As the calendar turns to October, the 2017 high school football season is entering crunch time.
With just a few weeks in the regular season, the drive to the postseason is under way in earnest, and two of our three area teams appear to be well-positioned to extend their seasons.
Gridley, after starting off the season with a bye in Week 0, is 4-1. The Bulldogs have won three games in a row and open Butte View League play at home this week against Las Plumas.
It’s Homecoming Week at Gridley, with all the distractions and side activities that entails.
But first-year Gridley coach Matt Kemmis said his team has been focused and getting better all the time.
“The guys are coming together,” Kemmis said.
The Bulldogs have scored more than 50 points in two of their past three games and just missed that mark last week in their 49-14 win over Colusa.
Gridley is averaging more than 350 yards in total offense, getting more than 220 yards per game with its rushing attack.
Junior running back Jorge Moran leads the Bulldogs offense with 496 yards on 82 carries with nine TDs. He’s averaging just shy of 100 yards per game.
Meanwhile, Biggs hits the road again for a long bus ride, which is the rule in the Mountain Valley League. The Wolverines (4-2 overall, 1-1 MTVL) head to Portola for a league contest.
Biggs rebounded from a disappointing loss to Chester in its MTVL
Biggs will be off next week for its bye.
Second-year Biggs coach Tyler Rutledge said the long bus rides are just something to deal with in the MTVL
“I’m pleased with where we are at this point in the season,” Rutledge said.
The Wolverines’ Wing-T offense appears to be clicking on all cylinders, with 206 rushing yards per contest.
Senior running back Brian Caro has the lion’s share of both the touches and the yardage, with 88 carries for 530 yards and four TDs.
Finally, Live Oak will look for its first win of the 2017 season when the Lions host Winters Friday night.
The Lions (0-6) after scoring just six points in their first five games of 2017, rebounded a bit on offense last week, putting up 15 points in a 39-15 loss to the Las Plumas.