Tulare Union 21
(24) Fresno-Sunnyside 46, (23) Clovis East 42
(25) Kingsburg 40, Fresno-Washington Union 21
Lindsay 30, Visalia-Central Valley Christian 27
Madera 30, Reedley 6
Liberty-Madera Ranchos 14, Madera South 13
Atwater 81, Fresno-Roosevelt 6
Kerman 24, Coalinga 22
Bishop 35, Mammoth 19
Firebaugh 50, Hanford-Sierra Pacific 7
Tollhouse-Sierra 20, Fowler 10
Fresno 62, Mendota 37
Reedley-Immanuel 38, O'Neals-Minarets 21
Avenal 50, Laton 6
Parlier 22, Orange Cove 0
Orosi 26, Porterville-Granite Hills 16
Oakhurst-Yosemite 40, Riverdale 16
Caruthers 35, Tranquillity 0
Woodlake 29, Farmersville 28
Los Banos-Pacheco 36, Dos Palos 20
Hilmar 32, Chowchilla 0
Vacaville Christian 48, Fresno Christian 8
Hanford West at L.A.-Salesian, 3 p.m. Saturday
Auburn-Placer at Fresno-McLane, 6 p.m. Saturday
Cuyama Valley at Alpaugh, 11 a.m. Saturday
Coalinga-Faith Christian at Santa Maria-Valley Christian Academy, 1 p.m. Saturday