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    Jake Browning passed for 5,248 yards and 63 touchdowns last season as a sophomore for Folsom, The Bee's No. 1 team.

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    Jake Browning, left, credits Troy Taylor, right, for helping him develop into one of the area's top quarterback recruits.

High school football notes: No. 1 Folsom, No. 2 Granite Bay ready for clash

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 10:51 am

Six miles separate the high schools.

Folsom has produced championship football teams since the early 1960s, and Granite Bay has done the same since shortly after it opened in 1996.

And in recent years, Folsom and Granite Bay have grabbed the area spotlight. The Bulldogs won the CIF State Division II Bowl in 2010 and had a 14-0 season spoiled by No. 1 De La Salle in the NorCal Open Bowl last year. Granite Bay rallied late to win the Division I state title last season.

So when No. 2 Granite Bay hosts top-ranked Folsom on Friday night, there will be even more on the line than local bragging rights.

"The schools are so close, and we've talked about it for a few years, and it's here," Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson said. "We're thrilled to play them. Granite Bay has a great program, and we've got a great thing going here, too. It'll be fun."

It'll be Granite Bay's defensive muscle vs. Folsom's offensive fireworks. Grizzlies linebackers Dylan Keeney and Cameron Smith and defensive backs Tony Ellison and Luke Bussey must disrupt the Bulldogs' spread offense led by junior quarterback Jake Browning, who passed for a state-record 5,248 yards last year.

Browning opened this season with 438 passing yards and seven touchdown passes in a 56-21 rout of Woodcreek on Friday. Folsom also has running backs Bailey Laolagi, Josiah Deguara, Sam Whittingham and Bryan Weldy.

Del Campo QB coming back – Preston Semkw, Del Campo's three-year starting multipurpose player, slump- ed to the ground just before the second-half kickoff against Antelope on Friday, suffering from an asthma attack and causing a delay – and a lot of anxiety.

Semkw, a senior quarterback who also has played wide receiver and defensive back, was taken to a hospital, where medication, fluids and rest helped him recover. He expects to play Friday against Fairfield.

Casa Roble rebounds – After four league titles in coach Norm Ryan's 11 seasons at Casa Roble, last fall's 1-9 record was painful.

But the Rams, led by Peyton Wilfley's two touchdown passes to Ron Quinn, beat Rio Americano 35-10 Saturday. The offensive line was the team's biggest improvement, Ryan said, thanks partly to line coach Christian Mahaffey, who had a triumphant return to Rio Americano.

Mahaffey was dismissed as Rio's coach last year at midseason after some players boycotted when he intended to cut a starter who wanted to miss a game for an out-of-state baseball showcase.

El Dorado uprising – A change in venue to a home game because of wildfire smoke was more of an inspiration than a distraction for El Dorado.

In the Cougars' 64-12 win over South Tahoe on Friday, Nick Bonniksen completed all seven of his passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, and nine running backs totaled 456 yards and eight touchdowns, led by Logan Kirby's 155 yards. Jeremiah Romero rushed for two scores and had 19 tackles.

Whitney's dynamic duo – Whitney has another game breaker in Kwane Wilkinson and a poised returning quarterback in Drew Romo. Wilkinson rushed for 156 yards and caught two scoring passes from Romo in a 21-14 win over Vintage on Friday.

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