High School Football Week 9: Granite Bay, Del Oro meet for first place in SFLBy: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
VALLEY CHRISTIAN VS. DELTA AT HIGHLANDS, 7 P.M.
Notes: The Lions (2-6, 2-4 SMAL) have allowed 60 points three times this season, including the last two, but they set a season best in points allowed when they shellacked the Saints (0-8, 0-6) 40-6 on Sept. 14. Valley Christian quarterback Cameron Woodside ran for four touchdowns and passed to Teagan Mowry for a score.
This is Valley Christian’s homecoming game. Interestingly, the first meeting in Clarksburg was Delta’s homecoming.
The Saints have had a rough time scoring points this season. They’ve been shut out four times and scored 46 of their 72 points in two high-scoring losses to Cristo Rey. Running back Vince Heffington scored two touchdowns in a loss to Woodland Christian. Delta also has trouble on defense. The Saints have allowed 382 points, 47.8 per game.
BELLA VISTA AT OAKMONT, 7 P.M.
Notes: The Vikings (2-5, 0-2 CVC) jumped on Del Campo last week in taking a 14-0 lead, but the Cougars (5-2, 2-0) didn’t panic and came back to roll 52-27. Now, Oakmont plays host to Bella Vista (4-3, 1-1) on Senior Night in their final home game.
Oakmont junior Justin Holmes remains the main target of senior quarterback Taylor Laird, who passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns last week. Two of Holmes’ five receptions were for touchdowns. He has 35 catches for 573 yards and eight touchdowns. Junior Issac Thornton had three catches for 120 yards and two scores.
Bella Vista edged Casa Roble 31-30 last week. Junior quarterback Austin Harmer scored in the final minute, and soccer star Tyler Miguel kicked the extra point. Harmer has completed 51 percent of his passes and has nine interceptions against three touchdowns.
DEL ORO AT GRANITE BAY, 7:30 P.M.
Notes: The Grizzlies (4-3, 2-0) and Golden Eagles (3-4, 2-0) have taken different, bumpy roads toward another clash for first place in the Sierra Foothill League.
Granite Bay edged rugged Rocklin 41-34 in double OT last week. The officiating crew heard it from each side of a big crowd at Rocklin’s stadium, including a call of too many players on the field when Rocklin kicked what would have been a go-ahead field goal with six seconds left in regulation. Only the player who rushed onto the field was Rocklin’s 11th player, not its 12th. The Thunder missed wide right on its next try.
Meanwhile, Del Oro welcomed back Brandon Monroe, and the senior scored two touchdowns on a 96-yard kickoff return and a 62-yard interception return. Otherwise, the Eagles scored one touchdown on offense against the junior-dominated — and improving — Tigers, who were pummeled by Granite Bay 45-6 a week earlier.
ROCKLIN AT WOODCREEK, 7:30 P.M.
Notes: The Timberwolves (2-5, 0-2 SFL) have spotted their first two SFL foes — Del Oro and Nevada Union — 17-point leads in the first quarter.
Woodcreek next plays host to a Rocklin (3-4, 1-1) team that couldn’t run on Granite Bay last week — and didn’t try much, for that matter with 16 carries for 30 yards — but slung it all over the field. Quarterbacks Logan Webb and Daniel Kniffin combined for 28 completions in 49 attempts for 361 yards, including 303 yards and four touchdowns by Webb, a junior.
On top of that, the Thunder is rumbling over its 41-34 loss to Granite Bay in double overtime. The Grizzlies scored two touchdowns on interception returns.
NEVADA UNION AT ROSEVILLE, 7:30 P.M.
Notes: The Tigers (1-6, 0-2 SFL) continue to grow, and the improvement continues to show. Roseville let Del Oro’s Dylan Kainrath run a little too wild last week (nine carries for 96 yards) but limited star senior Brandon Monroe to 48 yards in 11 carries and shut down Mark Leveron, who had 17 yards in nine carries one week after shredding Woodcreek for 112 yards in 12 carries.
Bottom line, Roseville kept Del Oro’s offense out of the end zone until the fourth quarter in a 24-7 loss.
The Tigers’ next test comes against Nevada Union (4-3, 1-1), which is coming off a 45-7 rebound victory over Woodcreek. Quarterback Kyle Cota passed for 276 yards and a touchdown, and Hank Humphers and Tanner Vallejo each ran for two scores.