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What to Watch For: Football, Week Two

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Posted: Monday, September 3, 2012 4:04 pm

Here is a rundown of some top story lines for this week's football games:

McNair at Lodi:

  1. Can the 'D' bounce back? Lodi's offensive attack showed it could be physical against Sheldon. The defense, not so much. The Flames aren't made for shoot-outs, but the speedy Huskies forced one with a host of big plays. McNair presents an even bigger test, having thumped Sheldon, 34-14, in Week Zero.
  2. Good vibes: The last time Lodi hosted the Eagles, two years ago, it featured a monumental Grape Bowl opening and a historic playoff win by the Flames. Can the good times roll again?

Tokay at Weston Ranch

  1. A test, at last?: With Galt on the docket afterwards, Friday will be the Tigers' last chance for a legit non-league test outside of the rivalry game with Lodi. Tokay is rolling early, but its first two opponents won a combined five games in 2011. At the very least, the Tigers will be on the road for the first time this fall.
  2. Can the offense keep at it? Tokay's attack has impressed -- not only with its big plays, but its balance. From Gary Norwood to Bryson Schreiner, a lot of Tigers are getting in on the action. And speedy wideout Travis Dart hasn't even scored, meaning Tokay has yet to show off its full arsenal.

Liberty Ranch at Yuba City

  1. Who will it be? Liberty Ranch piled up 328 yards on the ground against Lathrop; five rushers had at least 30. On Thursday, Trevon Windley had the big night, but Bryan Golder said any back can bust out during a given game. Whose turn is it this week?
  2. The home run: The Hawks weren't shy about going for it all against the Spartans, though the results were minimal. Jake Tibbetts lofted up the deep ball early and often; two of them draw defensive pass interferences, one was barely overthrown and another got picked off. Better execution there will make Liberty Ranch's offense much more dangerous.

Galt at Amador

  1. Attitude, attitude: Given the Warriors' rosters numbers (13) heading into Argonaut, forfeit may well have been the best decision -- there certainly weren't any good options to chose from. But that doesn't make it any less humbling for a traditionally proud Galt program. Coach J.J. Woodward said it has become a rallying point for the players; how will they come out on Friday?
  2. Stayin' alive: If all goes well, the Warriors should welcome their key players back in time for Friday's contest. But even at full strength, Galt will have limited depth. Can the team make it through without any other major injuries? 

Elliot Christian vs. Turlock Christian

  1. Take two: The Eagles' new-look pistol offense showed some promise on Saturday, but took to long to get rolling. Elliot will look to avoid last week's opening jitters and get off to a faster start  this Friday.
  2. Big Ben: Versatile senior Ben Huckaby awoke Elliot's attack with two big catches against Ripon Christian, finishing with over 200 yards in total offense. And he's the running back. The Eagles want to involve their best play-maker in any way possible, so look for another big game from Huckaby.




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