1. T.J. Ortiz, WR Lodi: The return of Ortiz gives the Flames an extra dynamic play-maker, an it showed in Friday's throttling of Franklin. He scored on his very first reception, en route to a 179-yard, three-touchdown night. Ortiz found pay dirt on catches of 62, 41 and 11 yards.
2. Matt Thomas, RB Liberty Ranch: Thomas headlined the Hawks' ground assault against El Dorado on Saturday, piling up 204 yards and four touchdowns on only 10 carries. His 95-yard scoring run in the first half set a school record.
3. Alex Van Meter, DL Elliot Chr.: The Eagles have gotten their hands on six opposing punts over the last two games, with Van Meter blocking four of those. Against Millennium, all three of his rejections resulted in touchdowns.
4. Tre Neaa, RB Galt: The Warriors' top offensive play-maker found the end zone twice in the loss to Union Mine. He leads Galt in rushing yards, receiving yards and total touchdowns (five).
5. Bryson Schreiner, FB Tokay: The senior showed both speed and power against Stagg, gaining 97 yards on 20 workman-like carries while notching a kickoff return (90 yards) for the second straight game.
6. Austin Mitchell, DL Tokay: The Tigers' junior helped lead an admirable defensive performance against an explosive Stagg team. Mitchell had four tackles, a sack and a first-half safety.
7. Joe Vitoria, LB Galt: Vitoria was the Warriors' top defender, racking up 11 tackles and blocking an extra point attempt in a loss to Union Mine.
Quick Week 9 Look-Ahead
Bear Creek (2-6, 1-2) at Lodi (2-6, 2-1): The Flames aim to finish the year strong, and can guarantee themselves a winning league record with a victory. Look for their offense to continue humming along with Ortiz back on board.
Tokay (6-2, 1-2) at McNair (6-2, 2-1): Tigers can accomplish what they couldn't on Homecoming -- become playoff eligible with a second league win. If Tokay can replicate its first-half defense from the Stagg game and stay clean on offense, the team should have a great chance.
Cosumnes Oaks (6-2, 3-1) at Liberty Ranch (5-4, 3-2): If they want a shot at the postseason, the Hawks must pull off the upset. The Wolfpack boast size up front and speed on the edges. Liberty Ranch has hung around for a half against top teams before letting things slip away after the break.
Elliot (6-2, 2-1) at Big Valley Christian (3-5, 2-1): The Eagles have their two league wins but are looking to up their playoff positioning. This game may well decide second place in the Central California Athletic Alliance. The turf should get a workout from these two run-oriented teams.
Galt (0-8, 0-4) at River City (3-5, 3-1): The Warriors are coming off another loss, but the 34-12 defeat against Union Mine was their closest game this fall. Galt is looking to finish its season with competitive contests in the second half. If they stay healthy, Warriors can close on very strong note against El Dorado.