JOSH WELLMAN, pictured against Rocklin, leads the Trojans in rushing. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


Football preview: Trojans face athletic Wildcats

By From page A9 | September 13, 2013

Two of the five El Dorado County high school football teams remain undefeated going into this weekend’s nonleague games.

In tonight’s action, Oak Ridge plays its first road game at Franklin, Ponderosa stays home to face Cordova while Union Mine visits Colfax.

Two county squads play under the sun Saturday: El Dorado plays at Brookside Christian and Golden Sierra ventures to Rio Americano.

Oak Ridge (2-0) at Franklin-Elk Grove (2-0)

Another big test for the Trojans. Franklin runs the spread offense that has produced 36.5 points per game. The Wildcats’ defense has given up two touchdowns per game.

“Franklin will present the challenge of speed and athleticism for us,” Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavaliere said. “They are highly athletic and many play makers on both sides of the ball. They run to the ball well on defense.”

This game will feature two sophomore quarterbacks: Oak Ridge’s Ian Book (501 yards, 5 touchdowns) and Franklin’s Lamar Jackson (308, 5).

Oak Ridge running back Josh Wellman has 31 carries for 147 yards. The Trojans have three receivers with more than 100 yards after two games; Jacob Sipes, Justin Priest and Trent Buenzli.

On defense, Trojan linebackers Thomas Mahlman and Buenzli,and defensive backs Colton Giorgi and James Portilla have 10 or more tackles each.

“Our key will be disciplined Oak Ridge football — team defense and team offense will get it done,” Cavaliere said.

Look for Oak Ridge and Franklin to settle this game in the second half.

Cordova (0-2) at Ponderosa (2-0)

The competition gets tougher for Ponderosa, which plays a much improved Cordova squad in the battle of former Sierra Valley Conference foes.

Leading the Bruins’ offense are running backs Austin Tibbs, who has rushed for 92 yards this season, and Tyrone Scalero, who has 81 yards. Josh Bist has 121-all purpose yards. Bruin Xavier Valles leads the team in tackles with 15, TJ Shamblin has 13 and Joseph DelVallle 11.

Ponderosa is looking to leave its field with a win.

Union Mine (0-2) at Colfax (2-0)

This game could be decided in the air; the Diamondbacks are averaging almost 110 yards per game, and the same holds true for the Falcons.

D’back receiver Nate Brown has 97 yards receiving this season. Matt Cathey has rushed for 80 yards.

El Dorado (1-1) at Brookside Christian (0-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.

After two consecutive home games, El Dorado plays Brookside Christian at Lincoln High of Stockton. Last fall, the Knights won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI title.

The Cougars’ offense is balanced behind quarterback Nick Bonniksen (205 yards, 2 touchdowns) and  running backs Derek Delfino, Logan Kirby and Bradley Schmidt.

Golden Sierra (0-2) at Rio Americano (0-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.

The Grizzlies play their first road game in Sacramento with two simple goals: continue improving and win their first game of the season.

Jeff Klahn has 11 carries for 130 yards for Golden Sierra. On defense, Sam Steward and Brian Cann have more than 21 tackles each.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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