Preps plus: five games to watch

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 - 1:43 pm

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

No. 2 Pleasant Grove (8-0) at No. 4 Oak Ridge (7-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Oak Ridge needs a victory to keep alive hopes of at least tying for the Delta River League title, having lost to top-ranked Folsom, which plays Pleasant Grove in Week 10. Oak Ridge and Pleasant Grove are balanced with solid quarterbacks, good run games and stout defenses. Oak Ridge is led by sophomore quarterback Ian Book (1,409 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes), wide receivers Justin Priest (611 yards, 10 TDs) and Trent Buenzli (330 yards, five TDs) and running backs Josh Wellman (412 yards, four TDs) and Tanner Hughes (372 yards, two TDs). Pleasant Grove may be without top running back/defensive back Brandon Lewis, who has a troublesome hamstring and missed the second half of Saturday's 28-23 win at Jesuit. Quarterback Dre Terrell is a passing and running threat (20 total TDs) and superb in the secondary. Running back Ian Broom (695 yards, eight TDs) and receiver Wyatt Demps (541 yards, seven TDs) stretch the field.

No. 19 Christian Bros. (5-3) at No. 13 Casa Roble (6-2)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: The Capital Valley Conference title may belong to No. 7 Rio Linda, which has beaten CBS and Casa Roble, but this game is important for playoff positioning. CBS has three standouts: quarterback Chris Guillen (1,425 yards and 13 passing TDs, 287 yards and six rushing TDs), running back Mason Stahley (690 yards, eight TDs) and tight end/linebacker/kicker Hayden Jones. And CBS must keep Casa quarterback Peyton Wilfley (2,065 yards and 23 passing TDs, 391 yards and nine rushing TDs) in check.

Colfax (7-1) at No. 20 Placer (4-4)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Placer's record is misleading; the Hillmen have won three in a row and are the only unbeaten team in Pioneer Valley League games. Placer's Todd Valliere (969 yards and 11 rushing TDs, 349 yards and four receiving TDs, 316 yards on returns) is one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's most versatile players. Colfax, which has clinched its 16th playoff berth in coach Tony Martello's 18 years after going 4-6 last season, is led by quarterback Michael Wilson (2,294 yards, 33 TDs) and wide receivers Kyle Bryant (864 yards, 11 TDs) and Chas Reisinger (734 yards, 11 TDs).

No. 6 Elk Grove (7-1) at Monterey Trail (5-3)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: How Elk Grove responds after a 28-21 Delta Valley Conference loss to Franklin will be key. The Herd is led by running backs Wadus Parker (1,140 yards, 15 TDs) and Spencer Sheff (477 yards, eight TDs). Monterey Trail has speed with quarterback Donovan Robinson (457 yards, 13 TDs) and veer back Trey Nahhas (681 yards, six TDs). An upset by Monterey Trail would secure a playoff spot.

Sacramento (6-2) at Rosemont (7-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: No. 10 Burbank, which has beaten Sacramento and Rosemont, will likely win another Metropolitan Conference title, leaving second place up for grabs. Rosemont will need to contain Sacramento sophomore quarterback Caden Voges, who has passed for 2,416 yards and 29 TDs and rushed for 458 yards and five scores. Rosemont's school-record 7-0 start was ended last week by Burbank in a 46-6 loss.

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