The two El Dorado County teams still alive both play in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section second-round games tonight.
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Oak Ridge hosts Granite Bay in Division I while Golden Sierra makes the long trek to Mariposa in the Division V battle of Grizzlies. Game time for both games are 7 p.m.
Granite Bay at Oak Ridge
For a third consecutive year, Oak Ridge (10-1) plays Granite Bay (8-3) in postseason but this time it’s on the Trojans’ field in El Dorado Hills. Last December, Granite Bay defeated Oak Ridge in the section’s D-I title game. In 2011 in Granite Bay, the Grizzlies won a quarterfinal matchup.
“Here we are again with Granite Bay,” Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavaliere said. “Our paths seem to always meet at this time of year. We are excited about the opportunity to play them at home and establish ourselves as a top quality program. To be the best you have to play the best.”
The Grizzlies are a very typical team for them, Cavaliere said. They are “disciplined, physical, athletic and possess a high desire to win.” Granite Bay runs the Fly offense that averages 215 yards on the ground and 177 yards passing.
“We need to match their intensity and play our best game of the year,” Cavaliere said. “I have a ton of confidence that our players will attack and come into (tonight’s game) prepared and ready to win.”
Oak Ridge’s offense behind quarterback Ian Book (164-272, 2,186 yards, 28 touchdowns) and his running backs, tight ends and wide receivers will be a factor as will the Trojan defense.
Fans can expect this game to be hard-fought from kick-off to the final seconds.
Golden Sierra at Mariposa
This is the second playoff meeting between Golden Sierra (6-5) and Mariposa (9-3) in the last four years. In 2010, Golden Sierra made the long journey to Mariposa to post a 27-14 victory.
“We are very excited with the opportunity (tonight),” Golden Sierra head coach John Hilton said. “Mariposa is a strong opponent with a good mix of speed and size.”
The Grizzlies will face a 4-4 defensive front led by a solid group of linebackers. On offense, Mariposa runs the Pro-I formation.
“They pass the ball well and have two receivers with size that will challenge our defensive backs,” Hilton said.
Hilton feels the advantage could be the kicking game.
“We feel we have an advantage in the kicking game and hope to win this aspect of the game as far as field position,” Hilton said.
In recent weeks, Golden Sierra has lived and died by its rushing attack that averages 200 yards per game, led by quarterback Daniel Lesher and half-dozen running backs. Its passing game has averaged nearly 100 yards.
Should be cold. If the visiting Grizzlies establish the run they could emerge winners.
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