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Five games to watch: Jesuit aims to end Folsom’s 50-game section winning streak

Elk Grove’s Julius Fullah, left, tries to tackle Folsom’s Drake Stallworth during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game in Sacramento on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Stallworth caught four touchdown passes last week.
Elk Grove’s Julius Fullah, left, tries to tackle Folsom’s Drake Stallworth during the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game in Sacramento on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Stallworth caught four touchdown passes last week.

The high school football season is a week old, just old enough to work out the kinks and first-game jitters. Penalty flags flew often in openers as teams and referees rounded into form, per the norm.

This week’s schedule includes three top-20 matchups and the No. 1-ranked team from the Northern section taking on a defending state champion. A closer look:

No. 1 Folsom (1-0) vs. No. 5 Jesuit (1-0)

When: Friday at Folsom, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Both teams impressed in openers, Jesuit taking out Granite Bay 28-10 and Folsom topping Idaho power Couer d’Alene 55-36 while extending its area record of consecutive regular-season victories to 46. Jesuit looks to end that streak and become the first Sac-Joaquin Section opponent to beat the Bulldogs in 50 games. The Marauders will rely on quarterback Calvin Brownholtz, and running backs Lorenzo Burkes, Jason Gallagher and Isaiah Rutherford – as well as a team-wide effort on defense to deal with the prolific Bulldogs. Joe Curry completed 35 of 42 passes for 564 yards and six first-half touchdowns – four to Drake Stallworth – in his Bulldogs debut. Brandon Rupchock and Davin Simmons are quick running backs for Folsom who can also catch the ball.

No. 4 Grant (1-0) vs. No. 9 Burbank (0-1)

When: Friday at Grant, 7:15 p.m.

Outlook: This is one of the area’s most spirited and highly anticipated games as coaches Mike Alberghini of Grant and John Heffernan of Burbank, friends off the field, have teams with a similar make-up of athletes and personalities. Grant beat Rocklin 21-20 last week with a late touchdown pass from Cam Davis to Larry Hardy, and Tyree Marcelle rushed for 202 yards and two scores in his quest to be the next prolific Pacers runner. Burbank sputtered at power Clovis, falling 36-0. Defensive end/linebacker D.J. Johnson of Burbank, headed to Miami, will present major challenges for Grant’s strong offensive line.

No. 2 Del Oro (1-0) vs. Pleasant Valley (1-0)

When: Friday at Del Oro, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: In a continuing effort to elevate its program and the Northern Section, Pleasant Valley of Chico was eager to take on Del Oro, the defending CIF State Division II-AA champions who returned 17 starters and overwhelmed St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs 44-20 in an opener. Del Oro was paced by quarterback Stone Smartt, running back Cam Davis and a defense led by lineman Israel Luna. Pleasant Valley, the alma mater of Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers, won the Division II North Section crown last season, its first since 1988. The Vikings are coming off a 21-0 victory over Yuba City.

No. 16 Del Campo (1-0) vs. No. 17 Monterey Trail (1-0)

When: Friday at Del Campo, 7 p.m.

Outlook: This game may end faster than any other in the region as both teams like to run the ball and work the clock. Greg Cabral made his debut count for Del Campo, rushing for 358 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-21 win over Merced. Monterey Trail blew out a strong Wilcox of Santa Clara team 40-14 as quarterback Robert Holt led the veer offense with 81 yards and three touchdowns. Monterey Trail rushed 40 times for 277 yards and all six touchdowns.

No. 11 Christian Brothers (0-0) vs. Manteca (1-0)

When: Saturday at Manteca, 7 p.m.

Outlook: At long last, Tyler Vander Waal of Christian Brothers makes his start at quarterback. Vander Waal sat out last season, per CIF rules, after transferring from Elk Grove. The Ball State-commit has a cannon arm, and he has a speedy running back, Jamarri Jackson, who rushed for 18 touchdowns and caught four scoring passes last season when CBS finished 9-3. Also back for the Falcons is receiver Matt Marengo, who caught eight touchdown passes. Manteca won the 2013 section Division III championship and went a combined 18-6 the past two seasons.

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD


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