Get your popcorn ready. The Sierra Foothill League begins Friday night. Throw in some renewed rivalry games, and we’ve got ourselves a dandy of a preps football weekend. Week 5 action includes:
DEL ORO (4-0) AT GRANITE BAY (2-2), 7 P.M.
Rivarly week begins Sierra Foothill League play this year, and what better way to kick off league play than with a rematch of last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division II final, which saw the Grizzlies shut out the Golden Eagles, 22-0. That should certainly not be the case this season as Jeff Walters’ Del Oro group is averaging more than 50 points per game over its first four contests. The Grizzlies are dinged up, but they have found a groove with two big wins over Jesuit and Vacaville.
CASA ROBLE (3-1) AT OAKMONT (2-1), 7 P.M.
Oakmont is coming off its bye week to face an always tough Casa Roble team, who despite a 3-1 record, is not immune to the turnover. Oakmont will look to capitalize on all opportunities as the school introduces its fourth annual Athletics Hall of Fame class during halftime.
OAK RIDGE (3-0) AT FOLSOM (3-1), 7 P.M.
This is the game the Trojans circle on their calendar every year. Over the last three years, this game has decided who wins the mighty Sierra Foothill League, with the Bulldogs claiming that distinction each time. The last time Oak Ridge beat Folsom was in 2006, when Chris Jones was at the helm of Oak Ridge.
WHITNEY (0-3) AT ROCKLIN (1-3), 7 P.M.
The ninth annual Quarry Bowl kicks off with two teams badly in need of a win. Rocklin has taken six of eight in this series. Both quarterbacks, Cade Wyant of Rocklin and Robert Jones of Whitney, started last year’s Quarry Bowl, a 40-22 win for the Thunder. Wyant and Jones have similar numbers through Week 4, but Jones is the leading rusher among SFL quarterbacks.
LINCOLN (2-1) AT CENTER (4-0), 7 P.M.
Lincoln shut out Whitney, 30-0, last week for its second win of the year, but the Zebras will have to fight to fend off the Cougars’ hunt. Center, who is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2008, will be a challenger for the newly aligned Pioneer Valley League.
ROSEVILLE (2-2) AT WOODCREEK (4-0), 7:15 P.M.
It’s been awhile since these two Roseville schools have hooked up but the want for bragging rights remains the same in what will now be dubbed “The Junction Bowl”. Roseville holds a 15-3 edge in the overall series with Woodcreek, but the Tigers have struggled with injuries over the past two weeks while the Timberwolves are looking for their best start in school history Friday.
VISTA DEL LAGO (1-3) AT EL CAMINO (1-3), 7:30 P.M.
The youth of the Eagles showed last week against a freight train of a Placer team, but quarterback Grant Patterson showed he can keep Vista in games with big-play capability, throwing for three touchdown passes against the Hillmen. Despite just 1-3 non-conference marks to begin the season, both teams should be up for their Capital Athletic League opener Friday night.
EL DORADO (1-3) AT PLACER (4-0), 7:30 P.M.
The Cougars barely escaped Angels Camp last weekend with a come-from-behind, fourth-quarter win over Bret Harte to avoid going 0-4. Meanwhile, in Auburn, the Hillmen ran for over 600 yards for the second straight week and put up the second most points in a game in school history. Expect to see Joey Montoya’s second and third units get some quality second-half action in Placer’s homecoming game.
UNION MINE (0-3) AT COLFAX (3-0), 7:30 P.M.
Footballs were being caught at a record rate last week in Colusa, as Falcons’ wide receiver Jake Green caught six passes for a school record 284 yards in a 44-6 win. A winless Union Mine team visits Colfax, who has one more non-league game at Wheatland before Pioneer Valley League play begins Sept. 28 at Foothill.
HIRAM JOHNSON (1-3) AT FORESTHILL (2-2), 7 P.M.
The Wildfires took one on the chin last week at Vacaville Christian, but head coach Steve Collier says that four straight weeks of home games – including a bye next week – will help get Foresthill back into the black. The Wildfires welcome a Hiram Johnson squad that is struggling to contain opposing offenses, giving up 40 or more points over three of its first four games.
ENCINA PREP (2-1) AT BEAR RIVER (4-0), 7:30 P.M.
The Bulldogs will need to summon more than just the 21 points per game they’ve averaged through three games this season to stand a chance against the Bruins. Terry Logue and Scott Savoie’s Bear River club is pacing at over 50 points a game while allowing less than eight. The Bruins have seven defensive takeaways this season.
WESTERN SIERRA (1-3), BYE
The Wolves get a much-needed bye after losing three straight following an opening-week win at Sierra Ridge Academy. Western Sierra will resume play Sept. 21 at home against University Prep of Redding before opening up at Foresthill for Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League play.
VALLEY CHRISTIAN (1-2) AT CORAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE- RENO (0-2), SATURDAY, TBD.
The Lions got in the win column last Saturday by not only recovering six Turlock Christian fumbles, but capitalizing on them with touchdowns. Drake Williams led the charge with four scores on the ground, and freshman QB Tommy Fasig seems to have earned the starting job for head coach Doug Williams’ VCA squad.