By Will James
Week-10 of the 2019 high school football season has arrived, activating a wild scramble among contending teams to secure a post-season playoff berth.
For the eventual league champions like top-rated Folsom, CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths are guaranteed, and for Folsom, the likely formality of owning the anticipated number-1 seed in the Division-1 bracket. Non-league champions like Sierra Foothill League (SFL) rival Del Oro must finish strong and hope they receive a favorable seeding.
Post-season anticipation and speculation aside, SFL rivals Del Oro and Folsom complete their regular-season Friday evening at Folsom’s Prairie City Stadium in a match-up Access Sacramento will televise live on the Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week.
The live telecast begins at 7:00 p.m. and may be seen in Sacramento County on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed live from AccessSacramento.org and on the NFHS Network.
Del Oro (3-2, 6-3) is in the midst of a major re-building season. Golden Eagles Head Coach, Jeff Walters, has endured the results of losing 18 starters to graduation, and has nicely assembled a young squad that’s rapidly maturing with a new trigger man at the helm.
Sophomore Quarterback Ryan Lewis took the throttle in Week-7 and demonstrated the look of a rising star while guiding the Golden Eagles past #12 Rocklin last week thereby pulling #6 Del Oro into third place in the SFL Standings.
Veteran Running back Sheldon Conde broke out with a stellar 174-yard rushing effort to key the victory over Rocklin, and he will need another tremendous effort Friday evening against a Bulldogs defense that allows just 19 points-per-game. Given that Folsom (5-0, 8-1) averages 47 points-per-game, Golden Eagles Linebackers Jacob Birch and Aiden Foster, and Defensive Back Blake DeMar must bring their A+ game in order to keep Del Oro within striking distance.
Folsom Head Coach Paul Doherty approaches the final hurdle of the regular-season with abundant optimism and maximum respect for SFL rival Del Oro.
Doherty’s potent offense is led by senior Quarterback Jake Reithmeier whose outstanding season is decorated with 64% aerial accuracy that includes 23 TD passes, 14 of which have been delivered to favorite target Elijah Badger. Despite nagging injuries that have significantly limited his production, Running back Daniyel Ngata (10 TDs) remains one of the most explosive ball carriers in the section.
For fans seeking a preview of post-season atmosphere and playoff intensity, this match-up will fill the bill nicely.