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Woodcreek to beat Oakmont by 31: Roseville-area week two football previews and predictions

By: Ike Dodsonâ– of the Roseville Press Tribune
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Woodcreek (2-0) at Oakmont (1-0)

When: Friday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Oakmont

History: (7-1 Woodcreek since 2006) Timberwolves won 37-13 in 2013

On Woodcreek : The Timberwolves have won each of the last five meetings between these schools and have grown dramatically in a year. Oakmont doesn’t have the size or speed of Woodcreek, a big-play team.

On Oakmont: Oakmont’s defense capitalized on the ineptitude of Foothill’s offense last week, tallying 5.5 sacks, two blocked punts and an interception returned for six. Oakmont is young, but game.

Prediction: Woodcreek has too many weapons for this matchup. Considering the size and conference schedule of these teams, this meeting isn’t so practical on paper.

Final: Woodcreek 38, Oakmont 7

 

Granite Bay (1-0) at Freedom (1-1)

When: Friday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Freedom High, Oakley

History: Grizzlies won, 47-20, in 2013

On Freedom: Joe Sweeney, a 6-2, 195-pound quarterback, is back to lead the Falcons against Granite Bay this year. Freedom (North Coast Section) landed an impressive 14-6 win over a solid Sac-Joaquin Section school, Tracy, before a 42-6 blowout loss to NCS power, Foothill.

On Granite Bay: The Grizzlies put on a show against a game Cosumnes Oaks squad last week and proved dominant on defense. Look for Lucas Baiocchi, Ben Orlando and Ben Smith to pound the rock while quarterback Justin Yeaton provides versatility. 

Prediction: Granite Bay continues to roll behind coach Cooper.

Final: Granite Bay 30, Freedom 7

 

Roseville (0-2) at River Valley (1-0)

When: Friday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Where: River Valley High, Yuba City

History: first meeting

On River Valley: The Falcons went 1-3 in their last four games of 2013, but still made the playoffs from the Tri-County Conference. The team has played solid this year behind junior trio QB Avery Gould (6-0, 165), RB Dante’ Love (5-11, 170) and WR Clarence Pierson (5-10, 205). The three combine for 862 yards and nine touchdowns this year.

On Roseville: The Tigers played terrible in the second half last week and allowed a late surge to overtake their lead for the second time in two weeks. The Tigers haven’t shown offensive consistency with their quarterback rotation between seniors Michael Dobler and Adam Basana, and will need to make a commitment to one of them soon.

Prediction: Roseville has to turn the corner eventually. This is the week to do it.

Final: Roseville 28, River Valley 24

 

Big Valley Christian at Valley Christian Academy

When: Friday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Highlands High

History: (4-0 BVC since 20010) Big Valley won 39-0 in 2013

On BVC : The lone star who didn’t graduate last year from Big Valley (Kimo Maio) is not listed on the 2014 roster. This squad is young and inexperienced, but they play a tough schedule and showed depth in last year’s win over Valley Christian.

On VCA: The Lions showed grit last week in a come-from-behind victory and could emerge as one of the better teams in D7, despite the absence of starting quarterback Micah Gunter, who was lost for the season. Grant Woodside has stepped up as the new signal caller.

Prediction: Valley Christian takes their first win of this series after coming together last week in heroic fashion.

 Final: Valley Christian 17, Big Valley 14

 

Last week’s pick record: 3-2

2014 record: 6-2

Email Ike Dodson at iked@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Ike_Dodson.