Week 4: Bear River, Foresthill, Del Oro football previews

Colfax has a bye
By: Matthew Kimel / Journal sports editor
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Bear River will be without its starting quarterback Friday.

Senior Dillon Smith suffered a dislocated shoulder to his non-throwing arm during last week’s victory over Highlands. Co-head coach Scott Savoie said Wednesday Smith will be out for at least a week.

The Bruins (3-0) will go with Cameron Barrios under center at River Valley Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Barrios made his quarterbacking debut last week against Highlands.

Barrios completed 3 of 5 passes for 27 yards and threw one interception as the Bruins grinded out a victory on the ground.

After a week of taking the first-team offense’s snaps at practice, Savoie is expecting Barrios to improve off of last week’s outing.

“Cameron’s looking pretty good,” Savoie said. “He’s gotten a week better. We’ve practiced all week counting on him being in there. He’s improved and done a good job.”
Savoie expects Barrios to see a lot of blitzes from River Valley (2-1).

The Bruins figure to run early and often to keep Barrios out of third-and-long situations.

“He’s not as polished as Dillon is,” Savoie said of Barrios. “But he can definitely throw the football. We’re not afraid to throw it. He can make good decisions and throws a good ball.”

On paper, River Valley appears to be a run-first team, with Timothy Dove being the workhorse (31 carries, 312 yards, three touchdowns).

Bruins guard and linebacker Zach Winter (ankle) and Andrew Reiss (ejection) both return to the lineup this week.

Foresthill at Delta, 7 p.m. — The Foresthill Wildfires are heading down to Clarksburg and expect to keep their perfect Sacramento Metro Athletic League record intact.

Foresthill (3-1, 2-0 SMAL) is coming off a big league win against Woodland Christian, and coach Jim Herlehy hopes his team doesn’t have a let-down this week.

“We need to focus on us and not play down to our competition,” Herlehy said of his team’s contest against Delta.

Delta (0-4, 0-3) has been outscored 186-40 this season and lists just six seniors on its roster of 24.

“They’re really struggling this year,” Herlehy said of the Saints. “They’ve got a lot of young kids, sophomores playing.”

Meanwhile, the Foresthill coach is happy where his team is at, but says it can still improve.

“Defensively, we’ve been playing lights- out,” Herlehy said. “Offensively, we’ve had periods and spurts where we played well.”

Though the Wildfires are on a two-game winning streak, Herlehy said his team hasn’t “fully clicked” yet.

Wes Archbold leads the Wildfires in rushing (396, three touchdowns) and Rocky Thompson has recorded the most tackles (33) and has two interceptions.

Del Oro at Grant, 7:15 p.m. — While nobody expected these two perennial winners to enter Friday’s contest with a combined one win, the storyline here isn’t necessarily what’s going to happen on the field.

Grant High and the Del Paso Heights community were shocked earlier in the week with the news that Pacers assistant football coach Edward K. Coleman, 38, apparently shot his girlfriend and then himself in what the Sacramento Police Department believes to be a murder-suicide.

“We’re behind them as a team,” Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said Wednesday. “We hope Friday night we could put together a good show and help them put their minds behind it.”

Del Oro (0-3) and Grant (1-3) have both played tough slates thus far.

“We’re both traditionally top-five programs,” Taylor said. “We’re 0-3 but we lost a couple of close games. We’re not happy with where we are at.”

If the Golden Eagles are going to snap their winless streak, they’re going to have to do it without running backs Brandon Monroe and Mark Leveron.

Tyler Wharton, Dylan Kainrath and Jonathon Tuttle will split carries, Taylor said.

Signal-calling duties will be a game-time decision, Taylor said, with either Michael Moore or Zach LaBar getting the start.

So what does Del Oro need to do to win?

“We haven’t finished games off,” Taylor said. “We’ve had the lead in the first quarter, haven’t been able to lock it down. We need to execute in the last few minutes. It’s going to come down to the last quarter.”

Colfax — The Falcons (2-2) are off this week. They return to the gridiron on Sept. 28 when they travel to Mesa Verde.

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