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BHS quarterback Cameron Williams pitches out to running back Isiah Jernagin before being tackled in the end zone by the Ridgeview defense in a game last season. BHS and Ridgeview both look to open the season with wins this weekend. 

We’re baaaaaack. In what seems like forever since I wrote one of these, which comes during the shortest summer breaks in recent memory.

We left off the 2017 season without a team from the Valley region of Kern County playing in a Central Section championship for the first time since 1992 (Rosamond played, and lost, in the D-VI title game).

And here we are in the middle of August gearing up for the first week of the season because the CIF State offices moved up their state championships a week. In turn, teams had to start the season a week earlier to make sure there was still a bye week available throughout the season.

Thanksgiving weekend, or Black Friday if you will, is now the championships instead of the semifinals. With that said, last year looks like an anomaly than the rule with teams in title games. Bakersfield High, Ridgeview, Liberty, Shafter, North and Bakersfield Christian all bring back a ton of talent and there is the ever changing landscape of league re-alignments and the addition of 13 new schools from the central coast region to bolster the playoff brackets in Division I through III this fall.

There is plenty of intrigue heading into the season, as is this with my first full season doing predictions (I took over in late September after former sports editor Zach Ewing headed for Louisiana).

We have a top-notch staff with sports editor Teddy Feinberg, college sports reporter Jon Mettus and the great help of our freelancers, led by Stephen Lynch, leading the coverage each Friday night.

Once again, I will be doing predictions with sports copy editor Josh Bennett, the pride of North High. Josh filled in valiantly last season after Zach left and is back again to try and rival me (good luck buddy) each week with our picks. We'll also be doing some fun stuff with the preview shows and in the Friday edition’s of The Bakersfield Californian, so be on the lookout for that. With that said, here we go and happy football season, y’all.

Week 1

Thursday, Aug. 16

No. 2 Bakersfield (6-6 in 2017) vs. Anaheim-Servite (6-5) (at Santa Ana Stadium , 7 p.m.) - It’s going to be interesting to see if the Drillers come out and fire on all cylinders like 2016 en route to a Central Section Division I championship, or stumble out like last season when the team beat Fresno-Edison 16-0 in the season opener before losing three straight blowouts. It seems apparent that this team resembles the 2016 squad than the one that went 6-6 last season. Cameron Williams, a verbal commit to Washington — who will play about 70 percent of the snaps at quarterback and will be a full-time safety (his likely college position — leads the way. But he isn’t alone. Carl Jones transferred from Golden Valley, then verbally committed to Colorado. Jones will play the role of backup quarterback, but will also play at different positions on offense and will play the opposite safety position alongside Williams. Want to keep going? OK. So if we are sticking with the secondary, there is another senior who is a three-year starter in Isaiah Jernagin, who is being recruited heavily by mid-major programs around the West Coast. He will play cornerback and wide receiver, as will his younger brother, Isaac. The younger Jernagin is a junior and already has college offers from Oregon, USC and Utah to his record. Then there is Adrian Moreno and Jacob Zeimet at linebacker and Antwaun Thompson in the front seven on defense. We haven’t even gotten to Ceyontay Bell. He led BHS with 85 tackles in 2017 and is one of the best sideline-to-sideline defenders around, and will carry the ball quite a bit this season on offense for the Drillers. But here is Servite, a member of the Trinity League which is widely regarded as the top high school football leagues in the country. The Friars went 6-5 last season, and lost a ton of talent to college, including Washington freshman safety Julian Irvin. Servite has a new head coach this season, Scott Meyer, who happens to be the third coach for the Friars in the last four years since current Garces coach A.J. Gass left after the 2014 campaign. When you have a schedule like the one Trinity has coming its way, it would be easy for one to assume maybe they won’t get up as much for BHS over the likes of Orange Lutheran, Santa Ana-Mater Dei or Bellflower-St. John Bosco (all three ranked in the top 10 nationally by Calpreps.com’s preseason poll). But let’s be honest, this is the opening game of the season and no one on the field should not be hyped up for this one. For me, I see more of the 2016 team than the one we saw last year from the Drillers. It’s a strong senior class for BHS with a ton of talent underclassmen, including Wesley Wilson. Yes, the Drillers look like the real deal once again. I can’t help but think with either Williams or Jones at quarterback and talent surrounding them in Wilson, Bell and both Jernagin’s, it’s a free-for-all of talent that will be hard to compete against. Not getting too far ahead of myself here, but while this preseason schedule is not a cupcake, it’s also not as stacked as it’s been the last few years with the likes of West Hills-Chaminade, Valencia or Orem (Utah). And while the offensive line is always key for the Drillers, and this group may be a bit undersized, they are a veteran bunch. What I am getting at here is if BHS comes out and looks confident and polished, then we may be looking at a big, big year. I get the feeling it’s going to be a huge opening night for BHS.

Trevor’s pick: BHS 35, Servite 34

Josh's pick: Servite 45, BHS 28

Friday, Aug. 17

No. 4 Liberty (6-5) at Mission Viejo (12-1) - Unlike the road-game season opener for BHS in Orange County, this one will likely be much tougher for Liberty. In Bob Johnson’s 19th and final season as the head coach at Mission Viejo, the Diablos went undefeated until a loss to eventual mythical national champion Mater Dei in the Southern Section Division I semifinals. Johnson tallied 342 wins in 31 years as a head coach at Mission Viejo and Lake Forest-El Toro dating back to 1979, according to CalHi Sports record books. Here comes Chad Johnson (no relation and is not the former NFL wide receiver, either) in his first year at Mission Viejo after eight years as an assistant at rival St. John Bosco. And there is plenty returning for the Diablos. Senior quarterback Joey Yellen is back. The Arizona State-commit leads a big senior class with defensive end Reece Hite, cornerback Akili Arnold and wide receiver Deavyn Woullard. CalPreps.com has Mission Viejo ranked No. 6 in the state in the preseason poll, but graduated the top-eight tacklers from the 12-1 team last season. These two programs have history. In 2014, Stavros Katsantonis recovered a fumble late in the game at Mission Viejo in an 18-7 Patriots’ victory. It was one of only two losses that season for the Diablos who won the Southern Section West Valley Division title. Mission Viejo came back into town the next season and beat Liberty 27-14 en route to an undefeated 16-0 campaign that ended in a CIF Division 1-AA state title. That was also the season Liberty won the program’s first Central Section D-I title. Times have changed and the roster obviously have, as well. OK, I’ve talked about Mission Viejo long enough, but I think a team with as much state-wide pub needed to be talked about going into the season opener. Liberty won’t be a pushover here, whatsoever. Not when you have an experienced offensive line led by seniors Daniel Viveros and Brycen Lindsey, and Sam Stewart Jr. returning for his third season as the starting running back for the Patriots. The offense will be a steady dose of run plays with Stewart, Winston Jountti and Anthony Villanueva. The pass game should be in good hands with Visalia-Redwood transfer Hector Gonzalez taking over and Independence transfer Ramon Henderson likely as the top target. The Patriots defense should also be very strong up front with Stewart, Villanueva, Viveros, Sloan Simpson, Ben Olinge and Ryan Aguilar leading the way. While this one may be too daunting for Liberty, it won’t be a blowout, either.

Trevor’s pick: Mission Viejo 28, Liberty 21

Josh's pick: Mission Viejo 55, Liberty 21

Centennial (2-8) at North (9-4) - Nothing like a good ole neighborhood rival to kick off the season. Kern High School District redrew the school boundary lines and now former Centennial neighborhoods are heading to North. That leaves it open for some great rivalries. Centennial coach Chad Brown is in his fourth year on campus after leaving North in 2015. The Golden Hawks won just two games in 2017, but have a lot of talent this season. Tight end/defensive end Colby Warkentin recently verbally committed to Fresno State, while the team also has fellow senior Grant Bloom (defensive back), first-year quarterback Kyle Connelly and sophomore running back Ty Glass leading the way. If the talented first-year starters can take something away from the scrimmage against Ridgeview, it's there was a lot of good plays made against a talented defense. Also, the Centennial defense was able to hold Ridgeview at bay with the exception of a handful of big plays. On the other side of the ball, North is coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Stars tied a school record with nine wins and advanced to the D-IV semifinals last November. There is a lot coming back, including two-way standouts James Johnson and Chris Romero. But the question mark is at quarterback. Gone is school record holder Bailey West for passing yards in a season. Shannon Ferguson was expected to take over as the signal caller, but he’s injured and not expected back until September. Michael Dolen, a transfer from East, is not eligible until league play. That leaves Cole Fields as the quarterback. If Fields can command the — sorry for the pun — field, then the Stars should be good to go. If not, then it could be a harsh season opener.

Trevor’s pick: Centennial 28, North 21

Josh's pick: North 42, Centennial 38

No. 20 Fresno-Sunnyside (7-4) at Frontier (7-4) - The similarities are there for both of these teams coming into the season. Both won seven games and lost in the quarterfinals of the D-II playoffs. But the Wildcats ran through the North Yosemite League unscathed while Frontier won five consecutive out the gates in 2017 under then-first year coach Chris Bandy before going 2-3 in SWYL play and losing to league rival Garces in the playoffs. Now let’s look at what is presented this fall. Sunnyside comes in with a first-year quarterback in sophomore Ekin Vu while Frontier returns veteran signal caller Dustin Montanio. The Titans graduated Tye Johnson and J.J. Flores, who combined for 2,156 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground and another 362 yards and three scores in the passing game. The Wildcats return senior wide receiver Dacova Sneed and two-way starters Marquay Williams and Phan Vann. Frontier will lean heavily this season on senior Ernest Jackson at running back and linebacker, along with Kolton Baker, Kaden Shelton and Kameron Burnes. Might as well call those last three the “Killer Ks,” right? Again, Frontier will need to jump out of the gates with aggressiveness and speed to get some wins in before SWYL play begins. The 2017 season began with a 49-16 thumping of Lompoc-Cabrillo, but the Conquistadores managed just one win over Morro Bay last season. Sunnyside will not be as easy of an opponent coming out. The Wildcats have size up front, led by Myles Williams and Gabe Clark. That may be the deciding factor here if the young Frontier offensive line can’t find time for Montanio or open holes for Jackson and the rest of the backfield.

Trevor’s pick: Sunnyside 24, Frontier 21

Josh's pick: Frontier 31, Sunnyside 21

No. 10 Bakersfield Christian (10-2) at No. 13 Garces (5-7) - Right off the bat, I am so intrigued by this game to the point that no matter how I pick it, I won’t feel 100 percent confident. Part of that reasoning is both teams have to replace key standouts at marquee positions, yet, both are immensely talented. Let’s start with the Rams. Last season began with a total dud with a five-game losing streak to open up, including a 23-14 loss at BCHS. But a home win over BHS provided a boost. The Rams won five of the next six games before losing to Tulare Union in the D-II semifinals. Joseph Campbell took his lumps as a first-year starting sophomore quarterback last season. He returns this fall with a bigger frame and a powerful right arm and is poised to be one of the top signal callers in the section. But the Rams will need to replace Isaiah Martin, who broke nearly every school rushing record in his four years as the lead running back for Garces. Other than Martin’s 1,578 rushing yards, no one else named Campbell (118) had more than 100 rushing yards last season. That’s going to be a tough thing for senior Nick Tobias to duplicate, although the Rams do have a seasoned offensive line led by Emmanuel Castro, Adam Robles and Kaden Uribe. With Isaac Bowers and Nick Sill leading the secondary, the Rams defense could be really interesting to watch, especially against a team like BCHS that tends to toss the ball around more than most teams in Kern County. Like Garces losing Martin, BCHS has the daunting task of replacing record-setting quarterback Braden Wingle (who happens to be at Bakersfield College along with Martin this fall). It appears quarterback Jacob Maran, a transfer from BHS, is heading into the season with solid grasp of the Eagles offense. Good thing for Maran is he has some of the best targets in the section to throw it around to. Ben Yurosek, a junior tight end, is likely going to be one of the highest recruits around with great size and speed to go with soft hands and the ability to block well in the run game. Keonte Glinton has offers from a dozen programs on the West Coast as a defensive back, but is also a viable option on offense. Wide recevier/defensive back Myran Randle is one of the most physically gifted players in Bakersfield. Add those in the mix with Alex Wallace and Chris Gutierrez, and there is a lot of weapons at the skill positions for BCHS. Leave this one up to the team that can contain the opposing offense better, which won’t be easy.

Trevor’s pick: BCHS 35, Garces 33

Josh's pick: BCHS 34, Garces 21

Stockdale (2-8) at No. 9 Ridgeview (6-5) - In terms of success for Ridgeview, last season was a down year. After six consecutive seasons playing in a Central Section championship game in D-III or D-II (winning three titles) the team was ousted in the first round of the D-I playoffs at Clovis. The Wolf Pack won just six games last year, which happens to be the lowest amount since Dennis Manning took over in 2009. That seems like the exception instead of the rule, here. What I saw out of the Wolf Pack in the scrimmage against Centennial last Friday has me thinking of the good old days of my first two years in 2014-15 when Ridgeview won consecutive D-II titles and played in state playoff games behind a strong offensive line and a slew of talented playmakers. Back for Ridgeview is starting quarterback Justin Hinzo, top running back Alijah Alexander-Williams, lead reciever Daelin Degraffenreid and Jaali Burres, who led the team with 11 sacks in 2017. But when you add in transfers Tahj Wright (BHS) and Anthony Ramirez (West) in the mix, Ridgeview quickly turns into one of the top D-I team in the section. Wright connected with Ramirez twice on short passes that Ramirez took for touchdowns while outrunning the Golden Hawks secondary like a bolt of lightning. Not to mention Ramirez is a big dude at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. Oh, did I forget to mention that it was Wright, a standout cornerback and one of the best receivers I’ve seen in some time, playing quarterback with Hinzo on offense? Yikes. Manning has a knack for getting the ball in the hands of his best athletes, ala Kamari Cotton-Moya, Lawrence White or Jamar Moya over the years. And here he is doing it with Wright this time around. That makes for a likely rough opening night for Stockdale. The Mustangs went 2-8, including a six-game losing streak to end the season, marking the third time in four seasons Stockdale did not advance to the playoffs. Fifth-year head coach Brett Shelton brings in former Golden Valley head coach Erich Smith as the offensive coordinator. Smith is widely known as a high IQ offensive mind, but it might not all come together right away. Stockdale has playmakers in Evan Burkhart, Brandon Dunn, Kilyn Davidson and Zeke Armijo, but not enough to challenge a team like Ridgeview out the gates. 

Trevor’s pick: Ridgeview 42, Stockdale 13

Josh's pick: Ridgeview 38, Stockdale 20

Golden Valley (3-7) at East (3-8) - What to make of this one, right? Josh Bocker, a guy that spent two years at Wasco as an assistant, takes over as a 24-year-old head coach at Golden Valley. At East, former West head coach, Chad Grider, takes over for the Blades after David Fanucchi was let go and Grider’s friend, Dave Thorp, resigned in the offseason before coaching a game. Golden Valley lost all-everything Carl Jones to BHS in the offseason. East is venturing into the Southeast Yosemite League with eastside rivals like Foothill, Highland, South, North and Mira Monte. East brings back senior quarterback Richard Lara, but will be breaking in a new running back. There is help on the outside for Lara, but a young offensive line will need to get going early. Golden Valley has a tough non-league schedule with Centennial, South, Santa Maria and Highland on the docket before a tough SYL slate. For running back Jacob Ringgold to get going on the ground, he’s going to need linemen like Riley Dickey to lead the way.

Trevor’s pick: Golden Valley, 21, East 14

Josh's pick: East 21, Golden Valley 20

South (5-5) at Independence (7-4) - South has been the top team in the Southeast Yosemite League since the program entered the league in 2014. From 2014-16, the Rebels did not lose a league game, but last season went 5-5 overall and shared the league title with North and Highland with all three going 3-1 in league play. With East coming in, the SEYL becomes a more complete league and it once again could be led by the Rebels. On the other side, Independence won a school-record seven games in 2017, but the offseason didn’t help the momentum. Lucas Lucero stepped down in May and is now an assistant at Shafter. Former Independence quarterback Tyler Schilihabel took over later that month. It’s the first head coaching gig for the 24-year old, but he has commanded the respect of the team. It doesn’t hurt that he has a previous relationship with the seniors on the team after being an assistant for the Falcons before spending the last two years on the coaching staff at the University of Utah. Both of these teams possess speed. Both have returning quarterbacks with Sergio Borreli at Independence and Bryson Aguirre. Both have young offensive lines and talented skill position players on both sides of the ball. Independence appears might have the edge here, however, with the likes of Malik Delouth and Braden Gordon leading the way with Boreli.

Trevor’s pick: Independence 28, South 20

Josh's pick: South 28, Independence 24

Wasco (5-6) at Tehachapi (7-6) - The 2017 season was anything but normal for either team. Rick Stewart took over for Wasco last spring, but was forced to resign for medical reasons midway through the season while second-year assistant coach Chad Martinez took over on an interim basis. Up in Tehachapi, Doug DeGeer was named the head coach for the Warriors, following Steve Denman, who won 301 games from 1982 to 2016. Both of those coaches are back for their programs in hopes of adding some much needed stability after a year of unknowns last season. Tehachapi ended the season on a nice run, after advancing to the D-III semifinals and brings back quarterback Chris Garcia, but will be ushering out a lot of first-year starters on both sides of the ball. Even with all of the changes last year, Wasco still finished third in the SSL with a 4-2 record and will have talent returning. Noah McClain will take a good share of the reps at running back behind a veteran offensive line in Osmar Velez and Wilber Tovar. Still, the Warriors likely will be able to start of this season on a high note before a road game next week at BHS.

Trevor’s pick: Tehachapi 21, Wasco 14

Josh's pick: Tehachapi 38, Wasco 17

Tulare-Mission Oak (0-10) at West (6-6) - No team may want to put 2017 away more than Mission Oak. The Hawks went 0-10 last season and really weren’t competitive in all but three games. West went 6-6 and advanced to the D-III quarterfinals after a thrilling 42-35 overtime victory over Highland in the opening round last season. But then the Vikings were dealt a blow this summer when do-it-all junior Anthony Ramirez left for Ridgeview. With the graduation of quarterback Gabriel Salcido and All-Area first-team selection Donte Mason, Ramirez was penciled in as a two-way standout for West. But for the second time in three seasons, head coach Derrick Dunham will lean on a young team to lead the way. L.J. Laulu returns after rushing for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore a year ago. Laulu will once again be behind an experienced offensive line, led by Nick Garcia. Dunham has done a great job making the most of his roster and will likely get the season started off with a win at home.

Trevor’s pick: West 34, Mission Oak 13

Josh's pick: West 27, Mission Oak 21

Kennedy (6-6) at Foothill (1-8) - Both programs open the season with first-year coaches on campus that have previous coaching experience, which may be key for both teams. After Dennis Moody’s very successful four-year run at Kennedy, including the only winning records in school history and consecutive D-VI title in 2014-15, he stepped down as Mario Millan (a former Delano head coach) takes over. Foothill is on its third coach in three years. That’s also the same number of wins the Trojans have over the last two seasons. This time, it’s former Kern Valley head coach Brandon Deckard at the helm. With just one win (over winless Mira Monte) in 2017, Foothill will lean on senior running back/defensive back Ed Hurd to lead the way. Kennedy returns one of the top running backs in the county in Tyreak Walker (1,184 yards) and senior quarterback David Estrada. Watch that experience for the Thunderbirds be the key to a road win.

Trevor’s pick: Kennedy 27, Foothill 19

Josh's pick: Foothill 24, Kennedy 21

Highland (8-2) at Arvin (2-7) - What a year it was for Highland in 2017. The Scots started the year on an eight-game win streak and captured a share of the SEYL title with South and North. It is the first league title of any kind for Highland, a school that opened in 1970. But, the Scots lost the regular season finale at North 21-14 and fell to West 42-35 in overtime in the D-III playoff opener. Highland has gotten better each of the first four years under head coach Michael Gutierrez, but it will take a lot to duplicate or better what could widely be considered the best season in program history. Arvin head coach Edgar Mares, now in his 18th season, returns for the Bears after a two-win season in 2017. There is talent on Arvin, but Highland will likely come away with a ground-and-pound approach and a win to forget the last two losses a year ago.

Trevor’s pick: Highland 28, Arvin 7

Josh's pick: Highland 42, Arvin 17

Mira Monte (0-9) at Shafter (9-3) - Are you starting to see a trend here? This is the third season opener with an SSL team against a team from the SEYL. And this one might be the most lopsided of them all. Shafter is a team that has section championship goals in mind. The Generals return all-everything senior quarterback Alex Aguilar. The signal called threw for nearly 3,000 yards and another 1,500 on the ground and accounted for 52 touchdowns during a nine-win season a year ago. Along with Aguilar, Shafter returns a bulk of the offense, including receivers Jackson Sanchez and Isaac Enriquez and an experienced offensive line. Most of the starters will play both ways, but with the ability score early and often, third-year coach Jerald Pierucci can likely find rest for them throughout blowout wins this season. Christian Johnson knows a thing or two about winning section titles. The first-year coach at Mira Monte was an assistant at Ridgeview, but will have a lot of hiccups early on this season with the Lions. Yes, there is young talent to go along with seniors that are eager to get a couple wins under their belts after Mira Monte was 3-26 over the last three seasons.

Trevor’s pick: Shafter 42, Mira Monte 7

Josh's pick: Shafter 55, Mira Monte 13

Delano (6-5) at Chavez (0-9) - In his first year as the head coach at Delano, Mario Abundez was very successful in keeping the Tigers relevant in the East Yosemite League. Delano went 3-2 in league play with the only losses coming to D-II section champions Tulare Union and Tulare Western, the D-III champions. Abundez feels that his offensive and defensive lines are the top units on the roster this season, and most will say that’s the right way to go to find more success in high school football. Chavez went winless last season after a nine-win season in 2016. But that’s what happens at a small school like Chavez that graduated more than 30 seniors off that team two seasons ago. Sophomore Cameron Huerta is a solid looking dual-threat quarterback for the Titans with weapons in the passing game, but the experience coming off the best season in more than a half-decade for Delano will be the factor here.

Trevor’s pick: Delano 22, Chavez 20

Josh's pick: Delano 31, Chavez 17 

Avenal (1-9) at McFarland (3-7) - When it comes to scouting an out-of-county team like Avenal, CalPreps.com comes in very handy. The Buccaneers went 1-9 last season and without a first-hand knowledge of the program and the inner workings of the coaching staff, it’s a simple solution to see where the computer rankings have a team like that in the Central Section. Well, not well. Avenal is ranked 103rd out of 104 teams in the section. McFarland doesn’t rank much higher at 84th, but what the Cougars have is a head coach in Casey Quinn, who has shown the ability to win games with north county programs. In 2014-15, Chavez was 20-4 under Quinn and McFarland has a larger team with more experience than in recent years. This game last season ended in a 7-0 McFarland win, by the way.

Trevor’s pick: McFarland 20, Avenal 6

Josh's pick: McFarland 13, Avenal 6 

Kern Valley (2-7) at Taft (2-7) - About those CalPreps.com computer rankings. Avenal was second-to-last in the section rankings of 104 teams. The last you ask? Well, sadly, it’s Kern Valley. Ben Goffinet has had great success with the Broncs in recent years and now takes the program over once again with Brandon Deckard now at Foothill. Jacob Lightner was a standout at running back for the Broncs and as a wrestler in 2017, but there is a lot of work to be done for Kern Valley. Same can be said for Taft, another team that only got nine games in last season and won just two of them. But fourth-year coach George Falgout seems pleased with the roster this season with seniors like Bryson Ginn bringing a better intensity to practice after turmoil in the locker room hit the team hard in 2017. The Wildcats always seem to run the ball well, and if that’s the case Friday night, win No. 1 will come early.

Trevor’s pick: Taft 20, Kern Valley 13

Josh's pick: Taft 30, Kern Valley 20

North Las Vegas-Legacy (7-4) at Burroughs (11-3) - Last season at Burroughs, then-senior Austin Griffin led the team with 2,787 yards passing and 32 touchdowns as Burroughs played for the Southern Section D-IX title game. It was a fun season for a group of seniors that played together at a high level dating back to youth football. Now it’s time to regroup and host a Legacy team from Las Vegas that went 7-4 last year. The Longhorns, like the Burroughs, lost a ton of seniors. In an instance like that between two teams with incredible mascots, I go with the home team here.

Trevor’s pick: Burroughs 19, Legacy 14

Josh's pick: Legacy 42, Burroughs 28

Littlerock (1-9) Rosamond (11-2) - These two campuses are just 33 miles from each other, but the football programs seem light years away for one another. Rosamond was the lone Kern County team to play in a Central Section title game, losing to eventual CIF State D-6AA champions Strathmore in the section D-VI finals. Littlerock went 1-9 while being outscored 454-128 last season in the Southern Section. Rosamond beat the Lobos 25-6 in the season opener a year ago and expect more of the same this time around with standout quarterback Isiah Escobar back once again.

Trevor’s pick: Rosamond 34, Littlerock 6

Josh's pick: Rosamond 34, Littlerock 14

Yermo-Silver Valley (9-4) at Boron (2-8) - I’ll be brief with this one. Last season, Silver Valley played for the Southern Section Division 13 title and Boron did not advance to the playoffs. With these two small programs, turnover it always key. Past success usually rounds out how to predict a game of this caliber. 

Trevor’s pick: Silver Valley 33, Boron 20

Josh's pick: Silver Valley 24, Boron 14

Here is how Trevor and Josh have faired in their picks. Trevor began making predictions his first year on the beat in 2014, while Josh began his picks midseason last year. 

Trevor last season: 161-61 (.725)

Trevor all-time: 857-309 (.735)

Josh last season: 85-42 (.669)

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