Week 5 SJS football previews and picks: Bear River, Del Oro, Foresthill face key matchups during Placer, Colfax byes

By: Mike Ray of the Auburn Journal
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Mike Ray’s picks - (16-3 last week, 63-25 overall, 42-19 preps, 14-2 college, 7-4 pro)

Sutter 33, Bear River 14

Del Oro 40, NU 17

Folsom 44, Granite Bay 20

Woodcreek 41, Oak Ridge 39

Grant 24, Elk Grove 21

Jesuit 34, Davis 22

Quincy 21, Foresthill 14

Sonora 45, Amador 15

Santa Rosa JC 33, Sierra 20

Cal 42, Utah 30

Stanford 27, Washington 24

Michigan 44, Wisconsin 34

Tenessee 38, Georgia 35

Oklahoma 45, TCU 44

Clemson 55, Louisville 45

49ers 23, Cowboys 21

Raiders 22, Ravens 20

Falcons 28, Panthers 26

Steelers 34, Cheifs 13

Rams 33, Cardinals 31

Saints 35, Chargers 22

Giants 28, Vikings 22

Ike Dodson’s picks - (14-5 last week, 59-29 overall, 44-17 preps, 10-6 college, 5-6 pro)

Sutter 17, Bear River 14

Del Oro 45, Nevada Union 12

Folsom 33, Granite Bay 21

Oak Ridge 45, Woodcreek 21

Elk Grove 30, Grant 24

Jesuit 28, Davis 14

Quincy 28, Foresthill 21

Sonora 28, Amador 21

Santa Rosa JC 26, Sierra 25

Utah 45, Cal 40

Stanford 55, Washington 38

Michigan 33, Wisconsin 30

Tenessee 30, Georgia 28

TCU 28, Oklahoma 14

Louisville 34, Clemson 33

Cowboys 28, 49ers 21

Raiders 33, Ravens 30

Panthers 21, Falcons 17

Cardinals 45, Rams 32

Chargers 45, Saints 32

Chiefs 18, Steelers 17

Giants 30, Vikings 7

Pete Dufour’s picks - (15-4 last week, 59-29 overall, 41-20 preps, 11-5 college, 7-4 pro)

Bear River 28, Sutter 21

Del Oro 42, Nevada Union 13

Folsom 35, Granite Bay 10

Oak Ridge 28, Woodcreek 12

Grant 27, Elk Grove 20

Jesuit 28, Davis 21

Quincy 21, Foresthill  20

Sonora 35, Amador 20

Sierra 28, Santa Rosa JC 21

Cal 31, Utah 28

Stanford 35, Washington 30

Michigan 30, Wisconsin 28

Tenessee 34, Georgia 31

TCU 40, Oklahoma 27

Clemson 28, Louisville 24

Cowboys 31, 49ers 27

Ravens 35, Raiders 28

Panthers 33, Falcons 20

Cardinals 28 Rams 20

Saints 32, Chargers 27

Steelers 28, Chiefs 20

Vikings 24, Giants 20

With the bulk of the Pioneer Valley League football squads taking their “byes” this week, a light slate of games highlight tonight’s prep football schedule.

In the most attractive match-up, Bear River and Sutter, two teams that have reached respective CIF section championship games in each of the last two seasons, collide in Sutter.

Elsewhere, Del Oro goes for its second straight Sierra Foothill League game at Nevada Union while Foresthill returns home to host an undefeated Quincy team.

Here’s a look at tonight’s games:

Del Oro (5-0) at Nevada Union (2-3), 7:30 p.m.

In past years, a trip up Highway 49 to play the Miners in SFL play usually meant an easy “W.” That is not the case this year.

“They’re playing as good as they have been the past three years,” Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. “They went toe-to-toe with Rocklin last week and were right there at the end.”

Taylor was referring to the Miners’ 48-35 loss to the Thunder. In the game, NU had a 14-point lead and were 28-28 in the third quarter. The Miners are led by running backs Dawson Fay, a sophomore, and Taylor Nielsen, a junior, as well as junior receiver Hayden Fay.

That the Nevada Union game for Del Oro comes between last week’s contest with rival Granite Bay and next week’s expected showdown with Folsom is not lost on Taylor and his team.

“They have our attention,” Taylor said. “We still have a lot of cleaning up to do on our end. We dropped way too many passes last week.”

Quincy (4-0) at Foresthill (2-3), 7:30 p.m.

The Wildfires picked up a good road win at Incline last week as quarterback Justin Leyba opened up the air game going seven of 10 through the air for 163 yards. Benji Nieves had his best game of the season as well with three touchdowns.

Foresthill will also welcome back lead rusher Ben Holbrook, who missed last week with an injury.

“We are trying to get things cleaned up and be able to execute much crisper than we have been,” Foresthill coach Jim Herlehy said. “We found some rhythm going with Leyba at quarterback and Nieves at wide receiver.

“We found that to be really effective and we want to be balanced with quick passes and runs that go off of that.”

The undefeated Trojans come in following a 44-14 rout of Burney. Quincy quarterback Cody Morrision, a 6-foot-1-inch, 170-pound senior, had passed for 400 yards with eight scores and ran for 488 more yards with six touchdowns.

“Quincy is real good,” Herlehy said. “They are real athletic, can run the ball inside, outside and throw the ball. We are going to have to play well.”

Bear River (2-2) at Sutter (4-0), 7:30 p.m.

A year ago, a marquee non-league football match-up between Sutter and Bear River was billed as a preview of a CIF Northern California regional bowl game.

The Bruins went on to win that meeting 21-14 last October in a well-played game by both teams, but the chance for the two squads to meet somewhere down the line in the postseason never materialized.

But not without the lack of trying by the Bruins and Huskies.

While Bear River reached the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship game before falling to Sonora, Sutter caught a head of steam and won seven of its next eight games and destroyed Orland, 38-7, in the CIF North Section championship game.

The Huskies then advanced to their third all-time CIF Northern California regional bowl game and fell in the Division IV-A game to Sierra of Manteca, 17-13. Sierra then went on the next week to defeat Chowchilla, 20-15, with a last-minute score to win the state championship.

Now, a year later, the Bruins and Huskies meet again, this time in Sutter tonight at Wayne Gadberry Field.

And while Sutter was the upstart in last season’s game and Bear River laden with veterans from a 2014 CIF championship team, the shoe is now on the other foot.

“They are a very good football team,” Bear River coach Terry Logue said. “I’m watching them on film and I’m not seeing any weaknesses.”

Putting it mildly, the Huskies have started off this season with a bang. The heavy CIF North Section Division III favorite has reeled off four straight wins over Palma of Salinas, Dixon, Marysville and Ripon. They have outscored the opposition, 167-63.

Sutter’s 52-31 opening-game victory over Palma was especially impressive when you consider that the Salinas team’s only other loss is an 8-7 decision to Central Coast Division I power St. Francis, the No. 2 team in the Bay Area behind De La Salle.  Last week Palma walloped legendary coach Randy Blankenship’s Aptos team, 38-20.

“They have a lot of different weapons on offense,” Logue said. “You just can’t focus on one or two guys.”

For Sutter, today’s game can work two-fold. If the Huskies, who are heavy favorites to win the CIF North Section crown, go on and reach the state postseason level, Sutter can pick up more bowl-related style points with another win over a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section team.

“We’re really trying to take one game at a time,” Sutter coach Ryan Reynolds said. “There’s no way we’re overlooking Bear River. They clearly were the better team last week in that El Dorado game.”

Saying that the Huskies, who walloped Ripon 45-7 last week, have weapons on offense is an understatement.

Trevor Facey, a transfer junior running back from Gridley, is averaging a nearly unbelievable 20.1 yards per carry. In five games he has rushed for 762 yards and nine touchdowns.

Quarterback Tyler Reynolds, the coach’s son, is also playing at a high level. Another junior, Reynolds has a 157.6 quarterback rating after hitting on 36 of 47 passes for six scores and 766 yards. Reynolds has also rushed for 343 yards to keep defenses honest.

For Bear River, a shot at the Huskies can’t come at a better time.

Despite tough losses to Orland and Marysville, the Bruins are starting to get their footing as evidenced by last week’s 28-7 drubbing of previously undefeated El Dorado.

And last Friday’s win was especially sweet with a huge Pioneer Valley League opener with Lincoln looming on Oct. 7 at Lake of the Pines.

“We executed a lot better last week and played four full quarters,” Logue said.

The Bruins are starting to get an identity on offense with Austin Baze and Stephen Taylor running behind the blocking of Colton Wood and quarterback Bradley Dzioba looking for receivers Luke Baggett, Calder Kunde, Peyton Turner and Taylor.