High School Sports

Week 2: Five high school football games to watch

No. 1 Folsom (2-0) vs. No. 16 Pleasant Grove (1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m., at Sheldon

Outlook: Folsom is inching up the national rankings after blasting highly ranked Cathedral Catholic (55-10) in San Diego and Clovis North (49-13) in Fresno, the latter of which the Bulldogs starters sat the second half. Jake Browning (the state’s career touchdown passing leader with 150) has 13 touchdown passes this season, seven to Cole Thompson. The defense has been dominant behind Bailey Laolagi, Sam Whitney, Sam Whittingham, Jonah Williams and others. Pleasant Grove lost to Rocklin 35-10 and beat Nevada Union 49-21, outscoring the Miners 28-0 in the second half as Jake Ford passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns and Damaree Morris rushed for 118 and three.

No. 15 Burbank (0-1) at No. 3 Oak Ridge (2-0)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Trojans opened with a 44-19 rout of Whitney and used a late goal-line stand to beat Vacaville 24-23 as the Bulldogs trieda two-point conversion run for the win. Ian Book has passed for 543 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions, and Drew Lackowski and Stephen Douglas provide backfield balance. Burbank has speed in quarterback Harrison Anderson, and the Titans are big in the trenches again. Burbank, which opened with a 20-0 loss to No. 4 Grant, was idle last week.

Bullard-Fresno (2-0) at No. 4 Grant (2-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Outlook: A week after beating Central of Fresno 36-13, the Pacers prepare for another Central Section playoff regular. Grant is rounding into better health after five key players rested last week. The Pacers rushed for 321 yards against Central, 110 by Mike Green, who had three touchdowns. After beating Burbank 20-0 in an opener, the Pacers were again strong defensively against Central as Chris Atteberry, Carl Granderson and Elijah Orr combined for 36 tackles. The Knights beat Fresno teams Hoover and Buchanan 66-0 and 21-13, respectively.

No. 11 Rio Linda (2-0) at Cosumnes Oaks (1-1)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Knights beat Center 27-7 and Roseville 24-14 behind running back Marcel Brown, who has five touchdowns and is averaging 205 yards rushing a game. Zak Burden hasn’t thrown for any touchdowns, but he does keep defenses honest as Rio Linda strives for some semblance of balance. Peter Koopman, Hunter Clark and Fila Hingano lead Rio Linda’s defense, which has 14 sacks. Cosumnes Oaks opened with an encouraging 23-10 win over Marin Catholic before a 40-7 loss to No. 5 Granite Bay. Cosumnes Oaks quarterback Jaaron Stallworth is tough to handle for any defense, and Josh Johnson is hard to block as a defensive end or linebacker.

No. 17 Woodcreek (2-0) at Oakmont (1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both Roseville schools are off to fast starts and determined to reach the playoffs. Oakmont beat Foothill 38-0 as Trenton Annis, Cameron Javier and Tresten Keys scored rushing touchdowns. Woodcreek raced past Vintage 27-3 and Casa Roble 34-7 behind quarterback Isaiah Harborth, running back Anthony Mahr and receiver Malcolm Thomas. Woodcreek has returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

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