October 30, 2012
Week 9 stars: Bonovich, Hall help 8-1 Dixon beat Marysville

Here are 20 more area standout football performers from Week 9.

• John Abalos, Highlands: Rushed for 288 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and also passed for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Scots' 43-6 win over Vacaville Christian.

• Nick Bonovich, Dixon: Rushed for 185 yards on 15 carries and had eight tackles in the Rams' 49-21 win over Marysville.

• Isaac Brahce, Placer: Rushed for 180 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and had an interception in the No. 6 Hillmen's 24-7 win over Colfax.

October 30, 2012
Placer-Colfax football game includes a shirtless spectator who gets plowed under on tackle

Friday night's Placer-Colfax high school football game pitting longtime rivals included an extra bit of energy.

During Placer's 24-7 Pioneer Valley League victory, a shirtless spectator with saggy pants and a dazed expression wandered onto the field. He picked up the football, which prompted Troy Minton-Sander to charge after him and tackle him, much to the crowd's delight.

A 1988 Placer player now working in law enforcement in the region, Minton-Sander was in street clothes on the sideline. He is the father of Placer player Stone Sander. Within seconds, a mob of law enforcement had the shirtless man contained.

Placer national recruit lineman Eddie Vanderdoes told the Auburn Journal of Minton-Sander's tackle, "Hit of the year."

Here is the video link from the Auburn Journal. Be aware that there is a flash of nudity and some harsh language....snurl.com/25fdlo0

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

October 29, 2012
The Bee's Top 20 high school football rankings heading into Week 10

Heading into Week 10 and the final regular-season games of the season, and there is very little change in The Bee's Top 20.

We will run rankings into the playoffs, for kicks, debate and discussion, and to chart progress.

Franklin is top ranked again this week - and for the first time in school history starting last week. It is also 9-0 for the first time. The only ranked teams to lose were previous No. 8 Pleasant Grove, falling to No. 7 Oak Ridge 38-19 after leading 12-0. Also, previous No. 11 Nevada Union lost at No. 13 Del Oro 45-35 as Brandon Monroe erupted for four scores for Del Oro.

October 27, 2012
More Week 9 stars: Area quarterbacks have big nights

Here are 10 more standout performers from Week 9 area football:

• Jeff Camilli, Ponderosa: Returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown and rushed for two scores in the Bruins' 42-25 loss to No. 2 Folsom.

• Marquise Carter, Grant: Rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in the Pacers' 46-14 win over Davis.

• Kyle Cota, Nevada Union: Completed 28 of 49 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns in the No. 11 Miners' 45-35 loss to No. 14 Del Oro.

October 27, 2012
It's a new day for Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs

It's a new era for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys soccer playoffs that start on Tuesday.

This season the section has divided teams into divisions by enrollment rather than league affiliation, as was the case in the past.

"We'll be seeing match-ups in soccer that we've never seen before," said section media director Will DeBoard.

October 26, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 9 live chat, 6:30 p.m.

Including tonight, we have two more weeks of high school football before the playoffs begin, which means we will have plenty to talk about during tonight's Preps Plus Live chat, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

We hope you join us.

October 26, 2012
High school football: Week 9 schedule and results

Here are Friday's results for Week 9 high school football games involving Sac -Joaquin Section teams in The Bee's general coverage area.

Results will be updated as they are obtained throughout the evening.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Ranked teams

• No. 1 Franklin 66, Laguna Creek 8

• No. 2 Folsom 42, Ponderosa 25

• No. 3 Elk Grove 54, Monterey Trail 40

October 24, 2012
NorCalPreps lists Laguna Creek's Pope No. 1 in Class of 2014

National recruit Malik Pope of Laguna Creek is No. 1 in NorCalPreps.com's Class of 2014 Northern California Top 40 boys basketball rankings.

Pope, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound transfer from Burbank, is ranked No. 11 nationally by Rivals.com.

He reportedly has 17 major college offers, including UCLA, Kansas, Louisville and Baylor.

The other area players and their rankings: No. 8 - Cameron Oliver, Grant; No. 11 - D.J. Wilson, Capital Christian; No. 13 - Lake Lukes, Jesuit; No. 15 - Chris Snyder, Ponderosa; No. 18 - Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian; No. 22 - Brady Anderson, Jesuit; No. 25 - Tyler Jennings, Capital Christian; No. 26 - Jalen Coates, Burbank; No. 37 - Benson Osaybode, Franklin.

For the complete list go to NorCalPreps.com

October 24, 2012
14 area players on NorCalPreps' top 40 boys Class of 2013 list

Fourteen area players, including four from defending Division I Sac-Joaquin Section and Northern California Regional champion Sheldon, are listed on NorCalPreps.com's 2013 boys basketball top 40.

They are: No. 5 - D'Erryl Williams, Sheldon; No. 6. - Darin Johnson, Sheldon; No. 7 - Dakarai Allen, Sheldon; No. 14 - Malik Thames, Pleasant Grove; No. 17 - Cole Nordquist, Pleasant Grove; No. 19 - Gabe Bealer, Antelope; No. 22 - Isaiah Ellis, Antelope; and No. 25 - Will Buell, Colfax.

Others on the list are No. 30 - Aaron Cameron, Sacramento; No. 32 - Ryan Manning, Sheldon; No. 36 - Eric Stuteville, Casa Roble; No. 37 - James Hadnot, Sacramento; No. 38 - Joe Barnes, Sacramento; No. 40 - Matt Hayes, Pleasant Grove.

Williams and Allen have verbally committed to San Diego State; Johnson to Washington.

NorCalPreps ranks national recruits Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty of San Jose and Jabari Bird (Cal) of Salesian of Richmond No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

For the complete list, go to NorCalPreps.com

October 23, 2012
More Week 8 stars: Bryant's 8 catches helps Colfax to victory

Here is a look at 20 other top Week 8 area football performances.

• Kyle Bryant, Colfax: Had eight catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 49-34 win over Foothill.

• Austin Brown, Del Campo: Rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the No. 9 Cougars' 41-38 win over Christian Brothers.

• Chris Cooper, Vista del Lago: Had four receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in the No. 16 Eagles' 35-34 win over No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks.

October 23, 2012
Florin beats McClatchy in Monday night Metro thriller

Ben Walls rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns, passed for a third and intercepted a pass and Deon Guther picked off two passes and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown to lead Florin to a 28-26 Metro Conference football win over McClatchy on Monday night at Monterey Trail High School.

Florin (3-5, 3-2) forced the Lions (3-5, 3-2) into five turnovers, including fumble recoveries by Deon Johnson and Don Ross. Louis Shimoum also blocked a McClatchy field goal attempt.

The game had been rescheduled from Thursday night after a McClatchy JV football player went into a seizure earlier in the day and had to be hospitalized with what school officials thought might be meningitis.

Sacramento County health officials later ruled out that an infectious disease was the cause of the player's illness.

October 22, 2012
American River College runner gives verbal commitment

Matt Airola of American River College signed a national letter of intent to compete for the Alabama track and field team.

The sophomore placed seventh in the state community college team championships in 2011, when ARC won the team title, and he won the 2012 state track 1,500 meter championship in 3 minutes, 45.60 seconds to help ARC win the team title. In that same meet, Airola placed second in the 800 in 1:49.44.

ARC teammate Diondre Batson, a record-setting sprinter who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials, will announce his scholarship track and field destination on Saturday. Also a football standout at receiver, Batson is considering Alabama, TCU and Florida State.

Batson qualified for the Olympic Trials in Eugene when he clocked a 20.50-second time in the 200 meters in April. His best 100 in any conditions was the 10.10 he uncorked in the NorCal finals in San Mateo in May.

Look for Batson updates here or from Trevor Horn of The Bee by following him on Twitter: @trevhorn

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

October 22, 2012
Bee high school football rankings: A new No. 1

The Sacramento Bee's weekly Top 20 high school football rankings has a new top dog in Franklin. The Wildcats of Elk Grove beat previous No. 1 Elk Grove 17-7 in a Delta Valley Conference showdown that was deemed one of the top games nationally by MaxPreps.

For more on that game, read this story.

Elk Grove slips to No. 3, considering the opponent it lost to. Elk Grove had its 17-game regular-season winning streak halted. The Thundering Herd played without second-year starting quarterback Tommy Arnold, who sat due to his role in a fight over his stolen cell phone. Arnold said later that he will learn from this and vows a strong comeback.

Placer slipped a spot to No. 6 after slugging past Lincoln 10-7. The Hillmen are the first to tell you that they can play better and must play better with longtime rival Colfax looming this week and upstart No. 15 Center in Week 10 for what should be for the Pioneer Valley League championship.

Granite Bay inched up a spot to No. 5, having won its fourth consecutive game, beating rival Del Oro 21-7 and moving closer to a Sierra Foothill League championship. Granite Bay was coming off a double overtime win over then-No. 10 Rocklin.

Center moves up to No. 15 after its impressive 36-0 rout of 6-1 Bear River, which was coming off a 14-7 loss at Placer. Center has lost only to Chico of the North Section, which pushed then-No. 2 Nevada Union to the brink in Week 2.

Center beat Rio Linda, which beat Antelope, to help understand the rankings log jam. Vista del Lago returns to the Top 20 at No. 16 after beating then No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks 35-34 behind quarterback Matt Jimison (355 yards, four touchdowns). This was for the Sierra Valley Conference title.

In tomorrow's Bee, we detail Vista's surge and have news and notes on Antelope, Placer, Folsom and Sutter of the North Section. Another story we are tracking: The status of Nevada Union linebacker Cole Hannum, a transfer from Marysville who was deemed ineligible by the Sac-Joaquin Section. The Section ruled that Hannum, a senior, had prior contact with the Nevada Union coaching staff and followed a coach to the program.

NU has appealed the decision. NU athletic director Steve Pilcher said a CIFcommitte has 15 days to respond to the appeal, the last day being Friday. That's the same day NU plays at Del Oro in a critical SFL contest.

THE BEE'S TOP 20
(last week's ranking included)
1. Franklin 8-0 2
2. Folsom 8-0 3
3. Elk Grove 7-1 1
4. Burbank 8-0 4
5. Granite Bay 5-3 6
6. Placer 8-0 5
7. Oak Ridge 7-1 7
8. Pleasant Grove 6-2 8
9. Del Campo 6-2 9
10. Rocklin 4-4 12
11. Nevada Union 5-3 13
12. Yuba City 7-1 14
13. Whitney 7-1 15
14. Del Oro 3-5 10
15. Center 7-1 19
16. Vista del Lago 8-1 20
17. Cosumnes Oaks 6-2 11
18. Inderkum 6-2 16
19. Rio Linda 7-1 17
20. Antelope 7-1 18
Others: Grant (3-5), Sacramento (6-2), Ponderosa (5-3), Dixon (7-1), Capital Christian (7-1), Davis (5-3), Monterey Trail (5-3), Bear River (6-2), Jesuit (4-4), El Camino (5-3), River Valley (5-3), Christian Brothers (4-4).

Week 9 Schedule
All games kick off between 7-7:30 p.m.
Ranked teams
No. 1 Franklin vs. Laguna Creek at Cosumnes Oaks
No. 2 Folsom at Ponderosa
Monterey Trail at No. 3 Elk Grove
No. 4 Burbank vs. McClatchy at Hughes Stadium
No. 5 Granite Bay at Woodcreek
No. 6 Placer at Colfax
No. 7 Oak Ridge vs. No. 8 Pleasant Grove at Sheldon
No. 9 Del Campo at Bella Vista
Roseville at No. 10 Rocklin
No. 11 Nevada Union at No. 14 Del Oro
No. 12 Yuba City at Natomas
No. 13 Whitney at Cordova
Foothill at No. 15 Center
No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks at Liberty Ranch
No. 18 Inderkum at Pioneer
Oakmont at No. 19 Rio Linda
Rio Americano at No. 20 Antelope
No. 16 Vista del Lago: bye

Other games
Florin at Rosemont
Johnson vs. Valley at Cosumnes River
Sacramento at Kennedy
Mira Loma at El Camino
Davis at Grant
Lincoln at Bear River
Woodland at River Valley
Union Mine at El Dorado
Galt at River City
Bradshaw Christian at San Juan
Vacaville Christian at Highlands
Delta at Foresthill
Marysville at Dixon
Mesa Verde at Lindhurst

Saturday
Sheldon at Jesuit, 2 p.m.
Cristo Rey vs. Woodland Christian at San Juan
Golden Sierra vs. Encina at El Camino
Casa Roble vs. CBS at Hughes Stadium
Capital Christian vs. West Campus at Burbank, 6 p.m.

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Facebook: sacbeepreps
- On Cable: Surewestsports.com
- On podcasts: ESPN1320.net
- On TV: Fox 40's Final Quarter on fox40.com

October 21, 2012
Sacramento State football player John Bloomfield dies; had been in coma since September

John Bloomfield, the spirited and beloved Sacramento State defensive end known for his engaging grin, pregame speeches and shock of hair jetting out of the back of his helmet as he chased down quarterbacks, has died after nearly a month in a coma.

The 23-year old senior from Grant High School and Sierra College entered Mercy Hospital in Sacramento in Sept. 19 to treat a deteriorating lung. It collapsed after Sac State's season opener on Aug. 30 at New Mexico State. The high altitude in Las Cruces, N.M. affected his breathing, family members said. Family, teammates and Bloomfield himself were not aware of the severity of his respiratory condition, certainly not by the way he played with his passion.

At Mercy, one surgery led to another then a third, and Bloomfield lapsed into a coma. Stella Bloomfield said the decision to take her son off life support was the most painful of her life, adding recently, "God's waiting for him now. We know it's time to let him go."

Bloomfield's hospital room the last month included a stream of well wishers. Family members who appreciated his energy from his youth in Palo Alto. Teammates from his high school, Sierra College and Sac State days. Coaches such as Mike Alberghini of Grant, those from Sierra College and Marshall Sperbeck from Sac State. Hornets players said they dedicated this season to Bloomfield.

Bloomfield's hospital bed included a Sac State football banner. Family members surrounded his bed to offer words, music and song.

Those who knew Bloomfield best said he was driven to achieve as a player and student, particularly after academic woes prevented him from competing in sports until his senior season. He was a special teams ace and linebacker for Grant's 2006 championship team, went on to start two seasons at Sierra College as what coach Jeff Tisdel deemed, "the heart and soul of our team."

Stella Bloomfield said her son cherished his Grant championship ring. She said he will be buried with it.

Sperbeck said he will remember Bloomfield's academic ambition. It was common to see Bloomfield in study hall early every morning. He was on track to graduate with a degree in ethnic studies. His dream was to be a preacher.

I caught up to Bloomfield after a Sierra practice two years ago. He said he was proud to be the first in his family to attend college, of his Polynesian heritage and family support, of overcoming a childhood of poverty and the challenges growing up in East Palo Alto, where he said "there was trouble on every corner waiting to take you in." He spoke about an older brother who committed "the worst kind" of crimes and is serving a life sentence in prison.

"I've been a role model to my younger siblings: Do good things, the right thing, and go to school," Bloomfield said.

Said Sperbeck recently, "He's unlike any kid I've ever coached. The drive, commitment, unselfishness, how he works with others, and he's a captain and a role model to all our guys."

Funeral services are pending. We will have more in Tuesday's Bee after meeting with players and coaches.

Sac State quarterback Garrett Safron tweeted, "Rest in paradise JB! Lost such a great individual. Now one of my guardian angels watching above! You will never be forgotten. Never."

And this tweet from Sierra College teammate Michael Elliott, "RIP to my brother and teammate JB. John Bloomfield is the best man I've ever known. Kind, humble, intelligent, and most of all a giver..."

And Sac State in a statement released by the university today:

"John Bloomfield's passing has brought a profound sadness to Sacramento State," said President Alexander Gonzalez. "He was a tremendous representative of our University and a beloved member of the Hornet football team. My thoughts are with his family, friends, teammates and fellow students."

Director of Athletics Terry Wanless said of John, "We have lost a member of our family. John was a young man who brightened the lives of all those he touched. He was a great example of someone who took on the challenges of life and found a way to make it better."

Sperbeck added, "My thoughts and prayers are with John's family. Our football team is saddened by the loss of one of our leaders. John was an outstanding person, player and teammate who will leave a lasting impression on all of us."

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Facebook: sacbeepreps
- On podcasts: ESPN1320.net

October 20, 2012
More Week 8 stars: Browning excels again for Folsom

Here are 10 more leading performers from Week 8 area high school football.

• Jake Browning, Folsom: Threw for 314 yards and five touchdowns in the No. 3 Bulldogs' 49-13 win over Sheldon.

• Josh Blumgold, Del Campo: Rushed for two touchdowns and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in the No. 9 Cougars' 41-38 win over Christian Brothers.

• Grant Caraway, Granite Bay: Completed seven of 14 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the No. 6 Eagles 21-7 win over No. 10 Del Oro.

October 19, 2012
Colfax gets scare before beating Foothill 49-34 in PVL game

Colfax got a scare tonight against Foothill in their Pioneer Valley League football matchup in Foothill Farms.

Colfax held a 35-14 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Mustangs stormed back for three touchdowns to close within one point with about six minutes to play.

Colfax (4-4, 1-2) then scored touchdowns on a 28-yard pass from Michael Wilson to Kyle Bryant and a six-yard run by Tim Rawlins to pull away for a 49-34 win.

Wilson had three touchdown passes, including two to Chas Reisinger, while Rawlins rushed for three touchdowns for the defending league champions.

David Carter had three touchdown passes and Robert Dotson rushed for two touchdowns for Foothill (1-7, 0-3).

October 19, 2012
Webb, Giampaoli have big nights for Rocklin vs. Woodcreek

Junior quarterback Logan Webb completed 17 of 27 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns and senior receiver Dominic Giampaoli had six catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns in No. 12 Rocklin's 42-17 Sierra Foothill League football win over Woodcreek tonight in Roseville.

The win moves Rocklin to 4-4 overall into a three-way tie for second with No. 13 Nevada Union (a 52-19 winner over Roseville) and No. 10 Del Oro (a 21-7 loser to Granite Bay) at 2-1.

Woodcreek drops to 2-6, 0-3.

October 19, 2012
Big plays help Oakmont to beat Bella Vista in CVC game

Taylor Laird threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Issac Thornton and ran 20 yards for a touchdown and Justin Hyde had a 63-yard touchdown run and Justin Holmes returned a punt 67 yards for a score to lead Oakmont over Bella Vista 41-14 tonight in a Capital Valley Conference football game in Roseville.

Oakmont led 20-14 at the half.

Oakmont climbs to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in league. Bella Vista falls to 4-4 and 1-2 in league.

October 19, 2012
Pioneer beats Natomas for first Tri-County Conference win

Jacob Baker rushed for two touchdowns and caught a 52-yard scoring strike from Seth Black and Jason Whitfield added a pair of 24-yard touchdown runs as Pioneer defeated visiting Natomas 41-7 tonight in a Tri-County Conference football game.

With the win, Pioneer is 4-4 overall and 1-2 in league. Natomas drops to 0-8 and 0-3.

October 19, 2012
No. 4 Burbank rushes for 505 yards in win over Rosemont

No. 4 Burbank put on its own on-field fireworks show during homecoming tonight in beating Rosemont 65-12 in a Metro Conference game at the Titans' two-year-old stadium.

Quarterback Ernest Jenkins rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns; Keith Marcus for 125 yards and a touchdown and Isaiah Williams 115 yards and three touchdowns; and Taniela Finau and Jarad Hill returned interceptions for touchdowns as the Titans (8-0, 5-0) coasted past the Wolverines (4-4, 3-2).

Burbank had 505 total rushing yards and, with its front four of Edwin Fautua, Nagalu Tapa, Simione Vialea and Finau dominating up front, held Rosemont to 149 total yards, including five total rushing yards.

October 19, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 8 live chat, 6:30 p.m.

We invite you to be part of our weekly discussion of high school football beginning about 6:30 p.m.

Though we focus on teams from the greater Sacramento region, our chat often touches on teams and topics from elsewhere in the state. It all depends on who's talking.

Please share scores, updates, questions, comments and opinions, as well as photos and videos.



October 19, 2012
High school football: Week 8 schedule and results

Here's this weekend's schedule and results for Week 8 Sac-Joaquin Section high school football.

FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAMES

Ranked teams

• No. 2 Franklin 17, No. 1 Elk Grove 7

• No. 3 Folsom 49, Sheldon 13

• No. 4 Burbank 65, Rosemont 12

• No. 5 Placer 10, Lincoln 7

• No. 6 Granite Bay 21, No. 10 Del Oro 7

• No. 7 Oak Ridge 20, Ponderosa 17

• No. 8 Pleasant Grove 38, Jesuit 21

• No. 9 Del Campo 41, Christian Brothers 38

• No. 20 Vista del Lago 35, No. 11 Cosumnes Oaks 34

October 19, 2012
Postponed McClatchy-Florin football game rescheduled for Monday

The Metropolitan Conference high school football game between McClatchy and Florin that was postponed Thursday evening due to a meningitis concern has been rescheduled for Monday night at Monterey Trail at 7 p.m. upon learning that the illness is not considered infectious.

Sacramento City Unified School District administrators and those from McClatchy did not want to risk the potential of further infection Thursday when a McClatchy junior varsity football player became ill earlier in the day. He was hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center. On Friday, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Health Officer, told The Bee, "we received a report from the hospital that it was not infectious disease," that hospitalized the student.

Though health experts deemed it not necessary, the SCUSD issued a deep-cleaning of McClatchy High where the student spent time Thursday.

October 19, 2012
Younger players help Folsom stay among football elite

Folsom may have 22 juniors and eight sophomores on its 49-man roster, but the Bulldogs are looking like a team determined to make a third straight run at a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II football title game appearance.

Folsom, which plays host tonight to Sheldon, beat Grant in 2010 and lost last year to Vacaville in the finals.

"We reload, we don't rebuild," Richardson said after beating Jesuit 56-35 on Saturday. "My staff on the lower levels is doing a great job of teaching the basics, so when they get up to us we just keep plugging kids in and keep moving on. That's what the great programs do."

October 18, 2012
Florin-McClatchy JV and varsity football games postponed due to virus scare

The Metropolitan Conference junior varsity and varsity football doubleheader between Florin and McClatchy high schools set for tonight at Monterey Trail have been postponed over concerns of a meningitis scare.

Florin athletic director George Smith was at Monterey Trail, where Florin plays its football games, earlier this evening helping set up for the JV game when he got word from McClatchy administrators of their situation.

A McClatchy JV player went into a seizure earlier in the day and is in intensive care at the UC Davis Medical Center. McClatchy administrators and those from the Sacramento City Unified School District deemed it too great a risk to play the games considering the JV player has been in contact with his teammates, Smith said.

"They don't if what he has is is bacterial, or viral or how serious it is, and for safety reasons, we canceled both games tonight," Smith said. "We can't have other kids exposed. If there's an outbreak and we knew about it, that's not good. We have to look out for the safety of theses kids and on we go."

Smith said he wants to reschedule the game for a number of reasons. First, this was going to be Florin's senior night to recognize graduating players. Schools also greatly depend on gate receipts for home games to help fund athletic programs. And, he said, no one wants to have a game completely wiped away.

For McClatchy, the Lions harbor hopes of winning the Metro, or at least qualifying for the playoffs. McClatchy is 3-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. Florin is 2-5 and 2-2.

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Facebook: Sacbeepreps
- On podcasts: ESPN1320.net

October 18, 2012
Comparing prep football rankings from SacBee, ModBee, SureWest, MaxPreps, Cal-Hi and more

It's rankings galore time, with a peek at area high school football lists from The Sacramento Bee, The Modesto Bee, SureWest Sports, MaxPreps, Cal-Hi and from Jim Dimino's Dirtry Dozen for Access Sacramento that airs games each week...

Sacramento Bee Top 20
1. Elk Grove 7-0
2. Franklin 7-0
3. Folsom 7-0
4. Burbank 7-0
5. Placer 7-0
6. Granite Bay 4-3
7. Oak Ridge 6-1
8. Pleasant Grove 5-2
9. Del Campo 5-2
10. Del Oro 3-4
11. Cosumnes Oaks 6-1
12. Rocklin 3-4
13. Nevada Union 4-3
14. Yuba City 6-1
15. Whitney 6-1
16. Inderkum 5-2
17. Rio Linda 6-1
18. Antelope 6-1
19. Center 6-1
20. Vista del Lago 6-1

For more news and notes from The Bee this week, go here...
www.sacbee.com/preps/#vmix_media_id=154120821

Modesto Bee Super 7's
Large Schools
1. Oakdale (6-1)
2. Buhach Colony (5-2)
3. Pitman (6-1)
4. Downey (6-1)
5. Merced (4-3)
6. Enochs (5-3)
7. Sierra (6-1)

Small Schools
1. Central Catholic 5-2
2. Los Banos (6-1)
3. Ripon (8-0)
4. Argonaut (7-0)
5. Escalon (5-2)
6. Calaveras (6-1)
7. Summerville (6-1)

For a fun peek at the top running backs in the last 25 years in the Modesto region from The Modesto Bee....go here...
www.modbee.com/2012/10/16/2416975/25-years-of-top-running-backs.html

SureWest Sports Top 15
1. Elk Grove (7-0)
2. Franklin (7-0)
3. Folsom (7-0)
4. Burbank (7-0)
5. Placer (7-0)
6. Oak Ridge (6-1)
7. Pleasant Grove (5-2)
8. Granite Bay (4-3)
9. Del Campo (5-2)
10. Rocklin (3-4)
11. Nevada Union (4-3)
12. Cosumnes Oaks (6-1)
13. Grant (2-5)
14. Del Oro (3-4)
15. Whitney (6-1)

For the complete SureWest Sports Top 20 and links to shows, interviews and more, go here...
www.surewestsports.com/

The Dimino Dirty Dozen
1. Elk Grove 7-0
2. Franklin 7-0
3. Folsom 7-0
4. Burbank 7-0
5. Pleasant Grove 5-2
6. Placer 7-0
7. Oak Ridge 6-1
8. Granite Bay 4-3
9. Del Campo 5-2
10. Inderkum 5-2
11. Antelope 6-1
12. Whitney 6-1
8 in the "Red Zone"
13. Rocklin 3-4
14. Cosumnes Oaks 6-1
15. Yuba City 6-1
16. Rio Linda 6-1
17. Del Oro 3-4
18. Center 6-1
19. Bear River 6-1
20. Vista del Lago 6-1
Note: Jim Dimino is a retired section Hall of Fame coach and administrator who led El Camino to championship success in the 1970s and '80s; he has been the color voice with Will James on the Hometown Sports Game of the Week live on Comcast and Surewest Cable Channel 17 and AT&T U-verse cable channel 99.

MaxPreps Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25
1. Elk Grove 7-0
2. Franklin 7-0
3. Folsom 7-0
4. Burbank 7-0
5. Placer 7-0
6. St. Mary's 5-2
7. Buhach Colony 5-2
8. Granite Bay 4-3
9. Central Catholic 5-2
10. Oak Ridge 6-1
11. Oakdale 6-1
12. Pleasant Grove 5-2
13. Del Campo 5-2
14. Del Oro 3-4
15. Cosumnes Oaks 6-1
16. Rocklin 3-4
17. Nevada Union 4-3
18. Yuba City 6-1
19. Merced 4-3
20. Downey 6-1

For the complete MaxPreps Top 25 and news and notes and story links, go here...
www.maxpreps.com/news/5Kp8gTSAakWaqRQLytXr0Q/maxpreps-sac-joaquin-section-top-25-high-school-football-rankings.htm

MaxPreps NorCal Top 25
1. De La Salle 7-0
2. Elk Grove 7-0
3. Franklin 7-0
4. Bellarmine 5-1
5. Folsom 7-0
6. Serra 5-1
7. Burbank 7-0
8. Deer Valley 6-1
9. Placer 7-0
10. Logan 6-1
11. St. Mary's 5-2
12. Buhach Colony 5-2
13. Marin Catholic 7-1
14. Central Catholic 5-2
15. Monte Vista 6-1
16. Oak Grove 6-0
17. Granite Bay 4-3
18. Oak Ridge 6-1
19. St. Ignatius 5-1
20. Oakdale 6-1

For the complete MaxPreps NorCal Top 25 and news and notes and story links, go here...
www.maxpreps.com/news/L8e0UEM3qECnia7aI0O6qQ/maxpreps-northern-california-top-25-high-school-football-rankings.htm

Cal-Hi Sports Bowl rankings
Division I North
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 7-0
2. (2) Elk Grove 7-0
3. (3) Franklin (Elk Grove) 7-0
4. (5) Folsom 7-0
5. (4) Bellarmine (San Jose) 5-1
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 5-1
7. (7) Deer Valley (Antioch) 6-1
8. (8) Luther Burbank (Sacramento) 7-0
9. (9) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 5-2
10. (10) St. Mary's (Stockton) 5-2
11. (12) Monte Vista (Danville) 6-1
12. (11) Oak Grove (San Jose) 6-0
13. (13) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 6-1
14. (14) Granite Bay 4-3
15. (15) California (San Ramon) 6-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 4-2, Del Oro (Loomis) 3-4, Foothill (Pleasanton) 4-3, Freedom (Oakley) 5-2, Grant (Sacramento) 2-5, James Logan (Union City) 6-1, Lincoln (Stockton) 4-3, Milpitas 5-1, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 5-2, San Ramon Valley (Danville) 3-4, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 5-1.

Division II North
1. (1) Placer (Auburn) 7-0
2. (2) Oakdale 6-1
3. (4) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 7-0
4. (5) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 6-1
5. (8) Yuba City 6-1
6. (7) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 6-1
7. (9) Concord 7-1
8. (NR) Inderkum (Sacramento) 5-2
9. (NR) Vista del Lago (Folsom) 7-1
10. (6) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 5-2
Drops: Previous No. 3 Paradise lost to Chico 36-35; No. 10 Benicia lost to Vallejo 28-19.
Bubble Teams: Enterprise (Redding) 5-2, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 4-3, Paradise 5-2, Sierra (Manteca) 6-1, Washington (Fremont) 5-2.

Division III North
1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 7-1
2. (2) El Cerrito 7-0
3. (3) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 7-0
4. (4) Seaside 6-0
5. (5) Sutter 7-0
6. (6) Campolindo (Moraga) 6-1
7. (7) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 6-1
8. (8) Ripon 8-0
9. (9) Los Banos 6-1
10. (10) Soquel 5-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Analy (Sebastopol) 8-0, Aptos 5-2, Argonaut (Jackson) 7-0, Carmel 5-1, Escalon 5-2, Hilmar 6-2, Menlo School (Atherton) 5-1, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 5-1, Salesian (Richmond) 7-1, St. Helena 7-0, West Valley (Cottonwood) 6-1.

Division IV North
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 5-2
2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 3-3
3. (3) Ferndale 6-1
4. (4) Le Grand 6-1
5. (5) Pierce (Arbuckle) 7-0
6. (6) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 6-1
7. (7) Portola 7-0
8. (8) Valley Christian (Dublin) 5-2
9. (9) Upper Lake 5-2
10. (10) Foresthill 6-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 3-4, California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 6-1, Maxwell 5-2, Modesto Christian (Modesto) 4-3, St. Bernard (Eureka) 5-2, St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 5-2.

For the complete run down on the Cal-Hi Bowl rankings for NorCal and SoCal and more news, notes and analysis, go here...
calhisportsfootball.wordpress.com/

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On live radio: ESPN1320 from 11 p.m. to midnight, Friday
- On live TV: Fox40's Final Quarter, Friday, 11:30 p.m.-midnight
- On podcasts: ESPN1320.net
- On cable: SureWestSports.com
- In Denial: Always

October 18, 2012
Comparing prep football rankings from SacBee, ModBee, SureWest, MaxPreps, Cal-Hi and more

It's rankings galore time, with a peek at area high school football lists from The Sacramento Bee, The Modesto Bee, SureWest Sports, MaxPreps, Cal-Hi and from Jim Dimino's Dirtry Dozen for Access Sacramento that airs games each week...

Sacramento Bee Top 20
1. Elk Grove 7-0
2. Franklin 7-0
3. Folsom 7-0
4. Burbank 7-0
5. Placer 7-0
6. Granite Bay 4-3
7. Oak Ridge 6-1
8. Pleasant Grove 5-2
9. Del Campo 5-2
10. Del Oro 3-4
11. Cosumnes Oaks 6-1
12. Rocklin 3-4
13. Nevada Union 4-3
14. Yuba City 6-1
15. Whitney 6-1
16. Inderkum 5-2
17. Rio Linda 6-1
18. Antelope 6-1
19. Center 6-1
20. Vista del Lago 6-1

For more news and notes from The Bee this week, go here...
www.sacbee.com/preps/#vmix_media_id=154120821

Modesto Bee Super 7's
Large Schools
1. Oakdale (6-1)
2. Buhach Colony (5-2)
3. Pitman (6-1)
4. Downey (6-1)
5. Merced (4-3)
6. Enochs (5-3)
7. Sierra (6-1)

Small Schools
1. Central Catholic 5-2
2. Los Banos (6-1)
3. Ripon (8-0)
4. Argonaut (7-0)
5. Escalon (5-2)
6. Calaveras (6-1)
7. Summerville (6-1)

For a fun peek at the top running backs in the last 25 years in the Modesto region from The Modesto Bee....go here...
www.modbee.com/2012/10/16/2416975/25-years-of-top-running-backs.html

SureWest Sports Top 15
1. Elk Grove (7-0)
2. Franklin (7-0)
3. Folsom (7-0)
4. Burbank (7-0)
5. Placer (7-0)
6. Oak Ridge (6-1)
7. Pleasant Grove (5-2)
8. Granite Bay (4-3)
9. Del Campo (5-2)
10. Rocklin (3-4)
11. Nevada Union (4-3)
12. Cosumnes Oaks (6-1)
13. Grant (2-5)
14. Del Oro (3-4)
15. Whitney (6-1)

For the complete SureWest Sports Top 20 and links to shows, interviews and more, go here...
www.surewestsports.com/

The Dimino Dirty Dozen
1. Elk Grove 7-0
2. Franklin 7-0
3. Folsom 7-0
4. Burbank 7-0
5. Pleasant Grove 5-2
6. Placer 7-0
7. Oak Ridge 6-1
8. Granite Bay 4-3
9. Del Campo 5-2
10. Inderkum 5-2
11. Antelope 6-1
12. Whitney 6-1
8 in the "Red Zone"
13. Rocklin 3-4
14. Cosumnes Oaks 6-1
15. Yuba City 6-1
16. Rio Linda 6-1
17. Del Oro 3-4
18. Center 6-1
19. Bear River 6-1
20. Vista del Lago 6-1
Note: Jim Dimino is a retired section Hall of Fame coach and administrator who led El Camino to championship success in the 1970s and '80s; he has been the color voice with Will James on the Hometown Sports Game of the Week live on Comcast and Surewest Cable Channel 17 and AT&T U-verse cable channel 99.

MaxPreps Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25
1. Elk Grove 7-0
2. Franklin 7-0
3. Folsom 7-0
4. Burbank 7-0
5. Placer 7-0
6. St. Mary's 5-2
7. Buhach Colony 5-2
8. Granite Bay 4-3
9. Central Catholic 5-2
10. Oak Ridge 6-1
11. Oakdale 6-1
12. Pleasant Grove 5-2
13. Del Campo 5-2
14. Del Oro 3-4
15. Cosumnes Oaks 6-1
16. Rocklin 3-4
17. Nevada Union 4-3
18. Yuba City 6-1
19. Merced 4-3
20. Downey 6-1

For the complete MaxPreps Top 25 and news and notes and story links, go here...
www.maxpreps.com/news/5Kp8gTSAakWaqRQLytXr0Q/maxpreps-sac-joaquin-section-top-25-high-school-football-rankings.htm

MaxPreps NorCal Top 25
1. De La Salle 7-0
2. Elk Grove 7-0
3. Franklin 7-0
4. Bellarmine 5-1
5. Folsom 7-0
6. Serra 5-1
7. Burbank 7-0
8. Deer Valley 6-1
9. Placer 7-0
10. Logan 6-1
11. St. Mary's 5-2
12. Buhach Colony 5-2
13. Marin Catholic 7-1
14. Central Catholic 5-2
15. Monte Vista 6-1
16. Oak Grove 6-0
17. Granite Bay 4-3
18. Oak Ridge 6-1
19. St. Ignatius 5-1
20. Oakdale 6-1

For the complete MaxPreps NorCal Top 25 and news and notes and story links, go here...
www.maxpreps.com/news/L8e0UEM3qECnia7aI0O6qQ/maxpreps-northern-california-top-25-high-school-football-rankings.htm

Cal-Hi Sports Bowl rankings
Division I North
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 7-0
2. (2) Elk Grove 7-0
3. (3) Franklin (Elk Grove) 7-0
4. (5) Folsom 7-0
5. (4) Bellarmine (San Jose) 5-1
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 5-1
7. (7) Deer Valley (Antioch) 6-1
8. (8) Luther Burbank (Sacramento) 7-0
9. (9) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 5-2
10. (10) St. Mary's (Stockton) 5-2
11. (12) Monte Vista (Danville) 6-1
12. (11) Oak Grove (San Jose) 6-0
13. (13) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 6-1
14. (14) Granite Bay 4-3
15. (15) California (San Ramon) 6-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 4-2, Del Oro (Loomis) 3-4, Foothill (Pleasanton) 4-3, Freedom (Oakley) 5-2, Grant (Sacramento) 2-5, James Logan (Union City) 6-1, Lincoln (Stockton) 4-3, Milpitas 5-1, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 5-2, San Ramon Valley (Danville) 3-4, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 5-1.

Division II North
1. (1) Placer (Auburn) 7-0
2. (2) Oakdale 6-1
3. (4) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 7-0
4. (5) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 6-1
5. (8) Yuba City 6-1
6. (7) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 6-1
7. (9) Concord 7-1
8. (NR) Inderkum (Sacramento) 5-2
9. (NR) Vista del Lago (Folsom) 7-1
10. (6) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 5-2
Drops: Previous No. 3 Paradise lost to Chico 36-35; No. 10 Benicia lost to Vallejo 28-19.
Bubble Teams: Enterprise (Redding) 5-2, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 4-3, Paradise 5-2, Sierra (Manteca) 6-1, Washington (Fremont) 5-2.

Division III North
1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 7-1
2. (2) El Cerrito 7-0
3. (3) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 7-0
4. (4) Seaside 6-0
5. (5) Sutter 7-0
6. (6) Campolindo (Moraga) 6-1
7. (7) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 6-1
8. (8) Ripon 8-0
9. (9) Los Banos 6-1
10. (10) Soquel 5-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Analy (Sebastopol) 8-0, Aptos 5-2, Argonaut (Jackson) 7-0, Carmel 5-1, Escalon 5-2, Hilmar 6-2, Menlo School (Atherton) 5-1, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 5-1, Salesian (Richmond) 7-1, St. Helena 7-0, West Valley (Cottonwood) 6-1.

Division IV North
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 5-2
2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 3-3
3. (3) Ferndale 6-1
4. (4) Le Grand 6-1
5. (5) Pierce (Arbuckle) 7-0
6. (6) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 6-1
7. (7) Portola 7-0
8. (8) Valley Christian (Dublin) 5-2
9. (9) Upper Lake 5-2
10. (10) Foresthill 6-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 3-4, California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 6-1, Maxwell 5-2, Modesto Christian (Modesto) 4-3, St. Bernard (Eureka) 5-2, St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 5-2.

For the complete run down on the Cal-Hi Bowl rankings for NorCal and SoCal and more news, notes and analysis, go here...
calhisportsfootball.wordpress.com/

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On live radio: ESPN1320 from 11 p.m. to midnight, Friday
- On live TV: Fox40's Final Quarter, Friday, 11:30 p.m.-midnight
- On podcasts: ESPN1320.net
- On cable: SureWestSports.com
- In Denial: Always

October 17, 2012
Former Del Oro tight end on John Mackey Award watch list

For the second year in a row, San Jose State University tight end Ryan Otten, a former Del Oro standout, is listed on the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List.

Sponsored by the Nassau County Sports Commission, the John Mackey Award is given annually to the outstanding collegiate tight end.

Otten is one of 26 tight ends on the list.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior and Bee All-Metro first team selection in 2007 leads all tight ends that are averaging at least four receptions per game in yards per catch with a 15.1 average.

At the Spartans' midpoint of the season, Otten is third on the team with 24 receptions for 382 yards and one touchdown.

Heading into the Saturday's game at the University of Texas, San Antonio, Otten now is the Spartans' career leader for tight ends with 103 receptions for 1,380 yards.

October 17, 2012
Jesuit soccer No. 4 nationally; Bella Vista No. 13 in Region VIII

Jesuit has moved up one spot to No. 4 in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America fall boys soccer poll.

The Marauders (19-1-1) rank behind No. 1 St. Benedict's Prep of Newark, N.J., No. 2 DeMatha Catholic of Hyattsville, Md., and No. 3 Brentwood of Brentwood, N.Y.

The Marauders remain No. 1 in the NSCAA's Region VIII poll, which includes teams from Northern California, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Nevada.

Granite Bay (15-3-1), which was No. 4 last week, dropped out of the top 15 poll after losing 1-0 to Roseville last week.

The Grizzlies were replaced by Bella Vista (14-0-2), which climbed into the Region VIII rankings for the first time at No. 13.

October 17, 2012
Sheldon basketball stars give verbal commitments; could be more to come

Teammates since the sixth grade, D'Erryl Williams and Dakarai Allen may well be teammates for a few more seasons beyond this one at Sheldon High School, too.

Williams, The Bee's 2011-12 Basketball Player of the Year, gave a verbal commitment to play scholarship hoops at San Diego State. That's the same verbal pledge that Sheldon teammate Allen gave in joining an Aztecs program that already includes guards Chase Tapley of Sacramento High and Xavier Thames of Pleasant Grove.

And more: A day after Williams committed to the Aztecs, new Sheldon teammate and old friend Darin Johnson committed to Washington. The 6-foot-4 guard/forward is a transfer from Franklin.

Sheldon has two other senior standouts with good grades being recruited in 6-6 shooter Ryan Manning and 6-2 combo guard Armani Hampton, who missed last season's playoff march to the CIF Division I championship game with a knee injury. His status this season remains in doubt. If healthy, Sheldon could well trot out a starting lineup of D-I recruits, a rarity in this region, certainly since the Jesuit glory run of the early 1990s.

The 6-3 Williams is a tough-minded, hard-bodied point guard known for his defense, floor leadership, poise and ability to muscle inside for buckets. The 6-6 Allen can run, jump, shoot, rebound and defend. Allen was the Delta River League Player of the Year last season.

Johnson is a load on the low block with the ability to hit jumpers and run the floor.

In short, the Huskies have the makings of a state championship team. Sheldon will play host to defending State Division II champion Mitty of San Jose on Dec. 8, either at the school or perhaps at Cosumnes River College.

Allen so respects his good friend Williams that when asked who was the best player in the Sac-Joaquin Section last season, he never hesitated in saying, "D'Erryl. Best player in Sacramento, hands down."

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD
- On Facebook: Sacbeepreps
- On cable: SurewestSports.com
- On Podcasts: ESPN1320.net
- On TV: Fox40's Final Quarter

October 16, 2012
Former Del Oro player is Pac West soccer play of the week

Dominican University of San Rafael freshman midfielder-forward Lauren Gollnick from Del Oro has been selected the Pacific West Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week.

Gollnick posted a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Fresno Pacific on Wednesday.

Gollnick scored goals in the 16th, 38th and 61st minutes.

Gollnick scored 21 goals during her career at Del Oro.

October 16, 2012
Week 7 stars: Bellaire, Anderson lead Center over Colfax

Here are 15 more top performances from Week 7 area high school football.

• Tyrel Anderson, Center: Rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns, had a 68-yard touchdown pass and an interception in the Cougars' 34-14 win over Colfax.

• D'Juan Bellaire, Center: Rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the Cougars' 34-14 win over Colfax.

• Jake Browning, Folsom: Completed 29 of 39 passes for 367 yards and six touchdowns and also rushed for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' 56-35 win over Jesuit.

October 15, 2012
Football is family affair for first-year Mira Loma coach

Mira Loma first-year coach Kirk Anderson is learning there is more to being a high school football coach than just trying to teach Xs and Os.

There are those $600 Costco runs, too, to stock the Matadors' snack bar for every home game at nearby El Camino High School.

Anderson's longtime girlfriend, Jessica Wendell, and her parents, Nick and Sandy, help keep the snacks and drinks flowing at the games. Jessica's brother, Kelly, works as one of Anderson's assistant coaches.

"There would be no way I would be able to do this without Jessica," said Anderson, a former high school and college quarterback. "It's not necessarily that she likes football so much. It's that she's there for me and will support me anyway she can. She knows I'm trying to do things the right way in building a program."

October 13, 2012
More Week 7 stars: Cooley helps Granite Bay to overtime win

Here are 10 more top performers from Week 7 area high school football.

• John Cooley, Granite Bay: Rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and also caught a touchdown pass in the Grizzlies' 41-34 double overtime win against Rocklin.

• Ian Davis, Nevada Union: Caught nine passes for 186 yards in the Miners' 45-7 win over Woodcreek.

• Aidan Flynn, McClatchy: Had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and 16 tackles in the Lions' 51-40 win over Hiram Johnson.

October 13, 2012
Whitney records eight sacks in beating Rio Americano 36-6

Sutter Choisser rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns; Drew Romo passed for two touchdowns; and J.R. Robinson and Geno Chiarpotti each had two of eight total sacks as Whitney defeated Rio Americano 36-6 today in a Capital Athletic League football game at Rio Americano High School.

Kwane Wilkinson rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries and Kris Corpus and Jordan Powell had touchdown receptions for the Wildcats.

Rio Americano scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard pass from Mark Lyon to Auston Chastain.

Whitney (6-1, 2-0) will play host to El Camino on Friday. Rio Americano (3-4, 1-1) will host Mira Loma next Saturday.
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October 13, 2012
Browning, Sperbeck put on shows in Folsom's win over Jesuit

Jake Browning is the latest in a long line of Folsom High School quarterbacks putting up prolific numbers running the innovative and evolving spread offense of coaches Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor.

Earlier today, in the No. 3 Bulldogs' 56-35 Delta River League win at Jesuit, Browning threw for 367 yards and six touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore completed his first 16 passes and was 20 of 22 for 234 yards in the first half as the Bulldogs jumped to a 35-7 lead.

October 13, 2012
Johnson's five passing touchdowns lead Sac past Rosemont

Quarterback Josiah Johnson completed 28 of 37 passes for 408 yards and five touchdowns and ran for a touchdown as Sacramento defeated Rosemont 41-21 in a Metro Conference football game today in Oak Park.

Louis Macklin had eight catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns and Damen Wheeler five catches for 122 yards and two scores for the Dragons, now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in league. Rosemont drops to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in league.

Johnson, a senior, has completed 107 of 164 passes for 2,125 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. He has rushed for four touchdowns.

Rosemont will play on Friday at No. 4 Burbank. Sacramento plays host to Valley next Saturday afternoon.

October 12, 2012
Lessard, Hagen help El Camino roll over Cordova tonight

Jonah Lessard completed four of six passes for 149 yards and four touchdowns and Quenton Hagen had two interceptions, including one he returned 36 yards for a touchdown, in leading El Camino to a 63-0 Capital Athletic League win over visiting Cordova.

Kevn Wise added touchdown receptions of 80 and 30 yards and also booted nine PATs; Eric Thomas had touchdown runs of 45 and 65 yards and Desmond Boyd-Tanner rushed four times for 95 yards and a touchdown.

El Camino is 5-2 overall and 1-1 in league; Cordova 1-6 and 0-2 in league.

October 12, 2012
Brown, Skattebo help lead No. 17 Rio Linda past CBS tonight

Sophomore Marcel Brown rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries and junior fullback-linebacker Leo Skattebo rushed for 95 yards and a 49-yard touchdown on offense and had nine tackles and two pass break-ups on defense as No. 17 Rio Linda defeated Christian Brothers 33-27 in a Capital Valley Conference football game tonight in Rio Linda.

Brown had touchdown runs of 3, 21, 1 and 63 yards as the Knights climbed to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in league.

Senior quarterback Caden Noon completed 18 of 30 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on nine carries for Christian Brothers (4-3, 1-1).

October 12, 2012
Modar, Flynn lead McClatchy past Hiram Johnson tonight

Senior quarterback Nick Modar passed for 295 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards and a score to lead McClatchy over Hiram Johnson 51-40 in a Metro Conference game tonight at Hughes Stadium.

Junior Aidan Flynn had a touchdown reception, rushed for a touchdown and had 16 tackles for the Lions. Xang Her rushed for three touchdowns and Josh Garcia two for Hiram Johnson.

McClatchy moves to 3-1 in league, 3-4 overall. Hiram Johnson is 0-4 in league, 1-6 overall.

October 12, 2012
Gomez has six sacks in Florin's 34-0 win over Kennedy

Ben Walls passed for 150 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown; Deon Johnson rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns and defensive tackle Jesus Gomez had six quarterback sacks as Florin defeated Kennedy 34-0 in a Metro Conference game tonight in Greenhaven.

Florin climbs to 2-2 in the Metro and 2-5 overall. Kennedy is 0-4 in league, 0-7 overall.

October 12, 2012
No. 4 Burbank coasts to another easy Metro Conference win

Isaiah Williams rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns on six carries; Calvin Green caught touchdown passes of 15 yards from Ernest Jenkins and 62 yards from Carlton Reid Hollowell; Benjamin Jones returned a kickoff 63 yards for a touchdown and Jarad Hill a punt 49 yards for a score as No. 4 Burbank defeated Valley 69-0 in a Metro Conference game tonight at Burbank.

Burbank had 460 total yards and nine ballcarriers combined for 329 rushing yards while the Titans (7-0, 4-0) had six sacks, a fumble recovery and held Valley (1-6, 1-3) to minus 41 total yards.

Reid Hollowell, the Titans' back-up quarterback, completed all three of his pass attempts for 99 yards. Burbank also had three touchdowns called back on penalties in a game that went to a running clock in the fourth quarter.

The game was moved up to a 5:15 p.m. start because of concerns about a shooting near the campus during a recnet game.

October 12, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 7 live football chat

Four of the unranked teams populating the top 5 spots in The Bee's prep football rankings are in action tonight.

Our live chat start at 6:30 p.m. and keep it going until about 11 p.m.

We had another excellent session last week and hope for the same tonight.

Thanks for joining us.

October 12, 2012
High school football: Week 7 schedule and results

Here are Week 7 football results from Sac-Joaquin Section teams in the Sacramento region for Friday and Saturday:

FRIDAY'S GAMES

• No. 1 Elk Grove 24, No. 15 Grant 0

• No. 2 Franklin 72, Davis 7

• No. 4 Burbank 69, Valley 0

• No. 5 Placer 14, Bear River 7

• No. 6 Granite Bay 41, No. 10 Rocklin 34 (2 OT)

• No. 7 Oak Ridge 63, Sheldon 7

• No. 8 Pleasant Grove 35, No. 20 Ponderosa 7

• No. 9 Del Campo 52, Oakmont 27

October 12, 2012
Breaking down and comparing high school football rankings from The Bee, SureWest, MaxPreps and Cal-Hi

Our weekly peek at high school football rankings galore, from The Bee, SureWest, MaxPreps and Cal-Hi Sports, all in an effort to get our game faces on for kickoff tonight...
And reminder: I join Mike Finnerty on the SureWest Sports Radio Show from 11 p.m. to midnight tonight to break down Week 7 action with insight, coach interviews and a look ahead to next week on ESPN Radio 1320 (linked later to ESPN1320.net)

The Bee's Top 20
1. Elk Grove 6-0
2. Franklin 6-0
3. Folsom 6-0
4. Burbank 6-0
5. Placer 6-0
6. Granite Bay 3-3
7. Oak Ridge 5-1
8. Pleasant Grove 4-2 10
9. Del Campo 4-2 11
10. Rocklin 3-3 14

October 11, 2012
Last-place Roseville upsets five-time defending league champs

It's been a tough year for Roseville boys soccer and veteran coach Pablo Gutierrez.

The Tigers entered the week 2-12 and 0-5 in the Sierra Foothill League. The Tigers had lost seven matches by one goal.

But Roseville produced perhaps the biggest area upset of the season on Tuesday in beating Granite Bay 1-0 behind Alex Roper's goal.

October 10, 2012
43 to be inducted Sunday into Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame

The Sac-Joaquin Section will induct 43 new members, including 19 athletes and 10 coaches, into its 2012 Hall of Fame on Sunday at Power Balance Pavilion.

Among the former area pro athletes to be honored will be Delta's Tony Eason, who quarterbacked the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1985; Marshall's (now River City) Steve Sax, the five-time all-star who played on two World Series championship teams; 1928 Sac High graduate Stan Hack, an all-star third baseman for 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs; and Del Campo basketball three-point scoring standout Danielle Viglione, who played for the Sacramento Monarchs and still holds the state record for points in a season with 1,300.

Other area athletes to be inducted include Nevada Union's Kellie Cook, the the 1991 Gatorade California girls basketball player of the year; Rio Americano's John Ferris, an NCAA swim champion and 1968 Olympic bronze medalist; and Rio Americano's Sue Pederson, who won four Olympic medals at age 14 at the 1968 Olympics.

October 10, 2012
Jalen Saunders cleared to play right away for No. 13 Oklahoma

saunders1.jpgJalen Saunders is back in the mix.

The Oklahoma receiver out of Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove was cleared Wednesday to compete immediately for the No. 13th Sooners, who could use a boost of down-field talent.

A junior, Saunders was ruled ineligible to compete this fall per NCAA transfer stipulations. He left the Fresno State program during spring drills upset with his switch from a wide out to the slot under a new coaching regime. The basis of Saunders' appeal to play this season was that coaching change at Fresno State. The NCAA agreed in accepting the appeal.

Saunders was an All-WAC talent last fall, catching 50 passes for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was second in the country with a 21.4 yards-per-catch average.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he immediately plucked Saunders from the scout team group upon learning of his clearance and inserted him with the regulars. He could play as soon as Saturday against No. 15 Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the coach said.

"I anticipate him helping (us this season)," Stoops told media after Wednesday's practice. "You're getting a guy who has played a lot of ball and played it well. He's quick. He has a great sense of space. He has great hands and a great ability to get open. He's a really good player."

Saunders' brother Isaiah is a standout running back at Pleasant Grove this season. He rushed for 268 yards and six touchdowns in a rout of Sheldon on Friday for the 4-2 Eagles.

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October 9, 2012
More Week 6 stars: Abalos does it all in Highlands victory

Here are 15 more outstanding performances from Week 6 area high school football.

• John Abalos, Highlands: Rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries; threw two touchdown passes; caught two passes and made six tackles in the Scots' 49-6 win over San Juan.

• Dedric Allen, Inderkum: Had 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks and caused two fumbles in the Tigers' 49-42 loss to Yuba City.

• Austin Brown, Del Campo: Rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars' 49-6 win over Casa Roble.

October 6, 2012
More Week 6 stars: Caraway almost perfect in Granite Bay win

Here are 10 more notable performances from area high school football Week 6 action.

• Grant Caraway, Granite Bay: Completed eight of nine passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns in the Grizzlies' 45-6 win over Roseville.

• Tanner Fellows, Woodland: Rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Wolves to 26-7 win over Natomas.

• Omar Herrera, Yuba City: Rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown in the Honkers' 49-42 win over Inderkum.

October 5, 2012
Woodland beats Natomas for its first 2012 football victory

Tanner Fellows rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns and Alex Preciado added 77 yards and a touchdown as Woodland defeated visiting Natomas 26-7 in tonight's Tri-County Conference football opener.

It was Woodland's first win of the season in six games. Natomas remains winless.

October 5, 2012
Winston dazzles in leading No. 17 Antelope past El Camino

Antelope's Tyler Winston continues to dazzle with his special gifts.

Tonight the senior wide receiver-defensive back helped put a quick end to any thoughts of El Camino producing a road win in the much anticipated Capital Athletic League football opener.

Winston caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Tyler McCombs, then returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown for a quick 14-0 first quarter lead.

From there the No. 17 Titans (5-1) coasted to a 35-6 victory over the No. 19 Eagles (4-2).

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Winston has at least six college scholarship offers, including UCLA and Boiste State.

Senior running back Jonathan Crippes rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and senior lineman Ray Cherry had eight tackles, including four for losses, as coach Matt Ray's Titans now prepare to play next Saturday against Mira Loma at El Camino High School.

October 5, 2012
Center beats Lincoln in PVL opener for fifth consecutive win

No. 20 Center continues to show its the real deal this season.

With D'Juan Bellaire rushing for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries and Tyrel Anderson adding 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, the Cougars beat Lincoln 39-27 on the road tonight in the Pioneer Valley League opener.

Davis Dykstra completed 10 of 17 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown and also returned an interception 32 yards for a score to lead Lincoln (3-3).

Friday's win was Center's fifth consecutive after losing 30-19 to Chico in the season opener Aug. 31.

The Cougars' next game is at Colfax Friday.

October 5, 2012
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 6 live football chat

Well, it's on. League play begins in earnest throughout the Sac-Joaquin Section, which means rivalries renew, games take on even more meaning -- and we should have a good discussion tonight.

We'll start at 6:30 p.m. and keep it going until about 11 p.m.

Last week, we had significant input. Great overall discussion, some rivalry talk -- thanks, Folsom-area fans -- and a good supply of scoring updates and highlights provided by chat participants either at games or following action by other means.

We hope for the same tonight. Thanks for joining us.

October 5, 2012
High school football: Week 6 schedule, results

Here are results from Friday night's and Saturday's Week 6 high school football games involving Sac-Joaquin Section teams in the Sacramento region:

FRIDAY'S GAMES

• No. 1 Elk Grove 52, Laguna Creek 7

• No. 2 Franklin 34, No. 15 Grant 26

• No. 5 Folsom 49, No. 4 Oak Ridge 21

• No. 6 Placer 68, Foothill 14

• No. 14 Rocklin 35, No. 7 Nevada Union 9

• No. 8 Granite Bay 45, Roseville 6

• Yuba City 49, No. 9 Inderkum 42

October 4, 2012
Prep football rankings galore: Bee, SureWest, MaxPreps, Cal-Hi with local heavies

Our weekly peek at high school football rankings galore from The Bee, SureWest Sports, MaxPreps and Cal-Hi...

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The Bee's Top 20
1. Elk Grove 5-0
2. Franklin 5-0
3. Burbank 5-0
4. Oak Ridge 5-0

October 4, 2012
Truckee sets record for state football wins -- in Nevada

Truckee (5-0) defeated Spring Creek, Nev., 34-3 on Friday to tie the Nevada state record with its 41st consecutive victory. The Wolverines also are seeking their fourth consecutive state title.

Truckee, which is located 30 miles from the Nevada border, was a member of the CIF's Sac-Joaquin Section until 1982. But the school was considered too remote and too dangerous to reach, especially during the winter.

However, some of Truckee's league rivals are more than 300 miles away. In winning at Spring Creek, Truckee had to travel 337 miles.

The school plays only one California team this season - league rival South Tahoe Oct. 26.

October 3, 2012
More Week 5 stars: Sophomore helps Dixon edge Mira Loma

Here are 10 more notable Week 5 football performances:

• Fredrick Douglas, Dixon: Sophomore blocked a potential game-winning field goal, had a sack, nine tackles and rushed for a touchdown in the Rams' 22-20 win over Mira Loma.

• Deon Guther, Florin: Caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 47-20 win over Hiram Johnson.

• Caspian Hamric, Oakmont: Rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the Vikings' 44-43 win over Lincoln.

October 3, 2012
Placer's Eddie Vanderdoes accept U.S. Army All-American game invite; updates recruiting status

Wednesday was Super Hero Day at Placer High School.

Some paraded around the Auburn campus decked in Spider-Man garb or donned a Superman shirt. At least two guys were painted green - The Hulk, presumably.

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And there's Eddie Vanderdoes.

He goes about his business as...well....himself, and could pass the role of Hulk if only he'd dip himself in green. The affable senior may downplay his playing prowess, but he's pretty much deemed super-human good in shoulder pads and a helmet.

The national recruit defensive end is headed to USC on scholarship, and before that, he's headed to San Antonio this winter to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

October 3, 2012
Section wins leader Max Miller returns to Rio Americano

Max Miller was on a golf course in Truckee Wednesday morning when he received a call from Rio Americano High School principal Brian Ginter.

Would Miller, the Sac-Joaquin Section's career football wins leader who had gotten his area start years before at the school, be willing to come out of retirement and coach a beleaguered Raiders football program?

Less than 24 hours earlier, Ginter had fired Raiders coach Christian Mahaffey, who opposed Ginter's reinstatement of 11 protesting seniors who had left the team in support of a teammate forced off the team because of a conflict with an upcoming baseball showcase.

October 2, 2012
Football coach is out, players back in at Rio Americano

Less than 24 hours after a sometimes contentious parents meeting, Rio Americano principal Brian Ginter this afternoon relieved football coach Christian Mahaffey of his duties and reinstated 11 players who had left the team in support of a fellow teammate.

The move has left Ginter searching for a new head coach, a hire he hopes to have in place by Wednesday. Rio Americano plays its Capital Athletic League opener on Friday at Cordova.

Ginter met Tuesday afternoon with the beleaguered coach and told Mahaffey that he was going to bring back the 11 players with a one-game suspension "for insubordination."



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