One football team has been around for nearly a century. The other kicked off during Barack Obama’s first term.

The former has two Sac-Joaquin Section championships. The latter still is seeking its first winning season and playoff appearance.

These two share the same city limits. Big brother against little brother.

Tracy, which started playing varsity football in 1921, entertains new-era rival Kimball (2010) at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium.

Ryan Rivera, the Jaguars’ senior tailback, has 407 rushing yards through two games. And Rivera said he, his teammates and second-year coach Dave McPherson welcome the challenge of the Bulldogs (0-3).

“It definitely is an upward battle,” Rivera said. “That’s how it is with any new program. With a team that’s been established for 95 years, you expect a lot from them.”

Kimball (1-1) has beaten Tracy once in six tries, though the Bulldogs are seeking their fifth consecutive win in the series. Seventh-year Tracy coach Matt Shrout said he respects the McPherson regime.

“They’re doing the right things. They’re trying to make them a better program. Now it’s going to be up to the kids to respond,” Shrout said.

Shrout said that Kimball’s improvement can in part be traced to last summer and an interaction with Tracy.

“They have improved. I like to take a little credit for it — we had a little 7-on-7 passing league we had this summer. It gave them an opportunity to work on their stuff and I think they got better during it,” Shrout said. “I’m going to take a little credit for their turnaround.”

Kimball beat another intra-city rival, West, 27-14 on Sept. 2. Rivera was tireless, with 27 carries for 160 yards and all four Jaguars TDs. Rivera has loved the cohesion of the McPherson era, and hopes that translates today.

“He’s full of energy. He’s a great guy. He gets on us, and he doesn’t let you slack, that’s for sure,” Rivera said. “With any team, you have to have discipline."


Elk Grove-Franklin (2-0) at Lathrop (1-1)

Joe Pirillo is using his second year as Spartans coach to push the program with a tough nonleague schedule. Friday presents the most difficult nonleague matchup in program history, against a Wildcats team from the brutal Delta League that’s posted seven consecutive winning seasons.

Local roots: Franklin coach Mike Johnson is the former Lincoln head coach. The Trojans won their first-and-only Sac-Joaquin Section title under Johnson in 2000. Johnson is married to longtime Delta women’s basketball coach Gina Johnson.

West (0-3) at East Union (2-0)

The Lancers have a chance for a second consecutive unbeaten preseason, and can notch another win for the Valley Oak League against the Tri-City Athletic League.

7:15 P.M. GAMES

Chavez (0-3) at Tokay (1-2) at Bear Creek

This is the first all-time matchup between Chavez and Tokay.

Tokay family gets bigger: Tigers coach Michael Holst’s wife Christine gave birth to daughter Sawyer Rose Holst on Sept. 8. Sawyer and her dad watched the San Francisco 49ers’ season-opening win together on Monday night at their home.

Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks (2-0) at St. Mary’s (3-0)

On paper, this is the easiest game on the Rams’ aggressive preseason schedule. But Cosumnes Oaks is no joke, as it’s posted six consecutive winning seasons. Last year, the Wolfpack reached the section’s Division I quarterfinals.

By the numbers: 54 — The Rams are averaging 54 points a game, and senior quarterback Jake Dunniway has 12 touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Junior tailback Dusty Frampton is the section’s leader in rushing touchdowns (nine) and is second in rushing yards (535).

Modesto-Downey (2-1) at Lincoln (0-3)

It’s another Modesto-Stockton matchup, and a battle of pass-happy Air Raid offenses. Lincoln is seeking its first win under new coach Anthony Martinez, after a 62-15 rout at the hands of state No. 15 Elk Grove last Friday.

Recent history: Lincoln has won its past three matchups with Downey, and has averaged 42 points per game in those games.

By the numbers: 27 — Trojans senior Nick Englesby, a defensive back, has been sharp so far with a team-high 27 total tackles and an interception.

Sacramento-Florin (1-1) at Franklin (1-2)

The Yellowjackets, hungry to snap a now decade-long streak of losing seasons, can hit the two-win mark for the first time since 2013.

“Wideout City”: Senior wide receiver Damion Pursley has been scintillating for Franklin. He’s fifth in the section with 371 receiving yards, tied for fifth with 23 receptions and tied for fourth with four receiving TDs.

Brentwood-Heritage (3-0) at Edison (0-2)

The visiting Patriots are on the verge of their fourth consecutive win to start the season, but the Vikings’ offensive versatility could present problems. Edison is still in its sapling stages of first-year coach Booker Guyton’s “E Raid” offense, and is averaging eight points after lopsided losses to Weston Ranch (20-0) and Modesto-Beyer (39-16).

Hassani gets hot: While Edison’s offense has been underwhelming, junior wide receiver Hassani Zackery found his form last Friday. Zackery, a transfer from Stagg, had 13 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown — via freshman quarterback Davis Raya-Ruiz.

Lodi (0-2) at Stagg (1-2)

The Delta Kings had a rare three-game road swing to open their season, and broke though with their first win last Friday at Elk Grove-Laguna Creek. Stagg outslugged Lodi 41-28 last season, during which now-senior wide receiver Cutrell Haywood posted 10 receptions for 107 yards and a TD.

Le Grand (1-2) at Linden (0-3)

Linden is seeking its first nonleague victory at home in two years. Lions senior Hunter White has been on-point early, with 394 rushing yards on offense and an interception on defense.

Galt-Liberty Ranch (2-1) at Escalon (2-1)

The Cougars are riding high after blocking a potential game-tying extra point attempted by Madera-Liberty to close last week’s game. Escalon has missed the section playoffs just twice in coach Mark Loureiro’s now 28-year tenure, and are hoping senior fullback Tim Costa keeps rolling after he churned out 31 carries for 194 yards against Liberty.

Livingston (1-2) at Mountain House (0-3)

Opening a varsity football program is tough. Just ask the Mustangs and second-year coach Jason McCloskey. Mountain House has lost the first 13 games it’s played. But this week has potential for history.

Oakland (1-1) at Millennium (2-0) at Kimball

The Falcons, one of 10 unbeaten area teams, feature two prolific rushers in sophomore Isaiah Woods (243 rushing yards, five touchdowns) and senior Joe Parker (342 and five TDs).


Friday’s games

7 p.m.: Bret Harte (2-0) at North Highlands-Highlands (2-0). 7:15 p.m.: McNair (1-2) at Modesto-Gregori (2-1). 7:30 p.m.: Argonaut (3-0) at Denair (2-1), Bear Creek (0-3) at Vallejo (1-2), Calaveras (3-0) at El Dorado-Union Mine (0-3).

Saturday’s game

1 p.m.: Brookside Christian (0-3) at Sacramento-Johnson (0-2)


Thomas Lawrence’s picks

Last week: 17-6

2016 season: 50-14 (.781 win percentage)

Elk Grove-Franklin over Lathrop

East Union over West

Tokay over Chavez

St. Mary’s over Cosumnes Oaks

Bret Harte over Highlands

Franklin over Florin

Heritage over Edison

Stagg over Lodi

Gregori over McNair

Argonaut over Denair

Bear Creek over Vallejo

Calaveras over Union Mine

Le Grand over Linden

Escalon over Liberty Ranch

Mountain House over Livingston

Oakland over Millennium

— Contact reporter Thomas Lawrence at (209) 546-8272 Follow him at and on Twitter @RecordPreps.