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Week 5 football previews: Bear River expects QB Smith back for Bay Area battle

By: Matthew Kimel / Auburn Journal
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Bear River is expecting quarterback Dillon Smith to be back under center this week, coach Scott Savoie said Wednesday.


Smith and the Bruins (4-0) take on Scotts Valley (1-2) in the Bay Area Saturday at 2 p.m.


Smith suffered a dislocated shoulder in Week 3 against Highlands. Apparently Smith has fully recovered from the injury to his non-throwing arm.


“We wouldn’t let him play Saturday unless he was 100 percent,” Savoie said. “He looks really good and is excited to get going.”


Last week, Cameron Barrios filled in as the starting signal-caller as the Bruins won at River Valley.


Smith has completed 21 of 28 passes on the year for 358 yards. He has thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions.


Scotts Valley, located between San Jose and Santa Cruz, is coming off two consecutive losses in which it put just six points on the scoreboard.

Foresthill at Cristo Rey, 7 p.m. — Foresthill travels to one-win Cristo Rey Friday night.


For the second week in a row, coach Jim Herlehy is more concerned with how his team wins the contest rather than just earning a Sacramento Metro Athletic League victory.


“We don’t just want to win,” he said. “We want to execute.”


Cristo Rey (1-4, 1-2 SMAL) recorded its lone victory against Delta, a squad Foresthill (4-1, 3-0 SMAL) crushed 52-0 last week. On paper, the Wildfires figure to be big favorites this week.


“We know we’re going to be in the playoffs at this stage,” Herlehy said. “So we want to make sure we’re executing because the playoff teams are going to be better than the Cristo Reys and the Deltas.”


Cristo Rey operates a veer/shotgun offense, which Herlehy described as “fairly simple.”

Colfax at Mesa Verde, 7:30 p.m. — Coming off a bye week, it appears the Colfax Falcons aren’t looking ahead to Pioneer Valley League play next week.


“We’re 2-2 right now and we need to get to 3-2 this Friday,” Falcons coach Tony Martello told the Colfax Record. “Every week is important.”


The Falcons (2-2) are on the road Friday night at Mesa Verde (1-3), which has been outscored 115-13 in its last two games and is on a three-game skid.


Christian Garcia (160.8 rushing yards per game) could make some noise for the Mavericks.


Colfax junior quarterback Michael Wilson has thrown a TD in four straight games and at least two in each of his team’s last three outings.

Logan at Del Oro, 7:30 p.m. — The Golden Eagles are still seeking their first win of the season.


Del Oro (0-4), which begins Sierra Foothill League play next week, has loss its last three games by a combined nine points.


Logan (5-0) is a highly-regarded squad out of Union City. The Bay Area invaders have posted two shutouts on the year and defeated visiting Berkeley 54-5 last week.

Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel