SFL Showdown highlights tonight's high school football slate
GRANITE BAY (2-6, 1-3 SFL) at WOODCREEK (4-4, 2-2 SFL), 7:30 p.m.
Players to watch:
Granite Bay: QB Jade Foddrill (10), QB John Poulus (14), RB/S Chris Osby (28), WR Brad Jones (6), TE/DE Alex Martinez (5), FB/LB Drew Yeargin (32), Evan Tattersall (9)
Woodcreek: QB Matt Gordon (5), WR/S Brandon Davis (25), TE Matt Willford (19), RB/LB Isaiah Ajayi (1), WR/S Naequan Parker (2), WR Andrew Knapp (10), RB/CB Tyler England (21), RB/CB Daniel Ross (7)
Offenses: Two playoff-hungry teams meet on the gridiron tonight as Granite Bay takes on SFL rival Woodcreek. Both teams are fresh off big wins at home after the Grizzlies took down Nevada Union for their first league win and the Timberwolves beat Rocklin for the first time in program history. If Woodcreek ends up defeating Granite Bay tonight, that would be another program-first as the Grizzlies enter tonight's matchup with a 17-0 all-time record against the T-Wolves. In fact, only two of the last ten meetings have been decided by seven points or less, including last year’s 28-21 decision that favored Granite Bay.
Defenses: Last week’s win over Rocklin proved Woodcreek’s defense is much improved. The team held the Thunder to 14 points, only 104 rush yards and shook up the league standings. If the T-Wolves slow down Granite Bay’s hard-nosed rushing attack and limit quarterback Jade Foddrill’s big play ability, they have a chance to win the game and solidify their playoff spot. But Granite Bay desperately needs a win — this week and next — to stay alive and the Grizzlies employ a strong defensive unit as well. With so much riding on the outcome of this game, tonight’s SFL showdown promises to deliver big plays, rain or shine.
Prediction: Granite Bay 28, Woodcreek 31 OT
ROSEVILLE (7-1, 4-1 CVC) at PONDEROSA (2-6, 1-4 CVC), 7 p.m.
Players to watch:
Roseville: QB Nick Martig (16), TE/DE Jimmy Jaggers (82), RB/S Brendan McMinn (32), RB Jay Razzano (23), WR/CB Jeriah Crawley (25), WR Josh Clark (11), NG Hayden Simpson (22), LB Nico Andrada (52)
Ponderosa: QB/SS Scott Martin (1), RB/LB Kris Charron (25), WR Julian Hassan (16), WR/FS Tanner Smith (3), OLB Nic Bera (33), MLB/FB Clayton Macauley (34)
Offenses: En route to one of their biggest wins of the season last Friday, Roseville’s running back Jay Razzano tallied an eye-popping 222 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns as he helped the Tigers claim sole possession of second place in the CVC with a 35-14 win over Whitney. Razzano and co. will look for another convincing win this week as they head up the hill to face Ponderosa. The Tigers are undefeated away from Hanson field, but want to secure two more wins this season to ensure at least one home playoff game. Look for Roseville to establish the run early and force the Bruins to air it out.
Defenses: Thanks to interceptions from Nico Andrada and Joseph Flores, plus a three-sack performance from Hayden Simpson, the Tigers defense held Whitney to just 14 points last Friday. They limited big plays from one of the league’s most explosive passing attacks. This week, they’ll shift their focus to slowing down dual-threat quarterback Scott Martin. The Bruins run a lot of read-option and have two quick pass catchers in Tanner Smith and Julian Hassan to hurt defenses when they stack the box. Look for Roseville to hone in on Martin and limit his quick reads in the passing game. If the Tigers can get ahead early, their defense should be able to force turnovers and help Roseville claim the road win.
Prediction: Roseville 42, Ponderosa 13
OAKMONT (5-3, 2-3 CVC) vs. DEL CAMPO (3-5, 1-4 CVC), 7 p.m.
Players to watch:
Oakmont: QB Jake Knapp (5), TE/DE Connor Gagain (82), RB Ray Meza (34), WR Erik Holmsen (11), LB/WR Kody Tagert (3), TE/DE Eric Yeager (86), DB/WR Jorden Grayson (4)
Del Campo: QB Tyler Dimino (2), RB/OLB Greg Cabral (21), WR/CB David Joseph (13), CB/WR Devahn Metoyer (3), SS/TE Chris Bice (10), G Stephan Poe (79), TE/MLB Alex Meeks (33)
Offenses: Fresh off the best game of his season to date, Oakmont quarterback Jake Knapp will be the focal point of the Vikings offense once again this week. Against Ponderosa, the senior signal caller threw for 259 yards completing 14 of his 19 pass attempts and tossing two touchdowns. He also ran for another and caught a halfback pass in the second half. His big night helped Oakmont become playoff eligible with five wins and two league wins, but the Vikings most likely still need one more win this season to get an at-large bid. Del Campo sits in a similar boat and needs to win-out to earn a postseason bid.
Defenses: The Vikings’ big win last Friday was made possible by a late defensive stand as they eked out a 36-28 victory. They’ll need a similarly strong performance against Del Campo’s offense, which has put up 219 points this season. Luckily, the Cougars defense has allowed the third-most points of any CVC team this season (230) which is good news for Knapp, who already has the third-most passing yards in the CVC this year. With improvement on both sides of the ball, and the taste of last year’s 39-13 loss at Del Campo still fresh on their mind, the Vikings are hungry for a redemption win tonight.
Prediction: Oakmont 33, Del Campo 31
Steven's record: 4-1 last week (28-10 this season)