Five high school football games to watch this week

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 - 3:10 pm

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

No. 4 Oak Ridge (5-0) at No. 1 Folsom (5-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: To stall Folsom in this Delta River League opener, Oak Ridge must get to quarterback Jake Browning (state-leading 30 touchdown passes). But that's easier said than done considering how well the Bulldogs' line has protected him. Trojans defensive end Austin Clarke and linebackers Thomas Mahlman and Colton Giorgi have to make plays to beat a team that has won 55 games since 2010. Folsom receiver Will McClure has 12 touchdown catches, and running back Bailey Laolagi is averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Oak Ridge quarterback Ian Book has improved by the week with wins over Grant, Rocklin, Franklin, Vacaville and Vista del Lago.

No. 5 Granite Bay (4-1) at No. 16 Roseville (3-2)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Although the Grizzlies enter Sierra Foothill League play with four consecutive wins after a season-opening loss to Folsom, they will do so without star flyback Tony Ellison. A verbal commit to Arizona, Ellison is out with a torn ACL – an injury he initially thought was a deep bruise. Granite Bay quarterback Josh Neal has been superb lately, throwing seven touchdown passes in his past two games with Marc Ellis and Dylan Keeney as his main targets. Roseville counters with a pass/run threat in quarterback Kyle Downie and recruit lineman Kolton Miller. Granite Bay has won 11 of the past 12 games in this series.

No. 13 Inderkum (3-2) at No. 12 Yuba City (5-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: The winner of this Tri-County League opener could go on to win the title as Yuba City did last season. The Honkers beat Inderkum 49-42 in a wild affair, captured their first league title since 1987 and unseated the five-time defending champion Tigers. Yuba City rushed for seven touchdowns in last year's game, including 179 yards and a score by Omar Herrera, who is back for more. Inderkum, which has lost to No. 3 Pleasant Grove and No. 9 Rocklin this season, is led by quarterback C.J. Spencer and running backs Terrence White and Tyler Dean.

No. 17 Monterey Trail (3-2) at No. 18 Davis (4-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: A year ago, Monterey Trail roared in at 4-1 to face Davis in a Delta Valley Conference opener and got shelled at home 42-7. The Mustangs won just once more and missed the playoffs. Monterey Trail quarterback Donovan Robinson, who has accounted for 11 touchdowns, leads an effective veer offense, and the Mustangs' defense is fast. This time, the Blue Devils enter 4-1 and will look to continue their solid running game behind Winfred Roberson (478 yards, six touchdowns). Davis has won four in a row since falling to Yuba City.

No. 19 Colfax (5-0) at No. 20 Bear River (5-0)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: The Pioneer Valley League favorites face off in an opener with Colfax looking prolific again after an atypical 4-6 showing last season. Colfax quarterback Michael Wilson is coming off a school-record seven touchdown passes against Mesa Verde. He has thrown for 22 scores – seven to Chas Reisinger and six to Kyle Bryant. Bear River is paced by quarterback Braden Duncan (701 yards, six TDs) and running back Brad Botsford (513 yards, 12 TDs).

SCHEDULE

Games start 7-7:30 p.m.

TODAY

Highlands at San Juan

FRIDAY

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 4 Oak Ridge at No. 1 Folsom

• Laguna Creek at No. 2 Elk Grove

• No. 3 Pleasant Grove at Sheldon

• No. 5 Granite Bay at No. 16 Roseville

• No. 6 Del Oro at Woodcreek

• No. 7 Grant at No. 15 Franklin

• No. 8 Burbank vs. Florin at Monterey Trail

• Nevada Union at No. 9 Rocklin

• Bella Vista at No. 10 Rio Linda

• No. 11 Jesuit at Ponderosa

• No. 13 Inderkum at No. 12 Yuba City

• Del Campo at No. 14 Casa Roble

• No. 17 Monterey Trail at No. 18 Davis

• No. 19 Colfax at No. 20 Bear River

Other games

• Antelope at El Camino

• Bradshaw Christian at Golden Sierra

• Capital Christian at Dixon

• Center at Lincoln

• Christian Brothers vs. Oakmont at Hughes Stadium

• Cosumnes Oaks at Galt

• Delta at Foresthill

• Encina at Rio Vista

• Liberty Ranch at Union Mine

• Mesa Verde vs. Marysville at San Juan

• Mira Loma at Whitney

• Placer at Foothill

• River Valley at Pioneer

• Valley at Kennedy

• Vista del Lago at River City

• West Campus at Lindhurst

• Woodland at Natomas

SATURDAY

• Johnson at Sacramento, 1 p.m.

• Cordova at Rio Americano, 1 p.m.

• McClatchy vs. Rosemont at Hughes Stadium, 8 p.m.

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