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By AP Photo/Eugene Tanner
BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Get used to seeing the name of Bakersfield Christian graduate Derek Carr in the Fresno State media guide and program.
Carr, with six or seven games left in his career, already owns nine career records at the school, including pass completions (849), completion percentage (.664), most 300-yard passing games (15), and touchdown passes (86).
Central Section football rankings
Compiled by beat writer Zach Ewing
1. Fresno-Edison (7-0, Div. I)
2. Bakersfield (5-2, Div. I)
3. Clovis North (6-1, Div. I)
4. Fresno-Central (5-2, Div. I)
5. Liberty (6-1, Div. I)
6. Clovis (5-2, Div. I)
7. Tul-Mission Oak (7-0, Div. IV)
8. Vis.-El Diamante (6-1, Div. II)
9. Clovis West (2-5, Div. I)
10. Fresno-Bullard (6-1, Div. I)
11. Garces (5-2, Div. II)
12. Stockdale (4-3, Div. I)
13. Centennial (4-3, Div. I)
14. Frontier (3-4, Div. I)
15. Visalia-Redwood (6-1, Div. II)
16. Kingsburg (6-1, Div. II)
17. Lemoore (6-2, Div. II)
18. Fresno-Memorial (5-2, D. II)
19. Tulare Western (5-2, Div. III)
20. Bak. Christian (5-2, Div. IV)
21. Wasco (5-2, Div. IV)
22. Porterville (5-2, Div. III)
23. Dinuba (6-2, Div. III)
24. Sanger (4-3, Div. II)
25. Visalia-CVC (5-2, Div. IV)
The BVarsity Live Preview show airs every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. on the bakersfield.com home page. Each episode features highlights from fall sports and a full preview with analysis predictions of the football weekend to come. This week, BVarsity also has a full replay of the Liberty-Centennial volleyball match Tuesday and will carry the Stockdale-at-Liberty football game live starting at 7 p.m. Friday. BVarsity Live's highlight show airs at 11 p.m. Friday.
The 6-foot-3 senior set the TD record last week in a victory against UNLV. The Bulldogs are 6-0 and the top-ranked team in the BCS Standings from a non-qualifying conference.
If No. 17 Fresno State finishes in the top 16 and ahead of at least one automatic-qualifying champion (which is the case right now), it receives an automatic berth to a BCS game.
Keep winning, and the Bulldogs are likely in.
Either way, Carr isn't done. By the time he is, he'll likely own every major passing record at the school where he watched older brother David star as a senior 11 years ago.
Among the records a healthy Carr should break in the next month:
* Total offense. Carr, who is averaging 379 passing yards per game this season, needs just 239 to set the school record for total offense. That should fall this weekend at San Diego State.
* Career passing yards. He needs 773 for the record, currently Kevin Sweeney's 10,623 yards. If Carr reaches that, he'll also be the first Bulldog with three 3,000-yard passing seasons.
* Career attempts. Carr is 128 attempts shy of the mark, which seems like a big number until you consider he's averaging 51 attempts per game this season.
Fresno State, returns home Nov. 2 against Nevada and has five regular-season games remaining.
Arena Bowl changes
Paul Press, a Tehachapi High School administrator and the only director the 12-year-old Arena Bowl has ever known, is stepping down from both posts to take a job with the Paso Robles Joint Unified District.
Press said in an email that the Arena Bowl will continue, but he will no longer be "100 percent involved."
Nick Ellis, a retired referee who has been heavily involved with the game, becomes the official event director. Rick Van Horne and Eric Mahanke have agreed to continue coaching, and Sherrina Clark, Don Kessler, David Dennis and Stephanie Verrell also remain on event staff.
The Arena Bowl has had nearly 1,000 participants (players and cheerleaders) and a 12-year attendance total of more than 48,000. It has also raised $12,000 in scholarships and countless more in donations for food banks and charities.
"This event has always been about the youth of Kern County and the community, and it will remain the same for many years to come," Press said in an email.
BCHS makes rankings debut
Bakersfield Christian entered Cal Hi Sports' Southern Cal regional football bowl rankings at No. 9 in Division IV this week.
The Eagles (5-2) breezed to a 47-20 victory last week over Wasco, the previous No. 2-ranked team in the regional D-III rankings.
Kern Valley (6-1) remained at No. 8 in the D-IV regional rankings. Teams must win their section title to be eligible for a regional bowl; the CIF selects two Southern Cal teams from each division to play in the games, which take place at school sites Dec. 13-14.
Bakersfield High (5-2) moved up a spot to No. 13 in the regional Division I rankings and two spots to No. 22 in Cal Hi Sports' overall state rankings.
Former Centennial baseball coach Randy Roberts, who retired last spring as one of the section's most decorated coaches in any sport, had shoulder-replacement surgery earlier this month.
Roberts, who injured the shoulder years ago, is expected to make a full recovery.
BHS seeks baseball coach
Eric Fuller has stepped down as Bakersfield's varsity baseball coach, and the school is seeking a replacement, athletic director Jeff Scott said.
If interested in the position, contact Scott at (661) 324-9841.