High School Sports

Week 4: Five high school football games to watch

No. 6 Granite Bay (2-1) at No. 1 Folsom (4-0)

• When: 7:15 p.m.

• Outlook: This Sierra Foothill League opener features a program that won the 2010 CIF State Division II championship and rolled to the past two Division I section titles in the top-ranked Bulldogs. The other, Granite Bay, won the 2012 state Division I title. The Grizzlies have to apply pressure on Folsom quarterback Jake Browning to have a chance, and that’s something no one outside De La Salle has come close to doing the past two-plus seasons. Browning has 27 touchdown passes and one interception this season. His top target is Cole Thompson (14 touchdowns), though the Bulldogs also have run threats in Roger Neal and Bryan Weldy. Granite Bay will unleash linebackers Cameron Smith, who has three interceptions in the past two games, and Drew Tonda. The Grizzlies have to get untracked offensively after losing the time-of-possession game in a 13-7 loss to Vacaville last week. The game will be televised on www.accesssacramento.org.

No. 9 Franklin (2-1) at No. 3 Grant (3-0)

• When: 7:15 p.m.

• Outlook: This has become a competitive rivalry lately, with Franklin securing a dramatic win at Grant in 2012 on a final-play blocked field goal, and the Pacers prevailing last year. Grant and Franklin tied for Delta Valley Conference championship honors last season with Elk Grove, which plays Grant next week. The teams now compete in the Delta League. Grant’s top two running backs have leg injuries, though juniors Deshawn Collins and Mike Green have stepped up, averaging a combined 214 rushing yards and eight TDs. Carl Granderson, Elijah Orr and Chris Atteberry have been defensive stars for the Pacers, who have to contain Franklin quarterback Jacob Lopez, RB Lamar Jackson, and wide receiver Brandon Johnson. Franklin LBs Reid Abshear and Patrick Walker have combined for 12 sacks.

No. 8 Jesuit (2-1) vs. No. 16 Pleasant Grove (1-2)

• When: 7:15 at Sheldon

• Outlook: Contenders for the Delta title meet in what will likely be a high-scoring affair. Jesuit has found a new gear after opening with a 63-0 loss to De La Salle, beating Yuba City 42-28 and Christian Brothers 48-21 behind quarterback Cole Brownholtz, running back Beau Bisharat (200-plus yards in his past two games), wide receiver Isaiah Bailey and a defense led by linebacker Isaac Lessard. Pleasant Grove lost to No. 4 Rocklin 34-10 and No. 1 Folsom 56-6. Its 49-21 win over No. 17 Nevada Union came after scoring the final 28 points. The Eagles are led by quarterback Jake Ford (four touchdowns), running back Damaree Morris (four touchdowns) and wide receiver Sedrick Thomas (three touchdowns). The game will be televised on the Comcast Hometown Network.

No. 13 Woodcreek (4-0) at No. 5 Oak Ridge (3-1)

• When: 7:15 p.m.

• Outlook: Upstart Woodcreek is 4-0 for the first time, but the games suddenly get a great deal more difficult in the SFL. Oak Ridge is smarting from a surprising 26-14 loss last week to Reed of Reno after wins over Vacaville and Burbank, and coach Eric Cavaliere has challenged his team to respond. Oak Ridge will attack with quarterback Ian Book and running backs Stephen Douglas and Drew Lackowski, both of whom also are defensive starters who have to contend with Timberwolves receiver Malcolm Thomas, off to an impressive start. The Woodcreek lines have been led by Dominic Balmer.

No. 20 Ponderosa (2-1) at Antelope (2-1)

• When: 7:30 p.m.

• Outlook: This Capital Valley Conference opener features two title contenders and perhaps the league’s top wide receiver in Ponderosa’s Josh Bist, who isn’t exceptionally fast but makes plays and wrestles the ball away from defenders. Bruins quarterback Colby Chiverton also will look for wide receiver Stephen Brosseau (three touchdowns) and running back Jimmy Sanders (261 yards, five touchdowns). Antelope lost its opener to No. 11 Monterey Trail 27-20 and walloped Sheldon (55-9) and Laguna Creek (42-13) behind running backs Devaun Welch and Mister Harriel, who have combined for nine touchdowns.

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