September 29, 2012
More Week 5 stars: Brahce, Burgie lead respective teams

Here are 10 more standout performers from Week 5 football.

• Isaac Brahce, Placer: Rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and had three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Hillmen's 54-14 win over Woodcreek.

• Kijafa Burgie, McClatchy: Rushed for 157 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Lions' 46-6 win over Kennedy.

• Tony Ellison, Granite Bay: Had 236 total yards and two touchdowns in the Grizzlies' 42-14 win over Lincoln of Stockton.

September 28, 2012

We're stretching it out some things week, starting the chat a little sooner - about 6:15 p.m. - and keeping it going a little later, hoping to complete our scoreboard before finishing up at about 11:15 p.m.

So far this season, we've had great participation with between 25,00 and 3,000 participants each Friday. We look forward to another good turnout tonight.

Thanks for being part of it.

September 28, 2012
Friday's prep football schedule, results

Here is the lineup of Friday's games involving Sacramento-area high school football teams.

Results can be found in the scoreboard that is part of our weekly Preps Plus Live chat.


• No. 3 Burbank 56, Sacramento 12

• No. 6 Placer 54, Woodcreek 14

• No. 8 Granite Bay 42, Lincoln-Stockton 14

September 26, 2012
A closer look at four high school football rankings heavy on regional teams, with links

A closer look at high school football rankings that include regional teams, from The Bee, to SureWest Sports to MaxPreps to Cal-Hi...

The Bee's Top 20
1. Elk Grove 5-0 1
2. Franklin 5-0 2
3. Burbank 4-0 5
4. Oak Ridge 5-0 6
5. Folsom 5-0 8
6. Placer 4-0 7
7. Nevada Union 3-2 3
8. Granite Bay 1-3 4
9. Inderkum 3-1 9
10. Pleasant Grove 3-2 10

September 26, 2012
American River College holds steady in NorCal JC football rankings; plays national power San Francisco next

American River College remained firm at No. 3 in the California Community College Coach's Association football rankings as compiled by Fred Baer of the JC Athletic Bureau heading into Saturday's showdown with defending state and national champion City College of San Francisco.

ARC slipped a spot to No. 5 in the state poll despite beating Santa Rosa 42-28 in a thriller. Ventura inched up a spot to No. 4 after beating Bakersfield 30-24 in four overtimes.

San Francisco, top ranked in NorCal and the state, trailed at Fresno City 28-0 in the first quarter, overcame six turnovers and drove 97 yards in the final moment to win 35-31 on a late Andrew Spivey-to-Drake Whitehurst touchdown pass.

September 25, 2012
More Week 4 stars: Abalos has big game for Highlands

Here are 15 more Week 4 football standout performers.

• John Abalos, Highlands: Rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on four carries; had two catches for 48 yards and a touchdown and made eight tackles in the Scots' 41-14 win over Rio Vista.

• Josh Blumgold, Del Campo: Rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns on seven carries in the Cougars' 57-13 win over Cordova.

• Grant Caraway, Granite Bay: Completed 11 of 18 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Grizzlies' 28-27 overtime loss to Pittsburg.

September 22, 2012
Week 4 stars: Eagles' Broom helps sweep away Roseville

Here are 10 more Week 4 standout football performers. See Sunday's Bee sports section for our five Prep of the Week nominees and Ten Other Notable Performers.

• Ian Broom, Pleasant Grove: Rushed for two touchdowns and had six tackles and an interception in the Eagles' 48-14 win over Roseville.

• Marcel Brown, Rio Linda: Rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown in the Knights' 16-14 loss to Center.

September 21, 2012
More football: McClatchy rallies to beat Valley in Metro opener

Kijafa Burgie's third-quarter 58-yard touchdown run and Aldo Alejandrez' extra point kick lifted McClatchy over Valley 7-6 tonight in the Metro Conference opener at Hughes Stadium.

The Lions' score came shortly after Chas Roberts had scored for Valley on a three-yard run. But the Vikings' conversion run failed.

McClatchy is 1-0 in league, 1-3 overall; Valley 0-1 and 0-4 overall.

In other late games:

September 21, 2012
Bee talks Week 5 high school football with SureWest tonight on ESPN1320 from 11 p.m. to midnight

We join Mike Finnerty for a fast-and-furious one-hour blitz in the SureWest Sports Radio show tonight from 11 p.m. to midnight on ESPN1320 to breakdown Week 5 of the high school football seasons.

Scores, insight, analysis, interviews and general babble are on the menu. The show will link to a podcast Saturday afternoon.

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September 21, 2012

We're pushing the official start of this week's chat forward little, considering that people are looking to talk about the evening's action earlier each week, it seems. We're kicking off at 6:30 p.m.

We'll be working on the scoreboard and doing other preparation work before that,so the site will be active, but the live chat starts at 6:30.

If it looks like the conversation needs to begins before that, we'll consider changing it again.

In the meantime, thanks for joining us again this week. Your comments, questions, photos, videos and - of course - scoring updates are welcome.

September 21, 2012
High school football: Week 4 results

Here are the results from Friday night's match-ups. Check back throughout the night for updates on your favorite Sacramento-area high school football teams.

Watch a replay of Friday night's live chat at


• Lincoln 55, Mesa Verde 6


• No. 1 Elk Grove 43, No. 3 Nevada Union 19

• No. 2 Franklin 28, No. 13 Jesuit 7

• No. 4 Granite Bay 28, Pittsburg 27 (OT)

September 20, 2012
Dykstra's three scoring passes lead Lincoln over Mesa Verde

Davis Dystra threw three touchdown passes and James Hubbard, Eddy Cobleigh and Cameron Tatem each scored two touchdowns to lead Lincoln past Mesa Verde 55-6 tonight at San Juan High School.

Dykstra threw 7-, 36- and 26-yard touchdowns to Colbeigh, Hubbard and Tatem, respectively, as the Fighting Zebras (3-1) jumped to a 48-0 halftime lead over the Mavericks (1-3).

Christian Garcia scored Mesa Verde's touchdown on a 60-yard run in the third quarter.

September 20, 2012
Former Woodcreek star helps Israel to World Baseball win

Former Woodcreek pitcher Eric Berger led Israel to a 7-3 win over South Africa in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament in Jupiter, Fla.

Berger started and pitched three shutout innings to get the win and advance Israel to Friday's game against Spain.

"We've all had long seasons with spring training and 140 games, but everyone was really excited," Berger said. "It almost felt like the first game of the year again, even though a lot of us just ended long seasons."

September 20, 2012
50 inducted into McClatchy's first hall of fame ceremony tonight

A 75-year anniversary celebration dinner and the first class of inductees into the McClatchy High School Athletic Hall of Fame was held tonight at the Riverside Elks Lodge in Sacramento.

The first group of inductees -- 48 athletes and two coaches -- come from those who competed in the school's first 25 years, from 1937 to 1962.

Also honored were the undefeated 1944 and 1947 McClatchy football teams; the 1951-1952 baseball teams that won 40 consecutive games; the league champion 1958 baseball team; and the Lions' section championship 1959 and 1960 cross country teams.

September 20, 2012
River Valley field hockey teams to 'stick it' to cancer on Monday

River Valley will participate in the third annual "Stick it to Cancer" campaign, in which high school field hockey teams across the country donate proceeds from their matches to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

The Yuba City school is donating proceeds from its JV and varsity games on Monday against Bella Vista to the organization.

"After participating in this event last year and raising nearly $900, we are excited to be involved again this year," said River Valley coach Sarah Lopes in a press release. "This cause is close to my heart, as my mom died from breast cancer in 1993, when I was 6.

September 20, 2012
Area athletes are finalists for character in sports awards

Nine area athletes are among 50 Northern California high school students that are finalists for the Positive Coaching Alliance's character in sports and beyond awards.

They are Brian Payne and Bailey Xaychaleun of Grant; Carlos Quezada and Alvin Chand of Florin; Corinne Tank of Ponderosa; Alicia Rizo of Burbank; Mikie Schlosser of Davis; Catlyn Cavender of El Camino; and Nancy Nguyen of Monterey Trail.

Ten student-athletes will receive $2,000 scholarships as those who best show personal mastery, leadership and honoring the game.

September 20, 2012
Intriguing football games on tap throughout Sac-Joaquin Section

Previewing some intriguing games within the Sac-Joaquin Section this week (all games Friday, unless noted):

Serra-San Mateo (2-0) at Buhach Colony (3-1), tonight
(Shown live on Comcast Hometown Network on Comcast channel 104)
The Padres of the Bay Area are a longtime power and present a terrific test against The Modesto Bee No. 1-ranked Thunder, which has a Bay Area victory this season against San Ramon Valley. Can Serra handle Buhach's fleet of backs?

No. 3 Nevada Union (3-1) at No. 1 Elk Grove (4-0)
The Miners and Thundering Herd are traditional wing-T powers, and both sport prolific offenses and good defenses. Who buckles first?

September 19, 2012
American River College football rankings hold steady; Sierra, Sac City also ranked

American River College football remained steady in the California Community College Football Coach's Association poll as compiled by Fred Baer of the JC Athletic Bureau.

ARC is state-ranked No. 4 and NorCal ranked third. The Beaves, winners of 21 consecutive games, are coming off a 45-24 victory over then No. 14-NorCal ranked Chabot in Hayward.

Devontae Booker rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns, Jonathan Kodama had two touchdowns and Tyler Trosin returned a punt 81 yards for a score for the Beavers.

September 19, 2012
Natomas wins its division at 125-team California Tennis Classic

For the second year in a row, the Natomas girls won their division at the two-day California Tennis Classic in Fresno.

The Nighthawks, coached by Rick Ratliff, won the Division 8 title with victories over five opponents.

More than 125 teams competed in the event's eight divisions.

Monta Vista of Cupertino beat Dana Hills of Southern California 4-3 for the top Division I title.

September 19, 2012
Football rankings show lots of Sacramento-area strength

Here are high school football rankings galore for all the football die-hards getting ready to apply the eye-black for Friday-night action:


The Bee's Top 20
1. Elk Grove 4-0
2. Franklin 4-0
3. Nevada Union 3-1
4. Granite Bay 1-2
5. Burbank 3-0
6. Oak Ridge 4-0
7. Placer 3-0
8. Folsom 4-0
9. Inderkum 3-0
10. Pleasant Grove 2-2
11. Del Campo 2-2
12. Cosumnes Oaks 3-1
13. Jesuit 3-0
14. Rio Linda 3-0
15. Antelope 3-1
16. Del Oro 0-3
17. Grant 1-3
18. Monterey Trail 2-1
19. El Camino 3-1
20. Yuba City 4-0

This week's Bee rankings and news and notes notebook

September 18, 2012
SureWest Sports has highlights galore, including Holy Bowl

Mike Finnerty of the SureWest Sports Show offers a full menu of footbll, volleyball and soccer highlights in this week's show, plus an interview with St. Francis volleyball coach Alynn Wright. Finnerty and I also break down Week 4 of the prep football season - what happened and what it all means long term as we break down a lot of the Top 20 teams.


Game highlights include:

* Burbank at Del Oro (football)
* Jesuit vs. Christian Brothers (football)
* Davis at Rio Americano (football)
* Mesa Verde at El Camino (football)
* St. Francis at El Camino (volleyball)
* Vista Del Lago at Rocklin (volleyball)
* Bear River at Oakmont (volleyball)
* Grant at Bella Vista (soccer)
* Christian Brothers at Rocklin (soccer)

For more, go here...

Bee photo by Scott Lorenzo: Jesuit's Jason Elenberger makes a reception near the goal line then steps in for the touchdown early in the second quarter of the Holy Bowl - Jesuit vs Christian Brothers High School - at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 15, 2012. Jesuit won 28-23.

September 18, 2012
More Week 3 stars: Ponderosa's Bist passes for 320 yards

Here are 15 more standout area high school football performances from Week 3.

• Jake Bist, Ponderosa: Completed 19 of 24 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns in the Bruins' 46-7 win over Union Mine.

• Nick Bonnikson, El Dorado: Completed 27 of 32 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown in the Cougars' 27-6 win over Golden Sierra.

• Johnathon Crippes, Antelope: Rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in the Titans' 39-36 win over Woodcreek.

September 16, 2012
JC football: ARC, Sacramento City College win while Sierra falls

Facing the same team it beat in the Capital City Bowl last fall, American River College delivered another knockout blow to Chabot College, this time in Hayward.

The state-ranked No. 4 Beavers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 45-24 victory to move to 3-0, their 21st consecutive victory dating back to the 2010 season.

ARC beat Chabot in the bowl to cap its first unbeaten season in 2011.

September 16, 2012
More Week 3 stars: 15 more standout football performers

Here are 15 more standout performers from area Week Three high school football.

• D'Juan Bellaire, Center: Rushed for 109 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries in the Cougars' 63-0 win over Natomas.

• Marcel Brown, Rio Linda: Rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the Knights' 35-0 win over Foothill.

• Joe Duran, Woodland: Rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the Wolves' 34-7 loss to Colfax.

September 15, 2012
Sperbeck leads Jesuit past Falcons 28-23 in Holy Bowl

If the football thing doesn't work out for Jesuit's Thomas Sperbeck, he might consider a career as a dancer.

The senior quarterback's brilliant footwork and raw speed enabled No. 15 Jesuit to defeat No. 16 Christian Brothers 28-23 Saturday night in Holy Bowl XLII at Hughes Stadium.

In front of a 15,000-plus crowd, the 6-foot, 175-pound Sperbeck threw for a touchdown; scored on runs of four and 72 yards and returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown as the Marauders (3-0) beat the Falcons (3-1) for the 26th time in the annual matchup of the area's two largest parochial schools.

September 14, 2012
Football roundup: Del Campo beats Rocklin in final 55 seconds

Here are highlights from several Week 3 football games that reached us too late for Saturday's newspaper roundup:

N0. 14 DEL CAMPO 21, ROCKLIN 20 in Fair Oaks - Junior running back Austin Brown rushed for three touchdowns, including a four yarder with 55 seconds and Eugene Panasyuk added the game-winning PAT kick as the Cougars (2-2) slipped past the Thunder (1-3). Logan Webb threw three touchdown passes, including two to Spencer Gregg for the hard-luck Thunder.

SACRAMENTO 36, RIVER CITY 31 in West Sacramento - Louis Macklin rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and had four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns; Dale Lewis had six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns; and sophomore linebacker Lonnie Powell had 17 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble as the Dragons (2-1) edged the Raiders (0-4).

September 14, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 3 - 6:45 p.m.

OK, now it's getting interesting, with the rankings shaking out, league play starting to shape playoff races, and generally feeling like football season.

Tonight's chat begins at 6:45 p.m. with our regular group of contributors from The Bee, Fox40, the Appeal Democrat and The Union providing perspective and updates from games around the region.

Just as important are your contributions: Scoring updates, game highlights, photos, videos and, especially, your comments and questions.

Thanks for joining us.

September 14, 2012
Sheldon High's Dakarai Allen gives verbal commitment

Dakarai Allen of Sheldon High School has given a verbal commitment to San Diego State to play scholarship basketball.

Allen is a 6-foot-6 senior wing with myriad skills: ball handler, floor general, shooter, defender, and he is considered the top recruit in the Sac-Joaquin Section. He averaged 17 points and eight rebounds last season for a Huskies team that won the Delta River League, three-peated as Section Division I champions and won their first NorCal large-school banner.

Allen has maintained that the Aztecs intrigued him throughout the spring and summer, so much so that he cancelled official visits to UCLA, USC, Colorado and Washington State.

September 13, 2012
Trip down Holy Bowl memory lane: CBS-Jesuit meet again

20110917_HOLLY BOWL_0846.JPGHoly Bowl XLII is here with Christian Brothers and Jesuit facing off on Saturday night at refurbished, polished and pretty Hughes Stadium.

A crowd of some 16,000 is expected. The backdrop will include dueling student rooting sections and graduates from both schools matching wits and old stories.

SNAPSHOTS! Going to the Holy Bowl game? Look for The Bee's Snapshots photographer. See crowd photos at

The series started in 1969, though school administrators were initially concerned that a football rivalry would become too intense, too important, a distraction. Are you kidding? That's exactly why this rivalry matters. Players talk about the games decades later.

Jeff Tisdel, the CBS quarterback in 1974 now coaching at Sierra College, joked two years ago that if he took a knee at church and noticed a Marauders graduate next to him, he'd cut his prayers short and leave.

September 13, 2012
High school football: Week 3 results

Here are the results from this weekend's high school football games. Check back throughout the evening on Friday for scores.

Watch a replay of Friday's high school football chat at


• El Camino 60, Mesa Verde 7


• No. 1 Elk Grove 54, Sheldon 6

• No. 2 Franklin 23, No. 12 Cosumnes Oaks 3

• No. 13 Inderkum 42, No. 3 Pleasant Grove 28

• No. 4 Nevada Union 38, Chico 30

• No. 7 Burbank 28, No. 5 Del Oro 23

• No. 6 Granite Bay 47, Vacaville 21

• No. 8 Placer 63, Casa Roble 21

• No. 9 Folsom 50, Deer Valley 38

• No. 10 Oak Ridge 42, No. 11 Grant 14

September 12, 2012
Sizing up a number of area high school football games this weekend

A peek at some games of intrigue as we apply the eye black to another week of high school football action...


No. 7 Burbank (2-0) at No. 5 Del Oro (0-2)
Expect a lot of running here with the host Golden Eagles going with Brandon Monroe and the strength of the team - the offensive line. Burbank counters with speed backs who can also run with power, including quarterback Ernest Jenkins, an expert in the triple-option and who tore off a 75-yard touchdown sprint in beating Grant 36-27.

No. 2 Franklin (3-0) at No. 12 Cosumnes Oaks (3-0)
The newish schools in Elk Grove finally face off in football, and now let the talkers either gloat or pipe down a bit. Players have chirped for well over a year about which program is better as both share the same facility. We'll soon find out.

No. 3 Pleasant Grove (2-1) at No. 13 Inderkum (2-0)
The host Tigers tried to get Grant on the schedule but it didn't work out so say hello to Pleasant Grove, a Division I power of late. Dre Terrell hit Wyatt Demps for four touchdown passes last week to beat Nevada Union and Inderkum looks to stall that momentum with sack-heavy defensive lineman Dedric Allen.

September 12, 2012
Kubes leads St. Francis; Whitney's Ulep triumphs in girls golf

Led by junior Tarah Kubes' two-over 74, St. Francis won the first Delta River League girls' golf tournament on Monday at Wildhawk.

Pleasant Grove placed second with a 401 and Oak Ridge third with a 447.

• Whitney's Kelsey Ulep shot a one-under par, nine-hole 35 to lead Whitney past Mira Loma 217-265 in a Capital Athletic League match at Haggin Oaks' Arcade Creek course.

It's the same course where Ulep won the 76th annual Sacramento City Junior Championship last month.

September 12, 2012
New state rankings show American River College football still at No. 4

American River College remained steady in the California Community College state and NorCal football rankings as compiled by JC Athletic Bureau guru Fred Baer.

In beating rival Sacramento City College 38-23 to break in refurbished and storied Hughes Stadium, ARC extended its winning streak to 20 games, dating back to the 2010 season. ARC remains state-ranked No. 4 and No. 3 in the NorCal poll.

Devontae Booker of Grant High School rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns and he electrified with a 95-yard kickoff return for a score to open the game. ARC coach Jerry Haflich elected for Sac City to re-kick instead of taking the ball at the 35 after the first kick sailed out of bounds.

September 12, 2012
Sacramento-area teams on four high school football ranking lists

A look at rankings galore, including the MaxPreps Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25, the SureWestSports Top 20, The Bee's Top 20 and the Cal-Hi Sports Bowl rankings...

For the MaxPreps Section rankings go here...

For the rankings, go here

For The Bee's Top 20, go here...

September 11, 2012
Prep stars: Here are 10 more Week 2 standout performers

Here are 10 more standout performers from high school football's Week 2 action:

• Ben Alickovic, Sheldon: Had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown, and three catches for 20 yards in the Huskies' 35-28 win over Sheldon.

• Kameron Arnold, Woodland Christian: Had five catches for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the Cardinals' 34-16 win over San Juan.

• Tommy Arnold, Elk Grove: Completed five of 11 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the Thundering Herd's 20-16 win over Del Campo.

September 11, 2012
Rio Americano beats Bellarmine for Schmidt water polo title

Ian Brady, Jack Dubois and John Price each scored three goals to lead Rio Americano past Bellarmine of San Jose 10-7 in the championship match of the John Schmidt Memorial boys' water polo tournament in San Jose on Saturday.

Luke Hastie had six goals and Price three in the Raiders' 12-8 semifinal win over Clovis.

Rio Americano also defeated St. Mary's of Stockton 14-8 and Campolindo of Moraga 15-13.

September 8, 2012
More stars: Here are some other standout Week 2 performers

Here are 10 more standout performances from Week 2 high school football. For more stars and athlete of the week nominees, see Sunday's Bee sports section.

• Christian Canepa, Ponderosa: Rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the Bruins' 45-8 win over Cordova.

• Kyle Cota, Nevada Union: Completed 9 of 10 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score in the Miners' 29-28 loss to Pleasant Grove.

• David Carter, Foothill: Completed 12 of 23 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 39 yards on three carries in the Mustangs' 48-18 loss to Sacramento.

September 8, 2012
CBS' Noon is nightmare for McClatchy in Hughes Stadium return

Amid a festive atmosphere and a crowd of nearly 3,000, Caden Noon passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and two scores to lead No. 20 Christian Brothers to a 45-6 win over McClatchy tonight in the first high school football game to be played at renovated Hughes Stadium.

The win sets up a battle of unbeatens for next Saturday night's Holy Bowl at Hughes between the Falcons (3-0) and rival Jesuit (2-0).

Noon, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior completed 15 of 22 passes, including five for 98 yards to standout senior wide receiver Jalen Walker. He also carried the ball 13 times before calling it a night midway through the third quarter.

September 8, 2012
Sperbeck's late touchdown lifts Jesuit over El Camino 33-26

Quarterback Thomas Sperbeck's touchdown run around right end with 14 seconds left lifted Jesuit to a 33-26 win over host El Camino Friday night in a nonleague football game.

Sperbeck rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two scores, including one of 69 yards.
Matt Ternan, Austin Gates and Devin Kelly led the Jesuit defense. Ternan and Gates had eight tackles each and Kelly five tackles and a batted down pass.

He also rushed for a touchdown as the Marauders climbed to 2-0 under new coach Marlon Blanton before theiannual Holy Bowl against Christian Brothers next Saturday at Hughes Stadium.

El Camino drops to 2-1.

September 7, 2012
State-ranked No. 4 American River College beats rival Sac City in thriller

American River College, state-ranked No. 4, slugged out a 38-23 victory over rival Sacramento City on Friday night to break in refurbished Hughes Stadium, a staple venue in the region for 84 years and sparkling again with a $13 million facelift of new aneminities, paint and a field turf.

Ranked third in Northern California, ARC (2-0) was led by Devontae Booker, the sophomore tailback from Grant High School who chugged for 170 yards and had a 95-yard kickoff return to open the game. The Beavers won their 20th consecutive game dating back to the 2010 season.

Booker had three touchdown ruins, including a 41 yarder to seal it with 6:44 to go in the fourth quarter after a Zane Petty interception. Booker's 3-yard scoring run game Sac City a 32-23 lead with 9:07 to play.

Sac City (0-2) scored three points in the second half.
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September 7, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 2 - 6:45 p.m.

Welcome back for another Preps Plus Live high school football discussion.

The live chat is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.

Last week we had the biggest chat since the start of this feature last season, with more than 2,700 participants. We hope that kind of turnout continues.

We welcome your comments, questions, scoring updates, game details, photos and videos. Our team of journalists will contribute the same.

Thanks again.

September 7, 2012
High school football: Week 2 results

Here are the results for Friday night's high school football games.


No. 1 Elk Grove at No. 13 Del Campo tonight will be broadcast live on Access Sacramento (Ch. 17 on Comcast and SureWest, Ch. 99 on AT&T)


• No. 1 Elk Grove 20, No. 13 Del Campo 16

• No. 4 Pleasant Grove 29, No. 2 Nevada Union 28

• No. 3 Franklin 31, Freedom-Oakley 21

• No. 11 Burbank 36, No. 7 Grant 27

• No. 8 Placer 42, Foothill-Palo Cedro 14

• No. 9 Folsom 24, Roseville 7

September 6, 2012
Scheduling snafus keeps West Campus coach on his toes

Nate Harris has never seen anything like it.

During the second day of fall practice in early August, the new West Campus football coach suddenly found himself without two scheduled games for the upcoming season.

Because of an-unbeknownst-to-him coaching change at Fresno Christian, Harris discovered that the verbal commitment he had made with the former coach/athletic director to play that private school team in Fresno wasn't going to be honored.

September 5, 2012
Elk Grove football is No. 9 in state and No. 2 in NorCal

Elk Grove has climbed to No. 9 in California and No. 2 in Northern California in the latest Cal-Hi Sports state football top 25.

Elk Grove moved up from No. 13 in the state and also to No. 2 in Northern California after the Thundering Herd walloped Beyer of Modesto 48-0 and previous No. 2 Bellarmine of San Jose lost 41-7 to top-ranked De La Salle of Concord.

Nevada Union moved from No. 23 to No. 17 after beating previous No. 22 Grant 37-7. Grant dropped out of the rankings.

Folsom and Placer are listed as teams on the bubble.

For Cal-Hi's complete list go Here

September 5, 2012
American River College moves up in State and NorCal JC football polls

American River College inched up a spot in this week's California Community College Football Coaches Association State and NorCal polls, as compiled by Fred Baer of the JC Athletic Bureau.

ARC, coming off a resounding 59-9 victory over Monterey Peninsula in a Saturday opener, is now ranked fourth in the state and third in Northern California. The Beavers have won 19 consecutive games and play at rival Sacramento City on Friday in the first football game at the refurbished Hughes Stadium.

Against Monterey Peninsula, Beavers tailback Devontae Booker of Grant High School rushed for 291 yards on 19 carries in just over two quarters of action and scored a school-record five touchdowns. Booker was a key tailback for ARC last season when the Beavers capped their first 11-0 season.

"With the hard work I put in this spring and fall, I just kept working my butt off," Booker told Trevor Horn of The Bee in a story posted on the American River Current site. "Coming out here breaking the school record for rushing touchdowns--it felt good to break the record. I broke plenty of records in high school, but to do it at the collegiate level, it feels really good right now."

Jonathan Kodama completed 13 of 18 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns for ARC.

State-ranked No. 1 and defending national champion San Francisco City College, which plays at ARC late this month, opened with a 48-41 overtime win over Diablo Valley with former Grant receiver Dezmon Epps catching the winning touchdown. State No. 2 Mt. San Antonio also needed late heroics to won, holding off Saddleback 51-48.
Coming off an injury-plagued 3-7 season in 2011, Sierra debuts in the NorCal rankings at No. 13 after beating Sac City 68-30 behind a six-touchdown effort by Myles McKee, three each to Frankie Gomes and Vince Mayle.

State Top 20
1. San Francisco (1-0)
2. Mt. San Antonio (1-0)
3. Butte (1-0)
4. American River 1-0
5. Fresno (1-0)
6. Palomar (1-0)
7. San Mateo (1-0)
8. Ventura (1-0)
9. Delta-Stockton (1-0)
10. Modesto (1-0)
11. Golden West (1-0)
12. Riverside (0-1)
13. Allan Hancock 1-0
14. Fullerton (1-0)
15. Saddleback (0-1)
16. Diablo Valley (0-1)
17. De Anza (1-0
18. Santa Rosa (1-0)
19. El Camino (0-1)
20. East Los Angeles (1-0)
21. Los Angeles Harbor (1-0)
22. Cerritos (0-1)
23. Bakersfield (1-0)
24. Chabot (0-1)
25. Foothill (1-0)
Others included in votes: Grossmont (1-0); Sierra (1-0); Citrus (1-0); Siskiyous (1-0); Feather River (0-1); Moorpark (1-0); Sequoias (1-0); Mt. San Jacinto (1-0); Southwestern (1-0); Antelope Valley (1-0); Monterey (1-0).

NorCal Top 20
1. San Francisco 1-0
2. Butte 1-0
3. American River 1-0
4 Fresno 1-0
5. San Mateo 1-0
6. Delta 1-0
7. Modesto 1-0
8. Diablo Valley 0-1
9. De Anza 1-0
10. Santa Rosa 1-0
13. Chabot 0-1
12. Foothill 1-0
13. Sierra 1-0
14. Siskiyous 1-0
15. Feather River 0-1
16. Sequoias 1-0
17. Monterey Peninsula 0-1
18. Los Medanos 1-0
19. Laney 0-1
20. Hartnell 0-1
Others included in votes: Gavilan (1-0); Shasta (1-0); Yuba (0-1); Merced (0-1); Redwoods (0-1).

September 5, 2012
Area's leading boys soccer teams to play in Capital Challenge

Two defending section champions and two section runners-up will compete in the second annual Capital Challenge Cup boys soccer showcase on Friday at Capital Christian High School.

Bella Vista, which won the Sac-Joaquin Section D-II title last fall, will play defending D-V section champion Capital Christian at 6 p.m.

Granite Bay, which lost to Bella Vista on penalty kicks in the D-II final, will take on national power Jesuit at 8 p.m. Jesuit lost to Davis in last year's D-I section title game.

The Marauders, traditionally nationally ranked, are No. 1 in this week's first National Soccer Coaches Association of America Region VII (western states) fall poll.

Both contests are re-matches of last year's event.

Capital Christian beat Bella Vista 2-0 and Jesuit won 3-2, the deciding goal coming on a late penalty kick.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

• Davis is the only other area team ranked in the Region VII poll at No. 10. Arapahoe of Little, Colo., is No. 2; La Cueva of Albuquerque, N.M., is No. 3; and Denver East of Denver, Colo., is No. 4. Jesuit is scheduled to play host to No. 5 Marin Academy at 4 p.m. on Monday.

September 4, 2012
Here are 15 more Week One standout football performers

Here are 15 additional notable Week One football performances.

• Jake Bist, Ponderosa: Completed 20 of 28 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns in the Bruins' 63-0 win over Valley.

• Isaac Brahce, Placer: Rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and had four tackles in the Hillmen's 48-30 win over Central Catholic.

• Brandon Brooks, Woodland Christian: Had 14 tackles, a fumble recovery and half a sack in the Cardinals' 50-20 win over Delta.

September 1, 2012
Here are 10 more Week One football star performers

Look for our Ten Other Notable performances in Sunday's Bee sports section. Meanwhile, here are 10 more top performers from Week One.

• Jesse Albright-Rodriguez, Mesa Verde: Had a fumble recovery, interception and five tackles in the Mavericks' 13-7 overtime win against Mira Loma.

• Marcel Brown, Rio Linda: Rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in the Knights' 24-20 win over Roseville.

• Ian Davis, Nevada Union: Had five catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Miners' 37-7 win over Grant.

September 1, 2012
Football roundup: Oaks Christian wallops Granite Bay 48-13

Brandon Dawkins passed for two scores and ran for a third and Darick Holmes returned a fumble 96 yards for a touchdown and ran 41 yards for another score as Oaks Christian of Westlake Village cruised past Granite Bay 48-13 tonight in the Battle for Veterans football showcase at Westlake High School in Southern California.

Steve Graber caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Grant Caraway and Colin Brown kicked two field goals for Granite Bay, ranked No. 5 by The Bee.

Oaks Christian, which beat Del Oro 40-0 in Part I of the Battle for Veterans last week in Loomis, is ranked No. 4 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

In other games:

September 1, 2012
Blanton era opens at Jesuit with impressive win over Raiders

Jesuit answered the skeptics in a big way this afternoon at Rio Americano High School in its season debut: Power football is in, finesse out under new coach Marlon Blanton, the De La Salle of Concord veer offense disciple.

Ben Parietti rushed for three touchdowns; Austin Gates caught two touchdown passes; and Andrew Hoy kicked a 51-yard field goal as the No. 17 Marauders beat their down-the-block neighbors 45-7 in front of a spill-over crowd.

The Marauders had 11 players rush 35 times for 239 yards while starting quarterback Tom Sperbeck and reserve Jason Elenberger threw only nine passes, combining to complete four for 64 yards.

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