If Mother Lode League football had a preseason, arguably this week would be its final game.
When a win would give some much-needed momentum heading into five straight weeks of league play.
For Sonora and Calaveras, a win might also jumpstart a season that’s so far been a rough one.
The Wildcats are 0-4. Calaveras is 0-3. They’ve already used their bye week.
One MLL team is undefeated — Amador.
Argonaut, sitting in the No. 2 spot, is 3-1. Bret Harte is 1-3 and Summerville — who has also used their bye week — is 1-2.
Here’s a quick preview of this week’s matchups:
Sonora at West, 7 p.m.
Last week the Wildcats lost to Hilmar 39-20. But they scored touchdowns last week, something they had been struggled with.
The Wildcats have the No. 2 rusher in the MLL in Senior Karson Clifton. And they’ve got senior quarterback Jake gookin who looked more comfortable with his own running game last week. The ‘Cats will need that and more against a 2-2 West team that’s coming off a decisvie w22-0 win over Ceres.. Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m.
Summerville at Pitman, 7 p.m.
It’s been a season of highs and lows for the Bears so far.
They pulled off an impressive win in week 2 over Mariposa County, 10-9. (The Bears have also used their bye week.)
Ripon Christian came to town and cruised to a 30-3 win in week 3.
Last Friday’s nailbiter against Hughson also turned out to be a 12-9 heartbreaker. In the final seconds the Bears had the ball deep in Huskies territory before some execution issues caused a turnover on downs. No doubt that’s been a topic of this week’s practice.
The Bear’s sophomore quarterback Jaden Brocchini has shown maturity at the position and is averaging just under 73 yards passing per game. On defense Trace Machado and Markus Warnock are a formidible package at the line.
Summerville faces an undefeated Pitman team that hasn’t had a close game yet. Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m.
Calaveras vs. Bradshaw Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Last week’s 24-21 loss at Ripon no doubt has the Calaveras players - and their fans - riled up for this week’s home game against 2-1 Bradshaw Christian.
The good news for Calaveras is they’ve got Zach Nordahl at quarterback and he’s averaging 111 passing yards per game. He’lls need to improve on his completion rate to help Calaveras formulate a winning strategy.
Seniors Kade Overley and Logan Weatherby are two the team’s not-so-secret defensive weapons. They’re Nos. 1 and 2 for total tackles this season. Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.
Bret Harte has a bye this week. They play next on the road for their first league game when they take on Linden Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.