November 2, 2011
Prep football news and notes from Week 9 action, and looking ahead

young.jpgSome prep football notes to ponder as Week 10 looms:

* A wild statistic: Folsom had 108 plays against Pleasant Grove on Friday with the Delta River League title on the line. Pleasant Grove had 41 plays, including 14 in the second half. Pleasant Grove owned the first half, scoring on all five possessions for a 35-12 lead. Folsom owned the second half, pulling to within seven with just over five minutes to play, before Marquest Bibbs returned an onside kick 69 yards for the breathing-room touchdown.

* Odd night in Colfax, and then Lincoln, in a Pioneer Valley League game. Senior Night in Colfax got off to a rousing start then a grinding halt with a power outage in the first quarter. It went dark just after David Mowbray pulled in a 65-yard touchdown bomb from Austin Young. Instead of trying to play Saturday or Monday, the teams decided to finish it off that night, at Lincoln, a 30-minute trek, so imagine the caravan trickling down the road. The scene had Colfax athletic director Rob Hitchcock telling our good friend Mitch Stevens of MaxPreps, "I felt like Patton and we had moved the Third Army safely through the Battle of the Bulge."

The kickoff in Lincoln was at 10:30 p.m., surely the latest kickoff in state history, and Ben Rooker booted his PAT on the first play to complete that touchdown from 2½ hours earlier in Colfax. Colfax won 56-14 to lock up a league title for the seventh time in nine years under coach Tony Martello.

* More on Young - Austin Young now has 25 touchdown passes this season for Colfax and 50 for his career. He joins Nate Ray (59), Ben Galbraith (57) and Marcus Arroyo (50) in the amazing 50-touchdown career club for the Falcons. All played for Martello in the last 16 seasons.

* Not to be outdone at Colfax, Hunter Perez now has 28 rushing touchdowns this season for Colfax, bettering the school record of 26 held by Josh Huber in 2001. All this great data is courtesy of our good friend Mike Ray of the Colfax Record. His son is Nate Ray, one of the great QBs to march through our section.

* Tanner Trosin of Folsom reached 3,000 yards in a single season faster than any section passer in history. He had 369 yards and three touchdowns, two against superb coverage, in the loss against Pleasant Grove. He has 3,302 yards in nine games. The area record is 3,882 yards, set by Dano Graves in 2009, when he was a junior.

* Say what you will about Folsom producing big numbers because it's "the system." So what. The Folsom passers over the years - Cary Grossart, David Graves, Dano Graves, Tanner Trosin - have been the ones who also make it a great system under coach Kris Richardson.

* Somewhat in the shadows among the great group of quarterbacks this fall - Trosin, Jake Rodrigues, Brendan Keeney, Austin Young, Aaron Young, Mitch Samson, Zac Cunha, Dalen Jones, Shaq (ok, he plays anything), Bobby Heatherington, Kyle Cota, Thomas Sperbeck and others, don't forget Cody Demps. He's long, lanky, accurate and determined for Pleasant Grove, and he had two touchdown passes against Folsom.

"He's a stud," Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. "What a player."

* Now this is a football coach's wife: Del Oro offensive coordinator Jeff Dietrich and his wife Casey scheduled the birth of their second son on Friday, game day against Roseville. But in the morning. Early, at 7:30.

Hello world from Felix Jeffrey Dietrich, all of 19 inches and 7.5 pounds. Coach Dietrich called a great game that night against Roseville, too, with Del Oro rolling to big first-half leads and prevailing 45-20. Bobby Heatherington passed for three first-half touchdowns, two to Alex Bertrando and one to Russell Smith, and Brandon Monroe had two rushing scores.

Ten years ago to the week - and against Roseville - then-Del Oro assistant coach Jeff Tooker had to race away from the stadium when his wife, Jill, had her water break, and later gave birth to daughter Jaycee. Tooker now works for the school district.

lewis.jpg* When you talk about terrific cover corners - and just terrific talents, period - you think of every-down players such as Desmond Lewis of Pleasant Grove. A great student headed to Air Force Academy, Lewis broke up three passes from his cornerback spot against Folsom, blocked a kick and ran for a touchdown.

Another corner and do-all talent for Pleasant Grove? Lewis' sophomore brother Brandon.

* At 5-4, does Sheldon have to beat the Eagles to clinch a playoff berth? Can the DRL send five teams to the postseason with Pleasant Grove, Folsom, Oak Ridge, Sheldon and Jesuit (if Jesuit beats Ponderosa on Friday, making it 5-5 with the mandatory two league wins)?

* The Delta Valley will most assuredly advance three teams to the playoffs with Elk Grove, Franklin and Grant. Laguna Creek has an outside shot but would have to beat Elk Grove.

* The Sierra Foothill League has had five teams ranked all season, but perhaps only four reach the playoffs with Del Oro, Granite Bay, Nevada Union and Roseville. Woodcreek is 5-4 but only 1-3 in league play and two league wins are mandatory to be playoff eligible. The reeling Timberwolves play host to Del Oro on Friday.

* The Sierra Valley Conference could send five teams with Vista del Lago, Liberty Ranch, Cosumnes Oaks, Union Mine and River City.

* The Tri-County League will send three teams with Inderkum, Pioneer and Woodland.

* The Pioneer Valley could send as many as four teams with for-sure teams in Colfax, Placer and Bear River. Center is 2-2 in league play, including the stunning upset over Bear River.

* Buhach Colony, The Modesto Bee's top-ranked team, beat Golden Valley of Merced 90-48 on Friday to move to 9-0. Yes, that's a football score. Buhach scored 12 of its 13 touchdowns on the ground behind national recruit linemen Aaron and Matt Cochran. Buhach led 48-40 at the half.
Buhach is a team to fear in D-II.

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