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High School Football Week 9: Oakmont to face rising Rio Linda

Roseville travels to Rocklin; Granite Bay seeks to avoid letdown at Woodcreek
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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FRIDAY NIGHT’S GAMES

 

OAKMONT AT RIO LINDA, 7 P.M.

Notes: The Vikings (3-5, 1-2 CVC) travel to face a team that is scalding. The Knights (7-1, 3-0) jumped all over Casa Roble last week, taking a 21-0 lead after one quarter on the way to a 49-22 victory.

Rio Linda’s defense mauled the Rams with 10 sacks, including four by Riley Smith and three by Michael Shane. Keenan Hunt had an interception and a fumble recovery, and Leonard Skattebo had an interception to go with 166 yards rushing in just nine carries.

Meanwhile, Oakmont’s defense was nails, too, limiting Bella Vista to 102 total yards in a 41-14 blowout victory at home. Paytn Countryman and Trevor Fischer each had two sacks as the Vikings totaled six. Trey Olson recovered a fumble, and Tino Loconte blocked a field goal.

GRANITE BAY AT WOODCREEK, 7:30 P.M.

Notes: If you had a dollar for every time a Granite Bay coach said to the Grizzlies (5-3, 3-0 SFL) this week at practice, “Don’t look past them,” how much would you collect?

Granite Bay is coming off a huge 21-7 victory over Del Oro and is in sole possession of first place with Nevada Union looming in the final week of the regular season. Woodcreek (2-6, 0-3 SFL) has lost five in a row, its latest loss 42-17 to Rocklin. But the Timberwolves have money players in quarterback Stephen Nogosek (1,727 yards passing, 15 touchdowns), running back Mitchell Layton (772 yards, eight touchdowns) and receivers Blake Robinson (30 catches, 451 yards, six touchdowns) and Seth York (28 catches, 368 yards).

Woodcreek’s issues continue to be defense and turnovers. Rocklin quarterback Logan Webb passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns on 17 completions last week, and the Timberwolves lost three fumbles.

ROSEVILLE AT ROCKLIN, 7:30 P.M.

Notes: The Tigers (1-7, 0-3 SFL) had no illusions of grandeur before the season. Roseville took the field with three seniors who saw significant playing time last season, so everything the Tigers accomplish is a building block for 2013, when this junior class combines its 9-1 JV record of 2011 with this fall’s JV sophomores, who are 7-1.

Roseville’s next challenge is Rocklin (4-4, 2-1), which is drooling for a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth and needs to win its last two games to guarantee one, based on section criteria (six overall wins and at least two in league play).

Nevada Union’s Kyle Cota passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-19 win at Roseville last week. Rocklin’s passing attack is at least an equal measuring stick on which to base improvement and lessons learned. Thunder receiver Dominic Giampaoli had six catches for 253 yards and three touchdowns against Woodcreek.

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 2

 

VALLEY CHRISTIAN VS. WOODLAND CHRISTIAN AT HIGHLANDS, 7 P.M.

Notes: The Lions (3-6, 3-4 SMAL) are idle tonight and will finish the season against the Cardinals (6-2, 4-2), who were blown out by Foresthill 45-13 last week in a battle for a share of first place in the SMAL.

Valley Christian failed to score in a 48-0 loss at Woodland Christian on Sept. 28, but the Lions scored plenty last week in a 54-30 homecoming victory over Delta. Teagan Mowry rambled for 154 of Valley Christian’s 309 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns. He also had 12 tackles. Caleb Van Patten and Josh Bowden each had a scoring run and catch, and Van Patten completed a monster game with 19 unassisted tackles and 23 total.

The Lions’ underclassmen also stepped up. Freshmen Tyler Stoever and Grant Woodside combined for 15 tackles, freshman Will Robinson had an interception, and sophomore Chance Murphy had a fumble recovery.