No. 7 Del Oro (2-4)
at No. 3 Rocklin (5-0)
▪ When: 7:30 p.m.
▪ Outlook: Rocklin is off to its best start since 2009, when the Thunder went 14-1 en route to a CIF State Bowl, thanks to quarterback Max O’Rourke (1,265 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, one interception) and the running of Riley Clark, Evyn Holtz and Jeremy Stone, who have combined for 14 scores, and wide receiver Blake Laurin (115.8 yards a game, five touchdowns). Del Oro has faced the strongest schedule of any Sac-Joaquin Section team, including losses to De La Salle and Folsom. Quarterback Logan Hurst (804 yards, eight touchdowns) will look for perhaps the fastest player on the field in Trey Udoffia (546 yards, six scores). Del Oro also wants to establish a running game that has produced just three touchdowns. The Golden Eagles lead the series 10-3 since 2004, and last year’s game went to the wire, with Del Oro prevailing.
No. 4 Elk Grove (4-1)
vs. No. 5 Jesuit (4-1)
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▪ When: 8 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium
▪ Outlook: The teams used to face off in the old Delta League of the 1980s and are reunited because of realignment. Jesuit has won four consecutive games since opening with a loss to De La Salle, a game originally scheduled for Levi’s Stadium but moved to Cal because of turf issues. Elk Grove is coming off a physical 26-19 loss to new No. 2 Grant. The Thundering Herd must contain the power running of Beau Bisharat and the pass-catch combinations of Cole Brownholtz to Isaiah Bailey and Kori Collons. Jesuit must deal with Herd rumming back Spencer Sheff and fast-emerging quarterback Tyler Vander Waal. Coaches from both teams are urging players not to get overwhelmed by the setting.
No. 11 Franklin (3-2)
at No. 6 Monterey Trail (5-0)
▪ When: 7:15 p.m.
▪ Outlook: Virtual neighbors in Elk Grove, the teams have played four times since 2010 in the Delta, with Franklin winning the past three. Monterey Trail is off to its best start in school history, and this is a program that reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I final in 2009 and 2010. Quarterback E.J. Viacrusis has smoothly led the run-heavy veer offense, rushing for 312 yards and four scores, and passing for 577 with six touchdowns. Trey Nahhas (701 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns) is having a league MVP-like season. Franklin has lost only to Bay Area power Bellarmine and Grant. Jake Lopez is settling in as the Wildcats’ starting quarterback, . He replaced Lamar Jackson, now the lead running back. Franklin has 24 sacks, seven by Mitchell Bullough and six each by Reid Abshear and Patrick Walker.
No. 18 Del Campo (4-1)
at Cosumnes Oaks (3-2)
▪ When: 7:15 p.m.
▪ Outlook: The teams met for the first time last season, with Cosumnes Oaks winning 42-14 in nonleague play. Now the schools meet for first-place honors in the realigned Capital Valley Conference. Quarterback Ben Purcell and running backs Lance Harris and Javone Jackson have led the charge for Del Campo after a 38-14 loss to No. 3 Rocklin. Cosumnes Oaks, led by quarterback Jaaron Stallworth, has lost to No. 10 Granite Bay in a rout and to No. 15 Rio Linda on the final play.
Galt (3-2) at Cordova (5-0)
▪ When: 7:15 p.m.
▪ Outlook: Cordova and Galt went 5-55 combined in the previous three years but have been reborn behind exciting playmakers. Cordova is led by quarterback Unique Perez (1,118 passing yards with 14 touchdowns, 300 rushing yards) and running back Brandon Buck (three scores). Galt is paced by sophomore running back Zach Orman (835 yards, nine touchdowns), who rushed for a school-record 351 yards against Kennedy this season.