by Will James
Hometown Sports

The Delta League and Sierra Foothill League have long been considered the elite high school football conferences in the Sacramento area, and throughout the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.  However, two weeks into league play the perilous Capital Valley Conference is rapidly emerging as another of the area’s premiere leagues.

The CVC contains four contending teams — all rated in Dimino’s Dozen and Red Zone Top-20 Rankings this week — and have formed a brutal gauntlet leading toward the finish line and the Capital Valley Conference championship.

Del Campo quarterback Ben Purcell.

Del Campo quarterback Ben Purcell

Two of the three front-runners, No. 8 Cosumnes Oaks and No. 9 Del Campo, are both 2-0 in league play and are set to square-off Friday evening when the visiting Wolfpack invades Fair Oaks to scrap with the host Cougars in an intense skirmish that’s sure to jostle the CVC race.  Both teams are 4-1 overall.

Access Sacramento‘s live telecast Friday of this Hometown Sports Game of the Week may be seen at 7 p.m. on Comcast Cable channel 17, Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14, and on the Internet at

The CVC Fab Four also includes No. 3 Antelope, undefeated at 5-0, and the high-scoring No. 14 Whitney Wildcats.

Under Friday night lights though, center stage belongs to Cosumnes Oaks and Del Campo when there’s sure to be a gridiron war at Cougar Canyon.

The Wolfpack is riding the momentum of a victory over Roseville in their last outing, while the Cougars are coming off their second straight nail-biter.

In its CVC opener, Del Campo prevailed in a wild 64-57 slugfest after an exhausting triple overtime battle with Roseville.  Last week, the Cougars were locked up in another thriller before pulling out a last-minute 30-29 victory against explosive Whitney.

Friday night’s contest boils down to offense vs. defense.  Cougars’ quarterback Ben Purcell has passed for 19 touchdowns and more than 1400 yards for an offense averaging fifty points per game.  In staggering contrast, the Wolfpack defense has limited opponents to less than six points per game.

These teams are on a colossal collision course and something’s got to give.  You’ll want to be tuned-in to see this match-up, which promises to provide high school fans with a tantalizing full-course football feast.