August 28, 2013
Bee previews all regional prep football leagues with comments, forecasts

Pass the eye black. It's football season.

We're previewing and projecting the area football leagues here with a reminder that more previews appear in Thursday's editions of The Bee and online.

Capital Athletic League
(with last year's record)
1. Antelope (10-2)
The Titans aim to win the program's third league title in four years and seek more playoff success after bouncing Rocklin in a playoff opener last season. QB Tyler McCombs (2,057 yards, 24 TDs), RB Titus Vinson (581 yards) and DB D.J. Hollingshead (86 tackles) lead the charge.
2. El Camino (8-4)
The Eagles had a resurgence of sorts last season and like their chances to take the league title behind LB Quenton Hagen (103 tackles, 4 interceptions), RB Gregg Scott (390 yards) and experienced lines.
3. Whitney (8-3) Veteran coach Mike Gimenez expects another title run, the program's fifth, and he'll lean on QB Drew Romo again (1,227 yards passing) and RB Kwane Wilkinson (734 yards, 4 TDs) and DE Geno Chiarpotti.
4. Rio Americano (4-6)
There is stability a year after early-season chaos with a coaching change that ushered in the return of the famed Max Miller, the section's all-time winningest coach, highlighted by his storied Cordova run in the 1980s. DB Auston Chastain (70 tackles) and LB Russell Patty (64 tackles)
5. Mira Loma (4-6)
The Matadors showed some promise last season and return RB Jonnie Hilliard (864 yards, 6 TDs). This was a regional super power in the 1960s, '70s and the early 1980s but with just two playoff teams since 1995.
6. Cordova (1-9)
High hopes rest on RBs Jordan Whitley (295 yards) and Michael McNeil (173) The Lancers have gone 9-41 in recent years, last tasting a measure of success in 2007 in going 5-5, Max Miller's last season. Cordova led the nation in victories in the 1970s and the area in victories in the 1980s and were formidable again last decade under Miller).

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler McCombs, QB, Antelope
Has learned the game fast after first picking up a helmet as a freshman
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Quenton Hagen, El Camino
Dominant and destructive in the right ways as a game-changing force.
2013 Coach of the Year: Adam Reinking, El Camino
Tireless worker who has inched his program ahead in a very top-heavy league.

2012 results
1. Antelope 10-2, 5-0
2. Whitney 8-3, 4-1
3. El Camino 8-4, 3-2
4. Rio Americano 4-6, 2-3
5. Mira Loma 4-6, 1-4
6. Cordova 1-9, 0-5

Capital Valley Conference
1. Rio Linda (8-3)
The Knights could have their finest team - ever. The running game will punish foes with Marcel Brown (1,454 yards, 15 TDs) and Leonard Skattebo (718, 4 TDs), and both play defense as Skattebo had 101 tackles, as does DB Keenan Hunt (6 picks), and is
also a deep threat WR and a burner on returns.
2. Del Campo (9-3)
The Cougars have six key sophomores in the mix and one determined senior RB in Austin Brown, who had 1,077 yards and 21 TDs in 9 games. LB Jaden Andrade (73 tackles) heads the D.
3. Oakmont (4-6)
The Vikings return rising-fast recruit WR Justin Holmes (715 yards, 9 TDs) and equally intriguing DE Trey Olsen (111 tackles, 6 sacks) for veteran coach Tim Moore, who has the return of other three-year starters, too.
4. Christian Brothers (6-5)
The Falcons, seeking to maintain momentum after a playoff run last season, have rising recruits in DL/OL Hayden Jones, LB Logan Snyder (110 tackles) and DB Brendan Gormley (76 tackles, 5 picks). The Holy Bowl, as always, will be quite a show against rival Jesuit.
5. Casa Roble (1-9)
The Rams took a stunning slip after so many championship seasons, but they vow to return behind QB Peyton Wilfley (1,528 yards, 19 TDs) and WRs Jake Romine (463, 6) and Angel Tenorio (405, 6).
6. Bella Vista (4-6)
The Broncos will compete behind QB Austin Harmer (808 yards) and top returning defender Justin Baser (55 tackles). Bella Vista was a power in past decades and has a championship coach in place to restore the roar.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Marcel Brown, RB, Rio Linda
Quick, durable, explosive, and perhaps the best RB in school history.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Leonard Skatebo, LB, Rio Linda
Tackling machine hits like a fork lift, and also a brutish runner.
2013 Coach of the Year: Mike Morris, Rio Linda
One of the class leaders in the section for a lot of years could have his best D yet.

2012 results
1. Del Campo 9-3, 5-0
2. Rio Linda 8-3, 4-1
3. Christian Brothers 6-5, 3-2
4. Oakmont 4-6, 2-3
5. Bella Vista 4-6, 1-4
6. Casa Roble 1-9, 0-5

Delta River League
1. Folsom (14-1) The Bulldogs aim to repeat the 14-0 start and take on De La Salle again in the NorCal Open, all the more seasoned and experienced from last year's setback, though the DRL is no breeze. QB Jake Browning (5,248 yards, 63 TDs) has WRs in Troy Knox (1,249 yards, 15 TDs) and Rodney Ellison (762, 4) and RB Bailey Laolago (793 yards, 13 TDs).
2. Pleasant Grove (7-5)
The Eagles have perhaps the section's top secondary, which includes a healthy Brandon Lewis, and DE in Earl Chism, and a smooth QB leader in Dre Terrell (1,496 yards, 17 TDs), who also plays DB along with Esley Simmons and Sedrick Thomas. WR Wyatt Demps (12 TDs) is a big target.
3. Oak Ridge (12-2)
It's either do-all marvel talent Jacob Sipes or impressive sophomore Ian Book at QB to man the backfield with the 1-2 rushing attack of Josh Wellman (944 yards, 11 TDs and the hard-charging Tanner Hughes. WR Justin Priest is ready for a big year as are LBs Colton Giorgi and Thomas Mahlman (254 combined tackles).
4. Jesuit (5-5)
The new QB of note for Big Red is Jason Elenberger, who played WR and DB last season and is cut in the same poised, accurate and proud passer of yesteryear. DE Austin Gates (56 tackles) leads the defense.
5. Ponderosa (6-5)
RB Jeff Martin is poised to lead the ground game, WR Josh Bist the air game and LB Jeff Martin the defense (77 tackles). The Bruins seek a playoff repeat.
6. Sheldon (3-7)
QB Nolan Merker (1,702 yards, 12 TDs) single-handedly will keep the Huskies in games, and he has a GPA that skunks most mere mortals as a leader in and out of the classroom. DB Taron Johnson (81 tackles) is a 3-year starter.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Jake Browning, QB, Folsom
In the midst of what could be a national-record breaking career, and poised.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Earl Chism, DE/LB, Pleasant Grove Take your pick on this loaded D, but Chism is the key as a rush end stopper
2013 Coaches of the Year: Kris Richardson/Troy Taylor, Folsom The humble leaders defer credit, but Folsom players point their way for team success.

2012 results
1. Folsom 14-1, 5-0
2. Oak Ridge 12-2, 4-1
3. Pleasant Grove 7-5, 3-2
4. Ponderosa 6-5, 2-3
5. Jesuit 5-5, 1-4
6. Sheldon 3-7, 0-5

Delta Valley Conference
(with last year's record)
1. Elk Grove (12-2)
The Herd has 15 starters back, including a loaded, quick defense headed by DE B'won Canada, LBs Wadus Parker, Noah Letuligasenoa and Spencer Sheff and DBs Elijah Jones. Tommy Arnold is back at QB and is 24-3 as a starter, as is RB Parker (1,373 yards, 24 TDs). Crave a playoff rematch vs Folsom.
2. Grant (5-6)
The Pacers may start 17 underclassmen, and many are from the finest 10-0 JV team coach Mike Alberghini has observed (think: MEN). DE Moses Moala and RB Deondre Grays (527 yards, 7 TDs) are the work-ethic leaders for a program seeking an on-going section record 23rd consecutive playoff berth.
3. Franklin (12-1)
The Wildcats return not a single offensive starter, but try convincing the section that guru coach Mike Johnson doesn't have a master plan. He does. The D is anchored by veterans in LB Joey Banks (135 tackles) and DBs Robert Sanders and DB Kyron O'Berry.
4. Monterey Trail (5-5)
The Mustangs could finish higher behind their veer attack, again headed by QB Donovan Robinson and RBs Elijah McGolthin (673, 5) and Trey Nahhas (517, 7).
5. Davis (5-5)
From 1-9, to 3-7 to 5-5 last season, the Blue Devils are inching forward in a muscle-bound league as Marc Hicks takes over as head coach and will look to run with RB Winfred Robinson (803 yards, 9 TDs).
6. Laguna Creek (2-8) This could be the surprise team of the lot, though injuries have crippled the quarterback position. WR/DB Shamar Richmond returns for coach Dave Morton, in his second stint with the program.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Wadus Parker, RB, Elk Grove
Monster season a year ago in shared duty and is fast and tough.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Banks, LB, Franklin and B'won Canada, Elk Grove
Relentless, hard to block and emotional leaders expect title seasons.
2013 Coach of the Year: Marc Hicks, Davis
The sentimental choice for a class act battling all sorts of long odds to lead his alma mater.

2012 results
1. Franklin 12-1, 5-0
2. Elk Grove 12-2, 4-1
3. Grant 5-6, 3-2
4. Davis 5-5, 2-3
5. Monterey Trail 5-5, 1-4
6. Laguna Creek 2-8, 0-5

Golden Empire League
(with last year's record)
1. Capital Christian (10-2)
The Cougars could have their finest defense yet, if not overall team, with all-time program great DE Nifae Lealao and RB/DB Justice Shelton-Mosley (1,108 yards, 17 TDs) leading the way. Huge nonleague game vs. Bradshaw Christian early.
2. Marysville (3-7)
All of the Indians' victories were in league play, and for a program used to being at the top of this heap, that's the goal again here, certainly. RB Francisco Garcia (1,175, 9 TDs) is the leading returning rusher, flanked by Aaron Birch, for veteran coach Cullen Meyer, whose D is led by LBs Matt Ackerson (70 tackles) and Jacob Garrett (65 tackles).
3. Dixon (9-2)
The Rams return QB Nolan Williams (452 yards passing, 7 TDs, 501 yards rushing 9 TDs) to work with RB Sean Haney (374, 3) and WR Chad Baptiste (6 TDs on offense, 7 picks on D) and LB Jared Jones (8 sacks) for a program that has had great teams off and on since the 1950s.
4. Mesa Verde (3-7)
Class-act veteran coach Ron Barney is high on this team, including RB Christian Garcia (1,129 yards, 9 TDs) and LBs Ryan Alvarez (82 tackles) and Jess Roberts (55
tackles).
5. Lindhurst (1-9)
QB Tim Endicott will air it out again after going for 1,320 yards and 9 TDs, and he has WR Zach Kitchen to work with again.
6. West Campus (1-8)
The Warriors won their opener 21-14 over Cristo Rey then struggled to score . The team is to be admired for effort, in showing up, having gone 3-36 in recent years and 15-74 lifetime.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Justice Shelton-Mosley, RB, Capital Christian
Fast, durable, versatile, determined, and just a junior. Is that fair?
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Nifae Lealao, DE, Capital Christian
Dominant, drive, major recruit as an example of class and performance.
2013 Coach of the Year: Phil Grams, Capital Christian
Has elevated the Cougars in a short time, and could have a state-bowl team here

2012 results
1. Capital Christian 10-2, 5-0
2. Dixon 9-2, 4-1
3. Marysville 3-7, 3-2
4. Mesa Verde 3-7, 2-3
5. Lindhurst 1-9, 1-4
6. West Campus 1-8, 0-5

Metropolitan Conference
(with last year's record)
1. Burbank (12-1)
The Titans are targeting more than a Metro four-peat, such as a Division I section championship and NorCal D-I Bowl bid behind QB Ernest Jenkins (968 passing, 7 TDs, 1,367 rushing, 14 TDs), RB Calvin Green (1,178, 11 TDs), a fast, quick defense led by DT Ngalu Tapa (23.5 sacks), DEs Taniela Finau (11 sacks) and Gerald Pilman (11 sacks), LB Ben Jones (101 tackles), DB Kevin Powers (100 tackles).
2. Sacramento (8-3)
The Dragons have plenty of athletes, including new QB prospect Titus Barnett and standout WR/DBs Lonny Powell (6 TDs), Damen Wheeler (554 yards, 10 TDs) and Dale Lewis (6 TDs). Few teams compete in the weight room like this one, either.
3. McClatchy (3-7)
New coach Bob Lee brings a culture of success, having won at Elk Grove and Delta over the past decades with a creative offense and discipline. He has an athlete in the versatile Kijafa Burgie, Devajia Gupton and Devontae Hicks.
4. Florin (4-6)
The Panthers, like their Metro partners, understand they need more numbers in the program to compete, though there are athletes galore here, too, such as RB Deon Johnson (419 yards, 5 TDs), LB Louis Shimoun and WRs Trevon Connerly-Smith (566 yards, 7 TDs) and Deon Johnson (382, 4).
5. Rosemont (6-5)
The Wolverines have had some good moments of late, including stunning Del Campo in the 2011 playoffs. RB D.J. Harris is back (617 yards, 9 TDs) as are WR Kameron Williams (439, 4 TDs and 7 picks as a DB) and LBs Corey Santos (103 tackles),Eddie Ortiz (75 tackles) and Sonny Yang (61 tackles).
6. Johnson (3-7)
The Warriors long for the good days of last decade and are inching back to espectability behind RB Arthur Parker (993 yards, 4 TDs) and John Xiong.
7. Kennedy (0-10)
Second-year coach Matt Costa is as tireless and dedicated as they come and he vows better days ahead for the Cougars, who return RB Floyd Hills-Cooper, LB Silencio Ratkowski (83 tackles), DL Ian Allison (73 tackles).
8. Valley (1-9)
The Vikings, once a regional super power, aim to get better every day, every month, every year, under dedicated coach Dave Filan. He has athletes in WR/DB Dean McGee, RB/LB Reuben Stephens and QB/DB Peter Castillo.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Ernest Jenkins, QB, Burbank
Devastates teams in the triple-option as a runner and passer, and has jets.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Ngalu Tapa, DL, Burbank
Unblockable, plays with fury, had 23.5 sacks, and talks about studying engineering in college.
2013 Coach of the Year: Paul Doherty, Sacramento
May not win the league, but his teams compete, are good students and citizens and the program is on the rise.

2012 results
1. Burbank 12-1, 7-0
2. Sacramento 8-3, 6-1
3. Rosemont 6-5, 5-2
4. Florin 4-6, 4-3
5. McClatchy 3-7, 3-4
6. Johnson 3-7, 2-6
7. Valley 1-9, 1-6
8. Kennedy 0-10, 0-8

Pioneer Valley League
(with last year's record)
1. Center (10-3)
The Cougars return QB Tyrel Anderson (1,500 yards passing, 889 yards rushing, 28 total TDs) and some stout stoppers on D in DL Spencer Bracey and Jason Perry.
2. Placer (11-1)
The Hillmen always compete under coach Joey Montoya, who has some big linemen to help lead the way for RB Todd Valliere (660 yards, 12 TDs) and Cameron Scott (689, 8).
3. Colfax (4-6)
The entire offense returns for veteran coach Tony Martello, headed by QB Michael Wilson (2,803 yards, 19 TDs), RB Tim Rawlins (694 yards, 10 TDs) and WR Kyle Brandt (1,105, 5).
4. Lincoln (5-6)
The Zebras will run with Eddy Cobleigh (444 yards, 3 TDs) and Davis Dykstra (391, 5). Stoppers include LBs Aaron Soto and Devin Johnson.
5. Bear River (8-3)
The Bruins are always a factor under longtime co-coaches Terry Logue and Scott Savoie, and they hit. RB Caleb Johnson (295) leads the O and DB Kris Edie the D.
6. Foothill (1-9)
The Mustangs have athletes, including QB David Carter and WR David Entwistle. Foothill needs coaching stability and greater numbers to make a surge.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Tyrel Anderson, QB, Center
Shifty, fast, elusive, tough, smart, determined.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Soto, LB, Lincoln
Averaged 13.4 tackles a game for a playoff team and returns better, hungrier.

2012 results
1. Placer 11-1, 5-0
2. Center 10-3, 4-1
3. Bear River 8-3, 3-2
4. Lincoln 5-6, 2-3
5. Colfax 4-6, 1-4
6. Foothill 1-9, 0-5

Sierra Delta
(with last year's records)
1. Bradshaw Christian (5-6)
Traditon abounds for the Pride in all sports, with coach Drew Rickert leading a juggernaut here, too. QB Kevin Williams (1,230 yards, passing, 15 TDs and 774 yards rushing) and RBs Jakobe Hawkins (1,168, 17), Kyle Betts 352, 3) and Grant Dragmire (330, 5) lead the way.
2. Highlands (7-5)
LB ace Junior Jenkins (174 tackles) leads a quick D and WRs Jonathan Altamirano (326 yards receiving) and Iszir Prince (221) the O for a program steeped in tradition that goes back to the 1970s.
3. Golden Sierra (7-4)
The Grizzlies had a spirited playoff march last season as league champions in one of the great small-town football-fun communities in the section. With a small roster (19 players), everyone gets involved, none more than QB Daniel Lesher (449 yards rushing). He also plays LB (86 tackles).
4. Rio Vista (5-6)
The Rams had some dominant teams in recent years, then dipped a bit and now look to surge again as they return the league's top RB in Chace Marlowe (1,584 yards, 28 touchdowns) to go with Tanner Layton (558, 5).
5. Vacaville Christian (5-5)
The Falcons welcome new coaches in longtime Sacramento City College assistant coach Booker Guyton and former NFL linebacker Michael Merriweather. QB Nathanial Short (494 yards, 4 touchdowns), FB Rafael Gallegos (434 yards rushing, 7 TDs) and LB Cameron Botkin (74 tackles) lead the way.
6. Encina Prep (4-6)
The Bulldogs usher in their sixth coach in nine seasons and third in as many capaigns in the spirited and fun Tim Garrison. There is talent in RB Tyvon Hunt (401, 4 TDs) and LB Daquan Bryant (50 tackles).
6. San Juan (3-7)
The Spartans are led by one of the class acts in coaching in Russ Hibbard, who has had his share of highs and lows. RB Deandre Stroughter (336, 7) is the offensive leader and top tackler along with LB Mika Lomano (72 stops) and LB Davion Johnson (66 stops)

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Chace Marlowe, RB, Rio Vista
Diminutive and dominant in the wing-T after rushing for 1,584 yards and 28 TDs in 2012)
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Junior Jenkins, LB, Highlands
A supberb student and a hidden-gem recruit with size and power, he's a tackling machine.
2013 Coach of the Year: John Hilton, Golden Sierra
To succeed in any league with such small rosters means you have a great leader.

2012 results
1. Golden Sierra 7-4, 6-0
2. Highlands 7-5, 5-1
3. Bradshaw Christian 5-6, 4-1
4. Rio Vista 5-6, 3-2
5. Vacaville Christian 5-5, 2-3
6. Encina Prep 4-6, 1-4
7. San Juan 3-7, 0-5

Sacramento Metro
(with last year's record)
1. Woodland Christian (8-3)
The Cardinals return a ton of talent on offense, headed by linebacker big QB Anthony Castaneda (6-foot-5, 225), who did not play last season. In his place, Josh Truesdell (1,425 yards, 21 TDs) impressed. Also back: WRs Kameron Arnold (797 yards, 15 TDs), Walker Perry and Chase Canevari and RBs Carter Winn (750, 9 TDs), Chance Stocking (813, 4) and Paul Vithayaveroj (426 yards, 7 TDs).
2. Foresthill (10-2)
The Wildfires have rolled in recent seasons with seemingly the entire community in tow for every game, twist and turn. New RB Kevin Heater takes the heat, so to speak, and embraces the challenge, as is WRs Matt O'Brien (11 TDs) and Connor McCann (3 TDs)
and Ryan Corkrean (4 TDs) and DE Casey Perez (8 sacks).
3. Valley Christian (3-7)
The Lions of Roseville are trying to figure out a way to excel in this sport much like they have in basketball and baseball, and it starts with numbers. DB Cameron Woodside returns on D.
4. Cristo Rey (3-7)
The newer program returns backfield mates in QB Spencer Avis (577 yards passing, 4 TDs), RB Luis Villagran 960 yards, 10 TDs) and DL Alex Aguilar and Oscar Lopez.
5. Delta (0-10)
The Saints tumbled to an all-time program worst season, and this from a program that has had some monstrous teams in the 1970s, '80s, '90s, last decade and in recent years under previous coach Bob Lee, including a 10-1 showing in 2010. Delta allowed 50 or more points six times while averaging just over 10.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Anthony Castaneda, QB, Woodland Christian
A hard-throwing baseball pitching prospect who can also rocket a football.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Perez, DE, Foresthill
A three-year starter who has been paramount in the title drives, Perez had 8 sacks in 2012.
2013 Coach of the Year: Bruce Pielstick, Woodland Christian
The former offensive coordinator for Sacramento State is an offensive guru who is most inspired by his wife Lisa, who has waged a courageous battle with cancer.

2012 results
1. Foresthill 10-2, 8-0
2. Woodland Christian 8-3, 6-2
3. Cristo Rey 3-7, 3-5
4. Valley Christian 3-7, 3-5
5. Delta 0-10, 0-8

Sierra Foothill
(with last year's record)
1. Del Oro (7-6)
The Golden Eagles seek their third section title and second bowl berth since 2010 behind superb lines, LB Tyler Mateer and a bevy of backs. DE Tanner Woods is as good a stopper as there is in the section.
2. Granite Bay (13-3)
The Grizzlies must replace a ton on offense for first-year coach Skip Albano, though Flyback guru Tony Ellison is back (1,185 yards, including Dylan Kainrath.rushing). The D is stacked with LB's Dylan Keeney and Cameron Smith.
3. Rocklin (5-6)
The Thunder will thunder with QB Logan Webb (2,187 yards, 29 TDs), and the defense is again strong for a program used to playoff success.
4. Roseville (2-8)
The darkhorse in a loaded top-heavy league, the Tigers have OL Kolton Miller, RB Bryce Crouch and QB Kyle Downie (1,023 yards) to make it a race under longtime coach Larry Cunha.
5. Nevada Union (5-6)
The Miners usher in a new coach in Dennis Houlihan, a star RB a generation ago, and welcome back DB Gareth Noxon (9.1 tackles a game). Grant in Week 1 is always fun.
6. Woodcreek (2-8)
The Stowers brothers take over as coaches with high hopes, especially with RB Mitchel Layton (886 yards, 9 TDs) and DB Dylan Stacy.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Logan Webb, QB, Rocklin
The most experienced passer in the SFL and one of the best in the
section is poised for monster season.
2013 Defensive Players of the Year: Cameron Smith, LB, Granite Bay and DE Tanner Woods, Del Oro
Both are fierce competitors, dominant leaders seeking section titles and more.
Coach of the Year: Caey Taylor, Del Oro
You win this league and you've earned it.

2012 results
1. Granite Bay 13-3, 5-0
2. Del Oro 7-6, 4-1
3. Rocklin 5-6, 3-2
4. Nevada Union 5-6, 2-3
5. Roseville 2-8, 1-4
6. Woodcreek 2-8, 0-5

Sierra Valley Conference
(with last year's record)
1. Cosumnes Oaks (9-3)
The Wolfpack ooze of talent, headed by QB Alex Kropp (1,427 yards, 16 TDs) and WRs Alex Van Dyke and L.J. Reed, DL Josh Davis The run game is key, and CO wants a Vista rematch.
2. Vista del Lago 12-2
QB Matt Jimison (2,592 yards, 37 TDs) looks better than ever, as does RB Josh Pfeffer (1,159 yards, 18 TDs) and the D is strong with J.T. Winkler, Austin McGuire and Kevin Wentz.
3. River City (4-6)
QB Elijah Thomas (1,030, 10 TDs), WR Malik Dumentz, River City (663, 9 TDs) and DB Alex Morales returns for coach Steve DaPrato, who won a section D-I title at Elk Grove in 1984 (and no, he doesn't feel old).
4. El Dorado (3-7)
High hopes for continued progress in Placerville behind QBs Nick Bonniksen (1,318 yards, 10 TDs) and Bradley Schmidt (392, 3), RB Derek Delfino (813, 5) and DB Jeremiah Romero.
5. Liberty Ranch (5-5)
RBs Trevon Windley (621, 10 TDs) and Willie Holman lead the offense for a program that won the league two years ago as a rising factor in Galt.
6. Union Mine (2-8)
Veteran coach Dave Johnson has had dominant teams and rebuilding ones. He has to replace RB great Sean Tow and has an eager Jake Horn (426, 3) and LB Anthony Beck.
7. Galt (0-10)
Tough times have hit the proud Warriors program and the team is eager to halt a 20-game losing streak. Coach J.J. Woodard vows improvement.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Jimison, QB, Vista del Lago
Poised, prolific, a leader and eager to win a section title.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Davis, DL, Cosumnes Oaks
Had great moments as a junior and plays inspired for family and teammates.

2012 results
1. Vista del Lago 12-2, 6-0
2. Cosumnes Oaks 9-3, 5-1
3. River City 4-6, 4-2
4. Liberty Ranch 5-5, 3-3
5. Union Mine 2-8, 2-4
6. El Dorado 3-7, 1-5
7. Galt 0-10, 0-6

Tri-County League
1. Inderkum (10-2)
Once again the Tigers are loaded and fast. Led by QB CJ Spencer and RB/CB Terrence White, Inderkum expects to win the league title for the sixth time in seven seasons under wing-T guru coach Terry Stark, who has implemented some Pistol looks.
2. Yuba City (9-3)
A year after winning their first league title since 1987, the Honkers crave more. RB Omar Herrera and company will push to stay atop TCC after issuing Inderkum first league loss in five season in 2012. Deep squad that some say is better than last season.
3. River Valley (6-5)
New coach Bill Sherman, a former Bee Defensive Player of the Year from Del Oro who played at Sacramento State, takes over as head coach after working on the Del Oro staff. RB/DB T.J. Dove will be the focal point this season for the Falcons after a playoff berth last season.
4. Woodland (2-8)
Expect a strong senior campaign from all-purpose threat Devin Jones, whom head coach Bert Salinas said is every bit the player his brother Dalen was. Dalen is now at Fresno State.
5. Pioneer (4-6)
Former late 1980s Woodland lineman great David Collinsworth takes over as head coach, replacing Matt Bryson, who helped with the transition. Collinsworth had coaching success at Sheldon and Esparto.
6. Natomas (0-10)
The Nighthawks are eager to end a 23-game losing streak that includes back-to-back 0-10 seasons as new coach Ryan Battle becomes the program's third leader in as many seasons.

The Bee's Pick:
2013 Offensive Player of the Year: CJ Spencer, Inderkum
Dangerous as a passer, a runner, a kicker and a leader.
2013 Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. Dove, River Valley
To make the playoffs, you need a stopper, and Dove does the trick.
2013 Coach of the Year: Bert Salinas, Woodland
Sometimes it's not the league champion that earns the nod but rather the team that improves the most.

2012 results
1. Yuba City 9-2, 5-0
2. Inderkum 10-3, 4-1
3. Woodland 2-8, 2-3
4. River Valley 6-5, 3-2
5. Pionner 4-6, 1-4
6. Natomas 0-10, 0-5

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