Video/Noah’s Spring Water Team of the Week: Turlock’s Bulldogs beat rival Pitman. then open playoffs with win

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It’s been a wild season for Turlock High’s Bulldogs, who were blown out in their opener by a Bay Area power (Freedom of Oakley is now 10-0) and then lost in overtime to a legendary Fresno-area program in their second week. Since then, it’s been nothing but success.

Turlock posted its ninth straight win of 2016 with Friday’s 42-7 rout of Lincoln-Stockton in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs. That win, combined with a upset of previously unbeaten rival Pitman in the regular-season finale, makes the Bulldogs our final Noah’s Spring Water Team of the Week for 2016.

Turlock’s got a star on each side of the ball: RB-turned-QB Danny Velasquez had developed into the passing threat that was needed to keep defenses from stacking the line each play, while TE/LB Mustafa is a reliable end zone target and is playing even better defense than 2015 – when he was the Starbucks/Black Hat Football Defensive MVP for The 209.

Turlock physically dominated Pitman in their season finale celebrating a Harvest Bowl win in front of a sold-out crowd, then played the same aggressive style to dismantle Lincoln in the playoff opener. Turlock hits the road Friday night, visiting #4 seed Elk Grove (10-1) in the quarterfinals. Turlock is the #5 seed.

The playoff win was also the first for coach James Peterson, who set up the difficult early season schedule knowing that he had a team with the potential to win the Central California Conference and then some. It was Turlock’s first title in more than a decade, and its first outright championship in two decades.



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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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