Cougars visit Hillmen for homecoming

Prep Football Primer
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Capital Christian High’s football team doesn’t look like your average homecoming sacrificial lamb. Placer coach Joey Montoya needs no reminder of how feisty the Cougars can be. They beat Bear River handily to open the season and gave highly regarded Modesto Christian a scare before falling in the second half. Senior quarterback James Lee guides Capital Christian’s potent attack. He’s an NCAA Division I prospect at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, and has completed 62 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Speedy senior Paul Roberson is Lee’s favorite target. David Oates is also a dangerous receiver and cornerback — the senior had three interceptions in Capital Christian’s win over Bear River. The Cougars’ defense has been susceptible, giving up nearly 25 points per game. Placer has surrendered just over 20 points per contest while cranking out 43. The Hillmen’s rushing attack is churning out 326 yards per game while quarterback Collin Burnett is passing for another 118. After a stellar 18-tackle effort in Placer’s 42-20 win at El Dorado last week, Brett Lenz took the team lead in tackles with 45 on the year. Granite Bay (5-0) at Del Oro (5-0) The Golden Eagles have steamrolled just about every team they’ve faced this season, outscoring their opponents by an average score of 51-12. Don’t expect things to be so easy for Del Oro in its Sierra Foothill League opener. Like the Eagles, the Grizzlies are undefeated. Their offense is capable of scoring a lot of points (29 per game), and their defense can be just as stingy (12.5 points allowed per game). The two teams’ quarterbacks, Del Oro junior Max Magleby and Granite Bay sophomore Brendan Keeney, are each averaging around 134 yards through the air. Senior running back Bryce Pratt has already reached 1,000 yards rushing for Del Oro, and at least half the season’s still left. Senior linebacker Jacob Kludjian leads Granite Bay’s defense with 65 tackles. Bear River (3-2) at Whitney (3-2) The Bruins’ offense is starting to resemble last season’s, having scored at least 30 points in each of its last three games after scoring just 23 in the first two combined. Bear River’s defense, however, could have its hands full tonight. The Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 PVL) have two of their top offensive players returning in sophomore quarterback Jake Rodrigues and junior running back Shawn Azam. Even without those two, Whitney whipped Colfax 35-7 last week. Running back/linebacker Cole White leads the Bruins on both sides of the ball. On offense the senior is averaging a team-high 92 yards a game, while on defense he’s averaging 15 tackles. Colfax (3-2) at Mesa Verde (1-4) The Falcons are undoubtedly eager to rebound after last week’s thrashing by Whitney. With senior running back Pat Rawlins and junior Josh Moreno averaging 227 yards per game between them — Moreno’s averaging a whopping 13.43 yards a carry — expect Colfax to run wild against a Mavericks defense that has been outscored 160-26 in its last four games, all of them losses. Senior tailback Sir Johnson is one of Mesa Verde’s few bright spots, averaging 121 yards per game. Senior linebacker Tommy Baldoni is averaging a team-high 10.5 tackles a game for Colfax. Bradshaw Christian (4-1) at Foresthill (4-1) The Pride, which lost just two starters from last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII championship team, has put up some remarkable numbers since a season-opening loss at Summerville. Bradshaw is averaging nearly 48 points per game, led by senior running back Brady Dragmire. The Wildfires have relied on defense throughout their four-game winning streak. Foresthill hasn’t allowed more than two touchdowns since its season opener. Lindhurst (0-5) at Golden Sierra (0-5) One team will earn its first victory of the season tonight in Garden Valley. The Grizzlies just missed out on a victory last week at Highlands, falling 27-24.