Bear River will face its toughest opponent of the season tonight when the Bruins travel to Colfax to take on the undefeated Falcons.
The winner will likely become champion of the Pioneer Valley League, and get the top seed in the Division V playoffs. In Bear River’s case, this would be the first league title since 2005.
The teams are evenly matched; each has dominated with the ball while giving up few points. Bear River has played a slightly stronger schedule but Colfax gets 3 points for playing at home. My handicapping rates the Bruins a 5-point favorite in this game.
Meanwhile, Nevada Union is just trying to win a game–any game–to get the fourth victory it needs to make the playoffs. If they make it, the Miners won’t get beyond the first round, but hey, they haven’t been in the playoffs in a long time so getting there is worth something.
NU doesn’t figure to get the win this week when it hosts Lincoln. I see the Miners losing this game by 13 points.
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Bear River remained atop the Foothill 4 with its come from behind victory over Foothill. Colfax dropped down a notch to third place because it beat a very weak Lindhurst team by just 49 points!
This week’s rankings:
- Bear River 8-0 140.1
- Placer 8-0 134.4
- Colfax 8-0 132.3
- Nevada Union 3-5 94.6
This week’s pick:
Bear River over Colfax by 5 points
Lincoln over Nevada Union by 13 points
Placer over Ponderosa by 27 points
We went 4-0 last week, bringing the season record to 9-2 (82 percent). Sweeping the board two weeks in a row is asking a lot, but why not?