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Area gridiron teams ready for tonight’s action

From page A9 | October 04, 2013 | Leave Comment

Four of the five El Dorado County high school football teams are in action tonight.

Ponderosa plays its final nonleague game at Rio Linda. In Sierra Valley Conference action, El Dorado hosts River City while Union Mine is at Cosumnes Oaks. Golden Sierra returns to action with a Sierra Delta League home game against Vacaville Christian.

Oak Ridge (5-0) has its bye week.

Ponderosa (4-0) at Rio Linda (3-1)

Bruins head coach Jason Tenner is happy to have his squad return to action after a bye week.

“We spent the bye week getting healthy.” Tenner said. “We went back to the basics and hopefully we’ll see it pay off Friday.”

Ponderosa will face a 10th-ranked Rio Linda team averaging 28 points of offense while yielding 9 on defense.

“Rio Linda, like everyone left on our schedule, plays good football,” Tenner said. “They are well-coached, physical and talented. They grind opponents down with their physical run game and hit everything that moves on defense.

“For us to be successful we’ll need to bring our ‘A’ game and be physical from the outset. The game should come down to who can minimize mistakes and execute their game plan.”

Ponderosa’s rushing game averages 175.3 yards per game led by Austin Tibbs with 50 carries for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide receiver Josh Bist has 16 receptions for 176 yards and 4 TDs. On defense, Craig McKinnon and Aaron Justice have 30 and 29 tackles, respectively.

River City (1-0, 2-3) at El Dorado (0-1, 3-2)

The Cougars play three of their next five games at home beginning with the Raiders.

River City faces a Cougars team averaging 393 rushing yards per game, led by Logan Kirby (101 carries, 802 yards). Quarterback Nick Bonniksen (65-107, 679 yards and 4 TDs) has targets in Zach Culp, Bradley Schmidt and Derek Delfino. On defense, Delfino leads the team with 64 tackles.

Can El Dorado bounce back from its loss to Vista del Lago? The Cougars can answer that question tonight.

Union Mine (0-1, 0-5) at Cosumnes Oaks (0-0, 2-2)

The Diamondbacks face one of the two Sierra Valley Conference contenders in Elk Grove.

This game could be a rushing contest. Union Mine averages 129 yards per game, and Cosumnes Oaks averages 115. D’back Austin Rigsby has racked up 233 yards while on defense, Kyle McDonald leads with 55 tackles.

Vacaville Christian (0-1, 2-1) at Golden Sierra (0-0, 0-4)

The Grizzlies start their “second” season after their bye week.

On offense, Golden Sierra running back Jeff Klahn leads the team in rushing (21-135). On defense, Grizzly linebacker Sam Steward has 32 tackles.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or 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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