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5 games to watch as prep football kicks off in Sacramento region

Folsom’s Jake Jeffrey shifts from wide receiver to quarterback. He had 65 receptions for 859 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior last season. He’s shown here picking up yards against Rocklin during the 2014 season.
Folsom’s Jake Jeffrey shifts from wide receiver to quarterback. He had 65 receptions for 859 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior last season. He’s shown here picking up yards against Rocklin during the 2014 season. sabeephotos@sacbee.com

Five top games on Friday night as the Sacramento-area high school football season kicks off (2014 records in parentheses):

Clayton Valley Charter Ugly Eagles (14-1) at No. 1 Folsom Bulldogs (16-0), 7:30 p.m.

The powerhouse programs meet for the first time with old coaching friends facing off. Clayton Valley Charter of Concord is coached by Tim Murphy, who played high school and college ball in the Bay Area with Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson. Both teams expect to run. That’s not unusual for Clayton Valley, which rushed for a remarkable 7,051 yards and 89 touchdowns in 2014, a season that ended with a two-point loss in the CIF State Division II championship game. The Bulldogs, who led the state in passing last season en route to the CIF State Division I title, could set school rushing records this season with the backfield of versatile quarterback Jake Jeffrey and running backs Tre Green and Roger Neal.

No. 10 Burbank Titans (7-4) at No. 2 Grant Pacers (14-1), 7:15 p.m.

The Pacers and Titans continue their spirited rivalry. Both teams prefer to run, and both have speed backs and experienced lines. Grant is led by Deshawn Collins and Mike Green, who combined to rush for more than 3,500 yards and 44 touchdowns last fall. Burbank returns 1,000-yard rushers Michael Roots and Eric Brown, who combined for 26 touchdowns in the triple-option attack.

No. 6 Jesuit Marauders (9-3) at No. 12 Granite Bay Grizzlies (9-4), 7:30 p.m.

Jesuit’s bruising run game will test Granite Bay’s formidable defense. Marauders running back Beau Bisharat, who’s headed to Stanford, ran for 1,651 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. For the Grizzlies, quarterback Brad Fina will look to wide receiver Jeff Henrichs, an inspirational senior who has bounced back from injuries and surgeries. Jeff Evans has replaced Ernie Cooper as Granite Bay’s coach, though Cooper still is involved with the program, teaching strength and conditioning classes.

Monterey Trail Mustangs (8-5) at No. 11 Antelope Titans (7-4), 7:15 p.m.

In what has become a competitive nonleague opener in recent years, Monterey Trail prevailed 27-20 last season to kick-start a season that culminated with two Division I playoff wins. The Mustangs are led by returning tight end/linebacker Neville Bood. The Titans return quarterback Montel Aaron, who missed parts of last season because of injury, and running back Devaun Welch. The Titans also have a rising recruit in Jaelen Lewis, who plays on both sides of the line.

No. 17 Vista del Lago Eagles (8-4) at Wood Wildcats (7-5), 7 p.m.

Last season, Wood of Vacaville outlasted the Eagles 63-49. The Wildcats’ Damon Lewis, who rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns in the game, is back, along with quarterback Marcus Howard. The Eagles’ starting quarterback will be Brent Schaeffer, who replaces graduated three-year record-breaking star Matt Jimison. Schaeffer will be looking for wide receiver Blake Martin, who had two touchdown catches against Wood in last year’s loss.

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Kicking off

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This week’s football schedule

All games kick off between 7 and 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY

Top 20

  • Clayton Valley Charter-Concord at No. 1 Folsom
  • No. 10 Burbank at No. 2 Grant
  • Pleasant Grove-Utah at No. 3 Del Oro
  • Reno at No. 4 Elk Grove
  • Pleasant Grove at No. 5 Rocklin
  • No. 6 Jesuit at No. 12 Granite Bay
  • Whitney at No. 7 Oak Ridge
  • Clovis North-Fresno vs. No. 8 Franklin at Cosumnes Oaks
  • No. 9 Inderkum at Fairfield
  • Monterey Trail at No. 11 Antelope
  • No. 13 Placer at Nevada Union
  • No. 15 Bear River at Pacheco
  • No. 17 Vista del Lago at Wood
  • No. 18 Christian Brothers vs. River City at Hughes Stadium
  • Edison-Stockton at No. 19 Del Campo
  • Rio Americano at No. 20 Capital Christian

Other games

  • Argonaut at Colfax
  • Beyer-Modesto at Sheldon
  • Casa Roble at Bella Vista
  • Center at Rio Linda
  • Cordova at Pioneer
  • Delta at Le Grand
  • El Dorado at South Tahoe
  • Foothill at Union Mine
  • Golden Sierra at Foresthill
  • Highlands vs. Mesa Verde at San Juan
  • Johnson at Franklin-Stockton
  • Las Plumas at Marysville
  • Lincoln at Ponderosa
  • Lindhurst at River Valley
  • Mira Loma vs. Florin at Monterey Trail
  • Oakland Tech at Bradshaw Christian
  • Pleasant Valley at Yuba City
  • Rosemont at El Camino
  • Roseville vs. Chico at Pleasant Valley
  • San Juan at Amador
  • Vallejo at Natomas
  • Vintage at Woodcreek
  • West Campus vs. Laguna Creek at Cosumnes River College
  • Woodland at Dixon

SATURDAY

  • No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks at Marin Catholic, 2 p.m.
  • Valley Christian vs. Encina at El Camino, 11 a.m.
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