Led by a swarming defense that had seven sacks, forced three turnovers and blocked a punt, Sacramento High defeated McClatchy 29-14 today in Land Park in the 74th meeting between the two schools, the area's longest prep football rivalry.
Brandon Johnson had three sacks; Nathanale Vaden a fumble recovery and a sack; John Towner a blocked punt and Kahlee Walker an interception as the Dragons (6-4, 6-1) locked up second place to unbeaten Burbank in the Metro Conference and qualified for the postseason for the third consecutive season.
The loss ended McClatchy's bid for its first playoff berth since 1996.
The win also enabled Sacramento to keep the perpetual Bell Trophy at their campus for the third straight year.
Sac High's Josiah Johnson completed 16 of 33 passes for 218 yards with an interception and rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, but the Dragons' offense was plagued by turnovers. In addition to Johnson's interception, the Dragons lost five fumbles.
Nick Modar completed 12 of 19 passes for 144 yards for the Lions (5-5, 5-2), including a first-quarter touchdown pass of 25 yards to Jordan Monteiro-Williams and a nine-yard, fourth-quarter scoring strike to Charlie Tschudin.
Despite the loss, McClatchy still leads the series with 42 wins, 32 losses and three ties.