Bear River is hosting Colfax tonight, one of its two major rivals in the Pioneer Valley League (Placer is the other). Both teams have several incentives to win this game.
After each team started the season 5-0, they have stumbled in their last two games. Colfax dropped its last 2 while the Bruins lost to a good Lincoln team and then barely beat a bad Foothill squad last week.
Both schools need league victories–a minimum of 2–to secure a position in post-season play. Bear River has 1 while Colfax has none, and the better the record, the higher the seed.
Finally, the close proximity of the 3 schools gives each an incentive to beat the other 2 and claim local bragging rights. Since Placer has already beaten Colfax, Bear River can set-up a showdown for local supremacy by dispatching the Falcons.
This week’s picks:
Colfax (5-2) over Bear River (6-1) by 2 points
Neither team has played well in its last two games. This game figures to go to the team that really wants it.
Granite Bay (5-2) over Nevada Union (2-6) by 19 points
Granite Bay finally gets an easy league game. The Miners are just playing out the season.
Placer (6-1) over Foothill (1-6) by 29 points
Foothill almost upset Bear River last week even though it was a prohibitive underdog. We’ll see if they have any energy left after a disappointing 1-point loss.
Results: Our picks went 3-1 last week, bringing the season record to 6-5. We’re going to have to finish strong to have a respectable season record.
Rankings: Bear River barely beat a weak team while Colfax lost to a strong Lincoln team and Placer beat a better-than-average Center squad. That was enough to drop the Bruins to third place in the Foothills 4 rankings.
- Colfax 122.7
- Placer 119.3
- Bear River 117.6
- Nevada Union 96.9