by Will James
Great conference football races are inevitably destined to reach a breaking point with a head-to-head confrontation between the leading teams as they come down the stretch toward the finish line. That’s precisely the exciting scenario swirling around Antelope and Del Campo as they prepare to collide Friday evening in Fair Oaks in a game of paramount importance.The two teams are tied atop the Capital Valley Conference at 4-0, amid abundant speculation in this make-or-break game. The winner is likely to capture the CVC crown. Fourth-ranked Antelope is undefeated at 7-0 on the season, while No. 8 Del Campo is 6-1 overall.
The most notable common opponent of the two squads is No. 10 Cosumnes Oaks, last week falling to Antelope in a wild 42-41 overtime thriller. The week before, Del Campo outlasted the Wolfpack 21-14 in another contest that wasn’t decided until the final play, to set up Friday night’s blockbuster collision.Matt Ray‘s Titans are enjoying their finest season since the Antelope campus opened in 2008. QB Montel Aaron and RBs Elijah Dotson and Davaughn Silver spark the offense, while DE Curtis Borders and DB’s Khanii Lesane and Davaeon Johnson key the Titans’ rampaging defense.
For host Mike Dimino‘s Cougars, third-year starting QB Ben Purcell has passed for 27 touchdowns and bruising backs Javone Jackson and Ismael Cisneros lead a powerful running game. Tito Rocha and Roberto Pardo are standout defensive stoppers.
A standing room-only, turn-away crowd is expected to overwhelm Cougar Canyon, making Access Sacramento’s live telecast a splendid alternative to mingling with the mob at Del Campo. In either case, this contest will be a fan’s delight. Enjoy the show.