Here's some key games to look out for in the Central Valley:
ARVIN AT TEHACHAPI
The Warriors have been one of the more consistent programs down in Kern County, but Arvin is off and running at 3-0, plus they have one very underrated running back.
PROSPECT WATCH FOR ARVIN: That running back is Orlando Perez. All he's done for the Bears is establish the productivity label on his high school resume. The 5-foot-9, 200 pound Perez is one tough runner who's capable of dragging defenders with him. While he may not be the fastest runner, his team-high 464 yards and four touchdowns has been one of the main reasons behind Arvin's solid start. Perez had 1,221 yards as a junior last year with nine touchdowns.
PROSPECT WATCH FOR TEHACHAPI: The Warriors have been known in Kern County for having lots of size and a bevy of running backs. This year's squad is the same as year's past. Three-year varsity letter winner Andrew Jiminez (6-foot-2, 330-pounds) is back. Also on the line is 6-foot-6, 280-pound junior Adam Confer. The backfield committee continues to be the strength of the Warriors,with 5-foot-9, 170 pound junior Skylar Valencia leading the way with 371 yards and a ridiculous average of 19.5 yards per carry. Quarterback Bobby Howell, another three-year varsity player, is very dangerous in the play action and provides plenty of zip to his throws.
BUCHANAN AT LIBERTY-BAKERSFIELD
Liberty bounced back very nicely in their rout over Tehachapi to improve to 2-1. Buchanan, though, is looking to make a statement in the Central Section and go 3-0.
PROSPECT WATCH FOR BUCHANAN: The Bears defense has been much improved, by just allowing 14 points in both wins even against some physical run-first teams. Defensive end Connor Martinez leads the charge up front. The 6-foot-tall, 195 pound senior is a Tasmanian devil on the outside and has 14 sacks in the last 13 games for the Bears. Tall safety Adam Soseman is on his way at becoming the next best Bear defender with his 6-foot-2 frame, his hip angles and the fact he has an interception in both wins. Offensively, Billy East is one of the more exciting players to watch in the Central Valley. East, who holds offers from the Ivy League ranks and Army, has a team-high six rushing touchdowns and is very deadly with his cutback runs. His speed allows him to line up anywhere on offense.
PROSPECT WATCH FOR LIBERTY: Corbin Jountii continues to remain a very productive runner for the Patriots. He'll get tested versus a much more faster, athletic and improved Bear defense. Wide receiver Kenny Davis has a very good match up versus Soseman. Davis is a deep threat and the Patriots' No. 1 target.
EL DIAMANTE-VISALIA AT CENTRAL
A much improved Miners team looks to avenge last season's 42-28 loss to Central, and show how they stack up against the loaded Grizzlies.
PROSPECT WATCH FOR EL DIAMANTE: Deangelo Torres is a star in the making at El D, with his 466 yards and team-high six touchdowns rushing. The 5-foot-9, 210 pound Torres also owns one receiving touchdown and averages nearly eight yards a carry. Wide receiver Blake Edmondson is a smooth route-runner and has a team-high 14 receptions for 346 yards and three receiving touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 175 pound senior had his best performance last week versus Monache-Porterville with a seven catch, 182 yard and one touchdown performance.
PROSPECT WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLIES: One of the better match ups will be Torres going against a Grizzly defense who can run, hit and cover. He'll have to get past Teshawn Smallwood on the defensive line, who's versatile enough to swallow running backs and chase quarterbacks. Another big confrontation could be Torres clashing helmets with Oklahoma commit Hatari Byrd at safety. Edmondson will likely go up against L.J Moore. If Edmondson gets the better of Moore, he could see his prospect resume sky rocket.