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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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SloMo Video: Never skip an opportunity to see Central Catholic’s Dauson Booker running to the end zone

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SloMo Video: Never skip an opportunity to see Central Catholic’s Dauson Booker running to the end zone

It’s always a great opportunity to see Central Catholic RB Dauson Booker running on the SloMo video from NFL cameraman Dean Camara, and Friday night’s performance was no different. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Booker had 14 carries for 110 yards and 3 TDs in a 48-7 Valley Oak League win over Sierra, pushing his four-game totals […]

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Video/Taco Bell Athlete of Week #3: Every contender needs a powerful RB who can run, catch & score TDs

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Video/Taco Bell Athlete of Week #3: Every contender needs a powerful RB who can run, catch & score TDs

High school football in The 209 and an education, it’s a great combination. That’s the message that Taco Bell is promoting, with Black Hat Football, as we prepare for the 2016 season. We’ll select 3 Taco Bell Athletes of the Week each Monday during the football season, through the Sac-Joaquin Section Section playoffs, and each […]

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Video/Taco Bell Athlete of Week #2: 356 yards & 5 TDs against an unbeaten foe … that’s Taco-worthy

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Video/Taco Bell Athlete of Week #2: 356 yards & 5 TDs against an unbeaten foe … that’s Taco-worthy

High school football in The 209 and an education, it’s a great combination. That’s the message that Taco Bell is promoting, with Black Hat Football, as we prepare for the 2016 season. We’ll select 3 Taco Bell Athletes of the Week each Monday during the football season, through the Sac-Joaquin Section Section playoffs, and each […]

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Yogurt Mill Fans of the Week: One’s a shy guy, the other’s a proud mom

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Yogurt Mill Fans of the Week: One’s a shy guy, the other’s a proud mom

Yogurt Mill awards two $15 gift cards each week to “Fans of the Week” who tweeted in scores, photos or videos to @BlackHatFootbal during Friday games. The gift cards are good for tasty treats at any of Yogurt Mill’s four locations:  2591 Geer Road in Turlock, or in Modesto at 2509 Oakdale Road, 801 West Roseburg Avenue […]

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Video/Taco Bell Athlete of the Week #1: Merced Sophomore RB Elijah Gilliams steps into spotlight in 48th Santa Fe Bowl

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Video/Taco Bell Athlete of the Week #1: Merced Sophomore RB Elijah Gilliams steps into spotlight in 48th Santa Fe Bowl

High school football in The 209 and an education, it’s a great combination. That’s the message that Taco Bell is promoting, with Black Hat Football, as we prepare for the 2016 season. We’ll select 3 Taco Bell Athletes of the Week each Monday during the football season, through the Sac-Joaquin Section Section playoffs, and each […]

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Recap Video: Amador’s Buffaloes throw scare into foothill power Sonora

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Recap Video: Amador’s Buffaloes throw scare into foothill power Sonora

Amador High lost plenty of talent from last year’s squad, which won the program’s first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship and advanced to a State Bowl, but the Buffaloes still got some skills. Amador threw a scare into powerful Sonora – the Wildcats have 3 Mother Lode League titles and are 20-0 in league since joining the […]

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Video Recap: Ball-hawking defense leads Lodi Flames to big win in TCAL tuneup

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Video Recap: Ball-hawking defense leads Lodi Flames to big win in TCAL tuneup

Check out Lodi’s ball-hawking defense in the highlight tape from Friday’s 52-29 win over Bear Creek in the final non-league game for both. Lodi forced 5  turnovers — got two right say in the game tape — and ya gotta enjoy seeing big ‘ol Ethan Bronson scooping up the fumble and running it in for […]

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Video Recap: Patterson Tigers & QB Gabe Sanchez light up previously unbeaten Liberty

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Video Recap: Patterson Tigers & QB Gabe Sanchez light up previously unbeaten Liberty

Patterson High and QB Gabe Sanchez (356 yards, 5 TDs) lit up previously unbeaten Liberty of Madera 54-26 this weekend. The Tigers are 4-1 going into next week’s Western Athletic Conference opener. Check out Sanchez in the Tigers’ highlight video from the big win. He got help from his receivers too – check out the […]

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Recap Video/Oakdale’s Mustangs stay true to their name to set up VOL showdown with Manteca

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Recap Video/Oakdale’s Mustangs stay true to their name to set up VOL showdown with Manteca

Oakdale High went old-school to hand Weston Ranch a 59-18 Valley Oak League setback this weekend, gaining all 461 yards of offense on the ground. As expected, the Mustangs’ highlight tape has plenty of big rushing plays. Check out Cameron Cherry on the first play, getting to the sideline and cutting upfield to get the […]

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Video Recap: Edison Vikings score 47 in a row to top Pacheco 59-35 in Grower Direct Nut Game of Week

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Video Recap: Edison Vikings score 47 in a row to top Pacheco 59-35 in Grower Direct Nut Game of Week

Edison High, trailing by 16 points in the second quarter, rolled off 47 unanswered points to top Pacheco 59-35 in the Grower Direct Nut Game of the Week Friday night. Pacheco QB Aric Barton ran for two early TDs, and and twin brother Shane tossed a halfback option TD pass. Edison rallied behind sophomore Davis […]

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