Week 1 football preview: Teams look to improve

The Hanford football team will look to rebound after losing to Buchanan 48-6 last week in its season opener.

Photo by Josh Butters

Now that every team in Kings County has had a game under its belts, teams are focusing on what to do to get better.

This past week, just three of the eight Greater Kings County teams picked up wins, showing there's work to be done.

“We have the want,” said Hanford head coach Josh Young, whose team lost 48-6 to Buchanan in its season opener, “now we just have to figure out the how.”

Hanford's home game against Sanger is one of seven games involving local teams.

Kings Christian, Avenal, Corcoran and Hanford are at home while Laton, Hanford West, Sierra Pacific and Lemoore hit the road. One game – Hanford West at Corcoran – will feature two Kings County teams facing off against each other.

Here's a quick look at the games this week involving greater Kings County teams.

Hanford West at Corcoran

When: Friday. Where: Corcoran High. Time: 7:30 p.m.

The Huskies travel 20 miles down Highway 43 to face the Panthers in an all-Kings County matchup.

In its season opener, Hanford West erupted for 55 points in its blowout win over McLane.

Quarterback Daymien was 10-of-13 for 132 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Ellis Howard needed just seven carries to rush for a team-high 132 yards and two touchdowns.

And senior Lavazyon Handsbur had four catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

In Corcoran's 34-12 loss to Fowler, Julien Escalate had 14 carries for 52 yards and three catches for 105 yards and a score.

Last year, Hanford West shut out Corcoran 28-0.

Sanger at Hanford

When: Friday. Where: Neighbor Bowl. Time: 7:30 p.m.

For the second straight week, the Bullpups face a tough task at home to start the season.

Last week, Hanford lost to Div. I Buchanan 48-8. After Sanger won the Central Section Div. II title last year, the Apaches are now in Div. I as well.

While the score didn't show it, Hanford's defense played well most of the game against Buchanan. It was four lost fumbles that helped turn the tide. Midway through the second quarter, Hanford was leading 6-0 before their first turnover.

Sanger is coming off a 42-0 win over Fresno.

Lemoore at San Joaquin Memorial

When: Friday. Where: Memorial High. Time: 7:30 p.m.

After picking up a road win in Paso Robles, the Tigers return to the Valley to face the Panthers.

While Lemoore is still on the road, the trip won't be as long as Lemoore will take the short trip down Highway 41 to Fresno.

The Tigers will look to get going on offense this time around. Against Paso Robles, Lemoore's 12 points was just enough for the win. The Tigers were also held to just 126 yards of offense.

In its season opener, San Joaquin Memorial came away with a 47-14 win over Washington Union and is expected to contend for the Central Section Div. III title.

Sierra Pacific at Hoover

When: Friday. Where: McLane Stadium. Time: 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Bears look for their first win after coming up just short in their season opener.

Against Dos Palos, Sierra Pacific pulled to within two points before falling 21-12 against the Broncos.

This week, Sierra Pacific travels to Fresno to face the Patriots, who are also coming off a loss in their season opener.

Last week, Hoover lost 48-8 to Central Valley Christian of Visalia in a game it trailed 31-0 after the first quarter.

Lindsay at Avenal

When: Friday. Where: Avenal High. Time: 7:15 p.m.

The Bucs host the Cardinals in a nonleague matchup.

While Avenal had a strong showing on defense in its season opener, allowing just seven points, the Bucs weren't able to break through on offense, getting shutout by McFarland 7-0.

Lindsay (0-1) is coming off a 36-6 loss to Exeter in its opener.

Laton at Coast Union

When: Friday. Where: Cambria. Time: 7 p.m.

The Mustangs hit the road to face the Broncos in an inter-sectional matchup.

Laton (0-1) comes in looking to snap its 30-game losing streak, which is nearing the Section record for the longest in history.

The Mustangs opened the season with a 60-7 to Riverdale.

Coast has yet to play this year. The Broncos went 2-6 in 2016.

Anzar at Kings Christian

When: Friday. Where: Kings Christian High. Time: 7 p.m.

The Crusaders look for their second straight win to open the season in an 8-man matchup.

Last week, Kings Christian came away with a 34-26 win over Desert. Junior Julien Pierce led the way on offense for the Crusaders, scoring four times.

Pierce had 12 carries for a team-high 127 yards and a touchdown. He also had six catches for 107 receiving yards with three touchdowns.

Anzar has yet to play a game this season.

Last year, the Hawks went 1-8.

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