Preps plus: Five games to watch

Published: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 10C
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 12:19 pm

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

No. 1 Folsom (4-0) at No. 15 Monterey Trail (3-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Folsom, ranked No. 3 by Cal-Hi Sports, has crushed every defense thrown its way behind strong line play and the combination of Jake Browning (1,625 passing yards, 24 TDs) and RB Bailey Laolagi (70.5 rushing yards per game). Monterey Trail coach T.J. Ewing has had success against Folsom before, using the run-heavy veer attack to chew up the clock and keep the Bulldogs' offense off the field. QB Donovan Robinson (10 total scores) leads the Mustangs.

No. 6 Grant (3-1) at No. 7 Del Oro (1-2)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Grant beat Del Oro a year ago in a thriller to keep its season afloat. Now it's the host Golden Eagles who are desperate for a victory after losses to state powers Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and De La Salle of Concord. Both teams sport big, strong lines and prefer to run the ball. The best players could be linemen Moses Moala of Grant and Tanner Woods of Del Oro.

No. 10 Rocklin (2-2) at No. 11 Inderkum (3-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: These teams rely heavily on the run, though both can pass behind quarterbacks C.J. Spencer of Inderkum and Logan Webb of Rocklin. Thunder running backs Joshua Gurnaby and Evyn Holtz have power and speed, with Holtz coming off a 193-yard effort in a 31-6 win over Del Campo. Inderkum has speedy running backs in Terrence White (six touchdowns), Tyler Dean (four) and Marcus Gilbert (three).

No. 14 Center (3-0) at No. 13 Rio Linda (2-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: This is the 23rd consecutive season the schools have met, and there have been some thrilling games – including last season's 16-14 victory by Center. Cougars QB Tyrel Anderson is back, as are Rio Linda RBs Leo Skattebo and Marcel Brown, who rushed for 140 yards against Center last season. Rio Linda's last game (Sept. 13) was a crushing defeat to Roseville, which blocked a potential game-winning field-goal attempt on the final play and returned it for a touchdown.

No. 9 Franklin (3-1) at No. 16 Jesuit (3-0)

• When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

• Outlook: Franklin's only loss has been to No. 4 Oak Ridge 24-21, and has otherwise impressed with a new offense after every starter graduated from a 12-1 team. Sophomore QB Lamar Jackson can either pass or run, and he also has RB Joey Banks, who doubles as the team's top LB. Jesuit is rolling with the veer, headed by QB Jason Elenberger and RB Ben Parietti, who is coming off a 280-yard, four-touchdown effort against Christian Brothers. TE/DE Austin Gates had 14 tackles against CBS.


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


The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom at No. 15 Monterey Trail

• No. 2 Elk Grove at Nevada Union

• No. 3 Pleasant Grove vs. Pitman-Turlock at Sheldon

• Vacaville at No. 4 Oak Ridge

• No. 5 Granite Bay at Pittsburg

• No. 6 Grant at No. 7 Del Oro

• Johnson at No. 8 Burbank, 5:30 p.m.

• No. 10 Rocklin at No. 11 Inderkum

• No. 18 Casa Roble at No. 12 Roseville

• No. 14 Center at No. 13 Rio Linda

• El Dorado at No. 17 Vista del Lago

• Placer at No. 19 Yuba City

Other games

• Kennedy at Rosemont

• Woodland Christian at Foresthill

• Highlands at Rio Vista

• Liberty Ranch at Galt

• Union Mine at River City

• Armijo at Antelope

• Bella Vista at El Camino

• Capital Christian at Amador

• Cosumnes Oaks at Del Campo

• Dixon at Linden

• Foothill at Natomas

• Woodland at Davis

• Lindhurst at Pioneer

• Mesa Verde at Lincoln

• Mira Loma at Marysville

• River Valley at Bear River

• Vacaville Christian at Bradshaw Christian

• Valley Christian at Big Valley-Modesto

• Christian Bros. vs. Whitney at Hughes Stadium

• Laguna Creek vs. Sheldon at Elk Grove

• Valley vs. McClatchy at Cosumnes River College


The Bee's Top 20

• No. 9 Franklin at No. 16 Jesuit, 1 p.m.

Other games

• Florin at Sacramento, 1 p.m.

• Cristo Rey vs. Delta at Cosumnes River College

• Encina vs. San Juan at El Camino

• West Campus vs. Stone Ridge

• Christian-Merced at Burbank

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