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
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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
Cordova at Johnson, 1 p.m.
Valley Christian vs. Woodland Christian