As temperatures cool, the action heats up

By From page A11 | October 12, 2012

All division matchups tonight on the gridiron. Two teams, Ponderosa and Golden Sierra, are unblemished in league and play at home: the Bruins hosting Pleasant Grove while the Grizzlies entertain the Highlands Scots. The other local game has El Dorado welcoming Cosumnes Oaks and on the road, Oak Ridge travels to Sheldon.

Fall is upon us. Expect cooler temperatures so bundle up.

Pleasant Grove (4-2, 1-0) at Ponderosa (5-1, 1-0)

The Bruins want carryover from last week’s big win at Jesuit. The Eagles come in as the defending section champs and will be formidable.

Ponderosa should expect a run-oriented team (264 yards oer game) led by Isaiah Saunders. If Pleasant Grove turns to the air, quarterback Deaundre Terrell (10 touchdowns) likes to look to Wyatt Demps.

The Bruins’ defense was stellar against the Marauders. Ponderosa’s front four really stepped up as did the linebackers led by Jeff Camilli as well as the secondary.

To beat the Eagles, the Bruins need an encore from the defense and enough points from the offense. There’s no margin for error. Anything less won’t do it.

Highlands (4-3, 3-0) at Golden Sierra (3-3, 2-0)

The Grizzlies return home on a good roll after two solid road wins, one against last year’s Sierra Delta League champs, Bradshaw Christian, who went on to win the section.

Now that the Griz know they can defeat the best, their focus should be on the Scots who utilize a trio of quarterbacks and feature running back John Abalos.

Both teams have yet to drop a league game. To reach victory, Golden Sierra needs to stay the course, play tough defense/ball-control offense and win the turnover battle.

Oak Ridge (5-1, 0-1) at Sheldon (3-3, 0-1)

The Trojans look to even their Delta River League record. The history between these two has favored the Huskies who’ve won in each of the last three years by a combined nine points — one a playoff game.

Oak Ridge needs to forget last week’s loss to Folsom and focus on stopping Sheldon quarterback Nolan Merker and Husky running back Curtis Juniel. The Trojans counter with quarterback Jason Samuels, receiver Byron Spain and all-purpose utility player Josh Wellman.

Oak Ridge wins this one.

Cosumnes Oaks (5-1, 2-0) @ El Dorado (2-4, 0-2)

The Cougars need their first Sierra Valley Conference victory but that’ll be a tough road against the Wolfpack.

El Dorado’s priority is to eliminate mistakes and prevent Cosumnes Oaks from a fast start. The Wolfpack have balance, speed and a scoring average of 55 points after two league wins.

It’s going to take the Cougars’ best effort to stay in this one.



Jerry Heinzer

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