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Five high school football games to watch Friday night

Del Oro Golden Eagle football player, Logan Hurst (4), passes the ball during the third quarter as the Del Oro Golden Eagles football team host the Oak Ridge Trojans, Friday October 17, 2014.
Del Oro Golden Eagle football player, Logan Hurst (4), passes the ball during the third quarter as the Del Oro Golden Eagles football team host the Oak Ridge Trojans, Friday October 17, 2014. sabeephotos@sacbee.com

No. 8 Del Oro (4-5)

at No. 6 Granite Bay (7-2)

▪ When: 7:30 p.m.

▪ Outlook: There’s a lot at stake in the region’s most spirited football rivalry of the past 10 seasons. Del Oro, which has won three Sac-Joaquin Section titles since 2010, needs a victory to ensure a spot in the playoffs. Granite Bay leads the series 9-7, but Del Oro has won four times since 2009. Del Oro’s Logan Hurst has passed for 1,435 yards and 14 touchdowns, and he has one of the top deep threats in the section in Trey Udoffia (786 yards, nine touchdowns), but the Golden Eagles average just 3.7 yards a carry and Hurst has scored three of their five rushing touchdowns. Granite Bay, already in the playoffs, has been on a roll since losing to top-ranked Folsom 63-0 on Sept. 26, including rallying from 21-0 down to beat Rocklin 28-21 last week. Justin Yeaton has passed for 1,219 yards and 14 touchdowns, and USC-bound linebacker Cameron Smith has had a terrific season.

No. 11 Christian Brothers (8-1)

vs. No. 16 Vista del Lago (6-3)

▪ When: 7:30 p.m.

▪ Where: Hughes Stadium

▪ Outlook: Both teams have six-game winning streaks and this game will decide the Capital Athletic League championship. CBS last tied for a league title in 2008 (Sierra Valley Conference) and last won one in the 1970s, despite winning section Division I titles in 1981 and 1983 and winning the City Championship in 1986. Vista de Lago won or shared three Sierra Valley Conference titles from 2010 to 2012 and reached the Division III section finals in 2012. CBS is led by Chris Guillen (1,849 yards and 16 touchdowns touchdowns, 502 yards and six touchdowns rushing), Jamarri Jackson (936 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns) and Jalen Swanigan (606 receiving yards, seven touchdown catches). For Vista del Lago, Matt Jimison has passed for 2,134 yards and 25 touchdowns and Colby Carrera has rushed for 1,171 yards and 24 scores.

Union Mine (5-4)

at No. 12 El Dorado (9-0)

▪ When: 7:30 p.m.

▪ Outlook: El Dorado, opened in 1928, seeks its first league championship since 1983, when the Cougars won their only section championship. Union Mine, opened in 1999, seeks a share of its third title since 2005 after going 1-9 last season. For El Dorado, Nick Bonniksen has passed for 2,162 yards and 25 touchdowns and Tyler Clanin has rushed for 1,096 yards and 18 scores. Union Mine would be 7-2, but it had to forfeit two blowout victories because of a paperwork issue with a transfer. Union Mine is led by Brody Pearman (1,054 passing yards, 14 touchdown passes) and Austin Rigsby (1,270 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns – and a least 109 yards in every game.)

Cordova (6-3) at Rosemont (5-4)

▪ When: 7:15 p.m.

▪ Outlook: Rosemont can tie for the Sierra Valley Conference title if it beats Cordova and Union Mine upsets unbeaten El Dorado. Cordova needs to win to ensure a playoff berth, the program’s first since 2003. Both teams are led by versatile quarterbacks, Rosemont with Buddy Enriquez and Cordova with Unique Perez. Rosemont has won three consecutive games and Cordova has lost three in a row.

Valley (5-4) vs. Florin (1-8)

▪ When: 7:15 p.m.

▪ Where: Cosumnes River College

▪ Outlook: Valley, which seeks its first playoff spot since 2001, is an example of how teams can turn their fortunes around. Valley was 0-10, 1-9, 1-9, 1-9 and 2-8 before turning things around under fourth-year coach Dave Filan, who stressed weekly that hard work and a selfless attitude could produce a winning season. Valley is led by running back Keylen Newsome, who rushed for four touchdowns in a 32-13 victory over Johnson. D’Andre Densby has five rushing touchdowns for Florin.

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