Joe Davidson

Five high school football playoff games to watch Friday night

Franklin takes on Folsom tonight, and Franklin will be led by quarterback Jake Lopez (12) and running back Lamar Jackson. In this September photo, Lopez passes the ball in a game against the Grant High School Pacers.
Franklin takes on Folsom tonight, and Franklin will be led by quarterback Jake Lopez (12) and running back Lamar Jackson. In this September photo, Lopez passes the ball in a game against the Grant High School Pacers. sabeephotos@sacbee.com

Franklin (7-4) at Folsom (11-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Level: Division I

Outlook: These teams met in the Division I playoffs last year, too, and Folsom won easily 49-16 behind quarterback Jake Browning (332 yards, six touchdown passes). Browning had eight touchdown passes in the first half last week to lead the Bulldogs to a 70-14 rout of Stagg of Stockton, and he has passed for 64 touchdowns this season. And with Bailey Laolagi, Tre Green, Roger Neal, Bryan Weldy and Sam Whittingham, Folsom also can run with power to offset defenses that drop back to defend the pass. Franklin knows it has to pressure Browning, and the offense, led by quarterback Jake Lopez and running back Lamar Jackson, needs to put together clock-consuming drives.

Napa (9-2) at Granite Bay (8-3)

When: 7 p.m.

Level: Division I

Outlook: Good things tend to happen for Granite Bay when it plays Napa in the postseason. The Grizzlies beat the Indians 31-7 in 2011 and 52-0 in 2012 en route to section championships. Granite Bay seeks a fifth consecutive semifinal appearance; Napa last made it that far in 2007, when quarterback John Boyett, The Bee’s Player of the Year, led the Indians to a section championship. Granite Bay is led on offense by quarterback Justin Yeaton and running back Ben Smith, and the defense is anchored by three-year starter Cameron Smith. Napa, led by running back Mac Nielson (1,022 yards rushing), beat Vacaville 26-14 to win the Monticello Empire League, and Vacaville beat Granite Bay 13-7 in September.

Downey (10-1) at Grant (11-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Level: Division II

Outlook: Grant, which routed Downey of Modesto 52-14 in a 2013 playoff opener, is led by running back DeShawn Collins, who joined Robert Dotson, Onterrio Smith and Devontae Booker as the school’s only 2,000-yard single-season rushers. Grant has big hitters at linebacker – including Chris Atteberry, Carl Granderson and Elijah Orr – who will be going after Knights quarterback Paul Wilson (2,609 yards and 32 touchdowns passing, 530 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing).

Vacaville (9-2) at Del Oro (6-5)

When: 7 p.m.

Level: Division II

Outlook: This will be the first time these storied programs have met in the playoffs, mostly because the teams were in different divisions for so many years. Vacaville last reached the semifinals in 2011, when it went on to beat Folsom for the Division II title. Del Oro, seeking its sixth consecutive trip to the semifinals, has won three section titles since 2010. Vacaville will try to put pressure on Del Oro quarterback Logan Hurst, who was sacked nine times in a 14-6 win over Roseville last week. Vacaville is led by quarterback Chad Hekking and a fleet of running backs, but Del Oro’s defense has dominated down the stretch of the season and has 21 interceptions, eight by Ben Hart, including two last week.

Rocklin (9-2) at St. Mary’s (10-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Level: Division II

Outlook: Rocklin is in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009, when it was 14-1 and went to the CIF State Division II game. The Thunder’s defense, led by tackle Chase Hatada and linebacker Riley Clark, is preparing for St. Mary’s passing attack and Noah Righetti, who had five touchdown passes in last week’s 55-12 rout of River Valley and has passed for 2,213 yards and 27 touchdowns. Rocklin will counter with quarterback Will Floyd, receivers Brady Mays and Blake Laurin and running back Evyn Holtz, who broke the game open last week in a 35-14 victory over Del Campo.

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