Sac To Zero is an organization that hopes to help give more access to emission-free transportation to the people of Sacramento. I was so intrigued by this ambitious goal, so I went to visit them in Downtown Sacramento to see what more they had to share.
The Monterey Trail Mustangs defeated the Oak Ridge Trojans 48-20 to advance to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D-1 football finals vs. Folsom on Sat. Dec. 1.
Monterey Trail’s Jehiel Badgett ran for four touchdowns on 26 carries and 223 yards. Quarterback Zach Larrier ran for a TD and passed to Andre Crump for another, in setting a new school record for most TDs in a season.
Access Sacramento’s Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
This was the final football broadcast of the season for Access Sacramento Hometown Sports Game of the Week. The CIF-SJS finals are only available on the NFHSnetwork.com.
Updated with new information and TV scheduling on Tues. Nov. 20, 2018
by Will James
The 2018 high school football season concludes with the CIF State Championship Games on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
But before the final curtains are raised, and finishing touches of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs and NorCal Championships are applied, unfinished business must first be attended to in the CIF SJS Semi-Final Round Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24.
In the top half of the Division-I Final Four bracket, familiar long-standing adversaries, #4 St. Mary’s and #1 Folsom will square-off again Friday Nov. 23 at 7pm. But the bottom half of the D-1 bracket holds the greater attraction and intrigue where the #3 Oak Ridge Trojans battle the #2 undefeated Monterey Trail Mustangs in Elk Grove on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Access Sacramento’s live telecast of this brawl on the Hometown Sports Game of the Week begins at 6:40 p.m. before a 7 p.m. kickoff on Comcast and Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14, and live on the Internet only from the NFHSnetwork.com.
Eric Cavaliere’s 8-3 Trojans have suffered losses only to Folsom, Del Oro, and Granite Bay — three perennial heavyweights in the viciously-contested Sierra Foothill League; the strongest conference in the entire SJS. Oak Ridge brings a deep, talented, and experienced team into the fray after prevailing 27-9 over a stubborn Turlock squad in their playoff opener.
Veteran Senior QB, Matt Jenner leads a poised and polished offense that averages 34 ppg. Jenner has passed for nearly 2000 yards with 57% accuracy and 20 TD. WRs Avant Jacobs (37 receptions, 6 TD) and Sawyer Merrill (44 receptions, 5 TD) head a deep receiving corps. RBs Nathan Addleman and Mitch Anderson have combined for 1200 yards and 11 TD to provide an excellent balanced rushing attack. A solid Oak Ridge defense allows just 20 ppg.
On the flip side, T.J. Ewing’s 11-0 Mustangs are on a roll, and will meet the Trojan invasion with perhaps the school’s finest team to-date. The Mustangs swept through a weak Metro League slate, then walloped Pitman (Turlock) 63-7 in an opening-round tune-up rout.
Sr. QB Zach Larrier is the engineer handling the throttle of the Mustang’s vaunted Veer Offense, averaging 50 ppg. Larrier punts, passes (1139 yds, 58%, 16 TD), runs (825 yds., 11.5, 14 TD), and excels ( 3 ints.) on defense. RBs Jehiel Budgett, Viktor Oliver, Prophet Brown, Thaddeus Hills, and Caleb Ramseur form a deep and explosive corps that have combined for 3133 yards and 43 TD. WR Andre Crump is Larrier’s top receiver, averaging 22 yards on 27 receptions and 11 TD. The Mustangs’ rampaging defense is formidable, allowing just 8.8 ppg.
This match-up has all the makings of a classic semi-final with two highly skilled quarterbacks leading two well-coached, quality teams in a battle to reach the SJS championship round; a game that should be circled in red in your programming guide, not to be missed.
Coach T.J. Ewing’s Mustangs were down 7-0 before scoring 63 straight points and concluding the game with a running clock
Access Sacramento’s veteran announcer Will James narrates the highlights.
A full TV replay of Pitman at Monterey Trail can be seen Sat. Nov. 10 at 11 a.m., Sun. Nov. 11 at 3 a.m., Tues. Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., Wed. Nov. 12. at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Nov. 13 at 3 a.m. Watch in Sacramento County on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-verse channel 14 or streaming from AccessSacramento.org. The game can be seen as Video on Demand from the NFHSnetwork.com.
Monterey Trail will host Oak Ridge next Friday, while the Folsom Bulldogs host St. Mary’s of Stockton for the CIF-SJS D-1 Semi-finals.
In a battle of running games, the Sheldon Huskies defeated the Modesto Panthers 27-14 in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D-1 football playoffs on Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week.
Sheldon running back Tyrell Smith ran for three touchdowns of 7, 30 and 70 yards in leading the Huskies scoring. In all, Smith carried the ball 19 times for 192 yards.
A pair of Modesto running backs gained the bulk of the Panthers yardage. Zaire Eugene carried 21 times for 114 yards and Daeveon Graves rushed 16 times for 88 yards and both of Modesto’s touchdowns.
The Sheldon Huskies, now 10-1 overall, advance to the CIF quarter finals Nov. 9 against St. Mary’s of Stockton. The Modesto Panthers finish with a 5-6 record.
Access Sacramento’s Wlll James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
The full TV replays of the game on cable TV with live streaming are on Sat. Nov. 3 at 11 a.m., Sun. Nov. 4 at 3 a.m., Tues. Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., Wed. Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. and Thurs. Nov. 8 at 3 a.m.
Watch in Sacramento County on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17 and AT&T U-verse Channel 14 [Channel 99 in Modesto], and streaming from AccessSacramento.org.
Access Sacramento Game of the Week coverage of the CIF Quarter finals Nov. 9 will be announced Mon. Nov. 5.
All 10 short films will be broadcast including comments after the films from the winning writers on stage during the world premiere red carpet event at the Crest Theatre Oct. 6.
Among the 10, viewers will see writer William Mendoza’s film “Justin Time,” chosen for both the Audience Favorite and the Producers’ Choice Awards.
Other films are: Aldo Cocco’s “Delta Breeze,” Thalia Caraveo’s “The Disappeared,” Romeo Trocino’s “The Engagement Ring,” Judith Plank’s “Escargot,” Ritu Atwal’s “The Gift,” Eric Sanderson’s “The Story of Jane and Jo.” Nathan Reedy’s “Swipe Right,” Amy Lawrence’s “Triple Shot Latte,” and Danya Barrow’s “Tono Sommesso.”
Watch the premiere on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-verse channel 14 or watch from anywhere streaming from AccessSacramento.org.
Multiple playback times are available:
Sunday, November 4th @ 5:00pm
Monday, November 5th @ 9:00am
Tuesday, November 6th @ 1:00am
Saturday, November 24th @ 5:00pm
Sunday, November 25th @ 9:00am
Monday, November 26th @ 1:00am
Friday, November 30th @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 1st @ 11:00am
Sunday, December 2nd @ 3:00am
Sunday, December 23rd @ 5:00pm
Monday, December 24th @ 9:00am
Tuesday, December 25th @ 1:00am
Access Sacramento Executive Director and Film Festival Director Gary Martin emcee’s the event at the Crest Theatre. The world premiere was presented to a sold out audience of 920 attendees.
Following the films, all 10 winning writers are presented with their writing awards, and then specialty awards in acting, directing, cinematography and editing.
Later in the month, the 10 individual films will become available for viewing from AccessLocal.Tv and on Access Sacramento’s YouTube channel.
DVD’s of the complete film set or of the stage show and the films may be ordered for mail delivery by calling the Access Sacramento office at 916-456-8600.
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Modesto Panthers vs. Sheldon Huskies
by Will James
The second season has arrived. It’s the post-season, and playoff time for high school football in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. The expectations are high and the field of teams is daunting, certainly in Division-1 bracket, where the 12-seed Modesto Panthers travels north to clash with 5th-seeded Sheldon Huskies Friday evening in opening-round playoff action on Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week.
This game may be seen at 7 p.m. on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. Online, the game will only be streamed live on the NFHS Network.
In its five victories, Modesto has averaged 40 point-per-game. In their five losses, the Panthers scored just 14 ppg. So, which team will show up Friday at Sheldon to play for a spot in the Quarter-Finals?
That remains to be seen, but what is known, is that Modesto likes to run the football. An imposing corps of Running backs headline the Panthers’ offense. RBs Zaire Eugene (758 yds.) and James Hayes (612 yds.) lead the way, and Daeveon Graves (390 yds.) and Alonzo Rodriguez (305 yds.) pick up the slack. Wide receiver and Kick Return Specialist, Jaquile Ingram is a big play game-breaker.
Meanwhile, Coach Joe Cattolico’s Delta League Champion Huskies (9-1, 5-0) will counter with a rushing attack just as formidable. Tyrell Smith sets the pace with 1328 yds. and 19 TD. Justin Williams (504 yds., 6 TD) and Ladon Johnson (502 yds., 7 TD) round out a versatile, balanced backfield. Receivers Dillon Juniel and Michael Graves are high impact receivers and kick returners.
The burden for both clubs rests on their respective defensive units. Whichever team can slow and contain its opponent to fewer rushing yards should prevail. However, the wild card is the passing game, which generally provides just a meager contribution in the Total Offense category, but may be the ultimate X-Factor that provides the deciding points and winning margin.
Access Sacramento Announcer’s Will James and Jim Dimino call the action with Lauren Goodman on the sidelines for updates and player or coach interviews. Game of the Week is now in its 21st season providing coverage of Sacramento County high school and college athletics.
The Sheldon Huskies defeated the Franklin Wildcats 49-0 to conclude an undefeated 6-0 Delta League run as the regular CIF Sac-Joaquin Section season wrapped up on Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week.
Sheldon’s defense converted three Franklin turnovers into touchdowns and all the score was completed in the first half before a running clock in the 2nd half.
Watch the full TV game replay on Sat. Oct. 27 at 11 a.m., Tues. Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., and Wed. Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. on Access Sacramento. Tune to Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse Channel 14 or watch streaming from AccessSacramento.org.
Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino call the highlights.
The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff brackets will be announced Sun. Oct. 28 at 4pm in a live internet broadcast on the NFHS Network.
Access Sacramento’s Hometown Sports Game of the Week will broadcast the first three weeks of the playoffs and will announce which game has been selected early in the week before each Friday game.
by Will James
Regular-season high school football action in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section concludes this week as contending teams vying for a post-season playoff berth are going to the whip as they charge down the home stretch.
This 7:00 pm game 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 accesssacramento.org and the NFHS Network.
Any urgency or stress leading up to Friday’s final is unnecessary because the immediate football future for both teams has already been determined; futures that represent both ends of the spectrum.
Host Franklin, under new Head Coach, Evan Boylan, has endured a not-so-predictable slump in the wake of former Head Coach, Mike Johnson’s retirement from coaching. The extent of this slump is represented in the team’s 2-7 overall record, and just a 1-4 mark in Delta League play; a record far from Franklin’s customary excellence that had registered post-season appearances in 10 of the previous 11 seasons under Johnson.
Nevertheless, the Wildcats will bring their best effort Friday evening vs. Delta League Champion, Sheldon. Junior QB Brandon Rundgren has passed for 1297 yards with 50% accuracy and delivered 8 TD passes, but has also thrown 12 interceptions.
Junior RBs Josiah Allen and Jamari Harrison headline the running game. They have collectively rushed for nearly 1000 yards with better than a 5-yard average. Wide receivers Michael Hardey and Sheldon Smith have combined for 51 receptions, nearly 900 yards, and six TDs.
Linebackers Reagan Fonbuena and Elijah Cardenas are the teams top tacklers, registering 123 stops between them, and Senior DE, Alon Dorsey, is a leader on the defensive line, totaling 31 tackles and 4 sacks.
In extreme contrast to the Wildcats, Joe Cattolico‘s Sheldon Huskies have once again had another excellent season, clinching the tough Delta League championship with a clutch 27-21 OT victory over Jesuit last week.
Senior QB Francisco Salinas calls signals and has fired 8 TD passes; generally deferring to a trio of excellent RBs. Senior, Tyrell Smith, tops this group with 1195 yards and 17 TD. Together, Justin Williams and Ladon Johnson have combined for more than 900 yards and another 13 TD for the Huskies’ run heavy offense. Dillon Juniel and Michael Graves are excellent receivers, having teamed for 5 TDs.
Though this game appears one-sided in all regards, this perceived mismatch may become quite compelling depending on the intensity and effort presented by the underdog Wildcats. We shall see.