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GENERAL
Nickname: Lions
Colors: Blue/Gold
Coach: Alexander Mechikoff
League: Mother Lode (moving from San Joaquin AA)
Section: Sac-Joaquin
Playoff Division: III
Playoff Division Rank*: #6

RETURNERS
Returning Offensive Starters: 8
Returning Defensive Starters: 7
2023 JV Record: 8-2
Starting Quarterback Returning: yes
Top Running Back Returning: yes
Top Receiver Returning: yes
Top OL Returning: yes
Top Defender Returning: no

TOP PLAYERS
Matthew Schallberger 6'2" 175 Senior QB
Landen Ly 5'9" 170 Senior RB/SS
Deandre Smith 6'2" 180 Junior WR/CB

STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES
Team Strengths: Senior Leadership
Team Weaknesses: None

RATINGS
2023 Final Power Rating: 8.6
2023 National Rank: #3954
2023 State Rank: #268
Personnel (Back/Lost) Rating Adjustment*: +6.5
2024 Starting Power Rating*: 1.1
2024 National Rank*: #2792
2024 State Rank*: #202
5-Year Dynasty Rating (Average 2018-2023 Rating): -6.2
5-Year Dynasty National Rank: #7202
2024 Rating vs. 5-Year Dynasty Rating Comparison*: better by 7.3
5-Year Dynasty Record: 31-18 (17-4 in league)
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2023 Rating): -4.7
Dynasty National Rank: #9591
2024 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison*: better by 5.8
Dynasty Record: 90-123 [89-124 on the field] (43-62 in league)

HISTORICAL
2023 Overall Record: 9-3
2023 League Record/Finish: 6-1 (2nd)
2023 Points For Average: 36.9
2023 Points Against Average: 20.8
2023 Differential: +16.1
2023 Wins: #5225 Liberty Ranch (Galt) (48-24), #5829 Golden Valley (Merced) (10-0), #8409 McNair [Ronald E.] (Stockton) (69-28), #9016 Bear Creek (Stockton) (36-6), #9104 Stagg [Amos Alonzo] (Stockton) (35-0), #10074 Weston Ranch (Stockton) (48-7), #10687 Chavez [Cesar] (Stockton) (43-6), #12001 El Camino (Sacramento) (34-0), #12583 Franklin (Stockton) (57-7)
2023 Losses: #217 Grant (Sacramento) (82-7), #1540 Edison (Stockton) (40-14), #7699 Ripon (49-42)
2023 Opponents W-L: 59-70
Recent League Championships: 2021 (Sierra Delta), 2004
Winning Streak Entering 2024 Season: none

SCHEDULE
2024 Schedule: 8/23 at Ripon, 8/30 Liberty Ranch (Galt), 9/6 at Destiny Christian (Sacramento), 9/13 Center (Antelope), 9/27 at Big Valley Christian (Modesto), 10/4 at River Islands (Lathrop), 10/11 Bret Harte (Angels Camp), 10/18 at Riverbank, 10/25 Calaveras (San Andreas), 11/1 at Summerville (Tuolumne)
Highest-Rated 2024 Regular Season Opponents*: Liberty Ranch (Galt) (-18.9), Destiny Christian (Sacramento) (-19.9), Summerville (Tuolumne) (-27.1)
Lowest-Rated 2024 Regular Season Opponents*: Riverbank (-80), Big Valley Christian (Modesto) (-53.1), Calaveras (San Andreas) (-38.9)
2023 Regular Season Schedule Strength: -18.5 (-3.9 overall)
2024 Regular Season Schedule Strength*: -29.4
2024 vs. 2023 Schedule Strength Comparison*: -10.9
2024 Regular Season Schedule Strength State Rank*: #552
2024 Regular Season Schedule Strength National Rank*: #6790
2024 Projected Regular Season Record*: 9-1
2024 Projected League Finish*: 1st
2024 Undefeated Regular Season Probability*: 20%




*temporary; not finalized until August 8th






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