By Will James
Home Town Sports
This week marks the midway point of high school football’s regular season when all teams will have engaged in league play. Following a bye week, the Casa Roble Rams (2-3) journeys to Folsom on Friday for its Capital Athletic League opener against the host Vista del Lago Eagles (3-3); a match-up Access Sacramento will televise as the Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week.Broadcast time is 7pm on Comcast and Consolidated Communications (SureWest) Cable Channel 17 and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 14, with live streaming of the games from AccessSacramento.org.
The storyline of this confrontation involving two unranked teams goes beyond the importance of a game between tough conference opponents.
For host Vista del Lago, one of the newest schools in the Sac-Joaquin Section in its 7th year of varsity competition, it’s a matter of breaking a stretch of domination Casa Roble has held over the Eagles throughout the history of their head-to-head battles.
The teams did not meet in either of the past two seasons, but in four previous meetings between 2008 and 2011, Casa Roble ran the table on Vista del Lago, defeating the Eagles on all four occasions.
In the first encounter the Rams shot down the Eagles, 43-6. However, the games became progressively more competitive and more fierce as the Rams claimed victories by scores of 26-6, 28-10, and finally, 50-49 in a thriller that could have gone either way.
This year’s 5th meeting will be the toughest of the five for Rams Head Coach, Norm Ryan, whose 2014 squad is not of the customary championship caliber as several of his previous teams, and considered an underdog versus Vista del Lago.
The major disparity between the teams is in the scoring column where the Eagles are scoring nearly 40 more points per game than the Rams. With this in mind, part of the burden falls upon Rams top playmakers to at least double their scoring average.
The other part of the burden falls upon the Rams defense, which must contain an offense averaging 57 points per game.
The Eagles have since rattles off three straight wins with scoring totals of 56, 62, and 53. QB Matt Jimison (16 TD passes) leads an explosive offense fueled by RB Gabriel Carrera (17 TD), and WR’s Blake Martin, Brad Rittenhouse, and Jake Sampson who have combined for 13 touchdown receptions.
If you have a taste for big-play offense and high scoring games, tune-in for this one. This game may produce 100 points.