The rumblings have rumbled for years.
The Folsom Bulldogs don’t play anyone, as if they line up against blocking sleds and run routes into the end zone. In this era of social media, everyone is an expert.
Folsom coaches and players shrug it all off. The top-ranked Bulldogs — winners of three CIF State titles this decade — have scheduled up in recent years, including this season when they opened at national powerhouse De La Salle, suffering a 14-0 loss while giving the Spartans one of their toughest games against Northern California competition since 1992.
On Friday, Folsom takes on its first Southern Section program of note when it visits Chaminade of West Hills, ranked 17th in the state by Cal-Hi Sports (Folsom is No. 9 after starting the season No. 4). Chaminade won a state title in 2013.
A closer look at five area games of note (kickoffs between 7-7:30 p.m.):
No. 1 Folsom (2-1) at Chaminade (2-1) — The prolific Bulldogs will test the stout defense of the Eagles, who have wins against Paraclete of Lancaster and Mission Hills of San Marcos, both ranked in Cal-Hi’s state Top 25 most of last season. The loss was state No. 5 Oaks Christian. Folsom has been led by quarterback Kaiden Bennett, center Kaden Richardson, wide receivers Joe Ngata and Elijhah Badger, and unsung performers such as Caleb Nelson, who plays all over the field.
Cosumnes Oaks (2-1) at No. 6 Monterey Trail (3-0) — Both teams run a ton so this one may be over by 9 p.m. And both teams have game breakers, Cosumnes Oaks with Jacob Trach and the Mustangs with Jehiel Budgett and Zach Larrier. Trach is coming off of a 383-yard, six-touchdown effort against River City. Budgett ran for 220 yards and four scores against Spanish Springs of Nevada, while Larrier makes plays at quarterback and on defense.
No. 10 Antelope (1-2) at No. 7 Capital Christian (3-0) — Antelope edged Rocklin in an opener, lost a big lead in an agonizing loss to Lincoln and trailed 41-0 at the half against Folsom, losing by the same score, so this is one angry bunch. QB Nathan Lucero will be countered by Capital Christian’s Cooper Crick, who dazzled against Grant with 235 passing yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 victory. D’Marcus Ross is a punishing runner who went for 233 yards and two TDs against Grant.
No. 20 Ponderosa (3-0) at No. 17 Casa Roble (3-0) — Both programs have experienced glory and misery over the decades, and both are in an upswing now. Ponderosa seeks just its third playoff team since 2007 and Casa Roble aims to return for the second year in a row after a three-year drought. Devin Carmona, Austin Gandy and Marciano Huston give Casa a 1-2-3 offensive punch while Ponderosa features Jake Chaney, Elijah Henderson and Ty Uber.
No. 9 Jesuit (0-2) vs. No. 19 Christian Brothers (2-1) — Played at Hughes Stadium on Saturday night, another crowd of 15,000 is expected to see rivals that have faced off since 1969 in the Holy Bowl. Jesuit has been stalled by stiff competition (Folsom, Granite Bay) and injuries while the Falcons sweated out two early wins before falling to Vanden. The vibe for the Holy Bowl remains as good as it gets for any matchup in Northern California.
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This week’s schedule
All kickoffs between 7-7:30 p.m.
No. 1 Folsom at Chaminade
Sacramento at No. 3 Del Oro
Vista del Lago at No. 4 Placer
Cosumnes Oaks at No. 6 Monterey Trail
No. 10 Antelope at No. 7 Capital Christian
Vacaville at No. 8 Granite Bay
No. 11 Rocklin at Liberty
Turlock at No. 12 Sheldon
No. 14 Bear River at Liberty Ranch
No. 15 Grant at Franklin
Shasta at No. 16 Elk Grove
No. 20 Ponderosa at No. 17 Casa Roble
No. 9 Jesuit vs. No. 19 Christian Brothers, Hughes Stadium, 7 p.m.
No. 13 River Valley vs. Pleasant Valley at Yuba City, 7 p.m.
Byes: No. 2 Oak Ridge, No. 5 Inderkum, No. 13 River Valley
Amador at Union Mine
Burbank at Del Campo
Center at El Camino
Chico at Yuba City
Colfax at Colusa
East Nicolaus at Bradshaw Christian
Cordova at Rosemont
Delta at San Juan
Davis at Pioneer
Foresthill at Vacaville Christian
Dixon at Armijo
Las Plumas at Lindhurst
Kennedy at Bear Creek
Natomas at Foothill
River City at Escalon
Pleasant Grove at Woodcreek
Roseville at Rio Linda
Western Sierra vs. Esparto
Mesa Verde at Encina, 11 a.m.
Valley Christian vs. Turlock Christian, 7 p.m.