9/23/2017

Hartnell-Reedley football

Saturday's game
Hartnell (1-1) at Reedley (1-1), 4 p.m.
 It's no secret who Hartnell has to contain, and that's quarterback Randall Johnson, who has accounted for seven of Reedley's eight touchdowns this fall.
 The freshman has thrown for nearly 400 yards and five touchdowns while leading Reedley with 118 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Okera Hutchinson has five catches -- three for touchdowns.
 These two teams have been known to play nailbitters. Last fall a failed two-point conversation in the fourth quarter was the difference in Hartnell's 21-19 win over Reedley.
 Two years ago the Panthers used a field goal with 10 seconds left to post a 23-20 win. And in 2014, a touchdown in the final 2:18 lifted them to a 28-24 win over Reedley.
 Monte Vista product Devon Daich is coming off a 338-yard, three touchdown passing effort for the Panthers, who have been involved in two games decided by five point or less this year.
 Freshman tailback Keishawn Robinson has shown flashes of a player coming off a 1,600 plus yard rushing season at Seaside in 2016, with 78 yards two weeks ago for Hartnell.
 Freshman Chauncey Jackson has been a beast in the Panthers first two games with 22 tackles while Alexis Ramos has 14 tackles, four for losses, and a sack.
 Matt Wright continues to be a demon on defense for Hartnell, coming off the edge for three sacks and a fumble recovery while Brian Grace also has three sacks.







Carmel football

 Taking their foot off the peddle isn't something the Padres have been known for during their run of supremacy the last eight years.
 When Carmel had a team on the ropes, it buried them.
 That has disappeared at times this year. And each time it has come back to haunt them.
 The Padres have led in all five games this season, holding 21 and 14 point leads in the second half against two opponents.
 Yet what transpired in both games was failure to score another point. The offense disappeared. When Gilroy and Soledad mounted comebacks, Carmel didn't have an answer.
 The result has the Padres sitting at 2-3 with a trip to Scotts Valley on the horizon this Friday in what now becomes a must win for title hopes.
 I don't think two league losses wins a title this year in the revised MTAL Mission Division. Carmel has not lost two games in a league season in nine years.
 It's not hard to figure out where things have gone wrong for Carmel. In its two wins, it has outscored opponents 35-0 in the third quarter.
 But in its three setbacks, it has been outscored 43-7. That one touchdown came on special teams. The invincibility the Padres once possessed has disappeared.