Fall is in the air, it’s a tad cooler … perfect for Friday night football. Four of the five county teams play at home this week. Tonight, Union Mine hosts Colfax; El Dorado entertains Brookside Christian; Golden Sierra welcomes Rio Americano and Ponderosa is at Cordova. Tomorrow, Oak Ridge is home to Washington-Fremont.
Colfax (0-2) at Union Mine (0-2)
One thing is certain about tonight’s football game between Union Mine and Colfax: Someone is going to walk off a winner at Carl Fickle Stadium in El Dorado.
Both the Diamondbacks and Falcons come into their nonleague contest at 0-2. Last Friday at Lake of the Pines, Union Mine lost to Bear River, 35-8 while Colfax lost to El Camino, 28-13.
“Colfax is young on offense and more experienced on defense,” Union Mine head coach Dave Johnson said. “They play disciplined, hard-nosed football, but are also a pretty wide open offensive team. They are one of the best high school football programs around, regardless of size.”
According to Johnson, senior running back Sean Tow, who has rushed for more than 2,000 yards each of the last two seasons, is expected to play tonight. Tow missed the first two games with a hamstring injury.
The D’backs can also count on junior running back Jake Horn (25 carries, 125 yards last week) and Tyler Parker (4 carries, 40 yards; 4 receptions, 35 yards) to help the offense.
Union Mine by a touchdown.
Ponderosa (1-0) at Cordova (0-2)
The former Sierra Valley Conference rivals meet in Rancho Cordova for a nonleague game with something to prove.
The Bruins want to prove that they are going to be tough to beat on the road as well as home as they demonstrated last Friday when they destroyed Valley, 63-0. Cordova is playing its first home game of the season after playing its first two games on the road, including falling to Bella Vista 42-6 last Friday.
New Cordova football coach Vance Mueller was the Oak Ridge freshmen football coach for four seasons before taking over the Lancers’ program in January.
Ponnderosa is a close game, decided in the fourth quarter.
Brookside Christian (0-1) at El Dorado (1-1)
Can the Cougars be 2-1 with a win over the Knights before the night is over?
It’s possible if El Dorado can shore up its run defense, tighten the pass coverage and avoid the 50/50 ball that went for interceptions last week.
A win in Placerville could give the Cougars momentum going into their nonleague finale at intra-county rival Golden Sierra next Friday.
El Dorado to win.
Rio Americano (0-2) at Golden Sierra (1-1)
Golden Sierra used a tough defense to beat Johnson for its first win of the season last Saturday afternoon in Sacramento, 20-19. Rio Americano was belted by Jesuit, 45-7, also last Saturday.
It’s possible Golden Sierra and El Dorado could be 2-1 each when they see each other next week in Garden Valley.
The Grizzlies with the home field win this one.
Washington-Fremont (0-1) at Oak Ridge (2-0) Saturday 7 p.m.
Oak Ridge is holding its inaugural showcase, Football for Families, which will feature seven games in two days. Part of the proceeds from the event goes toward supporting Families and Sierra Forever Families that assist foster children.
Trojans head coach Eric Cavaliere said the Huskies run a spread formation from the Pistol offense, and run a similar defense as the Trojans.
“A balanced team, very athletic,” Cavaliere said. “We’re going to see some good athletes.”
Trojans win their third without a loss.
Note: To see Cavaliere’s comments on Football for Families and the Trojans’ game against the Huskies, click on the youtube.com link below — youtu.be/CoNRDIt6uhU.