This Friday night represents a pivotal point in the Mother Lode League season with the league’s four legitimate championship contenders facing off. For the Amador and Argonaut high school varsity football teams, both with one loss in league play already, it’s must-win time.

Amador travels to Sonora, Argonaut hosts Calaveras and neither Amador County team can afford another loss, at least in regards to winning the MLL championship.

Calaveras and Sonora enter Friday’s games tied for first at 2-0 in league play and can set up what would essentially be a Mother Lode League Super Bowl game on October 19 in San Andreas if both teams can win their respective games this week.

But, if Amador and/or Argonaut can win this Friday night, they will remain in contention for the league championship, setting the stage for an exciting finish to the regular season, which culminates with the annual Amador County Big Game on October 26 in Sutter Creek.

Amador at Sonora

Amador appeared to show no ill effects from its league-opening loss to Calaveras in last week’s 37-6 victory over Bret Harte, holding the Bullfrogs scoreless until late in the game. The Buffaloes (6-1, 1-1 MLL) need to run the table in MLL play to have a shot at winning their first league championship since 2001. To win at Sonora, Amador will need to learn from its mistakes at Calaveras, most notably taking better care of the ball and stopping the run on defense. The Wildcats have seemingly left their early-season struggles behind and are once again looking like a bully in the MLL, outscoring Bret Harte and Argonaut 88-14 in their first two league games to run their overall MLL win streak to 26 straight games. Kickoff for Friday’s varsity game in Sonora is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Calaveras at Argonaut

Calaveras travels to Jackson in what is essentially an elimination game for the Mustangs as far as the league title is concerned after last week’s loss at Sonora. The good news for the Mustangs is that this game is at home, where they are undefeated this season and have outscored their opponents 211-28. Both teams love to run the ball, so establishing the line of scrimmage will be critical in this matchup. Ball security will surely be a point of emphasis for Argonaut runners against a Calaveras team that has been great at forcing turnovers and turning them in to points this season. While running backs will be featured heavily in this one on both sides, don’t be surprised to see this matchup come down to whichever team can hit a big play or two in the passing game. Kickoff for Friday’s game in Jackson is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Alumni Watch

* Senior wide receiver Mike Seawell (Calaveras, Class of 2014) had four receptions for 21 yards and also had a 20-yard run for Midland University in a 77-21 loss to Morningside College of Iowa, the No. 1-ranked NAIA team in the country, on Saturday in Fremont, Nebraska.