Two football teams trying to find themselves meet tomorrow night, when Bret Harte High School celebrates Homecoming against Patterson at 7:30 at Dorroh Field.
Both the Bullfrogs and Tigers are 1-2 and have turned in a different kind of performance each week.
In Week 1, Bret Harte ran up and down the field but couldn't stop Livingston in the final minute and lost 35-32. The same night, Patterson fell behind 12-0 and then rallied for a 14-12 victory over Gustine.
In Week 2, Bret Harte committed seven turnovers, despite a pretty good yardage total, got drilled 34-6 by Johnson West of Sacramento. Patterson couldn't make up a two-touchdown deficit this time and lost to Denair 35-20.
In Week 3, Bret Harte continued to rack up yardage, held onto the ball, turned in a good defensive performance (its first shutout in seven years) and snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 48-0 victory over a weak Waterford team. Patterson was tied 21-21 with unbeaten Orestimba of Newman, then gave up two late touchdowns because of turnovers ad lost 35-21.
"They're kind of an unknown quantity," Bret Harte coach Gordon Sadler said, referring to the Tigers.
One thing that's known is they no longer have stud running back Aaron Reza, who hurt Bret Harte last year in a 31-28 Patterson victory that started the Bullfrogs' losing streak. Reza now plays college baseball at Long Beach State.
The Tigers still have a pretty good thumper, though, in senior running back Josh Gibb. They don't have too many bodies, though, as only 21 players are listed on their roster. That'll make it tough for them to get through the rugged Trans-Valley League schedule, which begins in two weeks.
If the game comes down to kicking, Patterson might have the edge in soccer star Martin Molina.
Sadler is hoping his team can put aside the distractions of Homecoming.
"It's always nice," he said, "to look back at Homecoming."