by Will James
This year’s league realignment for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section created abundant movement among the schools whose teams have been installed in a different league that last year. Such is the case for the Woodcreek Wolverines, having been shifted from the daunting Sierra Foothill League to the Capital Valley Conference.
And for the second straight week, the Timberwolves will encounter another formidable league opponent Friday evening at 7:00 pm when they travel to Antelope to face the Titans; long-standing rulers of the CVC.
This key match-up may be seen on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed live on accessacramento.org, and the NFHS Network.
The #16 Timberwolves, guided by Co-Head Coaches, Kyle Stowers and Bradley Hunkins, charged aggressively into the 2018 campaign, blasting four non-league opponents before trouncing two teams that occupy the bottom of the CVC standings. The blazing 6-0 start matched the most-ever wins in a season for the T-Wolves, and catapulted them into the Dimino’s Dozen/In the Red Zone weekly rankings, elevating them to the #8 spot. (See the bottom of this page for the full list of Dimino’s Dozen/In the Red Zone from Access Sacramento Analyst and CIF Hall of Fame Coach Jim Dimino.)
Last week the Timberwolves’ streak came to a screeching halt when they hosted another team new to the CVC, 2nd-ranked Inderkum. This match-up that may have brought back bad memories from Woodcreek’s years in the SFL following the Tigers’ 51-7 rout of the Timberwolves in Roseville.
Nevertheless, Coaches Stowers and Hunkins, have lots to work with in preparing for Friday’s challenge in Antelope. In spite of the meager offense vs. Inderkum, the explosive T-Wolves average 44 ppg. Triple threat QB, Carter Krupp, runs the show, and what a show it is. Carter has passed for 761 yards and 13 TD, has rushed for 492 yards and 13 TD, and has clicked on 37 of 38 PAT.
Krupps supporting cast is highly productive. Leading rusher, Grant Dinger, has accounted for 647 yards and 9 TD, while Senior WRs Hudson Habermehl and Matt Wiliford have teamed for 566 receiving yards and 11 TD.
Antelope’s 4-3 record is misleading. The 11th-ranked Titans dropped three of their first four games, falling to D-2 powerhouse Lincoln, 35-27, top-ranked, Folsom, 41-0, and #7 Capital Christian, 26-19.
Titans’ Head Coach, Matt Ray, leads a formidable squad, to be sure. Returning Sr. QB Nathan Lucero has passed for better than 1000 yards with 7 TD tosses.
Standout receivers Sylvester Toby and Carter Sullivan have accounted for 35 catches and 7 TD. Antelope’s run game is deep and excellent. The trio of Savaughn Bradley 379 yds., 4 TD), Mhari Roberts (282 yds., 5 TD), and Brian Talley (338 yds., 2 TD) are solid.
Antelope’s top defenders — DL Carlos Franco, LB Vlad Savchuk, and DB Luke Paulson — are as good as any in the CVC.
Both teams are chasing the 2nd-ranked Inderkum Tigers, making the outcome of this game crucial to any thoughts of a CVC title.
4. Del Oro
5. Oak Ridge
6. Monterey Trail
7. Capital Christian
10. Elk Grove
IN THE RED ZONE
13. Rio Linda
14. Granite Bay
15. Bear River
19. Casa Roble
20. Yuba City