Placer looks to feast on El Dorado
The El Dorado High football team might soon reconsider its renewed rivalry with Placer.
The Cougars (1-3) have the unfortunate task of visiting Le Febvre Stadium as the Hillmen celebrate homecoming tonight.
Placer (3-1) has made a habit of trouncing El Dorado in recent seasons. The Hillmen have won five straight over the Cougars, including a 54-10 romp last year in Placerville.
Senior Travis Allec is a bright spot for El Dorado, averaging 120 rushing yards per game with four touchdowns. Travis Vincent has been solid at quarterback, tossing four TDS with three interceptions on the year.
The real challenge for El Dorado will be slowing a Placer offense that is averaging more than 63 points per game. A fleet of running backs combines for 484 yards per game, according to MaxPreps.
Even with starters Joe Mangino and Brad Spangler dinged up, Placer overpowered Woodland last week with more than 400 yards of offense in the first half.
Senior Colton Davenport is having a tremendous year at linebacker and senior safety Anthony Hess is making plays all over the field.
Tonight’s contest is the final game before Pioneer Valley League play begins. The Hillmen will face Bear River in a highly anticipated PVL opener on Oct. 7 in Lake of the Pines.
Colfax (4-0) at Wheatland (4-0)
The Falcons travel to face a North Section power, looking to avenge a loss to the Pirates last season.
The Falcons are coming off a 48-40 win over Davis. Wheatland beat Lindhurst 27-14 last week.
The Pirates aren’t quite as explosive as last season, when they fell in the North Section title game, but their rushing attack is still impressive. They average just under seven yards per carry as a team, led by senior Tyler Larcom.
Colfax’s offense is balanced and explosive. Quarterback Austin Young has spread the ball around in passing for 10 touchdowns and 924 yards so far this season. Seniors David Mowbray and Sam Quinlan lead a deep receiving corps.
Senior Hunter Perez leads a rushing game that is cranking out 281 yards per game. Perez is responsible for 181 each outing.
Delta (3-2) at Foresthill (4-1)
The Wildfires have a chance to gain pole position in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League title race tonight.
The visitors have won three in a row, including a 14-13 win over Valley Christian last Saturday. They rely heavily on senior tailbacks Avory Trejo and Vince Heffington, who combine for more than 280 yards per game.
Foresthill is balanced, with quarterback Tommy Sawyer running the offense and tailback Dylan Connelly emerging as a key player.
The Wildfires’ defense is playing well. Tyler Giles has six of the team’s 13 sacks and the Wildfires have forced 13 turnovers in five games.