Wasco looks to win title

It’s an all-South Sequoia League party tonight in the Division IV central section high school football championship.

Well, at least it’ll be a party for the host team.

Undefeated Wasco looks to finish its lopsided run through D-IV football ranks when the Tigers host Bakersfield Christian.

When the two met in regular league action it turned out to be a regular romp: Wasco 49, BCHS 0.

The stakes could be big for the high-octane Tigers.

An impressive showing piled on top of 12 other impressive showings this season could thrust the Tigers into contention for a coveted spot in the state championships.

In last week’s semi-finals the No. 1 Tigers crushed No. 5 Chowchilla 63-13 while the No. 3 Eagles eked out a 7-0 decision over No. 2 Mission Oak of Tulare with a fourth-quarter TD.

Two other section semi-finals had Taft High connections.

In Division I, No. 4 Fresno-Central defeated No. 8 Liberty of Bakersfield 35-14.  Liberty’s head coach is former Wildcat football and baseball standout Tony Mills, whose team was a surprise in a season that included a victory over vaunted BHS.

Central will take on No. 2 Clovis North for D-I bragging rights.

Another former Wildcat – Chris Bandy – is offensive coordinator at Ridgeview, which used a stunning rally in the final 20 seconds to beat Independence 30-28 and earn a spot in the Division III championship.

The No. 1 Wolf Pack will host No. 2 Dinuba tonight.  Ridgeview was in the final last year but is looking for its first title.

It’s no surprise to any follower of Kern County prep football that No. 1 Garces is favored to beat No. 2 Sanger for the Div. II crown.  The Rams (11-1) blasted Sunnyside of Fresno 61-33 in the semis last week.

The high-scoring Rams throttled Kingsburg 73-14 in the quarterfinals.

The Div. V title will be decided between No. 1 Liberty-Madera Ranchos and No. 6 Corcoran.

The D-VI title was settled last week with No. 1 Mendota’s 34-21 victory over No. 2 Farmersville.