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High school football, week 7: League play begins in SFL, CVC

Roseville visits Granite Bay, Woodcreek at Del Oro in two big games
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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TONIGHT'S GAMES

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AT OAKMONT, 7 P.M.

Notes: While the national media and the Internet are taking their slices of Oakmont’s victory pie over Lincoln on a trick two-point conversion, the Vikings (2-3) still are preparing for their Capital Valley Conference opener.

The Falcons (3-2) are coming off a 28-10 loss to common opponent Whitney. Oakmont (2-3) lost at Whitney 51-6 in week one.

Senior quarterback Caden Noon has passed for 741 yards but has only two touchdowns against four interceptions. He’s also Christian Brothers’ leading rusher with 209 yards. Noon’s favorite receiver is senior Jalen Walker, who has 23 catches for 364 yards.

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

Notes: The Tigers (1-4) have found a running weapon in junior Matt Razzano, who has 444 yards in 72 carries, a 6.2 yards-per-carry average. But, can Roseville run on Granite Bay in this Sierra Foothill League opener? In crushing Stockton-Lincoln 42-14 last week, the Grizzlies (2-3) shut down USC commit Justin Davis to the tune of minus-4 yards in 14 carries in a rematch of last season’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal.

That said, Granite Bay isn’t exactly humming right along yet. The Grizzlies committed seven penalties, one of which nullified a touchdown.

Roseville is swarming to the ball on defense. Austin Ash and Jordan Kunaszyk lead the team in tackles at 7.4 and 7.3 per game, and five players average five stops per game: Gino Espinosa, Bryce Crouch, Naim Hanifah, Jesus Camacho and Daniel Certuche.

WOODCREEK AT DEL ORO, 7:30 P.M.

Notes: So, where will this SFL opener go? The Timberwolves (2-3) are allowing 44 points per game after losing to Placer 54-14 last week. Del Oro (1-4), on the other hand, is having trouble scoring and last week finally found the win column with an impressive 20-13 victory over Union City-James Logan.

The Golden Eagles average 243 total yards per game, but then, consider their competition.

Meanwhile, Woodcreek averages 430 yards. Senior quarterback Stephen Nogosek has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,242 yards and 14 touchdowns, and junior running back Mitchell Layton is on his way to a 1,000-yard season. He has 627 yards and seven touchdowns.

VALLEY CHRISTIAN VS. CRISTO REY AT HIGHLANDS , 7 P.M. SATURDAY

Notes: Since pummeling Delta 40-6, the Lions (2-4, 2-2 Sacramento Metro Athletic League) have been shut out in back-to-back weeks by Modesto-Big Valley Christian 55-0 and Woodland Christian 48-0.

Saturday night’s game marks the second go-round in league play. Valley Christian topped Cristo Rey (1-5, 1-3) in their first meeting 26-18. Nick Norwood rushed for 147 yards in that game but sustained a season-ending injury the next week. Starting quarterback Cameron Woodside sprained a thumb the next week and has been trying to battle back.

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