My prediction last week that Nevada Union would upset No.4 Rocklin was looking pretty good at half-time, when the Miners led 28-21. Then NU managed to give up 3 touchdowns in less than 4 minutes in the third quarter, creating a 14-point deficit it couldn’t overcome.
So much for a Cinderella story: The clock struck midnight and now the Miners have to face No. 1 Del Oro at home tonight. There’ll be no upset this week, but NU shouldn’t have to endure the embarrassment of a running clock: I have the Miners a 16.5 point underdog.
Other Sierra Foothill League games:
–Folsom over Granite Bay by 26.5 points;
–Oak Ridge over Woodcreek by 18 points.
Bear River did not look impressive going into last week’s game against No. 20 El Dorado–it’s only win was against a really bad Union Mine team. But the Briuns took it to the Cougars, cruising to a 28-7 victory and taking over El Dorado’s No. 20 slot in The Sacramento Bee’s ratings.
Bear River travels to unranked Sutter tonight for its last game before the start of Pioneer League play. My projections suggest the Bruins shouldn’t look past this game–I have it a toss-up, with Sutter favored by a point. (Everybody else in the league has a bye.)
BOTTOM LINE: My picks went 2-1 last week, with NU the only loser. I’ll take a 67 per cent win rate every week.