High School Sports

Week 3: Five high school football games to watch

No. 15 Burbank (0-2)

at No. 1 Folsom (3-0)

• When: 7:15 p.m.

• Outlook: Burbank has played an incredibly difficult schedule, losing 20-0 to No. 4 Grant and 45-28 at No. 3 Oak Ridge, and now the Titans draw the most explosive team in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Folsom quarterback Jake Browning already has passed for 1,306 yards and 20 touchdowns, and his one interception was on a tipped pass. Cole Thompson has caught 21 passes for 554 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Josiah Deguara has 21 catches for 204 yards and three scores. Folson’s defense has been dominant, too, but Burbank’s speedy runners and quarterback Harrison Anderson will be a good test.

Vacaville (1-1)

at No. 5 Granite Bay (2-0)

• When: 7:30 p.m.

• Outlook: This series often has had down-to-the-wire games, and this one could be the same. Both teams rely on the run. Ben Smith and Ren Orlando rushed for touchdowns for Granite Bay in a 27-13 win at Freedom of Oakley, and Vacaville beat Enterprise of Redding 44-22 behind 321 rushing yards on 46 carries, including 155 yards and two touchdowns from Daveon Harris. The quarterbacks may be the key – Vacaville, with three-year player Chad Hekking and Granite Bay with first-year starter Justin Yeaton.

No. 8 Sacramento (2-0)

at No. 6 Rocklin (3-0)

• When: 7:30 p.m.

• Outlook: Sacramento coach Paul Doherty wanted a challenge before Metropolitan Conference play and will get it against Rocklin’s physical and effective, if methodical, defense. Rocklin quarterback Max O’Rourke can pass, run and kick, and Riley Clark is coming off a four-touchdown effort against Whitney. Rocklin has to contain Dragons quarterback Caden Voges (834 passing yards, eight passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns), wide receiver Kyron Basped and running back-linebacker Lonny Powell, who had four sacks last week against Vista del Lago.

De La Salle (3-0)

at No. 7 Del Oro (1-2)

• When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Del Oro will try to become the first Sac-Joaquin Section team to beat De La Salle and end the Spartans’ 253-game unbeaten streak against Northern California teams. De La Salle has crushed all three opponents, including a 63-0 victory over Jesuit in the opener at Cal and last week’s 56-28 victory over Byrnes of Duncan, S.C. Del Oro will run to sustain drives and look to stretch the field with deep threat Trey Udoffia, who scored on two long pass plays and a pick-six in a 22-15 win over state-ranked Vista Murrieta last week. It’s just the third time De La Salle has played in the region: 1998 at Nevada Union and 2012 at Sacramento State against Folsom in the first Northern California Open championship.

No. 20 Ponderosa (2-0)

at No. 14 Woodcreek (3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

• Outlook: Both are off to fast starts in large part because they score in bunches. Ponderosa beat Lincoln 34-23 and Vista del Lago 43-42 on a late play. Quarterback Colby Chiverton (419 passing yards, five passing touchdowns), running back Jimmy Sanders (244 yards, four touchdowns) and wide receiver Josh Bist (320 receiving yards, three touchdown catches) are the top threats for Ponderosa. Woodcreek, 3-0 for the first time, is led by quarterback Isaiah Harborth (228 passing yards, two touchdowns), running back Anthony Mahr (204 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and wide receiver Malcolm Thomas (273 receiving yards, two touchdown catches).