Two conference rivals apparently moving in opposite directions after seven weeks of play, are scheduled for a showdown Friday night. That’s when the Christian Brothers Falcons fly into Fair Oaks to battle the defending Capital Valley Conference champion Del Campo Cougars on Access Sacramento‘s Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week.
The Falcons, along with the Rio Linda Knights and Casa Roble Rams, are the three teams picked as pre-season co-favorites to dethrone Del Campo, which has dominated the CVC for the past decade, winning the league title three of the past four years, and six of the past ten.
This forecast is based on the perceived strength of these three challengers, and the massive rebuilding project facing Cougars’ coach, Mike Dimino, who entered the season with the daunting task of replacing 19 starters lost to graduation.
However, after two weeks of league play, Rio Linda and Casa Roble have taken the lead in the CVC title chase, while Christian Brothers has played inconsistently and sputtered in recent games, including last week’s 40-13 home loss to the Knights. Meanwhile, the Cougars have been gaining momentum the past two weeks. After an uncharacteristic 1-5 start, the Cougars opened league play with a narrow 35-32 loss to the Rams, before trouncing Oakmont, 42-26 last week.
George Petrissans’ rapid-fire Falcons are sparked by the dual pass/run threat of Junior QB Chris Guillen, while RB Mason Stahley and big-play receivers Hayden Jones and Brandon Thompson continue to highlight the offense. LB’s Logan Snyder and Jon Wagstaff, and DB Ryan Graggs anchor the defense.
This will be a gut-check game for the Falcons; an opportunity to show some character and pride after being dominated by Rio Linda in a game which Christian Brothers’ vaunted offense was anything but explosive. The 13-points they managed against the Knights were significantly fewer than their 37-point average.
Though it may not seem apparent by what’s visible on the surface of this match-up, there’s lots at stake for both teams. It should be considered a pivotal game, one which will ultimately determine their levels of success for the remainder of the season. Don’t be mislead by the overall records of these teams. Looks can be deceiving.
Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week can be seen Friday’s at 7pm on Comcast/SureWest Cable Ch. 17, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. The game is live streamed on the web from www.AccessSacramento.org Push Watch TV 17.
By Will James, Access Sacramento
Home Town Sports Game of the Week