by Will James
The stage is set for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section‘s first classic battle of the high school football season this week as top-ranked Folsom plays host to No. 8 Del Oro Friday evening in an intriguing Sierra Foothill League match-up of two premiere powerhouses in the region.
Access Sacramento‘s live telecast of this colossal mid-season confrontation is the Hometown Sports Game of the Week, and may be seen on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14, and on the Internet at AccessSacramento.org.Despite the graduation loss of record-setting quarterback, Jake Browning — a freshman starting QB this year at the University of Washington — Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor‘s defending D-1 CIF state champion and undefeated Bulldogs haven’t missed a beat. They have re-loaded with converted wide receiver Jake Jeffrey at quarterback and carry a state-best 37-game winning streak and 5-0 mark into the contest.
The Folsom offense remains potent, as Jeffrey has passed for nearly 1300 yards and 16 touchdowns, while running backs Tre Green and Roger Neal have collectively rambled for almost 500 yards and nine touchdowns.
Casey Taylor‘s invading Golden Eagles are likely the best 2-2 team in Northern California, having lost to Hawaii’s perennial top team, Punahou of Honolulu, by seven points, and NorCal heavyweight, Bellarmine Prep of San Jose by three points. The Eagles two victories have been by a combine score of 97-10.Del Oro also brings impressive star power into the fracas. Junior quarterback, Stone Smartt has passed for nearly 800 yards and six touchdowns. His key targets are highly regarded wide receivers Trey Udoffia and Mason Hurst who have combined for 26 catches, accounting for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns.
The Eagles’ balanced offense includes depth in their rushing corps featuring Dalton Gee. The junior running back has scampered for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns.
Hurst also stars on defense. The junior two-way starter has intercepted five passes in the four games, while linebacker John Spencer has logged four and a half sacks.
This marquee match-up will definitely draw a sell-out crowd to Prairie City Stadium. If you don’t arrive early enough to secure a seat or scramble for standing room, tune-in to the telecast and enjoy the show. It’s sure to register a lofty figure on the Richter Scale.