April 7, 2011
Del Oro to play SoCal power Westlake in 'Battle at the Capital'

Southern California power Westlake of Westlake Village and defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions Del Oro and Pleasant Grove are among 10 football teams that will compete in the third annual "Battle at the Capital" Sept. 2-3 at Del Oro High School.

Del Oro (10-4), which won the Division III section title last fall after starting the season 2-4, will play Westlake (12-2) in the 8 p.m. Sept. 3 feature game of the showcase event.

Westlake lost to national power and Westlake Village-rival Oaks Christian 29-28 in last season's CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship game.

Defending D-I champion Pleasant Grove (13-1) will play Lincoln of Stockton (8-4) at 5 p.m. in a rematch of last season's D-I section quarterfinal, won 10-6 by Pleasant Grove.

Scotts Valley (3-5-2) will play Capital Christian (4-6) at 11 a.m. and Bear River (7-4) meets Proctor Hug of Reno (1-8) at 2 p.m. in other Sept. 3 games.

The event kicks off Sept. 2 with D-V section runner-up Highlands (9-4) facing Leland of San Jose (8-4) in what is being billed as the "Pat Tillman Memorial Game."

The former NFL star, a U.S. Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire, played at Leland.

The varsity games will be part of a three-day event that will include Del Oro's freshmen and JVs playing on Friday against Westlake Village. Two other JV football games (Leland at Highlands and Scotts Valley at Capital Christian) will be played off-site on Friday.

Event activities will conclude Sept. 4 at Del Oro with a series of youth football games and a "Badge vs. Badge" contest pitting law enforcement from Placer County against those from Nevada County.

Bill Paterson

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