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High school football: Five games to watch

FIVE GAMES TO WATCH

The Bee’s Joe Davidson previews five notable games this weekend (all start between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. unless noted)

St. Mary’s-Stockton (4-1) at No. 6 Del Oro (2-2)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: The Rams and coach Tony Franks may feel like they have a score to settle with Del Oro. The Golden Eagles ended the Rams’ 11-0 season in the 2009 playoffs, and they ousted them from the playoffs again last year. Del Oro is coming off a stirring 38-35 double-overtime victory against Grant, during which Michael Moore had four touchdown passess, including three to Jonathon Tuttle. Both teams have lost to De La Salle this season.

Ponderosa (4-0) at No. 10 Rio Linda (3-1)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Ponderosa, whose four opponents are a combined 1-17, will get a major test in this one, as it did a year ago when Rio Linda won 15-13. Colby Chiverton has seven touchdown passes and no interceptions and Austin Tibbs has rushed for 300 yards and four touchdowns for Ponderosa. Rio Linda, led by the 1-2 running punch of Marcel Brown and Leo Skattebo, has won three in a row since losing on a last-play blocked field-goal try at Roseville.

Rio Vista (5-0) at Bradshaw Christian (3-2)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: This small-school showcase will affect early positioning in the Sierra Delta League. Bradshaw Christian is led by quarterback Kevin Williams (944 passing yards, 13 touchdowns), running back Jakobe Hawkins (579 rushing yards, six touchdowns) and wide receiver Kyle Betts (584 receiving yards, 10 touchdown catches). Rio Vista running back Chace Marlowe has rushed for 491 yards and six touchdowns after last season’s 1,584 yards and 26 scores.

Lincoln (3-1) at Oakmont (2-2)

• When: Friday

• Outlook: Both expect to contend for league championships, Lincoln in the Pioneer Valley and Oakmont in the Capital Valley. Lincoln, which has lost only to 3-1 Wheatland (27-26), has two defensive leaders in linebacker Aaron Soto (10.3 tackles per game) and defensive lineman Jesse Clay (Sac-Joaquin Section-leading 11 sacks). Lincoln is averaging 323.3 yards rushing and Dane Stimbert, Landon Croisant and Eddy Cobleigh have combined for 16 touchdowns. Oakmont likes to go to the air with quarterback Jordan Naab (nine touchdown passes) and wide receivers Justin Holmes (393 yards, six touchdowns) and Namani Parke (354 yards, three touchdowns).

No. 8 Burbank (2-2) at Sacramento (3-1)

• When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

• Outlook: Burbank has lost only to Pleasant Grove (14-12) and Grant (28-14) and are poised to race through the Metropolitan Conference again with its triple-option attack led by quarterback Ernest Jenkins (547 rushing yards, seven touchdown runs) and backs Calvin Green (346 yards, three touchdowns) and Harrison Anderson (233 yards, three touchdowns). Sacramento has won three games in a row since opening with a 24-13 loss to then-No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks.

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

Games start 7-7:30 p.m.

The Bee’s Top 20

• No. 5 Granite Bay at Lincoln-Stockton

• St. Mary’s-Stockton at No. 6 Del Oro

• Ponderosa at No. 10 Rio Linda

• No. 17 Vista del Lago at Liberty Ranch

• Vanden at No. 19 Center

• Mesa Verde at No. 20 Colfax

Other games

• Dixon vs. Mira Loma at El Camino

• Elliot Christian at Woodland

• Encina at Highlands

• Eureka at Bear River

• Lincoln at Oakmont

• Lindhurst at River Valley

• McClatchy at Kennedy

• Pioneer at Cordova

• Rio Vista at Bradshaw Christian

• River City at El Dorado

• Rosemont vs. Valley at Cosumnes River

• Union Mine at Cosumnes Oaks

• Vacaville Christian at Golden Sierra

• Valley Christian at Delta

• Woodcreek at Placer

SATURDAY

The Bee’s Top 20

• No. 8 Burbank at Sacramento, 1 p.m.

• Laguna Creek at No. 11 Jesuit, 1 p.m.

Other games

• Florin at Johnson, 1 p.m.

• Foresthill vs. Cristo Rey at Cosumnes River, 7 p.m.

Ranked teams with a bye this week: No. 1 Folsom, No. 2 Elk Grove, No. 3 Pleasant Grove, No. 4 Oak Ridge, No. 7 Grant, No. 9 Rocklin, No. 12 Yuba City, No. 13 Inderkum, No. 14 Casa Roble, No. 15 Franklin, No 16 Roseville, No. 18 Monterey Trail.

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