News and notes to help get your football Friday game face on...
* Three Sierra Foothill League teams play host to out of town foes, seeking a 3-0 showing. Clovis East (0-1) is at Granite Bay, Clovis West (0-1) is at Del Oro and Monterey Trail (0-1) is at Nevada Union.
All three visitors are craving victory.
* Placer plays host to South Anchorage - now that's a road trip - and prepare for a team that is 3-0 and ranked third in Alaska for large schools. The Wolverines have rallied in each win and lives to run the ball, much like the Hillmen.
* In the year of the quarterback, yet another to ponder is James Harris of Bear River, whose 2-0 teams plays host to 2-0 Golden Sierra, led by 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker Jim Hansen.
I remember many a spirited Golden Empire League or playoff duel between these programs, when Bear River was coached by Terry Logue - now the team's co-coach with Scott Savoie - and Golden Sierra by Terry Cox.
* And another quarterback of intrigue: Kyle Shepherd of Laguna Creek. He ran for 117 yards and a touchdown and passed for 66 and a score to key an 18-6 victory over Florin in an opener. Six sacks paced the Cardinals defense for coach Mark Nill.
* And yet another: Davon Chapple of Sheldon, who passed for 184 yards and two touchdowns, giving him six on the early season. He has a tailback to use in Joshua Hadley, who rushed for 205 yards, including a back-breaking 80-yard touchdown, to beat Lodi 36-13 last week.
* And another - Ryan Peabody of Christian Brothers vows to return this season, sooner than later. The senior quarterback was sidelined against Vanden with a strained knee. Early reports were that he suffered a season-ending knee injury. He in fact has a strain. Saturday, section force Buhach Colony comes for a visit, and next Saturday it's the Holy Bowl against rival Jesuit.
* Speaking of Jesuit, the Marauders are eager for their showdown game Saturday against Del Campo. Jesuit has a new offense to feature new varsity quarterback Tom Sperbeck, the spread. Sperbeck accounted for five touchdowns to beat Rio Americano in the opener.
Jesuit also features a superb kicker in Andrew Nave as the Del Campo game could come down to special teams. Del Campo is down to its third-string quarterback but has a good running game and a strong defense - and a reliable kicker in Tyler Davis, who beat Rancho Cotate with a field goal on Friday, 15-14.
* Falcons and Dimandbacks - In a meeting of small-school playoff powers, Colfax will match wits with Union Mine, led by dangerous and diminutive back Sean Tow, all of 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds but as durable as they come. He scored Colfax for 181 yards on 21 carries and two scores in a 21-7 win en route to a 2,261-yard season with 25 touchdowns.
Colfax counters with Hunter Perez (nine touchdowns in a 2-0 start) and Austin Perry.
* There is life again in Yolo County for Davis, wher the Blue Devils snapped a nine-game losing streak to beat Armijo 27-3 behind sophomore back Winfred Roberson, who had 256 yards and three scores. Armijo now has a 17-game losing skid.
* Looking to jump into the rankings soon is Vista del Lago, fresh off a 56-35 win over previously ranked Antelope. Vista led 42-13 midway through the fourth quarter.
Aaron Young passed for 379 yards and four touchdowns, finding Logan Smith for 156 yards and a score and Chris Cooper for two scores. Ethan Pipion rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns for Vista, meaning this is one dangerously balanced team.
Vista lost its opener to Oak Ridge and plays Cordova tonight.
* And finishing with passers - Speaking of quarterbacks, there will be two on display when No. 10 Roseville visits No. 6 Folsom on Friday.
Folsom is paced by Tanner Trosin, off to a sizzling start, and Roseville is led by Zac Cunha, who isn't as prolific but is 2-0. He has a nice back to work with in Casey Lambert, and the Tigers are eager for payback after getting routed by Folsom in the playoffs last season.
Also look for J.J. Muldrow of Folsom, who has dazzled in two early games.
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