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CCC play under way tonight

ATWATER -- There are some fans who might be happy with Buhach Colony's 2-2 start.

The offense is chewing up big chunks of yards on the ground and averaging over 30 points per game.

The team has already matched last year's win total.

Still, Kevin Swartwood feels his team should be better.

"I think we should be 4-0," the BC coach said. "I'm disappointed that we're not.

"We had no business losing to Sierra, but you can't win with six turnovers. In my estimation, we ran all over Escalon, but again we had four turnovers.

"Should've, could have, would have doesn't work, though. We just have to continue improving as players and a program."

The pre-conference records don't mean a whole lot when Central California Confernece play opens today.

That's a good thing for some teams licking their wounds from a rough start.

The beginning of conference play is a chance to start over for Golden Valley (0-4), which hosts Atwater (1-2) at Merced College.

Buhach Colony will play at home against Pitman (3-1) and Los Banos (2-2) travels to Turlock (3-0) in what should be tonight's featured game.

All games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Merced (2-1) finishes its non-conference schedule Saturday night against Loomis Del Oro (1-2) at Atwater.

"Our kids have been through an emotional roller coaster these last three weeks with Dos Palos and then a different type of game against St. Mary's last week," LB coach Dennis Stubbs said.

"Now we turn around and face an undefeated that is picked to battle for that second (CCC) playoff spot.

"It doesn't look like great scheduling on my part."

Stubbs' boys can definitely score points.

Los Banos has racked up 170 points in four games and receiver Rubal Sangha has already caught 29 passes for 479 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The question is: Can the Los Banos defense stop anybody?

St. Mary's and Tracy combined to score 106 points in LB's two losses.

"We like our guys, but we're just not making plays," Stubbs said. "We have to take some of the blame as coaches.

"We're making them think too much and over-preparing them by trying to take away everything.

"We just need to let them line up and play football."

Swartwood will be without his top offensive weapon, Corey Chapman, who will be out two weeks with an injured shoulder.

Chapman leads the team with 648 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.

"He was playing great. He's explosive," Swartwood said. "Sure, it's going to hurt. Our other guys are going to have to pick it up."

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