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Week 6 Grid Picks: PVL Openers Highlight Choices

Bruins-Colfax 'Game of the Week'
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
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The curtain rises on the Pioneer Valley League football chase this Friday night as after five weeks of taking on non-league opposition, PVL squads get to start pounding on each other. Last week's record of 5-1 on prep picks in PVL games raises the season slate to 38-11, good for a win percentage of .706. This week shapes up like this: Bear River at Colfax - The PVL "Game of the Week" will come from Marson Stadium in Colfax where the host Falcons, 3-2, put their modest three game win streak on the line against Bear River's undefeated Bruins, 5-0. This contest matches a pair of teams that showed both good balance on offense along with strong defense in the pre-season as the Falcons surrendered just 63 points and the Bruins 94. Colfax's two losses (Argonaut and El Camino) are to teams that combined are 9-1. This one comes down to Bear River's senior-laden team against the Falcons' young upstarts. In a pick 'em, take the Bruins by a field goal, 27-24. Foothill at Placer In Auburn, Homecoming is in the air this week and coach Joey Montoya has the task of keeping his players focused on playing football, not working on parade floats and coaching powder-puff games. It shouldn't be too tough though with 1-4 Foothill as the opposition. If Placer, the prohibitive PVL pre-season favorite this year, is trying to make this a season to remember, they'll have to go back aways to do so. Placer's last league football title came in 1998, a shared with Roseville, and it's last "outright" crown way-back in 1980 when the Hillmen led by Terry Spivey and Carl Hanley won the SFL and were also "mythical" state champs. This week Montoya clears his bench early, Placer 45, Foothill 14. Lincoln at Center The Zebras are still in shock from last Friday's "Wedding Boquet Toss" two-point conversion pass by Oakmont with no time on the clock that resulted in a 44-43 loss to the Vikings. The Zebras shouldn't feel too bad about being victimized by the play because Scotts Valley used the same trick set-up to score a two-point conversion against Bear River last Saturday. What the Zebras do well this season is run the football. In five games they have already racked up 2,132 rushing yards with five backs over 200 yards rushing including James Hubbard who is already nearing the 800 yard mark. Meanwhile, Center has speed to burn. Let's go with the Cougars, 33-24. Elsewhere: Nevada Union 25 Rocklin 16; Del Oro 24 Woodcreek 14; Granite Bay 32 Roseville 12.