Week 4 grid preview

By From page A11 | September 27, 2013

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

Oak Ridge hosts Vacaville; El Dorado opens Sierra Valley Conference action at Vista del Lago; and Union Mine opens conference play at River City.

Ponderosa and Golden Sierra have byes.

Vacaville (2-1) at Oak Ridge (4-0)

The Trojans face an offensive-minded Bulldogs’ team that averages 400 yards per game.

“Vacaville will present a huge challenge for us,” Troy coach Eric Cavaliere said. “They are very difficult to manage, execute very well and are extremely quick with all 11 players.”

On defense, Vacaville runs a base 3-5 similar to the alignment Grant and Franklin played against Oak Ridge earlier this year.

“They aren’t as big as Grant but they are disciplined and play hard,” Cavaliere said.

The Bulldog defense will face Oak Ridge quarterback Ian Book whose completed 74-of-120 passes for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns, primarily to Jacob Sipes, Trent Buenzli and Justin Priest.

On defense, the Trojans feature Thomas Mahlman, James Portilla, Buenzli and Colton Giorgi.

Cavaliere is a 1987 Vacaville High alumnus. Enough said.

El Dorado (3-1) at Vista del Lago (3-1)

Going into the conference opener, El Dorado head coach Joe Volek feels this game will be his Cougars’ biggest challenge.

“Vista is very well coached and has very good players,” Volek said. “We will have our hands full.”

So will the Eagles who’ll have their hands full with a Cougars offense that MaxPreps ranks No. 14 in the country (rushing) and second in the state and section in total offense. El Dorado averages 416.5 rushing yards per game, 547 total offensive yards and 51.3 points per game.

The Cougar running attack features Logan Kirby and Derek Delfino. Quarterback Nick Bonniksen has thrown for 520 yards and six scores.

On defense, Derek Delfino, Talen Vancleave and Jeremiah Romero lead the Cougars in tackles.

Can El Dorado’s offense continue to churn out yards against Vista? The answer comes tonight.

Union Mine (0-4) at River City (1-3)

The Diamondbacks hope to carry over the strong start they had last week against Ponderosa to their league opener in West Sacramento tonight.

On offense, Austin Rigsby leads Union Mine in rushing with 59 carries for 233 yards. Matt Cathey has scored three touchdowns while leading the team with 14 tackles along with Kyle McDonald who has 12.

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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