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Area teams getting offensive

Preps, at a glance
By: Mike Ray
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If you’re a high school football follower, one of the joys of Friday night is being able to go root for your favorite prep team, grab a pizza and then scurry home to catch all the scores and highlights provided by area television stations.

All total, four Sacramento-based television affiliates have some form of Friday Night Lights coverage for their viewers to take in scores and game highlights with special focus on Games of the Week.

Although this season is just three weeks old, one glaring aspect of the scores coming across the screen on Friday evenings is this: either teams aren’t emphasizing defense anymore, and, as Dick Vitale would say, there are too many “Blow Out City” type games.

Through the first three weeks of the season, there have already been 79 games played by CIF Sac-Joaquin Section teams where the winning teams have scored 40 or more points.

During that same span, 27 games have seen the winning side put up more than 50 points. There have been 10 games of 60 or more points and five with teams scoring 70 or more points.

“I think what you’re now seeing is that there are a lot of teams that focus more on offense,” said one area coach who requested anonymity. “Teams are putting their best players on offense and not worrying about defense.”

The same coach also anointed that while there are a lot of good football teams in the Sacramento region this season, there are also a lot of teams that are struggling this year.

“You can look at the scores and see right away who the good teams are and who the bad ones are,” he said. “You’re seeing longtime programs not having JV squads. It makes you wonder who are making these schedules.”

Locally, there hasn’t been any shortage of offense.

Bear River, off to a 3-0 start with co-coach Terry Logue back calling the offense, is averaging 50 points a game.

Del Oro, also 3-0 running its new “Spread Eagle”, no-huddle attack under second-year coach Jeff Walters, is scoring at a 52 points per game clip.

At Placer, the Hillmen (3-0), after putting up 69 markers on Bishop Manogue last Friday, are averaging 53 points an outing.

Colfax (2-0), meanwhile, is averaging  “only” 35 points a game despite remarkably  throwing just one second half pass through its first two games. All of the Falcons’ scoring in their opening two games have been first-half points.  

As the non-league schedule inches closer to league play, area fans may be in store for more high-scoring, shootout type contests.

In the Foothill Valley League, Ponderosa after three games is averaging 59 points a game while Rio Linda is scoring at 40 points a clip. Last Friday, Nevada Union dropped 59 on Napa. Also, don’t sleep on Lincoln, which put up 20 points in a loss to No. 2 Oak Ridge and scored 35 in a win over Antelope.

Things should also be interesting in the Pioneer Valley League.

Foothill has opened the season with a 70-0 win over Mira Loma and a 74-0 victory over McClatchy. Center, meanwhile, has scored 40, 56, and 62 points in respective wins over Rio Linda, Liberty Ranch and Mira Loma.

In a season where the Sac-Joaquin Section has gone to the Calpreps.com rating system to help seed its new football playoff format, it remains to be seen if margin of victory actually plays into helping or hindering teams.

“It will be interesting to see if a close loss to a good team is better than a blowout of a bad team,” said the coach.  

 
 

Preps At a Glance


Foothill Valley League

(Non League Games)


                          W L PF PA

Placer                 3 0 159 89

Ponderosa          3 0 168     43

Oakmont            2 1 87     27

Rio Linda           2 1 121    58

Lincoln               1 1 55     83

Nevada Union    1 2    72 120


             Friday’s Games

Vista del Lago at Placer

Ponderosa at Casa Roble

Whitney at Lincoln

Roseville at Rio Linda

Bye: N. Union, Oakmont



Pioneer Valley League

(Non-League Games)


                           W L PF PA

Bear River          3 0 153   10

Center                 3 0 158 47

Colfax                 2 0 68   7

Foothill               2 0 144 0

Lindhurst            2 1 72   41

Marysville          1 2 56    63


            Friday’s Games

   Colfax at Colusa

   Bear River at Liberty Ranch

   Las Plumas at Lindhurst

   Natomas at Foothill

   Center at El Camino

   Bye: Marysville


Sierra Foothill League

(Non-League Games)


                      W L PF PA

Del  Oro        3 0   158 47

Oak Ridge     3 0 140    33

Folsom          2 1 91     28

Granite Bay   1 2 30     49

Rocklin          1 2 101    73

Grant              1 2 85 124

Whitney         0 2 38      91


           Friday’s Games

Sacramento High at Del Oro

Vacaville at Granite Bay

Whitney at Lincoln

Folsom at Chaminade (West Hills)

Rocklin at Liberty (Brentwood)

Grant at Franklin (Elk Grove)

Bye: Oak Ridge    


Sacramento Metro Athletic League

(Non-League Games)


                    W L PF PA  

Foresthill      2 1 65      68

Encina          1 1 40      56

Delta            1 2 66       62

W. Christian 1      2 66 78

West. Sierra  1 2 61     124

V. Christian  0 2   6 80


Friday’s Games

Foresthill at Vacaville Christian

Delta at San Juan

Esparto at Western Sierra Academy


Saturday’s Games

Encina at Mesa Verde

Turlock Christian at Valley Christian  (Highlands)



Area Prep Football Statistics

(MaxPreps)

    

Rushing

                                    CAR YDS Avg. TD

Hans Grassman – Pla    61 571 9.4      11

M. Chapman – Pla        55 413 7.5        7

Sheldon Conde –DO     20 279 14.0        4

Tre Maronic – BR         27 268 9.9        5

Brian Bishop – Pla        27 266 9.9        2

Hunter Daniels – BR    23 199 8.7        2

Brody Siefker – FH      23 100 4.3        1



Passing

                                    PA PC TD INT YDS

Carson Jarratt –DO      39 23 8 0      520

Calder Kunde – BR      27 18 6    0 349

Alex Weir – Col           31 23 6 0      323

Mike Stuck – Pla         25 15 1   0 287

K. Pennington – FH    18 11 1      0 178



Receiving

                                   REC YDS TD

Dylan Scott – BR         9 195 3

Colton Reeves – Col    9 141 2

Jake Green – Col          9 133 2

Cyrus O’Neal – Pla      8 129 0

Dawson Hurst – DO     6 176   5

Johnny Guzman – DO  4 92    1

Tre Maronic – BR        4 58 2