Merced (5-2, 2-1 Central California Conference) at Buhach Colony (4-4, 2-2) – Buhach Colony has its back against the wall after last week’s blowout loss at Pitman. The Thunder have to beat Merced on Friday night and then close the regular season with a win against Atwater to make the playoffs. The Bears still have their eyes on a possible fourth straight CCC championship but will have to win out to have a chance to split the title.
Merced High School could fall into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III football playoffs, where the Bears could be a threat to make a deep run. It could make for some interesting decisions for coach Rob Scheidt because the score against Turlock in two weeks could determine if the Bears play in Division II or III for the playoffs.