by Will James
Home Town Sports

Access Sacramento‘s seventh high school football telecast of the season will originate in Elk Grove, where the Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week will focus on a key Delta League clash Friday evening when #2 Grant visits 7th-ranked Monterey Trail.

Grant High School Head Football Coach Mike Alberghini [Courtesy:]

Grant High School Head Football Coach Mike Alberghini [Courtesy:]

Broadcast time for the game is 7 p.m. on Access Sacramento on Comcast and Consolidated Comunications (SureWest) cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse Channel 14, and live streamed on the Internet at

Like the re-energized Sierra Foothill League that boasts five teams ranked among the top-13 in the latest Dimino’s Dozen weekly high school football poll, a two-league consolidation merger has transformed the 8-team Delta League into another “super league”.  Five of the Delta League teams are ranked among the top-8 in the latest Dimino’s Dozen.

Grant Head Coach, Mike Alberghini, in his 24th year at the Pacers helm, is the second winningest coach (trailing only Max Miller) in SJS history with 235 career victories.  He has the Pacers rolling again this season with another dynamic team.  At 6-0, Grant trails only #1 Folsom in the rankings, virtually assuring Alberghini of guiding the Pacers to their 24th consecutive playoff appearance, a SJS record.

Another talented corps of play makers lead the way for Grant, headed by QB Donovan Brown, RB Deshawn Collins, and Ariyon Huff.  LB’s Carl Granderson and Chris Atteberry are among the top tacklers in the area.

Host Monterey Trail was off to its best start at 5-0 before falling to league rival Franklin last week.  Head Coach, T.J. Ewing‘s Mustangs run the deceptive Veer Offense with remarkable efficiency.

Monterey Trail Quarterback E.J. Viacrusis

Monterey Trail Quarterback E.J. Viacrusis [Courtesy]

Crafty QB E.J. Viacrusis is the trigger man, distributing the ball to RB’s Trey Nahhas and Adrian Tellez, and WR’s Jermaine Bell and Andre Flury.  Pedro Pantoja and Neville Bood lead a swarming defense.

Despite and 0-4 record against Grant, Monterey Trail has given the Pacers a fierce battle in the two games played at Monterey Trail’s Macres Stadium, falling by scored of 14-7 and 28-22.  Friday’s encounter in Elk Grove may produce another such thriller.