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High school football preview: With two weeks left, Sacramento-area league titles, playoff berths on line

Granite Bay Grizzlies Ryan Macintosh (42), tackles Oak Ridge Trojan quarterback Ian Book (11) during the fourth quarter as the Granite Bay Grizzlies host the Oak Ridge Trojans, Friday, October 9, 2015. The Oak Ridge Trojans won the game 36-28.
Granite Bay Grizzlies Ryan Macintosh (42), tackles Oak Ridge Trojan quarterback Ian Book (11) during the fourth quarter as the Granite Bay Grizzlies host the Oak Ridge Trojans, Friday, October 9, 2015. The Oak Ridge Trojans won the game 36-28. Special to The Bee

Week 9 of the high school football season features top-ranked Folsom at No. 3 Oak Ridge to decide the Sierra Foothill League race. But regardless of the outcome, both will be high seeds in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, likely on opposite sides of the bracket.

The Division II-III Capital Valley Conference, as exciting as any league in the state, hasn’t crowned a champion, and other teams in various leagues are jockeying for playoff position with the regular season wrapping up next week.

A closer look at five big games on Friday:

No. 1 Folsom (8-0) at No. 3 Oak Ridge (8-1)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Folsom, which has won 39 consecutive regular-season games and a state-leading 24 in a row overall, expect this to be its toughest test, with the Sierra Foothill League title and Division I playoff seeding on the line. Oak Ridge’s only loss was to Sparks’ Reed High (9-0). The Trojans are prolific with Notre Dame-bound quarterback Ian Book (2,229 yards and 24 touchdowns passing, 561 yards and nine touchdowns rushing), a bevy of backs who have combined for 189.4 yards per game and 27 touchdowns, and wide receivers Tommy Dunnigan and Kevin Kassis. Folsom is led by quarterback Jake Jeffrey (1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns passing, 406 yards and five scores rushing) and running backs Tre Green (563 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Roger Neal (211 yards, three scores).

No. 2 Elk Grove (8-0) vs. No. 10 Franklin (5-3)

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m., at Cosumnes Oaks

Outlook: Elk Grove can all but clinch the Delta League championship with a victory, while Franklin is “in full scramble mode,” according to coach Mike Johnson. Wildcats quarterback Jacob Lopez is out for the season after breaking his leg Saturday against Jesuit, forcing nationally recruited defensive back Lamar Jackson back to the position he started at two years ago as a sophomore. Elk Grove will run with Ryan Robards (198.9 yards a game, 24 touchdowns) and pass with Jayden Machado (13 touchdowns) and wide receiver Gavin Reinwald (21.4 yards per catch, eight scores).

No. 7 Granite Bay (5-3) at No. 8 Rocklin (5-3)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: This Placer County rivalry began in 1996 when Granite Bay opened, three years after Rocklin. Though neither is in the running for the SFL championship, league positioning is on the line, and six victories often are the minimum to secure a playoff berth. Rocklin is led by running back Evyn Holtz (774 yards, 16 touchdowns), quarterback William Floyd (1,074 yards, 10 touchdowns) and tight end Wesley Preece (five scores). Granite Bay counters with quarterback Kyle Kraft (142.6 passing yards per game), wide receiver Scott Henrichs (622 yards, seven touchdowns) and a running game in which seven players have scored.

No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks (5-3) at No. 14 Whitney (6-2)

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Whitney is in contention for the CVC title, along with Antelope and Del Campo, and Cosumnes Oaks remains in the playoff picture. Cosumnes Oaks’ strong defense – headed by Xavier Forbes, Hunter Lunsford and Keoni Stallworth – must slow Whitney quarterback Hunter Rodrigues (321.4 passing yards per game, 38 touchdown passes) and receivers Devin Brocchini (16 touchdowns), Justin Kraft (15) and Brandon McCarter (nine).

Union Mine (5-3) at Cordova (4-4)

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: Union Mine, with just one loss in the Sierra Valley Conference, still has a shot to catch Liberty Ranch, the league’s only unbeaten team. Cordova must finish the season strongly to advance to the playoffs for just the fourth time since 1990. Quarterback Unique Perez has passed for 2,189 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 340 yards and five scores. Union Mine is balanced with quarterback Brady Pearman (1,185 yards and eight touchdowns passing, 406 yards and 10 scores rushing) and running back Austin Rigsby (881 yards, 12 touchdowns).

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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