Calaveras at El Capitan – Ready or not, the Gauchos make the jump to the Central California Conference this season. Calaveras should be a tough test. A smaller school, but a feisty opponent that returns its top two rushers from last season in Anthony Giangregorio (1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns) and Noah Preuss (689 yards and seven touchdowns). El Capitan returns two three-year starters on offense in quarterback Chase Whitaker and wide receiver Elijah Reid.
With most of its skill players lost to graduation, the Los Banos football team will lean heavily on a big and experienced offensive line while a new generation of players gets their feet wet at the varsity level.
The Pacheco offense became one of Merced County’s most dynamic after Aric Barton stepped under center midway through last year. With almost the entire offensive unit back, the Panthers are hoping to be even better in 2016.