Armijo (0-4) vs. Fairfield (2-2)
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Schaefer Stadium, Fairfield
Series: Fairfield leads 30-15-2
Last meeting: 2012, Armijo won 48-34
Last week: Armijo lost to Antelope, 49-7; Fairfield lost to Stagg, 67-0
Of note: Friday’s clash offers up a dubious record for the Rivalry Without a Name: Armijo is coming off a 42-point loss, Fairfield a 67-point setback. The 109 combined points the teams lost by is the most ever leading up to an Armijo-Fairfield game. In the previous 15 times both squads had lost heading into the game, the biggest combined margins of defeat were 84 in 2010 and 76 in 2007. “I’m not surprised,” Falcons coach David Fishleigh said when given the news. . . . Fairfield’s loss last week was of epic proportions. It was by far its biggest margin of defeat, topping the 58 in a 67-7 loss to Pittsburgh in 1977, and the biggest shutout loss, obliterating the back-to-back 42-0 losses to Benicia and Bethel last season. The 67 points allowed were topped only by Vacaville in a 70-48 loss to the Bulldogs in 2010. . . . Armijo’s noteworthy accomplishment last week was finally getting into the end zone. It came on an 85-yard run by Jeffrie Brown in the first quarter – on the Indians’ first offensive play of the game. It was all downhill from there, however, as Armijo managed just 47 total yards on its remaining 33 offensive plays. . . . The Indians have had a running clock – brought on by a 35-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter – in three of their first four games, the Falcons in two of theirs. . . . Armijo is 0-4 for the 11th time in its history and the third time in the last four years. Here are the other seasons and the Indians final record: 1953 (1-7); 1958 (0-8);1960 (3-5-1); 1968 (0-9); 1990 (1-9); 1991 (2-8); 1995 (0-10); 1997 (1-9); 2010 (0-10); and 2012 (1-9). . . . Fairfield’s 37 rushing yards last week ranked the eighth-lowest in school history and the lowest since a 23-yard effort against Rodriguez in 2011. The 108 total yards were the fewest since the Falcons had 98 against Napa in 2012 and tied for the eighth-lowest all-time. . . . Fairfield has given up 51 points in the first quarters and 62 in the second quarters of its four games, more than the Falcons have scored in their four games combined (44). And the Indians? They’ve been outscored 167-7 on the season.
Prediction: Fairfield 18, Armijo 14
Vanden (2-2) vs. Center (3-1)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Center High, Antelope
Series: Center leads 13-2
Last meeting: 2012, Center won 28-24
Last week: Vanden lost to Napa, 22-21; Center lost to Rio Linda, 17-0
Of note: Vanden is coming off back-to-back one-point losses for the first time in its history. Of the 15 previous one-point setbacks, only two came in the same season – 22-21 to Dixon and 14-13 to Center in 1998, five weeks apart. . . . Napa held Vanden to a school-record low of minus-19 yards rushing last week, the previous low minus-12 against Roseville in 2005. It was the third straight game in which the Vikings, who were limited to a season-low 180 yards total offense, have been held under 100 yards rushing. Despite being outgained nearly 2-1 by the Indians (338-180), the Vikings held the lead in the fourth quarter. . . . WR Dion Williams had his fourth straight stellar game, hauling in eight passes for 129 yards, both season highs, and tying for his season high with three TDs. After just four games he’s two-thirds of the way to the single-season TD receptions record of 15 set by Chris Broadnax in 2009 and is tied for third. With 25 catches he’s halfway to the record of 50 set by Christian Basden in 2011. . . . Center opened with wins over Encina 70-0, Chico 20-18 and River Valley 14-0 before losing to Rio Linda 17-0. It was Center’s first shutout loss since falling 41-0 to River City to open the 2011 season. . . . Vanden’s 2-13 record against Center is its worst against any opponent it’s played more than four times. The Cougars have beaten Vanden four straight times and 13 of the last 14, including last year’s game when the Vikings led 18-0 but couldn’t stop Center’s rushing attack down the stretch. D’juan Bellaire rolled for 153 yards, but he won’t be in uniform Friday night. He was a senior last year.
If you go: Take Interstate 80 east to Sacramento. Take Watt Avenue north until you reach Center High at 3111 Center Court Lane
Prediction: Center 24, Vanden 23
Vacaville (2-2) vs. Deer Valley (4-0)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Zunino Stadium, Vacaville High
Series: Vacaville leads 2-1
Last meeting: 2012, Deer Valley won 55-35
Last week: Vacaville lost to Oak Ridge, 28-14; Deer Valley defeated San Leandro, 37-34
Of note: The Bulldogs are trying to avoid suffering deja vu all over again. They won their first two games last season before losing to Granite Bay, Oak Ridge and Deer Valley. After opening with two wins this season, they’ve again fallen to Granite Bay and Oak Ridge and host Deer Valley this week for homecoming. . . . The Bulldogs outgained the Trojans 331-308 last week and ran 20 more plays, but came up short. . . . . The Wolverines trailed 28-14 at the half last week before rallying to beat San Leandro. QB Nsimba Webster ran 13 times for 151 yards and three TDs and also completed 12 of 18 passes for 188 yards and two TDs, according to Maxpreps.com. On the season he’s rushed for 495 yards and 10 TDs, averaging 16.5 yards per carry. He’s also thrown for 653 yards and eight TDs with no interceptions.
Prediction: Deer Valley 45, Vacaville 42
Wood (3-1) vs. Vallejo (1-3)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Corbus Field, Vallejo
Series: Vallejo leads 15-6
Last meeting: 2012, Wood won 40-15
Last week: Wood defeated Benicia, 35-34; Vallejo lost to Encinal, 14-7
Of note: Of Wood’s five all-time one-point victories, two have come in the last two weeks. The others were spaced several years apart: 23-22 over Hogan in 1993, 19-18 over Hogan in 1996 and 29-28 over Fairfield in 2005. . . . Damon Lewis rambled for a season-high 185 yards and two TDs last week, according to Maxpreps.com, his second 180-yard game of the season, giving him 484 yards and seven TDs overall. In his other two games he had a combined 118 yards. . . . Vallejo goes with two QBs in Authur Hayes (18 of 31 for 117 yards and 1 TD) and Damani Dillahunty (20 of 41 for 106 yards and 2 TDs with 2 interceptions.
If you go: Take Interstate 80 west to Vallejo. Take the Tennessee Street/Mare Island exit and go west. Turn right on Amador Street and go to Nebraska Street and turn left. Vallejo High is at 840 Nebraska Street.
Prediction: Wood 35, Vallejo 30
Rio Vista (5-0) vs. Bradshaw Christian (3-2)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Bradshaw Christian High, Sacramento
Series: Bradshaw Christian leads 3-0
Last meeting: 2012, Bradshaw Christian won 32-14
Last week: Rio Vista defeated Highlands, 41-14; Bradshaw Christian defeated Vacaville Christian, 63-26
Of note: Coming off their first win over Highlands, the Rams would like to do the same against Bradshaw Christian in a battle of what’s shaping up as the two Sierra Delta League favorites. . . . The Rams have scored 34 or more points and amassed at least 324 yards rushing in each of their four victories on the field. RB Chace Marlowe has three straight 100-yard games and has rolled up 481 yards and six TDs, according to Maxpreps.com. He’s also the team’s leading receiver with six catches for 79 yards and 1 TD. . . . Bryan Peters and Hernan Ruiz have combined to rush for 10 TDs. . . . Bradshaw Christian is led by QB Kevin Williams and RBs Jakobe Hawkins and Kyle Betts. Williams threw for 122 yards and two TDs last week and has thrown for 944 yards (an average of 188.9 per game) and 13 TDs with four interceptions; Hawkins rushed for 187 yards and two TDs last week and has 579 yards and six TDs on the season; Betts is more of a receiving threat, hauling in 24 passes for 584 yards (an average of 24.3 yards per catch) and 10 TDs.
If you go: Take Interstate 80 east to Sacramento and continue east on Highway 50. Take the Bradshaw Road exit and head south. Look for the school at 8324 Bradshaw Road.
Prediction: Bradshaw Christian 42, Rio Vista 24
Vacaville Christian (2-0) vs. Golden Sierra (0-4)
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Sierra High, Garden Valley
Series: Golden Sierra leads 3-0
Last meeting: 2012, Golden Sierra won 35-12
Last week: Vacaville Christian lost to Bradshaw Christian, 63-26; Golden Sierra had a bye
Of note: The Falcons gave up 352 yards and six TDs rushing last week to Bradshaw Christian, but the Pride had 11 different guys carry the ball and the Grizzlies have only 20 players on their roster.
If you go: Take Interstate 80 east to Auburn. Take Highway 49 south to Highway 193. Turn left at 193. At Greenwood Road, turn right. At Marshall Road, turn right again. At Garden Valley Road, turn left. The school is at 5101 Garden Valley Road.
Prediction: Vacaville Christian 38, Golden Sierra 20
Last week’s prediction record: 7-1; Season record: 24-5
Solano County Rankings
1, Vacaville (2-2). 2. Wood (3-1). 3, Benicia (4-1). 4, Vanden (2-2). 5, Vallejo (1-3).6, St. Patrick’s (3-2). 7, Bethel (2-2).8, Fairfield (2-2). 9, Rodriguez (1-3). 10, Armijo (0-4). 11, Rio Vista (5-0). 12, Dixon (1-3). 13, Vacaville Christian (2-1).