Ready or not the high school football season kicks off this weekend and don’t rub your eyes, yes the calendar still reads August.
When Colfax’s Falcons kick off their 2010 campaign Friday at El Camino with a tripleheader, it will mark the first time the Falcons have opened their season before the month of September in the school’s 51-year history.
Taking advantage of the new “Zero Week,” Colfax coach Tony Martello opted at the chance to have the Falcons have a game under their belts before the team heads into next weekend’s “Battle at the Capital” where the Colfax gridders are matched up at Del Oro against Durham of the North Section in the first game of six scheduled over two-days.
Colfax will then follow its Sept. 3 game versus Durham with a Sept. 10 road tilt at Union Mine. The Falcons will then take their “bye” Sept. 17 before returning with a three game home stand versus Davis on Sept. 24, Wheatland on Oct. 1 and the Pioneer Valley League opener versus Center on Oct. 8.
While the preparation time for Friday’s opener is less than in years past, don’t think that the Falcon coaches aren’t putting an emphasis on the team’s five non-league dates this season. Because of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s new playoff format –now in its second season – all games, even in August -help carry weight in a team’s bid to qualify for the playoffs.
JC grid watch
Sierra College’s season opener at Butte College on Sept. 11, has been moved to Oroville’s Harrison Stadium and will be played under the mantra “Oroville City Classic.” Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. with proceeds from the tilt benefiting Oroville and Las Plumas High School. The host Roadrunners enter the game as NorCal’s No. 5 rated team while the Wolverines are ninth…. American River, which opens Sept. 11 at Cabrillo College in Aptos, has two former ex-Colfax Falcons suiting up in receiver Mike Olson and linebacker Colton Russi.
Without a whole lot of drum roll or fanfare, it’s time for this fearless pigskin prognosticator to check in with his infamous prep football predictions. Readers should be reminded that selections and comments below are done throughout the season with tongue in cheek and by no means an indicator that anyone should bet the farm on the writer’s sometimes bumbling choices: Anyway, off we go:
Colfax 27 El Camino 14 – This is a game that two decades ago wouldn’t have even been thought about being scheduled.
Bear River 22 Cordova 15 – See above for this first-time match-up.
Woodcreek 21 Lincoln 20 – Word is Zebras held their own with NU in scrimmage last Saturday.
Placer 57 Vallejo 12 – Hooray for the Apaches for not changing their nickname but it won’t matter in this one.
El Dorado 33 Foothill 30 – El Do has a Div. I recruit in 6-3 220-pound tight end J.D. Darr.
Elsewhere: McQueen 26 NU 21; Bishop Gorman 28 Del Oro 21.
UPSET SPECIAL: Los Banos 34 Rocklin 20; Granite Bay 26 Carson City 17; Grant 30 Folsom 24.