Things CAN get worse for the Miners

The Miners are up against it in league play.

The Miners are up against it in league play.

When you lose the first five games of the season by an average of 36.6 points, it’s difficult envisioning things getting worse. But if history’s any guide, that’s a distinct possibility for the Nevada Union Miners when they open league play tonight at Rocklin.

During their first three years in the Sierra Foothill League, the Miners fattened up in non-league play (11-6) only to get flattened in SFL action (5-10). After getting shut out in non-league play this year, NU has to navigate a league schedule that includes four teams ranked in the top 25 in the San-Joaquin section.

Rocklin is currently ranked No. 9 in the section, but I have it first in the league based on its performance to date and the strength of schedule. They should have no trouble overpowering the Miners, by about 39 points. (The home team gets three additional points.)

In other SFL games:
Del Oro over Woodcreek by 1.5 points;
Granite Bay over Roseville by 2 points.

Team power ratings entering tonight’s games:

SIERRA FOOTHILL LEAGUE

Rocklin: 116.8
Granite Bay: 114.6
Roseville: 109.7
Del Oro: 104.3
Woodcreek: 99.7
Nevada Union: 80.9

You don’t have to spend much time in the south county to realize that beating Colfax is at the top of the list of things to do at Bear River. It’s common to see students and supporters wearing t-shirts and other paraphernalia that stress the importance–and joy–of beating the Falcons.

Bear River will try to beat Colfax for the second straight year when it opens Pioneer Valley League play tonight against the only other unbeaten team in the PVL. The Bruins improved their power rating last week with their second victory over a winning team and after getting three more points for being at home, figure to be a two-point favorite over Colfax.

Does that mean the game will be that close? No, but it does mean that Bear River has a slight edge in a game that either team can win.

In other PVL games:
Placer over Foothill by 19.5 points;
Center over Lincoln by 9.5 points.

Team power ratings entering tonight’s games:

PIONEER VALLEY LEAGUE

Center: 120.9
Colfax: 116.0
Bear River: 114.8
Lincoln: 108.6
Placer: 97.2
Foothill: 74.5

WHO’S BETTER? The Sierra Foothill League is supposed to be tougher than the Pioneer Valley League because the schools are bigger, but you might have a tough time selling that to 1-4 Chico High. Chico’s only win came against SFL member Nevada Union, and one of its four losses is against PVL stalwart Center.

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