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Whispers of big upset in high school football this week, plus other games to watch

Sheldon’s Vonathan Allen dives for a touchdown against Folsom during the playoffs last season. This week, Folsom hosts Jesuit and Sheldon faces Casa Roble in spotlight games.
Sheldon’s Vonathan Allen dives for a touchdown against Folsom during the playoffs last season. This week, Folsom hosts Jesuit and Sheldon faces Casa Roble in spotlight games. Sacramento Bee file

The Bee’s Joe Davidson previews five high school football games to watch this week. All games start between 7-8 p.m. Friday.

No. 3 Jesuit (0-1) at No. 1 Folsom (1-0) – Just because the game was switched from Jesuit doesn’t mean this anticipated showdown of section-title contenders won’t sizzle as the Big Red sense an upset.

No. 2 Granite Bay (1-0) at No. 15 Whitney (1-0) – The Wildcats’ home opener is a great way to welcome new coach Jesse Armas to a spirited rooting section, though the Grizzlies aim to crash the party.

No. 4 Oak Ridge (1-0) at Vacaville (1-0) – This has been a terrific series between traditional powers, and it tugs emotionally at Trojans coach Eric Cavaliere, who played for the host Bulldogs in the 1980s.

No. 13 Sheldon (1-0) vs. Casa Roble (1-0) at Bella Vista – The “host” Rams are in bounce-back mode after some lean seasons, and face a major test against run-heavy Huskies.

No. 20 Cosumnes Oaks (0-1) vs. Pleasant Grove (0-1) at Sheldon – The Wolfpack are smarting from an opening loss at River Valley while the “home team” Eagles are eager to win after going 0-10 in 2016.

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This week’s schedule

All games start between 7-8 p.m., unless noted

Friday

Top 20

No. 3 Jesuit at No. 1 Folsom

No. 2 Granite Bay at No. 15 Whitney

No. 4 Oak Ridge at Vacaville

Kennedy at No. 6 Inderkum

No. 7 Rocklin at Napa

Burbank at No. 9 Grant

No. 10 Capital Christian at Modesto Christian

No. 12 Franklin vs. Laguna Creek at Cosumnes River College

No. 13 Sheldon vs. Casa Roble at Bella Vista

No. 14 Antelope at Lincoln

Manteca vs. No. 16 Christian Brothers at Hughes Stadium

No. 17 Del Campo at Alameda

No. 18 Placer at Nevada Union

Wood at No. 19 River Valley

No. 20 Cosumnes Oaks vs. Pleasant Grove at Sheldon

Other games

Rio Vista at Natomas

Ponderosa at Vista del Lago

Rio Americano vs. Center at Del Campo

Davis at Woodcreek

Rio Linda at Roseville

Oakmont at Foothill

Highlands at Lindhurst

Marysville at Wheatland

Colusa at East Nicolaus

Galt at Ripon

Los Banos at Liberty Ranch

Winters at Colfax

Bear River at Union Mine

Woodland at Rosemont

Johnson at Mountain House

Dixon at Sutter

El Dorado at Del Mar

Chavez at Cordova

Mira Loma vs. Encina at El Camino

Valley Christian at Big Valley

Golden Sierra vs. Mesa Verde at San Juan

Saturday

Top 20

No. 5 Del Oro vs. Timpview-Utah at Mission Viejo, 4 p.m.

Serra-San Mateo at No. 8 Elk Grove

Other games

Florin at San Juan

River City vs. McClatchy at Hughes Stadium

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