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A look-ahead to Friday’s prep football

By: Nick Pecoraro
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Week 2, which is actually the third week of the prep football season, provides a little intrigue. A lot of teams are sharpening up while others are scrambling to retool. This next few weeks before league action starts can often tell a lot about how the rest of a team’s season will play out.

Here are the area’s top matchups:

 

RIO AMERICANO (0-2) AT ROSEVILLE (2-0), 7 P.M.

The Tigers seem to have already moved past the 1-9 season from a year ago. Two big wins to start the season, including last week’s 20-6 victory over long-standing Roseville rival Oakmont, has Roseville a confident bunch heading back to Hanson field this week to take on a winless Rio Americano squad. Junior running back Aaron Shima has five touchdown runs over Roseville’s first two games.

 

GRANITE BAY (0-2) AT JESUIT (0-1), 4:30 P.M.

Granite Bay has struggled over the first couple of weeks, being outscored 37-3. The schedule, however, remains unforgiving for the Grizzlies, never ones to shy away from a tough preseason grind. Missing six starters with injuries, Granite Bay travels to section powerhouse Jesuit, who despite falling 51-14 to Folsom last week, will be on their own redemption trail at home.

 

DAMONTE RANCH, NEVADA (1-0) AT ROCKLIN (1-1), 7:30 P.M.

The Mustangs -- the fourth-ranked team in Nevada -- shut out Granite Bay in Reno last week. This week, they play another Sierra Foothill League power in Rocklin. The Thunder responded to a Week Zero heartbreaker against Antelope with a 44-7 road thrashing of Franklin behind a 21-for-28, 309-yard performance by quarterback Cade Wyant.


 

ANTELOPE (1-1) AT FOLSOM (1-1), 7:00 P.M.

Last week, we saw the Folsom team that we’ve all grown accustomed to over the past decade. The Bulldogs got in the win column by handling Jesuit a 51-14 whooping. Kaiden Bennett tossed four TD passes, including two to Joe Ngata, who only caught three passes. Antelope, who beat Rocklin on a last-second field goal in the opening week, gave up 21 fourth-quarter points in a crushing loss to Lincoln at home last week.

 

VALLEY CHRISTIAN (0-1) AT FORT BRAGG (0-1), 7 P.M.

With starting quarterback Bradyn McIntosh out, head coach Doug Williams got a valiant effort from his backup, six-foot, 135-pound freshman Tommy Fasig, who tossed a late touchdown pass to Payton Meyers to get the Lions on the board in a 34-6 defeat at Incline Village last week. The Lions travel to Fort Bragg this week hoping to come home squared up at 1-1 before their home-opener Saturday, Sept. 8 against Turlock Christian at Highlands High School.

 

WESTERN SIERRA (1-1) AT MAXWELL (1-0), 7 P.M.

The Wolves are looking to get back in the win column after a 42-15 home loss to Hiram Johnson. Quarterback Aiden Lucia, who is team’s leading rusher, likes to spread the ball around. Lucia has seven touchdown passes to four different receivers (three to Chris Delaloye, two to Christopher Shimp and one each to William Sokol and Oscar Hernandez).

 

OAKMONT (1-1) AT BELLA VISTA (0-2), 7:15 P.M.

After scoring 45 points against El Camino in Week Zero, it took the Vikings until the fourth quarter to register their first score against city rival Roseville last week. Oakmont will need to find some consistent aerial options as its lone receiving touchdown belongs to Joseph Mintmier -- the Vikings’ quarterback. Oakmont hits the road to face Bella Vista, who has been prone to turn the ball over this season.

 

CASA ROBLE (2-0) AT VISTA DEL LAGO (1-1), 7:15 P.M.

The last time Vista lost to Casa Roble was in 2011, a 50-49 overtime barnburner. This is the first meeting between the two teams in the past four seasons where they aren’t in the same conference. Casa Roble, now in the Golden Empire League, features QB Marciano Huston (139.2 QB rating) and running back Austin Gandy (110 rushing yards per game with four TDs). Vista looks to gain steam before heading to Auburn to face a bruising Placer squad.

 

CENTRAL (2-0) AT WHITNEY (0-1), 7:30 P.M.

Whitney quarterback Robert Jones showed that he can impact the game with both his arm and his legs in a tough season-opener at Placer last week. Head coach Zac McNally said after the Placer loss that if the Wildcats want to be a high-level team, they have to play high-level opponents, and Central is no exception. The Grizzlies, who got five TD passes from Trent Tompkins in a 54-12 beatdown of Grant last week, are the Fresno Bee’s No. 1-ranked team.

 

OAK RIDGE (2-0) AT REED, NEVADA (0-1), 7:30 P.M.

Last year, the Trojans finally solved the Reed puzzle with a 24-21 victory over the Raiders. Until 2017, Oak Ridge had fallen to Reed in three consecutive seasons. Eric Cavaliere’s squad will look to head into its bye week without a loss before an SFL-opening showdown with the Folsom Bulldogs Sept. 14 at Prairie City Stadium.

 

WOODCREEK (2-0) AT EL CAMINO (1-1), 7:30 P.M.

 

If Woodcreek senior Carter Krupp keeps this up, we could see a rare 1,000-yard rushing season from a quarterback. He nearly reached the feat as a junior with 935 yards on the ground. He also has plenty of help and size around him with 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back Grant Dinger and receivers Matt Willford (6-4, 215) and Hudson Habermehl (6-8, 175), among others, as the Timberwolves look to continue their best start in three years.


 

LINCOLN (1-1), BYE

Lincoln scored 21 fourth-quarter points to stun the Antelope Titans last week, 35-27. It was a much-needed confidence boost for head coach Chris Bean’s Zebras, who will have two weeks to prepare for Whitney at home Sept. 7.

 

WINDSOR (1-1) AT DEL ORO (2-0), 7 P.M.

Del Oro quarterback Carson Jarratt has a 147.3 QB rating with seven touchdown passes in the Golden Eagles’ first two weeks while Dawson Hurst has reached the end zone six times. The defense, led by Tatuo Martinson, Kal Lunders, Charlie Rogers, Aiden Foster and Dante Pericin, is also not to be overlooked. Del Oro returns to Loomis Friday for its home-opener against Windsor, who the Golden Eagles beat, 46-13, a year ago.

 

BISHOP MANOGUE, NEVADA (1-0) AT PLACER (2-0), 7:30 P.M.

This will be Placer’s biggest test of the young season. Riding the high of a big 42-28 victory over Whitney last week, the Hillmen welcome Nevada’s seventh-ranked team in the Miners, who are extremely athletic and well-coached. Ernie Howren is among the Top 10 winningest coaches in the history of the Silver State. The Hillmen will have their hands full Friday night at LeFebvre Stadium.

 

BEAR RIVER (2-0) AT PERSHING COUNTY, NEVADA (1-0), 7:30 P.M.

The Bruins, who have put up back-to-back 50-plus scoring efforts, visit Pershing County of Lovelock, Nevada, who can also score in bunches. In their season-opener last week, the Mustangs blanked West Wendover, 54-0. Buckle your seatbelts.

 

FORESTHILL (1-1) AT PORTOLA (1-0), 7:30 P.M.

If the Wildfires have to go without quarterback Kaiden Pennington, it might be another long night for head coach Steve Collier’s group. Foresthill, who upended Portola in last season’s opening week, 21-6, may have to rely on the legs of junior running back Brody Siefker. The Tigers are riding a 48-24 opening-week victory into Friday’s matchup with the Wildfires.

 

COLFAX (2-0), BYE

The Falcons take a week off before visiting Colusa Sept. 7. Over the first two weeks of the season, Colfax’s defense went seven straight quarters without surrendering a score from its opposition before Woodland found the end zone in the fourth quarter last week.