This week's Friday night look-ahead

By: Nick Pecoraro
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From season-saving wins, stinging home losses, and unfathomable individual performances, last Friday had its version of a cure for insomnia in prep football.

Here’s what we can look forward to this week:


ROSEVILLE (2-1) AT RIO LINDA (2-1), 7 P.M.

Roseville’s 26-18 loss to Rio Americano last week was viewed as a “wake-up call” by senior linebacker and emotional leader Jordan Susbilla. The Tigers will have to clean up mental mistakes to compete with Rio Linda, who features junior running back Cameron Skattebo, who is averaging nearly 200 yards a game on the ground to go along with his six touchdown runs.



The Grizzlies may have saved their season last week with a major 27-12 win at Jesuit. Vacaville will provide a tough home challenge for Granite Bay, especially since the Grizzlies are more dinged up than ever heading into the week, losing senior linebacker Jacob Ellis last week against the Marauders. Granite Bay is 7-6-1 since 2004 against Vacaville with the road team deciding the last five wins.


WHITNEY (0-2) AT LINCOLN (1-1), 7 P.M.

Whitney comes off of two tough contests against Placer and Central of Fresno in its first two weeks of the season to visit the Fighting Zebras, who are returning from a bye week. This should be a fun QB duel between the Wildcats’ dual-threat Robert Jones, who has thrown for 415 yards without an interception and run for 110 and a score, and Lincoln’s Tommy Turner, whose three TD passes have all gone to senior wideout Jacob Lemus.



Besides the opening-week De La Salle matchup, it doesn’t look like many teams will offer a serious threat to the Bulldogs. Led by quarterback Kaiden Bennett (17-of-18 for 450 yards and five TDs in last week’s win against Antelope), Folsom heads to West Hills to face Chaminade, who over the last two games has only allowed a pair of field goals to its opposition. The Eagles have three to four backs that can run the ball effectively, a good test for the Bulldogs’ Tyler Hardeman, Parker Clayton and company on the defensive side of the ball.



The Wolves are looking to rebound from back-to-back losses to Hiram Johnson and Maxwell. Aiden Lucia has carried the offense for Western Sierra (already over 900 total yards and nine total touchdowns), but he will have to limit his interceptions (seven in the first three games) against an Esparto team that has five defensive turnovers in the its first two games.



The Timberwolves look to tie its best start in school history Friday with a 4-0 start against a winless Pleasant Grove squad. Carter Krupp continues his brilliance under center. The senior QB has nine rushing touchdowns to go with five more in the air as the T’Wolves have scored 42 points in each game thus far in 2018.


ROCKLIN (1-2) AT LIBERTY (3-0), 7:30 P.M.

A 14-point comeback by Damonte Ranch handed the Thunder its second fourth-quarter loss of the season last week. A 3-0 Liberty team from Brentwood, led by junior quarterback Jay Butterfield, poses a strong challenge for Rocklin. The Lions, on average, have outscored their opponents 44-8 over the first three weeks. The Thunder will have to step up the pass rush against Butterfield; Rocklin only has one sack, according to MaxPreps, this season.



Something’s gotta give between two teams in search of their first win. Valley Christian looks to put last week’s 46-0 defeat in the rearview mirror as the Lions enter their home-opener at Highlands High School Saturday evening against a winless Turlock Christian team, who, like VCA, has only managed six points over its last two outings.


SACRAMENTO (0-3) AT DEL ORO (3-0), 7 P.M.

The weapons keep emerging for head coach Jeff Walters. Quarterback Carson Jarratt leads the way behind center with eight touchdown passes. Dawson Hurst has caught five of those scoring passes, and last week, Johnny Guzman reminded people not to forget about him as he scored four TDs, including two punt returns. Del Oro welcomes a struggling Sacramento team that has managed just under 12 points per game this season.



The Trojans feel good heading into their bye week after a momentous win in Nevada against a tough Reed team. Oak Ridge, averaging more than 46 points per game will use this two-week period to prepare for Folsom in the Sierra Foothill League opener Sept. 14. It’s been a long time since the Trojans last tamed the Bulldogs; the last victory coming in 2006.



Head coach Tim Moore liked what he saw with his Vikings team winning at the line of scrimmage in a bounce-back victory over Bella Vista last week as running back Jordan Green ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Oakmont will enjoy a bye week before hosting Casa Roble Sept. 14.



Steve Collier’s Wildfires have a pair of road wins to their name entering another long road trip to Vacaville Christian. The Falcons feature junior running back Tamani Williams, who has big-play capability with 478 yards and seven touchdowns over the first three games. Foresthill will need to keep everyone healthy to come out victorious this week.


VISTA DEL LAGO (1-2) AT PLACER (3-0), 7:30 P.M.

The Hillmen seem to keep upping the ante. Just when we thought we’d seen what Joey Montoya’s Wing-T offense was capable of, Placer explodes for 69 points with nearly 600 yards rushing, including more than half of that total from fullback Hans Grassman. Placer won’t let a 1-2 record from Vista deceive. Vista is a well-coached team out of the Capital Athletic League.


COLFAX (2-0) AT COLUSA (2-0), 7:30 P.M.

Colfax returns from its bye week in what could be a showdown in Colusa Friday night. The Redhawks average over 270 rushing yards per game and feature six running backs who have scored at least one rushing touchdown.


BEAR RIVER (3-0) AT LIBERTY RANCH (1-2), 7:30 P.M.

The Bruins, averaging more than 50 points per game over their first three visit Galt to play Liberty Ranch, who has a group of solid running backs in Gabriel Nino, Matthew Hopper and Jonathan Thomas. Bear River fans, does this sound familiar? Tre Maronic, Hunter Daniels, Clayton Anderson and Erik Lacoss should have no problem answering the Hawks’ running attack.