September 24, 2011
Themes, trends, highlights to ponder for Week 4 of prep football action; all to be discussed on SureWest Sports Radio Show

Week 4 Friday night action is in the books. Here are some quickie thoughts to ponder now and all part of the big-picture menue on Saturday morning's Sure West Sports Radio Show with co-host Mike Finnerty from 9-10 a.m. on ESPN1320:

* Pleasant Grove looked and performed like the top-ranked team in the region, drilling No. 8 Roseville 63-14. Roseville came in averaging nearly 50 points a game but was devoured on the lines.

* No. 7 Elk Grove answered more critics with its 23-7 win at No. 3 Nevada Union. Robert Frazier was superb with 198 yards rushing and a sealing 78-yard touchdown romp, and the defense pitched another shutout as NU scored on a fumble. Elk Grove has a bye then plays host to No. 4 Grant in a Delta Valley League opener. And listen....the boo birds have been silenced in Elk Grove.

* No. 15 Sheldon beat 3-0 Laguna Creek 22-21 on a 20-yard last-play swing pass from Davon Chapple to Josh Hadley and then coach Josh Crabtree went for two and the win. Chapple hit Nate Iese for the conversion and last week's loss to Elk Grove on this same field was officially history.

* The Burbank Titans unveiled their new stadium - a palace on Florin Road - and backed it up with a 45-0 rout of Johnson. .At long last, the Titans are done with gopher-filled games. Titans coach John Heffernan was ecstatic, saying "this is what high school football is all about."

* The night's somber feel was at Cosumnes Oaks, where before the kickoff with Union Mine the school band formed the number 26 in honor of Jurell Davis. The sophomore defensive back on the junior varsity team who died this week from an asthma attack. Union Mine won 14-7, capping what Cosumnes Oaks coach Scooter Gomes called, "the toughest week in my life."

* Colfax, with an enrollment of 850, outlasted Davis, the largest school in the section, in a shootout 48-40 as Hunter Perez and Aaron Young led the charge.

* No. 2 Del Oro rolled Oakmont 60-20 as Bobby Heatherington tossed three of his four touchdowns to Russell Smith, who can do just about anything. Del Oro (4-1) now has a bye.

* Does Roseville and Nevada Union losing devalue the Sierra Foothill League any? Absolutely not, and the e-mailers and trolls and the like who suggest this must be dealing with heat stroke. For starters, it's not as if Roseville and NU lost to unranked patsies. Pleasant Grove and Elk Grove could be considered early contenders to reach Section D-I and D-II title games, respectively.

How Roseville and NU respond is the real curiosity.

* No. 11 Placer rolled 4-0 Woodland and do-all quarterback marvel Dalen Jones 60-20, and it wasn't even that close as Woodland scored twice on returns. Woodland was held to 81 yards. Placer coach Joey Montoya will be a guest on the Sure West Sports Radio Show on Saturday.

* Inderkum is quietly making another major playoff run after beating Atwater 29-22 to improve to 3-1. The Tigers and coach Terry Stark play at No. 14 Monterey Trail on Friday.

* No. 16 Bear River continues to play superb defense under coordinator Terry Logue, beating River Valley 41-0 a week after beating a 3-0 Woodcreek team that was averaging 54 points 27-10.

* Steaming from a blowout loss to Woodland, El Camino earned its first win of the season with a 51-14 shelling of 3-0 Bella Vista. Jonah Lessard has been courageous in early defeats at quarterback for El Camino and remains "the heart and soul of our team," Eagles coach Adam Reinking said.

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