Special Section: Scripting local football scene, A-Z

sjansen@mercedsun-star.comAugust 24, 2012 

Lights. Camera. Action.

Here's everything you need to know about high school football in Merced County with help from some popular movie titles:

A is for Anchorman. Nobody is funnier than Will Ferrell and nobody anchors a line better than Buhach Colony's Aaron Cochran. The 6-foot-8, 350-pound lineman is a national recruit with offers from Cal, Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Nebraska to name a few.

B is for Big Daddy. Livingston head coach Chris Lacey and his wife, Lucianna, recently welcomed twin babies Enzo and Teagan to their family. Amazingly, it's their second set of twins. Ella and Milana are 3 years old.

"I think the chances of having twins back to back without any help is like less than .05 percent," Lacey said. "Hopefully we can have that kind of luck this season."

C is for Catch Me if You Can. Merced High is loaded with speed with players like David Keys, Errol Dennis, Brendon Yaley, Eli Gutierrez and Bradley Adamson.

D is for Dumb and Dumber. Be sure to check out the Shawn and Sean Show for your prep football fix every week at www.mercedsunstar.com.

E is for Executive Decision. The California section commissioners voted for a Northern California and Southern California playoff game to decide which teams will qualify for state bowls this year. The top two section title teams in each division will square off in the NorCal and SoCal championships.

F is for Family Tree. There are three generations of Scheidts wearing Merced's black and orange. Sam Scheidt is a linebacker playing for Bears head coach Rob Scheidt. Rob's father Tom is also a Merced assistant coach.

G is for Glory Road. What a journey it was for Le Grand last season as we covered them all the way to a state bowl.

H is for Hitman. Atwater linebacker Victor Tiscareno has already impressed his teammates with his hard hits. He broke his own facemask after making a hit at a Clovis camp this summer.

I is for I Know What You Did Last Summer. We'll know soon which teams put in the extra work with games kicking off tonight.

J is for Just Go With It. Our second Adam Sandler flick on the list. The title may serve as a motto for teams like Livingston and Chowchilla, which are short on numbers.

K is for The King's Speech. Coaches around the Valley have probably been thinking about what they're going to say in the locker room prior to the first game.

L is for Legends of the Fall. If you're looking for dynamic players, we have them. Los Banos running back James Sams and teammate Daeton West are electric. Chowchilla quarterback DeVaughn Gaines can put on a one-man show. Buhach Colony is loaded with ball carriers, including Tyler Dew. Golden Valley's Andre Bodiker should have a big year with Ridge Bertuccio back at quarterback.

M is for Men in Black: Buhach Colony hopes to win a third straight Central California Conference championship and make another deep run in the playoffs.

N is for No Country for Old Men. Dos Palos will be led by a young junior class moving up from junior varsity.

O is for Old School: Dennis Stubbs returns to Golden Valley after a five-year stint in Los Banos. Stubbs compiled a record of 78-53-1 during his first 12 years at Golden Valley.

P is for The Perfect Storm. That's what our teams are hoping for this year. Last year it was teams like Le Grand, Hilmar and Buhach Colony who made long playoff runs. Who will be the teams this season?

Q is for Quick Change. It didn't take long for Los Banos to find a replacement for Stubbs. The Tigers turned to the hometown guy in Dustin Caropreso, who's been a longtime assistant coach.

R is for Road Trip. Atwater will be making plenty of them with five of their first six games away from Falcon Field.

S is for Some Like it Hot. I wouldn't put football players in that group.

Players and coaches have had to deal with triple-digit temperatures throughout camp, forcing many teams to practice early in the morning or in the evening to escape the heat.

T is for There Will Be Blood. We should have some very interesting conference races this year, starting with the CCC.

Many people feel Pitman is the favorite with the bulk of its running backs coming back and a strong junior class coming up.

Others feel you have to go with Buhach Colony until somebody knocks them off.

I will tell you this, there will be no easy weeks in the CCC.

You can say the same for the Western Athletic Conference with teams like Los Banos, Central Catholic, Patterson and Livingston.

U is for Up in the Air. We have some talented quarterbacks returning, including Bertuccio, who threw for more than 3,000 yards last year at Golden Valley. Gaines in Chowchilla and Guiterrez at Merced are dual-threat quarterbacks. Chris Corpuz will penalize defenses for focusing too much on Sams.

V is for V for Vendetta. Rivalry games are usually a big highlight of the season. We've got a nice matchup tonight with Hilmar at Livingston. It's a rematch of a quarterfinal playoff matchup last year.

The Westside War between Los Banos and Dos Palos will be played Sept. 14 at Ike Frankian Field.

The Battle for the Mayors Cup between Golden Valley and Merced and the Bloss Bowl featuring Atwater and Buhach Colony will be played Nov. 2.

X is for XXX. How can we get all the way to X without a Vin Diesel movie? XXX hardly describes the size 18 cleats Cochran wears.

Y is for You Got Served. That exactly what Le Grand did to opponents last year, out-scoring them 715 to 167.

Z is for Zookeeper. Here's hoping the zebras have a good season too.

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