Preps plus: Five games to watch

Published: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 10C

The Bee's Joe Davidson breaks down five notable games this weekend (all games start between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)


No. 7 Burbank (1-1) at No. 5 Grant (2-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: The longtime rivals have deep respect for each other. Burbank beat Grant twice last season, including a thriller in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. The Pacers use as many as six running backs and eight receivers, and they have the biggest line Burbank defensive tackle Ngalu Tapa (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) might ever face.

No. 4 Oak Ridge (2-0) vs. No. 10 Franklin (2-0) at Cosumnes Oaks

• When: Friday

• Outlook: This is a one-year contract, and it has the makings of a great game. Oak Ridge is surging with new quarterback Ian Book, and a tough defense headed by linebacker Thomas Mahlman. Franklin, led by quarterback Lamar Jackson and linebacker Joey Banks, hasn't been challenged yet.

No. 11 Roseville (2-0) at No. 1 Folsom (2-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: The Tigers already have two spirited wins over ranked teams (Cosumnes Oaks and Rio Linda), so figure they'll challenge the Bulldogs. While Folsom's offense gets most of the attention, the defense, headed by linebacker Eddie Flores, has been solid, too. Roseville linebacker Matt Razzano will have to put pressure on Folsom quarterback Jake Browning and try to force some mistakes.

No. 9 Inderkum (2-0) at Casa Roble (2-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: The visiting Tigers have been prolific out of the wing-T and spread offense, led by quarterback C.J. Spencer and running backs Terrence White and Tyler Dean. Casa Roble, 1-9 last season, is led by quarterback Peyton Wilfley and RB Ron Quinn, and the offensive line is anchored by Mark Nichols.

No. 17 Del Campo (1-1) at No. 2 Elk Grove (2-0)

• When: Saturday

• Outlook: Elk Grove, which won both games between these teams last season, including in the Division II playoffs, is again led by running back Wadus Parker and quarterback Tommy Arnold, who operate behind a strong offensive line. Del Campo features running back Austin Brown, who dazzled in last week's rout of Fairfield, including an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

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