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High school football Week One: Woodcreek to see another passer

Granite Bay, Oakmont, Roseville hit the road
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Friday’s games

Woodcreek at Casa Roble, 7 p.m.: The Timberwolves allowed 689 yards passing and 10 touchdowns by sophomore Jake Browning in their news-making 68-28 loss to Folsom last Friday. Browning’s 10 scoring passes tied the state record.

Tonight, they’ll see another passer in Casa Roble junior Peyton Wilfley, who threw three touchdown passes in a 28-20 victory over Rio Americano last week. Wilfley doesn’t pack the ammo Browning does, but the Timberwolves also will have to stop Kody Jones, who rushed for 191 yards in 12 carries. Folsom ran the ball just four times against Woodcreek.

Overlooked last weekend was Woodcreek senior Stephen Nogosek, who threw for 339 yards and four scores. Blake Robinson caught eight balls for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Roseville at Rio Linda, 7 p.m.: This is the season opener for the Knights who, like the Tigers, have a roster heavy in juniors. For that matter, Rio Linda is heavy period. Of 49 players on the roster, the Tigers have 25 who weigh more than 200 pounds, including two 300-pounders.

Roseville won last year’s meeting 42-21, but Rio Linda went on to finish 7-4 and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. The Knights were blown out by Folsom 56-19 in the first round.

Rio Linda senior Lamar Bible rushed for 652 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Oakmont at Whitney, 7:30 p.m.: Both teams are coming off big offensive outings in their openers. Oakmont outscored Foothill 43-34 at home, and Whitney squashed Napa-Vintage 48-12, scoring all 48 points in the first half.

Whitney had a balanced offense with 193 yards rushing and 179 passing. Wildcats quarterback Drew Romo completed 7 of 9 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.

Whitney allowed 202 yards rushing but only 59 yards passing.

Saturday’s games

Granite Bay at Westlake-Oaks Christian, 7:30 p.m.: The Grizzlies and SFL rival Del Oro swap foes this weekend in Southern California for the second half of the Battle for Veterans in Westlake Village.

Granite Bay lost to Westlake 24-6 on Saturday, one day after Oaks Christian destroyed Del Oro 40-0. Oaks Christian is ranked third in the state this week by maxpreps.com.

The Grizzlies, led by busy linebackers Mason Conen and Cameron Smith, held Westlake to 251 total yards and limited senior running back Dashon Hunt to 71 yards in 14 carries. They also kept him out of the end zone.

Westlake ran a three-quarterback platoon at Granite Bay, but Oaks Christian won’t. Junior Brandon Dawkins completed 12 of 16 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown against Del Oro. He also ran for a score and engineered drives of 69, 73 and 80 yards.

Valley Christian vs. Cristo Rey at San Juan, 7 p.m.: The Lions beat Cristo Rey for their only victory last season, and the teams split two Sacramento Metro Athletic League contests. Cristo Rey opened last week with a 21-14 loss to West Campus.

Valley Christian was held to 160 total yards in its loss to San Juan. Bryan Alvarez had a huge game on defense for the Lions with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery.