The Bee’s Joe Davidson takes a quick peek at five Friday night high school football games of note (kickoffs between 7-7:30 p.m.).
No. 7 Rocklin (6-2) at No. 1 Folsom (8-0) – Rocklin can win a share of the Sierra Foothill League championship if it sweeps Folsom and Granite Bay in the final weeks of the regular season, but as Thunder defensive coordinator Jason Adams said this week, “The weapons at Folsom’s disposal are crazy,” and that includes the Ngata brothers – Joe and Daniyel.
No. 6 Jesuit (6-2) at No. 12 Monterey Trail (5-3) – This game needs a name, so how about the Veer Bowl? Coaches Marlon Blanton of the visiting Marauders and T.J. Ewing of the Mustangs remain loyal to the run-heavy offense that scores in bunches, as Delta League opponents know all too well.
No. 9 Franklin (6-2) vs. Elk Grove (4-4) at Cosumnes Oaks High – Franklin can issue a knockout blow to the Thundering Herd’s playoff hopes in what figures to be a fast and fun one. The Wildcats went 5-5 last season and returned a ton of starters.
No. 15 Placer (7-1) at Bear River (6-2) – The Pioneer Valley League is a rumble to the finish, and that includes these traditional powers who are big on the run and feed on big hits on defense.
Capital Christian (5-3) at Natomas (5-3) – This Golden Empire League contest with championship implications features skill players galore, including Adrian Torres of Natomas, who has 28 touchdown passes, and defensive stars Maurice Gaines and D’Marcus Ross of Capital.
This week’s schedule (Oct. 26-28)
Oakmont at No. 10 Del Campo
No. 19 Vista del Lago at El Camino
No. 7 Rocklin at No. 1 Folsom
No. 2 Oak Ridge at Nevada Union
Woodcreek at No. 5 Granite Bay
No. 6 Jesuit at No. 12 Monterey Trail
Pleasant Grove at No. 8 Sheldon
No. 9 Franklin vs. Elk Grove at Cosumnes Oaks
No. 11 Antelope at Bella Vista
No. 13 Christian Brothers at Casa Roble
Foothill at No. 14 Lincoln
No. 15 Placer at Bear River
No. 16 River Valley at Yuba City
No. 17 El Dorado at Galt
Liberty Ranch at No. 18 Cordova
Cosumnes Oaks at No. 20 Whitney
Grant at Davis
Ponderosa at Roseville
Capital Christian at Natomas
Florin at Kennedy
Colfax at Center
Foresthill vs. Western Sierra at Mahany Park
Golden Sierra at Highlands
Rio Vista at San Juan
Union Mine at Rosemont
Rio Linda at Pioneer
McClatchy vs. Laguna at Hughes Stadium
Valley vs. Johnson at Cosumnes River College
Lundhurst vs. Dixon at Yuba College
Mira Loma vs. Rio Americano at Del Campo
No. 4 Sacramento vs. Burbank at Hughes Stadium
No. 3 Inderkum, Del Oro