Five high school football games to watch

Published: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 8:26 am

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

No. 8 Inderkum (3-0) vs. No. 3 Pleasant Grove (3-0) at Sheldon

• When: Friday

• Outlook: A year ago, Inderkum jumped to a 34-7 halftime lead against the Eagles en route to a 42-28 victory. No one is forecasting a rout this year, though the pace will be frenetic with two speed-run teams. Both teams are led by strong quarterbacks, Pleasant Grove's Dre Terrell and Inderkum's C.J. Spencer, and both teams have played strong against the run.

No. 4 Oak Ridge (3-0) at No. 5 Grant (3-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Last year, Oak Ridge routed Grant 42-14 behind three touchdown passes by Jason Samuels, now at Cal Poly. This year, sophomore quarterback Ian Book is off to a hot start for Oak Ridge with 673 yards, eight touchdown passes and just one interception. His favorite targets are Justin Priest and Jacob Sipes. Oak Ridge will be without running back Josh Wellman (neck), though fullback Tanner Hughes is just as powerful. The Trojans' defense will have its hands full with Grant's big line and power runners Deandre Whittington-Grays and TieNeal Martin.

No. 7 Del Oro (1-1) at De La Salle (3-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Del Oro must avoid a slow start because De La Salle feasts on mistakes. Del Oro has strong lines featuring Tanner Woods, but the lines are De La Salle's strength, too. The Spartans of Concord are 33-0 against the Sac-Joaquin Section, 5-0 against Sacramento-area teams and 240-0-2 against Northern California teams since 1991. And they've won 59 of their last 60 games.

No. 10 Franklin (2-1) at No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks (1-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Cosumnes Oaks quarterback Alex Kropp is out with a broken wrist, so Jaaron Stallworth takes over, and he'll be looking for receivers L.J. Reed and Alex Van Dyke. Franklin is still breaking in 11 new offensive starters, and quarterback Lamar Jackson has impressed, accounting for eight touchdowns. The schools are neighbors in Elk Grove and share the same stadium.

No. 19 Christian Brothers (3-0) vs. No. 18 Jesuit (2-0) at Hughes Stadium

• When: Saturday

• Outlook: About 16,000 are expected to pack the historic stadium on the Sacramento City College campus. Jesuit's veer run game has had good moments, as has quarterback Jason Elenberger, who had five touchdown passes in a 48-14 victory over El Camino. CBS is balanced, led by quarterback Chris Guillen and running back Mason Stahley. Jesuit leads the series 26-14-2.


Games start 7-7:30 p.m. unless noted


• El Camino vs. Mesa Verde at San Juan

• El Dorado vs. McClatchy at Hughes Stadium, 8 p.m.


The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom at San Ramon Valley

• Sheldon at No. 2 Elk Grove

• No. 8 Inderkum vs. No. 3 Pleasant Grove at Sheldon

• No. 7 Del Oro at De La Salle

• No. 4 Oak Ridge at No. 5 Grant

• No. 6 Granite Bay at Vacaville

• No. 10 Franklin at No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks

• Del Campo at No. 11 at Rocklin

• No. 12 Roseville at Oakmont

• No. 13 Rio Linda at Foothill

• Florin at No. 15 Monterey Trail

• No. 17 Vista del Lago vs. Bradshaw Christian at Folsom

• No. 20 Yuba City at Bella Vista

Other games

• Amador at Natomas

• Bear River at Highlands

• Buhach Colony at Whitney

• Brookside Christian at Capital Christian

• Colfax at Woodland

• Cristo Rey at San Juan

• Encina vs. Elliot Christian at Lincoln-Stockton

• Foresthill at Delta

• Golden Sierra at Casa Roble

• Kennedy at Chavez

• Hoopa Valley at Rio Vista

• Laguna Creek at Rosemont

• Lincoln at Wheatland

• Marysville at River Valley

• Mira Loma at Lindhurst

• Ponderosa at Union Mine

• Rio Americano at Davis

• Sacramento at River City

• Tokay at Galt

• Valley at Pioneer

• West Campus at Esparto

• Winters at Dixon

• Woodcreek at Antelope


The Bee's Top 20

• No. 19 Christian Brothers vs. No. 18 Jesuit at Hughes Stadium

Other games

• Cordova at Johnson, 1 p.m.

• Valley Christian vs. Woodland Christian

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