November 30, 2013
Video highlights: High school football semifinals

Here are highlights from Friday night's high school football semifinal games, from Fox40:

Elk Grove at Rio Linda

Jesuit at Folsom

November 29, 2013
Prep roundup: Folsom holds off Jesuit 42-35 to reach D-I title game; Oak Ridge tops Pleasant Grove in other semifinal

Quarterback Jake Browning and host Folsom High School held off Delta River League rival Jesuit 42-35 Friday in an entertaining and closer-than-expected Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal in front of a packed crowd in the chill at Prairie City Stadium.

But Folsom's return to the section finals for a fourth consecutive season - against neighboring rival Oak Ridge, another league opponent, at Sacramento State - was set in motion during the searing heat of summer.

With Friday's win over the fired up Marauders (9-4), Folsom is 13-0 this season, ranked No. 15 nationally, No. 5 in the state and No. 2 in Northern California by
In the last four seasons, Folsom is 52-5 with two D-II section titles, a CIF State Bowl championship banner and a NorCal Regional runners-up appearance.

The formula is simple: Consistency of coaching, skilled players who having grown up running a spread offense, cutting-edge schemes and, most importantly, hard work.

November 29, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: High school football semifinals, Nov. 29

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November 29, 2013
Sizing up the Sac-Joaquin Section D-III, V, VI football playoff games

The Bee's Joe Davidson previews Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section football games

Christian Brothers (9-3) at Sacramento (10-2)

Where: Oak Park, 1 p.m.

Outlook: It used to be for Metro League titles when these teams squared off in the 1960s and '70s at Hughes Stadium, and the schools last played for something truly significant in 1992, for the Metro title, won by Sacramento.

Now the schools, barely two miles apart, meet in a Division III semifinal after spirited playoff runs. Sacramento had never won a playoff game before beating Benicia in an opener and then eliminating defending champion Oakdale. CBS won D-I section titles with 13-1 teams in 1981 and '83 and reached the 1986 finals, and then didn't win another playoff game until this month.

November 29, 2013
Quarterback star sizes up Section D-I semifinals

nolan merker.JPGIn an effort to better break down the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football semifinals, we turned to a man who has faced each of these teams in Delta River League action. A man who faced the defenses and studied the offenses as the senior school-record-breaking quarterback for Sheldon High School.

Here's Nolan Merker's take on the two games ...

Jesuit (9-3) at Folsom (12-0)

Jesuit can win if:

"The Marauders put pressure on Jake Browning without sacrificing coverage. Teams have tried everything to slow down Folsom's offense, but Browning and company just adjust. Some teams blitz the house, but then they have to leave their receivers in man coverage and get torched.

"Some teams rush only 3 and drop 8 back into coverage, but then Browning has all day to sit back and pick teams apart. Jesuit's Malcolm Harvey and the rest of their defensive line must be able to get some sort of pass rush to force bad decisions and/or turnovers. Their corners have to keep everything in front of them, and their linebackers must make tackles in open space.

November 25, 2013
Folsom QB Jake Browning downplays record season in crediting teammates

Typical Jake Browning. He piles up the numbers and accolades but defers credit.

This is a humble star if there ever was one.

On Friday night, the Folsom High School junior quarterback shattered the state record for touchdown passes in a single season with 68, bettering his own Northern California mark he set last season by five. Browning had six touchdown tosses to beat Franklin 49-16 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal, and he there could be as many as four more games to go.

All told, Browning topped his sophomore season in which he passed for a state-record 5,248 yards and 63 scores with this season. He's on his way to eclipsing 5,000 yards as he has 4,710 now now.

November 25, 2013
Preps Plus Insiders: Previewing Sac-Joaquin Section football semifinals

The Bee's Joe Davidson and Mike Finnerty from SureWest Sports assess the upcoming Sac-Jaoquin Section semifinal football playoffs, sharing their observations and predictions as Sacramento-area postseason football continues.

For more Bee news and notes on the Section playoffs, click here

For more coverage from The Bee, click here

For the ESPN1320 radio podcast previewing the section football semifinals with interviews, insight and predictions, click here

Go here for a Bee preview of games...

And read here about the senior leaders for Elk Grove...

And here for news and notes on section teams...

And here for a story on an area quarterback who talks football and life

These rankings reflect momentum and some - but not all - head-to-head results. The Bee will publish official season-ending rankings after the CIF State Bowl games.

1. Folsom (12-0)
In beating Franklin, Jake Browning tossed 6 TDs for a state-record 68 on the season. Folsom is 25-1 that last two years. Wins this year include Oak Ridge, Granite Bay, Jesuit, Pleasant Grove and Franklin.
2. Del Oro (10-2)
The Golden Eagles beat Whitney 35-11 after leading 14-11 at the half. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in section play with wins over Grant, Rocklin and Granite Bay. The last loss was to De La Salle.
3. Oak Ridge (11-1)
The Trojans have pitched second-half shutouts in 3 successive games, 2 in the playoffs, including Granite Bay. Other wins inclide Grant, Vacaville, Rocklin, Pleasant Grove and Jesuit. The loss was to Folsom.
4. Elk Grove (11-1)
The Thundering Herd beat Burbank 18-12, allowing one offensive TD and five first downs. The other monster defensive effort was a 7-3 win over Grant. Wadus Parker and the defense continue to shine.
5. Rio Linda (11-1)
The Knights actually passed a few times in beating Vacaville, meaning Stephen Andrews is a duel-threat, too. Winning streak is 11 after Marcel Brown sizzled with 233 yards and 3 TDs.
6. Pleasant Grove (10-2)
The Eagles beat Stagg of Stockton for the third time in the playoffs as Ian Broom carried 43 times for 241 yards. Earl Chism and Kyle Dixon are other leaders. Other wins were against Burbank, Rocklin and Jesuit with losses to Oak Ridge and Folsom.
7. Jesuit (9-3)
The Marauders are 2-0 in the playoffs in taking out Merced and Tracy, two heavies from the South. Jason Elenberger to Isaiah Bailey is a deep-threat option. The losses are to Pleasant Grove, Oak Ridge and Folsom. Folsom is next.
8. Inderkum (10-2)
The Tigers beat Vanden 62-42 in D-III play, and no, it wasn't basketball. The wing-T hums right along behind Austin Thurman, who ran for 3 TDs, and steady QB ace C.J. Spencer and DB Jordan Thomas.
9. Yuba City (11-1)
The Honkers played superb defense against a red-hot Grant team for a 27-12 win, the biggest for the program since the 1987 City Championship triumph over Grant. Omar Herrera has been terrific at RB this season. The loss was to Inderkum.
10. Grant (8-4)
The Pacers lost to Yuba City 27-12 in D-II play. Most of the team returns, including national recruit lineman Darrin Paulo and RB Deandre Whittington-Grays.
11. Granite Bay (8-4)
The Grizzlies lost to Oak Ridge in D-I play 28-17 after leading 17-14 at the half. Cam Smith returns next season, and probably Ernie Cooper as head coach.
12. Burbank (9-3)
The Titans lost to Elk Grove 18-12 in D-II play, despite an 99-yard kickoff return by Calvin Green. Other losses were to Grant and Pleasant Grove.
13. Rocklin (7-4)
Lost a D-II opener to Vacaville after starting the season 0-2. Beat Granite Bay with close losses to Oak Ridge, Del Oro and Pleasant Grove.
14. Center (9-3)
The Cougars have two stars in Tyrell Anderson and Joe Swen and two recent wins over Placer. Next is 12-0 Hilmar.
15. Christian Brothers (9-3)
The Falcons beat top-seeded D-III American Canyon 30-27 behind QB Chris Guillen, who had four TDs, including a 99-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Thompson.
16. Sacramento (10-2)
The Dragons are 2-0 in the D-III playoffs - the program's first-ever postseason victories. The latest was agaisnt defending champion Oakdale 40-21 as Caden Voges accounted for 4 scores.
17. Franklin (8-4)
The Wildcats lost to No. 1 Folsom 49-16. Franklin beat Elk Grove and tied for the Delta Valley Conference title.
18. Whitney (8-4)
The Wildcats had their 7-game winning streak snapped at Del Oro in D-II. Whitney won the Capital Athletic League.
19. Placer (6-6)
The Hillmen lost to Center in D-IV play, the same team it tied for the Pioneer Valley League title after starting the season 1-4.
20. Casa Roble (8-4)
The Rams lost to Manteca in D-III a year after going 1-9. Peyton Wilfley had a big season.

Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs
All games Friday, 7 p.m.
Division I
No. 12 Jesuit at No. 1 Folsom
No. 7 Pleasant Grove at No. 3 Oak Ridge
Division II
No. 4 Yuba City at No. 1 Del Oro
No. 3 Elk Grove at No. 2 Rio Linda
Division III
No. 3 Inderkum at No. 2 Manteca
No. 8 CBS at No. 5 Sacramento, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Division IV
No. 4 Ripon at No. 1 Central Catholic
No. 6 Center and No. 2 Hilmar
Division V
at Grape Bowl, Lodi, Saturday
No. 1 Le Grand vs. No. 3 Golden Sierra, 6 p.m.
Division VI
at Grape Bowl, Lodi
No. 1 Bradshaw Christian vs. No. 3 Ripon Christian., 1 p.m.

November 23, 2013
Video highlights: Sac-Joaquin Section second-round playoff games

Here are featured highlights from Friday night's Sac-Joaquin Section second-round prep football playoff games.

Inderkum 62, Vanden 42

Ripon Christian 46, Woodland Christian 0

Manteca 49, Casa Roble 13

Center 24, Placer 20

Rio Linda 31, Vacaville 21

Folsom 49, Franklin 16

Bradshaw Christian 35, Brookside Christian 14

Elk Grove 18, Burbank 12

Del Oro 35, Whitney 11

Oak Ridge 28, Granite Bay 17

Pleasant Grove 42, Stagg 28

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November 22, 2013
Prep roundup: Folsom's Browning breaks state TD record; Yuba City tops Grant; CBS shocks No. 1 American Canyon

Last year it was thought that Folsom's Jake Browning, then a sophomore, had tied the state single-season touchdown record with 63.

But it was later learned that Robert De La Cruz of Cathedral of Los Angeles had been shorted two touchdown passes during a playoff game in the 1999 season. He had 65.

Browning didn't waste any time Friday night establishing a new state mark in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinals at Folsom High School.

In leading top-seeded Folsom to a 49-16 win over Franklin (8-4), Browning threw six touchdown passes and now holds the state record with 68. He broke De La Cruz's record wtih a 5-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Deguara late in the second quarter.

Browning finished 35 of 47 for 332 yards with an interception. Will McClure caught nine passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Deguara finished with 10 catches for 96 yards and two scores.

Folsom (12-0) now moves into Friday's semifinals against Delta River League rival Jesuit, a 49-28 winner over Tracy.

Browning is now No. 4 on the National Federation of High School's record book. Corey Robinson of Lone Oak, Ky., set the national record with 91 in 2007.

With the win, the Bulldogs are now 26-1 the past two seasons and haven't lost at home since 2010.

In other games:

November 22, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: High school football playoffs, Round 2, Nov. 22

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November 21, 2013
CBS beats Vista del Lago in section volleyball finals for program's 8th title

By Trevor Horn
Bee Correspondent

.Christian Brothers beat Vista del Lago, 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III volleyball championship on Thursday night at UC Davis.

It was the eighth title for the Falcons.

Long time CBS head coach Diane Heine reflected on the win compared to the rest with high regards.

"They're all so different and all so special," Heine said. "But this one sits right up there. I'm really proud of the girls."

Led by seniors who signed letters of intent last week in Jaymee-Lee Bulda (Boise State) and Chelsie Valine (Sonoma State) CBS won the program's first title since winning five consecutive D-IV title from 2005-09.

Heine credits the return of senior Iris Anderson, who missed her junior year with a knee injury, to the team's success.

"She really fit that piece to the puzzle," Heine said. "She completed us."

Added Anderson: "This is huge. It was hard sitting out a year. Coming back and getting the banner, that's something I can cherish."

D-II: Led by a senior-heavy rotation, including college-bound Bethany Mandon (Point Loma Nazarene) and Jolie Meade (Montana State), Rocklin beat Vintage of Napa 25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23 for the championship.

This is the Thunder's third section title and first since 2010 in a match that lasted until 11:30 p.m.

D-IV: Sonora beat Hilmar in five sets for Wildcats' first section title.

D-V: Vacaville Christian defeated rival Bradshaw Christian in straight sets.

D-VI: Turlock Christian won a second consecutive title with a 3-1 victory over Stone Ridge Christian of Merced.

Read Thursday's Bee for coverage of state-ranked No. 1 Granite Bay against two-time Division I champion St. Francis.

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November 21, 2013
SacBee peek at the area's all-time high school greatest defensive linemen

In going with the theme of this week's SacBee story on Burbank High School's Ngalu Tapa, we offer a list of some of the greatest prep defensive linemen in regional history.

Keep in mind that this list is based on high school achievements and what they did beyond is pure bonus.

So, Charles Mann didn't make this cut because he was not a dominant defender at Valley High in the late 1970s, but he became one at Nevada and in the NFL (Chris Ault discovered him when Valley coach Dave Hoskins urged him to look at film)...

November 19, 2013
Bee football rankings, schedules, links to video

By Joe Davidson

The Sacramento Bee Top 20 final regular-season poll run last week, and we'll publish the final Top 20 after the final game.
But, for the sake of a good debate, here's what the Top 20 would look like if we continued weekly through the Sac-Joaquin Section...

1. Folsom (10-0)
The Bulldogs last lost to De La Salle, capping a 14-1 season in 2012; wins over Oak Ridge, Granite Bay, Pleasant Grove.
2. Del Oro (9-2)
Unbeaten in section with wins over Grant, Rocklin, Granite Bay; Whitney next.
3. Oak Ridge (10-1)
Wins over Grant, Rocklin, Pleasant Grove, Jesuit. Lost to Folsom
4. Elk Grove (10-1)
Huge 7-3 win over prolific Grant; lost to Franklin and have Rio Linda next.
5. Rio Linda (10-1)
Monster test against Vacaville looms for a team that has won 10 straight.
6. Pleasant Grove (9-2)
Wins over Burbank, Rocklin, Jesuit and losses to Oak Ridge and Folsom.
7. Grant (9-2)
Wins over Burbank, Franklin and close losses to Oak Ridge, Del Oro, Elk Grove.
8. Granite Bay (8-3)
Wins over Vacaville, Pittsburg, Tokay; losses to Folsom, Del Oro, Rocklin.
9. Jesuit (8-3)
Marauders lost close games to Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge; beat a very good Merced team in playoffs.
10. Burbank (9-2)
Wins over Sacramento, Wood, Napa. Losses to Grant, Pleasant Grove.
11. Rocklin (7-4)
Season complete after loss to Vacaville; beat Rocklin with close losses to Oak Ridge, Del Oro, Pleasant Grove.
12. Inderkum (9-2)
Tigers lost to Pleasant Grove and Rocklin early; major contender in D-III.
13. Yuba City (10-1)
The loss was to Inderkum with the big win in a playoff opener over St. Mary's. Grant looms.
14. Franklin (8-3)
Lost to Grant and Beat Elk Grove, but cannot have Wildcats ahead of Jesuit, which rolled Franklin. Folsom next
15. Whitney (8-3)
Won 7 in a row; lost to Rocklin early and now draws Del Oro in D-II.
16. Center (8-3)
Cougars lost early to Rio Linda, beat Placer, and get Placer again in D-IV
17. Christian Brothers (8-3)
Falcons are a real threat in the D-III playoffs and take on top-seeded American Canyon.
18. Placer (6-5)
Hillmen lost to Center recently and get the Cougars again in D-IV play.
19. Casa Roble (8-3)
The Rams have losses to Inderkum and Rio Linda and now face No. 2 D-III Manteca.
20. Sacramento (9-2)
The Dragons lost close to Burbank and won first playoff game - ever - over Benicia in D-III.

Optimist All-Star Football update - The 57th Optimist All-Star Game will be played Dec. 28 at Folsom as a finale to the season, a week after the CIF State Bowl games in Carson.

Following decades as a summer event, the Optimist moved to the winter last year to better ensure the participation of scholarship players.

This season, scholarship commit players to receive invitations include: Cosumnes Oaks receiver Alex Van Dyke (UCLA) and tackle Kameron Schroeder (Duke); Capital Christian lineman Nifae Lealao (Stanford); Burbank running back Calvin Green and defensive tackle Ngalu Tapa (both to Washington State); Woodland cornerback Devin Jones (Colorado State); Pleasant Grove cornerback Brandon Lewis (Boise State); Granite Bay tight end Dylan Keeney (Colorado) and Inderkum defensive back Jordan Thomas (Arizona State).

This doesn't mean other players won't be invited, but the Optimist expects nominations. Send to

Must see TV
A reminder to check out the SureWest Sports Show today and tomorrow on Comcast SportsNet California (check local listings) as we join Mike Finnerty to talk all things preps. Today's show airs at 4 p.m., Wednesday is 5:30 p.m. and Thursday is 4 p.m.

Click here for this week's Preps Plus Insiders video/commentary on the section playoffs

And click here for news and notes from the playoffs

And here for more news and notes

And here for the podcast on the section playoffs with interviews from Whitney coach Mike Gimenez and Granite Bay coach Skip Albano, and previews for this weekend.

And here for a look at Whitney and other area games here.

All games at 7 p.m. unless noted with seedings listed below

• No. 8 Franklin at No. 1 Folsom
• No. 12 Jesuit at No. 4 Tracy
• No. 11 Granite Bay at No. 3 Oak Ridge
• No. 7 Pleasant Grove at No. 2 Stagg-Stockton

• No. 9 Whitney at No. 1 Del Oro
• No. 5 Grant at No. 4 Yuba City
• No. 6 Burbank at No. 3 Elk Grove
• No. 7 Vacaville at No. 2 Rio Linda

• No. 8 Christian Brothers at No. 1 American Canyon
• No. 13 Oakdale at No. 5 Sacramento, 1 p.m., Saturday
• No. 6 Vanden-Fairfield at No. 3 Inderkum
• No. 10 Casa Roble at No. 2 Manteca

• No. 8 Colfax at No. 1 Central Catholic
• No. 5 Calaveras at No. 4 Ripon
• No. 14 Placer at No. 6 Center
• No. 10 Escalon at No. 2 Hilmar

• No. 5 Waterford at No. 1 Le Grand
• No. 3 Golden Sierra at No. 2 Mariposa

• No. 4 Brookside Christian at No. 1 Bradshaw Christian
• No. 3 Ripon Christian at No. 2 Woodland Christian

- Joe Davidson
- On Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD

November 18, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Sac-Joaquin Section playoff preview

In this week's Preps Plus Insiders, The Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty preview top second-round playoff football games in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Click here for news and notes from the region after opening-night playoff action.

November 16, 2013
Late score helps Sac High win historic first football playoff

Despite playing with a broken hand, sophomore Caden Voges passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown in leading Sacramento High to an historic 42-35 win over Benicia in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Saturday in Oak Park.

It was Sacramento's first football playoff win since the section started holding playoffs in the early 1970s. The Dragons will play play host to defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion Oakdale 1 p.m. on Saturday. Oakdale lost in last season's CIF State Division II Bowl championship game.

Voges, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 256 yards, broke a 35-35 tie with a touchdown pass to Damen Wheeler with 1:30 to play, then free safety Kyron Basped broke up a Benicia pass on fourth down at the Dragons' 12-yard line with 30 seconds to secure the win.

Basped also started the Dragons' second-half comeback - they trailed 21-14 at the half - by returning an interception for a touchdown. West Simpson then recovered a fumble in the ensuing kickoff.

Wheeler finished with eight catches for 161 yards and Kyree Stephens had five catches for 45 yards and a score. Jimmy Hatch rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries and Lonny Powell added 72 and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Sacramento (9-2), the Metro Conference runners-up to Burbank, were making their seventh playoff appearance and fifth in a row. Benicia (7-4) finished third in the Solano County Athletic League and was making its fifth consecutive playoff appearance.

November 15, 2013
Football roundup: Burbank wallops Wood; Folsom's Browning closes in on state record; Elk Grove, Oak Ridge, Del Oro roll

By Bill Paterson

Burbank had its best season in school history last year.

The Titans went 10-0 in the regular season, won their third consecutive Metro Conference title and beat rival Grant and Pleasant Grove in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

But then Oak Ridge stopped the Titans 24-6 in the semifinals, with Burbank's players vowing to do better in 2013.

While this season's 9-2 record isn't quite as impressive - the Titans had nonleague losses to Pleasant Grove and Grant - they still have speed to thrill.

The Titans, now playing in Division II, put their talents on full display Friday night in beating visiting Will C. Wood of Vacaville 61-28 in the opening round of the playoffs.

Among the highlights:

Harrison Anderson scored four touchdowns, two by pass two by rush, and had two interceptions.

Benji Jones rushed for 278 yards, including touchdowns of 70 and 87 yards, on 18 carries.

Quarterback Ernest Jenkins completed five of eight passes for 102 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and a 47-yard touchdown.

Washington State-bound Calvin Green ran for a 38-yard score, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and had an interception.

Burbank (9-2) forced Wood (7-4) into seven turnovers, including six interceptions. In addition to those by Anderson and Green, Ken Brown, Esteban Bravo and Keyshawn Ates had interceptions. DeQuan Rogers had a fumble recovery.

The only glaring downside for the Titans, who face Elk Grove in the next round, was 22 penalties for 215 yards.

In other DIVISION II games:

November 15, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: High school football playoffs, Round 1, Nov. 15

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November 14, 2013
Area QB sizes up the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs with great insight

Sheldon High School quarterback Nolan Merker had a great tweet the other day. He was reading off the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff field in football - "Jesuit, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Grove, Folsom. Oh wait. That's our league."

Indeed it is. So we asked Merker to size up the field a but as his Huskies also competed in the Delta River League, going 4-6. Merker, a senior honors student, shattered Huskies school records, including 30 touchdown passes this season. His assessment on the D-I teams with a peek at D-II title contender Elk Grove (a team Sheldon faced):


"Jake Browning is a very good quarterback made extraordinary by his supporting cast. His offensive line is probably the best in the section, as it is rare for him to be touched. They give him enough time for his receivers to run extended routes that take time to develop. He is extremely accurate, and the timing between him and his receivers is unparalleled. Troy Knox is one of the best route runners in the section,
as is Will McClure. Their defense is solid, and Sam Whitney and Lukas Hendricks apply consistent pressure. The one curious spot is their corners, but they hide them with coverages. As a team, they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the section."

Pleasant Grove:

"The Eagles are one of the most athletic teams across the board. Their corners have gone from being their weakest spot last year to their biggest strength. Esley Simmons, Sedrick Thomas and Dre Terell are all vastly improved. Wyatt Demps is the key to their defense as a ball hawking safety, and he covers ground very fast. Earl Chism and their D-line are tough to handle. Offensively, their line is strong enough to
pound the ball, and mix in enough passes to keep the defense honest. It's hard for teams to respect the pass with Demps and the quarterback run with Dre's speed. The best and most dynamic special teams we played all year, from punt and kick return to kickoff."

Oak Ridge:

"Not the most athletic team, but make up for it with outstanding discipline. An extremely smart football team with high football IQ, and play to their responsibilities. Their defense is always in the right spot to make the play. Also the biggest team we faced all year, they won't be pushed around by anybody. Their linebackers are their defense's biggest strength. They are all solid tacklers. When his offensive line is providing enough protection, Ian Book is lights out. He only makes bad decisions when his line allows pressure. He has a huge and reliable target in Justin Priest, who has great hands."


"Jason Elenberger is the fastest quarterback in the section. He can extend plays with his feet as well as anybody. He has two fast and physical running backs that are difficult to contain in Ben Parietti and Beau Bisharat. Their defensive line is dominant at times, with Malcolm Harvey a beast. They have the confidence they can beat anybody and are well coached, making them a tough matchup as a 12 seed. Outside of Folsom, they can beat any team."


"We played and beat them in a scrimmage before the season. They are an overall good team, but benefited greatly from a weak league. They had a decent quarterback, and one very good receiver who was shifty and had good hands. Their line on both sides was solid. Disciplined and played their assignments well."

Elk Grove:

"The best defense we faced all year. They are fast and physical, and fly around like no other team. They rally to the ball incredibly well. Wadus Parker is a tough back to bring down, especially with a full head of steam, but they have other capable backs as well, including Spencer Sheff. Their offense lulls you to sleep with run after run, and then hits you with a deep play action bomb by Tommy Arnold. Their offensive
line isn't overwhelmingly big, but they handset and control the line of scrimmage. On the defensive line, they are very undersized but not outmatched. B'won Canada is very difficult to contain, and their best linemen is actually their bruising nose tackle. Noah Letuligasenoa, Sheff, and Arnold form a hard-hitting and athletic linebacking core."

November 12, 2013
Sacramento-area prep haul: 90 signed scholarships on Wednesday

Here's a peek at Sacramento-area student-athletes who will sign national letters of intent on Wednesday for most sports (except football, which has a February signing day).

NOTE: Area coaches/athletic directors and parents are urged to update us for additions to this list. Information here provided by area schools. Send updates/corrections to immediately to ensure publication here and on on Thursday and in Thursday's print edition of The Bee.

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This is a list of 90, an example of how diverse the region is in sports:

Athlete School Sport College
Blake Abercrombie Rocklin Golf San Diego State
Brittany Anselmo Ponderosa Track Long Beach State
Brianna Areia Woodcreek Golf Cal Sate Monterey
Krystal Aubert Casa Roble Softball Washington
Cameron Avila-Leeper Grant Baseball Arizona
Anna Baytosh St. Francis Volleyball Chico State
Ali Bettencourt Oak Ridge Basketball San Jose State
Karson Bisharat St. Francis Volleyball Central Arizona
Connor Briare Granite Bay Baseball Loyola Marymount
Brina Buttacavoli Marysville Softball Utah State
David Campbell Colfax Baseball San Jose State
Anthony Castaneda Woodland Christian Baseball Sacramento State
Delanie Chrisman Rocklin Softball San Francisco State
Karrisa Conner Granite Bay Diving Ohio University
Addyson Cord Del Oro Equestrian Georgia
Zonyia Cormier Sacramento Basketball Cal Poly
Carolina Culpepper Antelope Swimming North Texas State
Jenna Curtan Woodcreek Softball Riverside
Sarah Debnekoff Pleasant Grove Golf Morehead State
Maddy Deters Granite Bay Volleyball Concordia Irvine
Connor Drake Del Oro Volleyball UC Santa Barbara
Chaya Durr Sacramento Basketball UC Santa Barbara
Ayanna Edwards Sacramento Basketball Arizona State
Corey Eddings Oakmont Golf Nevada
Alexandra Esmerian Del Oro Gymnastics Boise State
Vinny Esposito Granite Bay Baseball Sacramento State
Erica Estes Ponderosa Soccer Northern Colorado
Morgan Evangelista Elk Grove Softball Bowling Green
Lea Felton St. Francis Volleyball Hawaii Pacific
Alejandra Garcia St. Francis Softball Cal Poly
Hannah Gasser St. Francis Crew San Diego State
Anthony Geremia Jesuit Baseball Santa Clara
Brittany Gisin Ponderosa Soccer Azusa Pacific
Martin Gonzalez Pleasant Grove Soccer Domincan University
Bridget Guenard Pleasant Grove Tennis Army
Chloe Hakim St. Francis Volleyball UC Irvine
Claire Hammond Woodcreek Softball Northern Arizona
Mitch Hart Granite Bay Baseball USC
Jesse Goldstein Oak Ridge Golf Sacramento State
Brayden Gomez Baseball Abilene Christian University
Stephanie Heyward McClatchy Softball Cal Poly
Sara Hibbs Bella Vista Volleyball San Jose State
Derek Hill Elk Grove Baseball Oregon
Zamari Hinton Sheldon Softball Sacramento State
Jacqueline Holben St. Francis Crew Cal
Ashleigh Hughes Antelope Softball Arizona
Brandon Hunley Christian Brothers Baseball Sacramento State
Maddison Johnson St. Francis Swimming TCU
Tayler Johnson Pleasant Grove Volleyball Midway College
Anessa Kaylor Sheldon Softball San Jose State
Sophie Kershaw St. Francis Crew Georgetown
Ali Koumelis St. Francis Volleyball Portland
Emily Laskin St. Francisc Golf Navy
Devin Lehman Granite Bay Baseball Sacramento State
Sam Long Del Campo Baseball Sacramento State
Savannah Looms Oakmont Softball Seattle
AnnClaire MacArt St. Francis Swimming Dartmouth
Marissa Maligad Pleasant Grove Softball Sacramento State
Bethany Mandon Rocklin Volleyball Point Loma Nazarene University
Cassidy Martin Center Softball Sacramento State
Alexis Martinez St. Francis Swimming Seattle
Jolie Meade Rocklin Volleyball Montana State
Morgan McClure Rio Americano Swimming Boise State
Mickey Meinhofer Oak Ridge Baseball Regis University
Jeremiah Moore Valley Christian Baseball Sacramento State
Alec Moen Lacrosse Jesuit Seton Hill (NOT SETON HALL)
Julia Morales Cosumnes Oaks Softball Oakland University
Taylor Nelson Granite Bay Volleyball Cal poly
Noa Nightingale St. Francis Volleyball UC Santa Barbara
Nina Obaldia St. Francis Crew Cal
Caitlyn Olan Oak Ridge Softball Cal State San Bernardino
Brittany Oxley Vista del Lago Swimming South Carolina
Ben Parietti Jesuit Lacrosse University of Richmond
Aaliyah Pena Pleasant Grove Basketball UC Riverside
Kaitlin Pires Elk Grove Softball Menlo College
Malik Pope Laguna Creek Basketball San Diego State
Jasmine Redmon Monterey Trail Basketball Hawaii
Grace Reego Granite Bay Water Polo UCLA
Cody Riecks Placer Golf Fresno State
Jullisa Romani St. Francis Crew San Diego
Najah Queenland Sacramento Pacific
Grace Reego Granite Bay Water Polo UCLA
Austin Root Oak Ridge Baseball Sacramento State
Dalayna Sampton Florin Basketball Hawaii
Simone Sheppard Sacramento Basketball UNLV
Tyler Schrimpf Capital Christian Baseball Texas
Keegan Shuping Jesuit Swimming Arizona
Courtney Smith ­Del Oro Softball UC Davis
Ryan Smith Rocklin Baseball Sacramento State
Haley Snyder Christian Brothers Softball Stanford
Andy Snow Jesuit Baseball Arizona State
Matthew Spallas Pleasant Grove Swinning TCU
Lucas Still Christian Brothers Baseball Willamette University
Courtney Smith Del Oro Softball UC Davis
Ann Stockwell Del Oro Gymnastics Boise State
Megan Sullivan St. Francis Volleyball UC Santa Barbara
Trevor Swartz Ponderosa Soccer Indiana
Rachel Timberman Ponderosa Softball Lehigh
Matt Trask Davis Baseball UCLA
Kelsey Ulep Whitney Golf Oregon
Vergie Velasquez Roseville Golf UC Davis
Chelsie Valine Christian Brothers Volleyball Sonoma State
Winona Vigil Rocklin Softball Humboldt State
Camille Wagg Rocklin Golf UC Irvine
Vanessa Washington Pleasant Grove Softball Delaware State
Logan Webb Rocklin Baseball Cal Poly
Chris Wieser Jesuit Swimming Arizona
Josh Wellman Oak Ridge Lacrosse Penn State
Kimberly Wilburn Elk Grove Softball Menlo College
Halle Williams Rocklin Softball Humboldt State
D.J. Wilson Capital Christian Basketball Michigan
Alivya Wimmer Ponderosa Soccer Boston University
Samantha Woo Ponderosa Swimming Fresno Pacific
Maddie Wuelfing Rocklin Softball Yale
Lindsey Zito Oak Ridge Softball Humboldt State

St. Francis volleyball players who signed to play in college:
IMG_4145.JPGFront row (from left): Chloe Hakim, UC Irvine; Anna Baytosh, Chico State; Ali
Koumelis, Portand.
Back row: Lea Felton, Hawaii Pacific; Noa
Nightingale, UC Santa Barbara; Megan Sullivan, UC Santa Barbara; Karson Bisharat, Central Arizona.
Photo courtesy St. Francis High School athletics

Granite Bay crew members singing to row in college:
GraniteBaycrew.jpgTop row (from left): Grace Reego, Karrisa Connor, Taylor Nelson and Nicolette Pinkney.
Bottom row: Devin Lehman, Mitch Hart, Connor Briare, Vinny Esposito
Photo courtesy of Granite Bay High School athletics

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November 11, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Playoff division highlights

In this week's Preps Plus Insiders video: The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty forecast all the playoff divisions, discussing the top players, top teams, upstarts and dark horses with highlights.

November 10, 2013
Prep football: Oak Ridge has football comeback for the ages; also full section playoff schedule with outlook

By Joe Davidson

How did Oak Ridge climb off the proverbial canvas Saturday afternoon in Carmichael to post a rally for the ages?

Several things, and Trojans coaches are hoping they don't have to make such a dramatic comeback any time soon. It's brutal on the blood pressure.

Trailing Jesuit 28-7 after the first quarter and 42-21 at the half, Oak Ridge charged back to win it in overtime 45-42 in a Delta River League thriller that was as stimulating for the winners as it was demoralizing for the victims. Both teams advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

Oak Ridge rallied behind Ian Book, who tossed three of his five touchdown passes in the second half, and Adam Walter won it with a 20-yard field goal in overtime. The kick was set up by the defense, a unit headed by Thomas Mahlman and Trent Buenzli. Oak Ridge held Jesuit on downs three times in the second half, including in overtime.

Book at one point in the game asked media, "isn't this fun?" And his team was down two touchdowns. Book completed 27 of 39 passes for 394 yards. He hit Justin Priest 12 times for 188 yards and touchdowns of 50 and 12 yards, and he found Buenzli, a tight end, twice for scores of 6 and 40 yards.

Oak Ridge was able to bottle up the Jesuit run game in the second half and overtime after the Marauders devastated the Trojans defense with handoffs. Ben Parietti rushed for four touchdowns in the first half and 167 yards. Beau Bisharat's first carry went for 75 yards, his second for 25 and third for 78. He had 198 at the half and finished with 255. Parietti finished with 207.

Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs

(All games kickoff Friday at 7 p.m., unless noted)


• No. 16 Lincoln-Stockton (4-6) at No. 1 Folsom (10-0)

• No. 9 Pitman (7-3) at Franklin, Saturday

• No. 12 Jesuit (7-3) at No. 5 Merced (8-2)

• No. 13 Edison (7-3) at No. 4 Tracy (9-1)

• No. 14 Napa (6-4) at No. 3 Oak Ridge (9-1)

• No. 11 Granite Bay (7-3) at No. 6 Tokay (8-2)

• No. 7 Pleasant Grove (8-2) at No. 10 Modesto (7-3)

• No. 15 Modesto (6-4) at No. 2 Stagg (9-1)

Outlook: Folsom is the overwhelming favorite, having already beaten two-time defending champion Granite Bay (30-14), Oak Ridge (35-0), Jesuit (56-14) and Pleasant Grove (63-39 after leading 42-18). Not doubt, each of those clubs wants a rematch with the Bulldogs, who have a better run game and defense than any of its playoff juggernauts of recent years. Oak Ridge's resolve and rally against Jesuit on Saturday, trailing 42-21 at the half and winning 45-42 in overtime, could do wonders for an already confident team.

November 9, 2013
Prep football: Sac-Joaquin Section playoff schedule

A first-round schedule for the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs.

(All games kickoff Friday at 7 p.m., unless noted)


• No. 16 Lincoln-Stockton (4-6) at No. 1 Folsom (10-0)

• No. 9 Pitman-Turlock (7-3) at No. 8 Franklin-Elk Grove (7-3), Saturday

• No. 12 Jesuit (7-3) at No. 5 Merced (8-2)

• No. 13 Edison-Stockton (7-3) at No. 4 Tracy (9-1)

• No. 14 Napa (6-4) at No. 3 Oak Ridge (9-1)

• No. 11 Granite Bay (7-3) at No. 6 Tokay-Lodi (8-2)

• No. 10 Modesto (7-3) vs. No. 7 Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Downey-Modesto

• No. 15 Beyer-Modesto (6-4) at No. 2 Stagg-Stockton (9-1)

November 8, 2013
Prep football roundup: Top-ranked Folsom finishes 10-0; Center upsets No. 19 Placer and Whitney tops Antelope for CAL title

By Bill Paterson

Top-ranked Folsom used the same formula it has all season against No. 4 Pleasant Grove in the Delta River League regular-season finale Friday at Sheldon High School.

Unsung but physical defense, some nice collective rushing and, of course, a heavy dose of passing orchestrated by junior quarterback Jake Browning.

It resulted in a 63-39 win as the Bulldogs (10-0, 5-0) captured their second consecutive league title and finished the regular season unbeaten for the second season in a row.

Browning led the way with seven touchdowns, including four to Josiah Deguara.

Browning, who completed 36 of 45 passes for 483 yards, now has 56 touchdowns, seven short of the state record. Browning has a state leading 3,941 yards passing.

Deguara (157 yards), Will McClure (148 yards, and a touchdown) and Troy Knox (127 yards, two touchdowns) each had 10 catches.

Dre Terrell passed 68 yards to Wyatt Demps and 56 yards to Esley Simmons for touchdowns and rushed for a one-yard score for Pleasant Grove (8-2, 3-2). Simmons also had a 79-yard touchdown run and and Damaree Morris added two touchdown runs.

In other games:

November 8, 2013
PREPS PLUS LIVE: Week 10, Friday night football, Nov. 8, 2013

Join the weekly PrepsPlus Live chat here to follow tonight's high school football games. Share what you're seeing on the field and in the stands.


November 7, 2013
High School Football: Week 10 schedule & results

Here are this week's results:


The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom 63, No. 4 Pleasant Grove 39

• No. 2 Del Oro 14, No. 5 Rocklin 13

• No. 6 Elk Grove 35, Davis 7

• No. 7 Rio Linda 49, Del Campo 20

• No. 8 Granite Bay 49, Nevada Union 7

• No. 9 Grant 62, Laguna Creek 7

• No. 10 Burbank 63, Kennedy 6

November 4, 2013
PREPS PLUS INSIDERS: Video preview of Week 10 football

The Bee's Joe Davidson and SureWest Sports' Mike Finnerty preview Week 10 of Sacramento-area high school football, also recounting highlights from recent games.

Current topics include Kennedy running back Floyd Hillis-Cooper, who helped his team end a long losing streak; new lights and a new era at Placer; Rio Linda's dynamic Marcel Brown; and previews for the Delta River League, Pioneer Valley League, Delta Valley Conference and more.

November 1, 2013
Prep football roundup: No. 20 Placer rolls rival Colfax; No. 1 Folsom wallops Ponderosa as Browning tosses 6 more TDs

By Bill Paterson

Placer High School started the season 1-4. But since entering league play the defending Pioneer Valley League champions have been impossible to beat.

The No. 20 Hillmen's latest victim was rival Colfax, which fell 48-21 Friday night in Auburn.

It was Placer's 11th league win in a row.

Logan Strange threw four touchdown passes, two each to Todd Valliere and Frankie O'Neal and Valliere added two rushing touchdowns as the Hillmen (5-4, 4-0) coasted to the win over the Falcons (7-2, 2-2).

Placer came into the game averaging 345 rushing yards and 107 passing yards. But Strange completed 7 of 9 passes for 211 yards.

Colfax's Michael Wilson had two touchdown passes, giving him 35 for the season.

Placer has outscored its four league opponents 188 to 61.

The Hillmen can complete its second unbeaten league season in as many years with a win Friday at Center.

In other games:

November 1, 2013
PREPS PLUS REPLAY: Week 9, Friday night football, Nov. 1, 2013

Replay the weekly Preps Plus Live chat on Friday night's high school football games.


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