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High school football preview: Action expected to be as hot as weather during rivalry week

Grant High School’s Deshawn Collins (10) runs for a touchdown against host Burbank High School on Aug. 28.
Grant High School’s Deshawn Collins (10) runs for a touchdown against host Burbank High School on Aug. 28. Special to The Bee

The action on the field is usually heated, but the weather could add to the intensity of high school football games for Week 2. The forecast for some kickoffs in the region is 100 degrees, down from a projected high of 106 earlier in the day. While no schools have pushed kickoffs to a later start, officials have urged players – and fans – to stay hydrated.

Here are five key games this weekend:

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

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: The Pacers return to Fresno for this showdown of running backs after crushing Central High 55-7 last week. Grant is led by Deshawn Collins (470 yards, seven touchdowns) and Mike Green (222 yards, three touchdowns). Bullard, which routed Hoover of Fresno 55-6 in its opener and got past Buchanan of Clovis 21-16 last week, features running back Charles Williams (249 yards, four touchdowns).

Bellarmine-San Jose (1-0) at No. 3 Del Oro (1-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Bells of the Central Coast Section are the San Jose Mercury News’ top-ranked team, and they looked like it in a 42-0 rout of No. 10 Franklin last week. Del Oro should be motivated after losing 22-15 to four-time defending Division I Hawaii state champion Punahou last week at Cal despite leading 15-0. Del Oro features quarterback Stone Smartt and 15 returning starters.

No. 5 Rocklin (2-0)

at No. 19 Whitney (1-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The seventh Quarry Bowl between these Placer County rivals likely will be festive as usual with a packed house, but the game has lost some of its star power. Rocklin will be without several starters, including quarterback William Floyd and running back Evyn Holtz, for disciplinary reasons. Floyd threw for 369 yards and six touchdowns, and Holtz returned a kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown in last week’s 54-35 victory over Del Campo. Whitney has a prolific offense led by quarterback Hunter Rodrigues (818 yards and 13 touchdowns passing, 247 yards and two touchdowns rushing) and receivers Devin Brocchini and Justin Craft, who have combined for 12 touchdown catches.

No. 6 Oak Ridge (2-0) at No. 13 Burbank (0-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Trojans are coming off an impressive 43-14 victory at Vacaville. Leading the way were Ian Book, who passed for 227 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score, and Gage Webb, who rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Burbank had a bye week to prepare after opening the season with a 50-14 loss at No. 2 Grant. The Titans are led by running backs Michael Roots and Erik Brown.

No. 11 Jesuit (1-1) vs. No. 16 Christian Brothers (2-0)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.,

at Hughes Stadium

Outlook: About 17,000 spectators are expected for the Holy Bowl. The Marauders feature a formidable 1-2 offensive punch in quarterback Calvin Brownholtz and running back Beau Bisharat and an attacking defense that must contend with speedy Christian Brothers running back Jamarri Jackson, who has accounted for eight touchdowns, including receiving and on defense. CBS quarterback Braeden Bourke can run and throw. CBS coach Dan Carmazzi will be in his record 42nd Holy Bowl as a player, assistant coach or head coach, including three decades at Jesuit. CBS must contain Bisharat to avoid a rout, as the Stanford-bound senior accounted for three scores in last season’s Holy Bowl victory.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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