Three El Dorado County high school football teams continue league action tonight and a fourth plays Saturday afternoon.
Tonight in El Dorado Hills, Oak Ridge opens Delta River League action with a huge test against Folsom. Union Mine travels to Galt to play Liberty Ranch in a Sierra Valley Conference game and Golden Sierra journeys to Sacramento to take on Sierra Delta League foe Bradshaw Christian. Saturday, Ponderosa sees its first Delta River League action at Jesuit in a 2 p.m start. El Dorado has a bye.
Folsom (5-0) at Oak Ridge (5-0)
Trojan head coach Eric Cavaliere and his squad face one of the most pass-happy teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section behind sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, who has passed for 2,010 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“Jake has done an amazing job there at Folsom,” said Cavaliere of Browning.
Troy’s offense is dangerous, too. Oak Ridge has averaged 34.3 points per game. Quarterback Jason Samuels has completed 72-of-121 passes for 963 yards. Oak Ridge has its share of weapons in running backs Josh Wellman and Blake Martin, plus five receivers who have more than 100 yards receiving this season.
Union Mine (0-6, 0-1) at Liberty Ranch (3-3, 1-1)
The Diamondbacks are looking for their first victory of the season. The Hawks are looking to get back on the winning track after losing to Vista del Lago.
The Diamondbacks must contain the Hawks’ rushing game which has six running backs, four of whom have rushed for more than 200 yards this season. If Union Mine can and the D’backs can find rhythm in their offense, they could pull off a surprise.
Golden Sierra (2-3, 1-1) at Bradshaw Christian (3-3, 2-0)
The good news for the visiting Grizzlies is the Pride’s defense has given up an average of 27.1 points per game this season. The unsettling news is that Bradshaw Christian’s offense has averaged 33.1 points per game.
Last Friday’s 35-12 league opener at Vacaville Christian was huge for Golden Sierra, coming off a bye week.
A Grizzly win would give them the mandatory two wins in league needed in order to qualify for the section’s D-VI playoffs.
Ponderosa (4-1) at Jesuit (4-1)
The Bruins are looking to bounce back from last Friday’s 15-13 loss to Rio Linda. Ponderosa faces a Jesuit squad that averages 28.3 points per game.
“We’re excited about opening league play,” said Ponderosa head coach Jason Tenner. “Jesuit is a good football team and we can’t wait to see how we measure up against them.”
Ponderosa faces elite quarterback in Thomas Sperbeck, who Tenner refers to as “the key to everything they do.”
“He throws a great ball and we’ll need to be sharp everywhere on defense if we’re going to slow him down,” Tenner said.
The battle to make post-season continues with the Bruins following the age-old slogan: ‘One game at a time.’
“Every week game will be a tough one,” Tenner said. “Playoff games every week in our league.”
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