Week four Roseville-area football previews and predictions for SFL, CVC games

By: Ike Dodson■of the Roseville Press Tribune
-A +A

Granite Bay (2-1) at Folsom (4-0)

When: Today, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Folsom

History: (2-0 Folsom since 2004) Bulldogs won, 30-14, in 2013

On Folsom: The Bulldogs are Granite Bay’s southern neighbors, and they’ve brought tremendous prestige to Northern California, starting with their 2010 state title. The team is led by perhaps the best prep quarterback in state history, Jake Browning. He has 27 touchdowns with just one interception through Folsom’s first four games of 2014 (101 for 140 for 1,707 yards). Folsom is expected to play in a state bowl game this season.

On Granite Bay: The Grizzlies provided no offense to combat the powerful rushing attack of Vacaville last week and will struggle to match the firepower of nationally-ranked Folsom. An out-of-this world performance by the entire roster is pretty much required for the upset here. Quarterback Justin Yeaton needs to go off, because Folsom will look to stuff the run.

Prediction: The SFL is one of the toughest leagues in the state and Granite Bay is just two years removed from a state title, but Folsom shows why it’s light years ahead of conference opposition.

Final: Folsom 56, Granite Bay 14


Oakmont (1-2) at Cosumnes Oaks (1-2)

When: Today, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Cosumnes Oaks

History: first meeting

On Cosumnes Oaks: The Wolfpack would be 2-1, if not for a 70-yard touchdown by Rio Linda star Marcel Brown in the closing seconds of last week’s 38-35 thriller. Cosumnes Oaks has played a vigorous schedule, downing North Coast power Marin Catholic 23-10 in week one before a 40-7 drubbing at the hands of Granite Bay.

On Oakmont: The Vikings have struggled against a lesser schedule and badly needed a win over a Casa Roble program that seemed to present an even matchup last week. It didn’t happen, and the Vikings will struggle as long as their offense sputters.

Prediction: Cosumnes Oaks is a favorite to make the playoffs from the CVC. They will look to make a statement against Oakmont.

Final: Cosumnes Oaks 35, Oakmont 7


Woodcreek (4-0) at Oak Ridge (3-1)

When: Today, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Oak Ridge

History: 31-24 Woodcreek in 2008

On Oak Ridge: The Trojans lost just twice last year, both times to Folsom. They are considered a top-three SFL team with Folsom and Del Oro, and will be the first serious test to Woodcreek’s undefeated campaign. The team is led by sophomore quarterback sensation Ian Book (204 of 340, 2,558 yards, 30 touchdowns, five interceptions), senior receiver Justin Priest (1,073 yards, 15 touchdowns) and a tremendous offensive line.

On Woodcreek: The Timberwolves have stayed well ahead of 2014 opposition thanks to receiver/defensive back Malcolm Thomas, who also has two kick returns for a touchdown. Woodcreek has the offensive weapons to match Oak Ridge scores, but a penchant for penalties could make the difference. Woodcreek has to play a near-perfect game to best utilize their talent in this one.

Prediction: Oak Ridge displays why SFL competition brings in a whole new level of competition.

Final: Oak Ridge 45, Woodcreek 28


Roseville (1-2) at Del Campo (2-1)

When: Today, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Del Campo

History: first meeting since 2004

On Del Campo: The Cougars prevent a solid matchup for Roseville and an interesting CVC introduction. If Roseville hopes to make the playoffs, Del Campo is a middle-of-the-road team they absolutely need to beat.  The Cougars should struggle offensively against Roseville.

On Roseville: The Tigers turned the corner with a 28-21 win over River Valley Sept, 12 after dropping two close decisions to open the season. Running backs Shea O’Harra and Bryce Crouch lead this team while receivers Carson Miller and Bryce Kasch have proven explosive for quarterback Adam Besana.

Prediction: Roseville takes another step in the right direction with a win here.

Final: Roseville 28, Del Campo 14


Last week’s pick record: 2-2

2014 record: 11-5