'Toughness and fundamentals in the trenches': Four of The Bee's ranked teams to watch
The Bee’s Joe Davidson breaks down five Friday night games of note (all kick off between 7-7:30 p.m.):
No. 2 Oak Ridge (6-0, 2-0) at No. 5 Granite Bay (5-1, 1-1) – Granite Bay had a bye last week and hustled up to El Dorado Hills for a peek at the Trojans and dual-threat quarterback Marco Baldacchino, whom they quickly realized would be their defense’s top priority.
No. 8 Jesuit (4-2, 3-0) at No. 6 Sheldon (5-1, 3-0) – The remaining unbeaten teams in Delta League action face off with a formula of success heavy on line play, running and defensive pursuit. So now we’ll see touchdown passes, right?
No. 9 Rocklin (4-2, 1-1) at No. 10 Del Oro (4-3, 1-2) – One of the region’s great rivalries heats up SFL style here, and both badly need a victory to remain in the title chase.
No. 14 Christian Brothers (4-2, 1-0) vs. Rio Americano (5-1, 1-0) – Played at Del Campo, the “host” Raiders are eager to make a regional statement during this season of surge under first-year coach Sammie Stroughter while Christian Brothers features an unstoppable combination of Gunnor Faulk passing to Spencer Webb.
No. 16 Lincoln (5-1, 1-0) at No. 20 Colfax (5-1, 0-1) – The Pioneer Valley League is no joke with the depth and talent on hand, and the winner here is in good shape for a title run in a league that also includes Bear River, Center and Placer.
This week’s schedule (Oct. 13-14)
All games start between 7-7:30 p.m., unless noted.
Nevada Union at No. 1 Folsom
No. 2 Oak Ridge at No. 5 Granite Bay
No. 17 Woodland at No. 3 Inderkum
No. 4 Sacramento vs. Valley at Cosumnes River College
No. 8 Jesuit at No. 6 Sheldon
No. 7 Franklin at Davis
No. 9 Rocklin at No. 10 Del Oro
No. 11 Antelope at Cosumnes Oaks
No. 12 Del Campo at Ponderosa
Monterey Trail at No. 13 Grant
No. 14 Christian Brothers vs. Rio Americano at Del Campo High
No. 15 Placer at Center
No. 16 Lincoln at No. 20 Colfax
No. 18 River Valley at Pioneer
Pleasant Grove at No. 19 Elk Grove
Bear River at Foothill
El Camino at Casa Roble
Bella Vista at Roseville
Encina at Highlands
Galt at Rosemont
Liberty Ranch at El Dorado
Union Mine at Cordova
Yuba City at River City
Rio Vista at Bradshaw Christian
Whitney at Oakmont
McClatchy at Burbank
Delta at Riverbank
Mesa Verde at San Juan
Stone Ridge Christian at Golden Sierra
Florin vs. Laguna Creek at Monterey Trail High
Mira Loma vs. Vista del Lago at El Camino High
Johnson vs. Kennedy at Rosemont High
Valley Christian vs. Foresthill at Highlands High