Clinging to a lead of 2 points entering the fourth quarter will test the mettle of any team, particularly if the team won its five previous games by an average of 45 points.
But Bear River’s football team proved up to the challenge last week when it scored a 4th quarter touchdown to finally put away Center by a final score of 16-7 in the league opener for both schools.
Now that it has escaped the equivalent of a near death experience, life should get easier for the Bruins tonight when they host an undermanned Lindhurst team. Look for a final score that resembles what the team did in its first 5 games.
Meanwhile, Nevada Union showed that its pre-league record of 3-2 (the team’s best in several years) was more illusion than reality as Placer simply took apart the Miners. Apparently dropping down 2 rungs in competition to become competitive wasn’t far enough.
Expect more of the same this week as NU entertains Oakmont, a team that should be about 4 touchdowns better than the host.
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The top 3 of the Foothill 4 won their games last week to remain closely bunched at the top of our ratings. Only Placer among the leaders figures to have a tough game this week, so Colfax and Bear River will probably be fighting it out for the top spot next week.
This week’s rankings are:
- Bear River 6-0 136.3
- Placer 6-0 132.8
- Colfax 6-0 132.0
- Nevada Union 3-3 86.4
This week’s predictions:
Oakmont over Nevada Union by 25.5 points
Rio Linda over Placer by 5 points
Bear River over Lindhurst by 45.5 points
Colfax over Marysville by 38.5 points
Last week’s results: I predicted Nevada Union would be blown out by Placer (it was) and that Bear River would be win a close game (it did). But I was off on Colfax, which I said would lose to Foothill. It won by 17 points. Still, I’ll take a 2-1 record to start the season.