Updated: Aug 26, 2022
Bingham Miners (1-0) @ Bishop Manogue Miners (0-0) #BattleOfTheWeek
Thoughts: I expect a close and well fought game. Either way I would be correct in saying that the Miners will win but this time I'm going with the boys from Bishop Manogue. They don't have to travel, have continuity with their players/coaches, and overall I feel are a really fundamentally sound team.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Bishop Manogue
Michael Reeves Prediction: Bishop Manogue 35-32
Sutter Huskies (Sutter,CA) (0-0) @ Carson Senators (0-0)
Thoughts: This season Sutter has many question marks surrounding their QB and RB position groups in comparison to years past. Expect Coach Boshard to use home field to his advantage and give the Senators a good chance to win this game.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Carson
Michael Reeves Prediction: Carson 21-17
Escalon Cougars (Escalon, CA) (0-0) @ Damonte Ranch Mustangs (0-0)
Thoughts: Damonte Ranch opens the season against Escalon and while the Mustangs have many returners looking at Cougar lineup they not only have more but have a few more returning players at key positions. This was a tough prediction as I can see this game going a variety of ways but something tells me Escalon takes this one based on early season consistency.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Escalon
Michael Reeves Prediction: Escalon
Argonaut Mustangs (Jackson CA) (0-0) @ Douglas Tigers (0-0)
Thoughts: Douglas is looking to have a rebound type of year this season under Kyle Mays. Coach Mays knows coming into this game that this is one that his team should win based on paper.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Douglas
Michael Reeves Prediction: Douglas 21-7
North Valleys Panthers (0-0) @ Galena Grizzlies (0-0)
Thoughts: A real local special, fans from all over North and South Reno will ascend to the Galena to see two teams looking to change the trajectory of their programs. This prediction is based off of the optimism and hope that the Galena program can really show this season.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Galena
Michael Reeves Prediction: Galena
Reed Raiders (0-0) @ Faith Lutheran Crusaders (0-0)
Thoughts: The Reed Raiders should overall have a good year. Their opening game I don't believe will match the rest of their season. Faith Lutheran has so much firepower coming into this year and will be too much for the Raiders as they look to build a bond as the season continues.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Faith Lutheran
Michael Reeves Prediction: Faith Lutheran 35-21
McQueen Lancers (0-0) @ Grant Pacers (Sacramento CA) (0-0)
Thoughts: Not a ton of information on this game in regards to Grant. Should be a good one based on Maxpreps rankings but I think this is the beginning of what could be a interesting Lancers season.
Brady Raggio Prediction: McQueen
Michael Reeves Prediction: McQueen 24-21
Reno Huskies (0-0) @ Linden Lions (Linden, CA) (0-0)
Thoughts: The Huskies are one of those teams that matches up well against Linden. I expect Reno to have a good season and this game should one be the beginning of it.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Reno
Michael Reeves Prediction: Reno 35-28
Spanish Springs Cougars (0-0) @ Liberty Patriots (Bakersfield, CA) (0-0)
Thoughts: I know what you're thinking and no it's not those Liberty Patriots. Expect the Cougars to have a hard fought game but facing a top 10 ranked California team may be a little too much too early.
Brady Raggio Prediction: Liberty
Michael Reeves Prediction: Liberty 35-28
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