It's Week 6 of the high school football schedule and things are getting interesting in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.
Edison is on probation, meaning that its 4-0 mark along with first-place Lincoln is forfeited because Viking games aren't counted in the official standings.
As a result, a four-way tie between Franklin, West, Lodi and Tokay, all with 2-2 SJAA records, changes dramatically.
With the Tigers and Wolfpack having played Edison, they move into a tie for third place behind the Trojans and St. Mary's (3-1 SJAA), whose only loss to the Vikings is negated.
Lodi, the odd man out at 2-2, plays Edison tonight.
The Tigers host a meaningful game against the Yellowjackets at the Grape Bowl.
In Sierra Valley Conference action, Galt (1-4, 0-2 SVC) hosts Ponderosa (4-1, 2-0 SVC), which is in a first-place tie with Union Mine.
The Flames (3-2) play a solid all-around team in Edison (5-0).
The Vikings rank No. 2 in overall defense and offense and boast the league's top two receivers in Lavelle Hawkins and Ruben Jackson, and two throwing quarterbacks in starter John Joseph and backup Tony Gomez. The Vikings will test the No. 3 pass defense of Lodi, which has yielded only 259 yards.
Joseph (876 yards, two touchdowns) ranks as the No. 2 quarterback and Gomez (423 yards) is capable of leading the team to a win as shown in a 26-14 victory over Tokay.
Offensively, the Flames will turn to a three-back trio (Rudy Sauseda, Justin Valdez, Kenny Hearne) and quarterback Nick Lott against the No. 2 rush defense in the SJAA.
Despite the game not counting, a win could go a long way in the Flames' playoff chances.
An emotional win could play a role in a tough matchup against Lincoln next week
And Lodi needs not only to win games it should, but to pickup up a couple of upsets if a postseason bid is to be.
The Tigers (3-2) can move up in the standings and send the Yellowjackets on a downward spiral with a win.
For that to happen Tokay must slow down No. 2 running back Travelle George (642 yards, seven TDs) and keep the pressure on quarterback Richard Davis.
Offensively, the Tigers rush attack faces a tough opponent in the SJAA's No. 3 team against the run.
Kenny Trevillion, who's been slowed by an ankle injury, appears back in top form after running six times for 113 yards and three scores last week.
Quarterback Spencer Tracy, whose 548 yards ranks him second in the SJAA, will look to hook up with the No. 3 receiver Bobby Caffese (12 catches, 272 yards) to open up the defense.
The Warriors and Bruins boast the No. 2 and 3 quarterbacks in the SVC and an aerial battle is expected.
Ponderosa, led by quarterback Brett Eich (728 yards, eight TDs), brings a solid running game in Zack Wilinson (242 yards).
Wade Majewski (731 yards, four TDs) looks to hit tight end James Amos and wide receiver Thomas Elliot in the long game and running back Calen Green on short dumpoffs.
Ryan Van Connett, Jared Penny and Craig McCammant lead a solid rushing attack for Galt.
Defensively, Amos (60 tackles, tied for third in the league) leads a team hungry for its second win this season.
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