By Will James
Home Town Sports
A provocative non-league football match-up is highlighted this week on Access Sacramento‘s sports menu. Host El Camino will have its hands full against resurgent Sacramento High School in Friday’s Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week.
Watch the game on Access Sacramento on Comcast and Consolidated Communications (SureWest) Cable channel 17 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. The game is also streamed live on the web from www.AccessSacramento.org Push Watch TV-17. Will James, Jim Dimino and Rick Stewart call the action.
The 11th-ranked Dragons enter the 2014 campaign brimming with residual confidence following their finest (11-3) season. Head Coach Paul Doherty will again unleash an explosive offense that fueled Sac’s drive to the SJS D-3 title game. The Dragons remain as one of the area’s top attractions, and an imposing force that may wrestle the Metro League crown away from Burbank. Only top-ranked Folsom boasts a more prolific aerial arsenal.
Flashy QB Caden Voges, who passed for school records of 4351 yards and 47 touchdowns as a sophomore, returns as the trigger man of the Dragons’ spread offense. Voges will distribute the firepower among an experienced battalion of exciting playmakers featuring 2-way starters Lonny Powell and Kyron Basped.
El Camino, however, has other ideas about the baptism of their new field. The 19-ranked Eagles enter the season significantly improved, giving Head Coach Adam Reinking good reason to believe the Eagles will contend for the CVC title and return to the SJS playoffs after falling short last season.
RB’s Kijana Zigler and Maleek Stewart spark El Camino’s high scoring offense that keyed the Eagles’ 35-32 season-opening road victory over Rosemont in Week-Zero. LB’s Jim Carter and Ty Harkleload anchor the defensive unit.
This game also provides the Dragons and Eagles with a rare opportunity to open the new season being showcased on an elegant stage. El Camino’s Abbott Field is the most recent of the area’s rejuvenated football stadiums, having undergone its first major face lift since opening in 1950. Upgrades to the venue include a new artificial turf field, a new all-weather track, and various improvements to the stadium facilities.
Ceremonies for the official dedication of the new field and related festivities will precede the opening kickoff. You won’t want to miss this one. It should be quite a party… and quite a battle.
Replays of this game are scheduled for Sat. Sept. 6 at 11 a.m., Sunday Sept. 7 at 3 a.m., Tuesday Sept 9 at 7 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. and Thursday Sept. 11 at 3 a.m.