Week 10 football previews

Colfax, Del Oro fighting for playoff lives in regular-season finale

Bear River, Foresthill, Placer already in
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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While Bear River, Foresthill and Placer have already punched their tickets to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, both Colfax and Del Oro will be fighting for their playoff lives Friday night.

The Golden Eagles (4-5, 3-1 Sierra Foothill League) need a win over visiting Rocklin (5-4, 3-1) in a 7:30 p.m. bout to clinch a playoff spot in what figures to be a tightly contested game between local rivals.

Colfax (4-5, 1-3 Pioneer Valley League), playing at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln, is expected to advance to the playoffs if it beats the Fighting Zebras (4-5, 1-3).

“It’s not going to be easy by any means,” Colfax coach Tony Martello told Gold Country News Service. “Lincoln is a good, solid team that played Center, Bear River and Placer very tough. They’re in the same boat we are.”

If Lincoln wins, it’s in.

Other area teams have put themselves in better situations than the Falcons and Golden Eagles.

Placer and Foresthill have been playoff-bound for a couple of weeks. Bear River (7-2, 2-2 PVL), on the other hand, became playoff eligible last week with a win over Lincoln.

The Bruins draw Foothill (1-8, 0-4) this week but aren’t taking the PVL cellar dwellers lightly.

“Foothill is no treat, I got to tell you,” Bear River coach Scott Savoie said. “I don’t care what their record says. They’ve got athletes, they got a good football team. We’re getting ready for a war.”

Even if Bear River improves to 8-2, Savoie expects his team to be playing on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bruins will be without one of their top two-way playmakers in Austin Dowling (ankle) when they host the Mustangs at 7:30 p.m.

Like the Bruins, the Foresthill Wildfires (8-1, 7-0 Sacramento Metro Athletic League) aren’t looking past their Friday night date with Cristo Rey (3-6, 3-4) at 7:30 p.m.

“Cristo Rey is playing much better football,” Foresthill coach Jim Herlehy said. “They were leading Woodland Christian 8-7 in the third quarter last week. They attacked the line of scrimmage real hard.”

While the Wildfires are anxious to see how the playoff brackets come out, they’re expected to be the top seed in the Div. VI, which would earn them a first-round bye in a six-team tournament. 

So far the Wildfires, while staying healthy, have accomplished what they set out to do.

“We would have liked to have been 10-0 but as we were able to say after the San Juan game, it was something real good for us,” Herlehy said of his team’s one loss. “If we don’t play our best, we could lose.”

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