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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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).
Games start 7-7:30 p.m.
Highlands at San Juan
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
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
Johnson at Sacramento, 1 p.m.
Cordova at Rio Americano, 1 p.m.
McClatchy vs. Rosemont at Hughes Stadium, 8 p.m.