High School Sports

Prep football: Sacramento-area teams gear up for showdowns


Last week was “Zero Week” in high school football, a relatively new trend that can be confusing because zero has no worth. It does in this sort of scheduling as prep teams in California have 11 weeks to play 10 regular-season games. So now it’s Week 1, and the games still matter.

A look at five games involving Bee-ranked teams to watch Friday night:

No. 18 Del Campo (1-0) at No. 5 Rocklin (1-0)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams won their season opener 63-14. Del Campo beat Edison of Stockton as quarterback Ben Purcell tossed six touchdown passes and the defense dominated, and Rocklin defeated Pleasant Grove as William Floyd passed for two scores. Rocklin’s Evyn Holtz ran for 117 yards and four touchdowns, and teammate Van Calhoun rushed for 45 yards and two scores. How Del Campo deals with Rocklin’s star defensive tackle, Boise State-bound Chase Hatada, could be the key.

No. 6 Oak Ridge (1-0) at Vacaville (0-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: For years, this has been a spirited nonleague rivalry. The Trojans face a Vacaville team that was able to scout them in a wild 57-55 opening-night victory over Whitney. Oak Ridge’s Ian Book passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns, two to Tommy Dunnigan and an 85-yarder to Michael Pittman, who also rushed for 187 yards and four scores. Vacaville, playing its 2015 opener, expects its 17th playoff berth in 18 seasons. The Bulldogs again are big across the offensive line and fast with running backs Damonte Moore and Kane Cunningham.

No. 7 Franklin (1-0) at Bellarmine-San Jose (0-0)

When/where: 7 p.m. at San Jose City College

Outlook: Franklin faces the San Jose Mercury News’ top-ranked team with a score to settle. A year ago, the Bells scored the final 28 points to beat Franklin 42-28, and they return four three-year starters and loom as the early favorite to win the rugged West Catholic Athletic League. Franklin beat Clovis North of Fresno 30-24 in an opener as Jacob Lopez had two touchdown passes and Rahsaan York ran for a score.

No. 10 Granite Bay (1-0) at No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks (1-0)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Granite Bay rolled to a 40-7 win in this meeting last season but expects Friday night’s game to be a much closer. Granite Bay beat then-No. 6 Jesuit 21-7 last week on the strength of its defense, with Sam Cusano and Ryan MacIntosh each returning an interception for a touchdown. Cosumnes Oaks rolled Division III power Marin Catholic 20-0 as Austin Greer passed for a touchdown and Dante Davis and Christian McFarland each ran for one.

Yuba City (0-1)at No. 11 Jesuit (0-1)

When: 5 p.m.

Outlook: Jesuit, eager to get its offense on track after losing 21-7 to Granite Bay last week, will break in its new $5.4 million field and stadium renovation project with a varsity-only twilight kickoff. Running back Beau Bisharat has had some of his best games on the grass of old Loyola Field at Jesuit, and now he gets to try the field turf. He ran for 226 yards and two scores, including a 94-yarder, in a 42-28 win last season at Yuba City, which lost its opener 28-0 to Pleasant Valley of Chico last week.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

Week 1 coverage

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