Well, for the most part, the football teams around Kern County that are vying for league championships steered clear of losing trap games on Friday.
Ridgeview, which was undefeated in the South Yosemite League coming into Friday’s road game at Tehachapi, will still get a shot at the league title in this week’s regular season finale at home against Independence. However, like last season, it will only be for a share of the crown.
Tehachapi’s grind-it-out win 21-14 win over the Wolf Pack keeps the Warriors in contention as well. Those dreams by Tehachapi and Ridgeview likely are just that, however, if the Falcons beat Ridgeview.
Independence is having its best regular season in school history. The Falcons are 7-2 overall and 4-0 in league games. It’s the first seven-win season for the program and after sharing the league title last season with Ridgeview and Tehachapi — which was a first for the Falcons — now is the chance for Independence to win it outright.
In fact, there is a chance now that all three Yosemite leagues in Kern County could have tri-champions.
In the Southwest Yosemite League, Liberty holds all the cards. The Patriots are 4-0 in league play and host Bakersfield (3-1). A Drillers win, coupled with a Garces (3-6, 3-1) win over Stockdale (2-7, 0-4), would set up a three-way tie since Garces beat BHS, 20-18, on Oct. 6.
The Southeast Yosemite League could possibly also have a three-way championship.
South (5-4, 3-1) ended the regular season with a 50-7 rout over Foothill on Friday, while Highland (8-0, 3-0) is at North (6-3, 2-1) this week.
Highland’s eight wins are the most in school history and the Scots are on the cusp of the first undefeated regular season in Kern County since Wasco finished 13-0 in 2012.
North, which has finished second in the SEYL the last three seasons, could set up a three-way tie in the SEYL with a win.
The South Sequoia League is a little less in jeopardy, with Bakersfield Christian coming off a bye and at Taft this week. The Eagles are 8-1 overall and 4-1 in league play while the Wildcats are 2-6 overall, with both wins coming over Arvin and Chavez in league play. The Bears and Titans are combined 1-15 this season.
Shafter will host Wasco in the annual rivalry this week with both teams 4-1 in league.
Quarterbacks making history
I made a proclamation before the season that the quarterbacks in Kern County would do something that has never happened before — more than three signal callers would toss for more than 2,000 yards.
Braden Wingle, the senior quarterback for Bakersfield Christian who set the section single-season record last year for passing yards, already has 2,050 yards passing this year. Shafter junior Alex Aguilar eclipsed the mark Friday night in a 55-26 win over Chavez.
Aguilar threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns and had another 179 yards on the ground and two more scores. The junior has 2,286 passing yards in nine games.
Centennial senior Will Alexander has 1,940 yards through nine game, and likely will surpass 2,000 in the regular season finale at Frontier on Friday.
Then there is Isiah Escobar at Rosamond. The junior came into Friday’s game with 1,508 yards passing before throwing for touchdown passes of 45, 25 and 4 yards. He also ran in another two scores, as the Roadrunners (8-1, 3-0) beat Kern Valley 50-15, clinching at least a share of the High Desert League championship.
If Alexander or Escobar continue on the current rate, history will be made.