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Roseville-area high school football: Week 6 capsules

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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FRIDAY NIGHT’S GAMES

Valley Christian at Woodland Christian, 7 p.m.

Notes: The Cardinals (4-1 overall, 2-1 Sacramento Metro Athletic League) have just four seniors on their 32-player roster, but they average 36.8 points per game. Sophomore Carter Winn has rushed for 498 yards in 47 carries (10.6 yards per rush) and scored eight touchdowns, and junior Chance Stocking has 377 yards in 53 carries. Junior Kameron Arnold has caught 14 of quarterback Josh Truesdell’s 30 completions for 361 yards and eight touchdowns. Truesdell, a sophomore, also has run for three scores.

Defensively, senior Tyler Maszk leads Woodland Christian with 9.6 tackles per game, including 18 against Delta. Sophomore Paul Vithayaveroj averages 8.6 tackles and senior Brandon Brooks 8.2.

Placer at Woodcreek, 7:30 p.m.

Notes: The Timberwolves (2-2) are coming off their idle week and play host to the Hillmen (4-0) who, in their season opener, defeated Modesto-Central Catholic, which went on to beat Stockton-St. Mary’s, which last week pounded Stockton-Lincoln.

On top of all that, senior Eddie Vanderdoes has a hamburger, designed by and named for the 6-foot-4, 305-pound USC commit: the “Big Eddie,” at Local Heroes in Auburn. So yes, Placer is legit.

The teams lined up to pound one common opponent. Woodcreek torched Casa Roble 49-34 on Aug. 31, and Placer destroyed the Rams 63-21 on Sept. 14.

Woodcreek, which allows 42 points per game, will try to stop a Placer offense averaging 48.8 points and 472 yards. Placer’s defense isn’t to be ignored either. The Hillmen have 12 sacks, six interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Stockton-Lincoln at Granite Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Notes: These teams met last Nov. 25 for a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game. Ten months later, both are under the hood tuning up their engines one week before the start of league games.

Granite Bay is 1-3 and coming off an overtime loss to Pittsburg. Lincoln, an early choice among regional media to contend for a section banner, is 2-2 after being hammered by Stockton nemesis St. Mary’s 51-18.

Oakmont at Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.

Notes: The Vikings have lost three in a row since beating Foothill in their opener. Oakmont has a balanced running attack with quarterback Taylor Laird (306 yards, three touchdowns) and Caspian Hamric (298, three), and Justin Holmes is a playmaker with 18 catches for 344 yards and three scores.

One problem is turnovers. The Vikings have lost six fumbles and thrown three interceptions, and they’ve occurred mostly in the red zone — theirs or their opponent’s.

Lincoln (3-1) has pulverized Natomas, Highlands and Mesa Verde, which are a combined 3-8, and lost to Wheatland, which is 3-1. Senior James Hubbard leads a run-happy attack — the Fighting Zebras average 422 yards per game — with 440 yards and nine touchdowns, and seniors Lukas Falcon and Jordan Tayeh and junior Eddy Cobleigh each have more than 200 yards.

Oct. 5

Roseville at Granite Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Notes: While the Tigers (1-4) and their junior-heavy lineup have improved each week, the Grizzlies (1-3) were shocked by Pittsburg 28-27 in overtime last week.

Roseville head coach Larry Cunha and his staff will get a shot to watch Granite Bay up close and personal tonight when the Grizzlies act as hosts to Stockton-Lincoln in a rematch of last season’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.