Some games — and specific teams — stood out following Friday’s Week 5 football games in and around Kern County.
We take a look at programs that made some noise:
Centennial: The Golden Hawks didn’t play their best game of the season, giving up 48 points and surrendering some big plays on special teams in their 48-28 loss at Santa Maria-St. Joseph. Great out-of-league record for Centennial this season, however, as the team holds a 4-1 mark entering this week’s bye. Southwest Yosemite League play will be a true test, however, with programs such as Liberty and Bakersfield High looming on the Golden Hawks' schedule.
Stockdale: Not sure if they’re for real or not, but another big win on the scoreboard — this one a 42-6 victory at Fresno-Sunnyside — marked the Mustangs’ third straight victory. Sunnyside is 0-5 with other blowout losses coming at Frontier (42-15) and Clovis North (50-7). The Mustangs offense has turned it on since Evan Burkhart was moved to quarterback. Similar to Centennial, however, Stockdale’s true test will come once SWYL play kicks off.
Liberty: The Patriots bounced back with a 48-10 road win at Clovis. They absolutely rolled in this one. After a bye week, Liberty will open Southwest Yosemite League play Sept. 28 vs. Centennial.
Ridgeview: The Wolf Pack’s 20-14 overtime home win over Clovis North was a good one. The game started slow — a 0-0 score at halftime — before heating up late. Clovis North went up 7-0 in the third quarter and then Ridgeview answered with two touchdowns — a Shawn Allen 7-yard run and a Daelin Degraffenreid 32-yard scoring reception from Justin Hinzo. After Clovis North tied it with two minutes left in regulation, the Ridgeview defense held in overtime and Alijah Alexander-Williams’ 3-yard scoring run finished things off. The Wolf Pack enjoy a bye this week before opening South Yosemite League play at Golden Valley.
Mira Monte: The Lions’ 34-13 win at Kern Valley was their first victory since Sept. 30, 2016. That’s a 16-game losing streak for those keeping track. Congrats to first-year head coach Christian Johnson and Mira Monte. Happy for them.
Independence: The Falcons won in a shootout, 33-24, over Frontier. This was an entertaining contest and one of the better ones in a night that featured plenty of blowouts. Independence has been up and down this season, but has also flashed some weapons on offense and some playmaking from quarterback Sergio Borreli.
Looking forward: A plethora of byes dot next week’s slate of games. A clear headliner, however, is Southern California program Chatsworth-Sierra Canyon coming north to face Bakersfield High. Another key game will be Westlake Village-Oaks Christian at Bakersfield Christian, a contest that will be televised on ESPNU. Both games will be ones to look forward to Friday night in Kern County.