by Will James
Hometown Sports

With semi-final round games highlighting the local post-season football menu, the Sacramento area high school playoffs are rounding the far turn and charging down the home stretch.

In the bottom end of the rugged Division II bracket, the undefeated 2nd-seed Antelope Titans will host 3rd-seed Rocklin Thunder Friday evening in a highly anticipated battle with a ticket to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship game at stake.

Access Sacramento's Will James and CIF Hall of Famer Coach Jim Dimino last week at Antelope High School's Titan Stadium

Access Sacramento’s Will James and CIF Hall of Famer Coach Jim Dimino last week at Antelope High School’s Titan Stadium.

Access Sacramento’s live telecast of this game may be seen on Comcast channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14; and through its playoff partnership with the NFHS Network.

Head Coach Greg Benzel‘s Thunder (9-3, 4-2) arrive in the semi-finals after pounding an excellent Del Campo team, 42-6.  All three Rocklin losses have come against highly ranked Whitney, Oak Ridge, and #1 Folsom; and all three losses have been on the road.

The Thunder’s potent offense is guided by QB William Floyd who’s passed for better than 2,000 yards and 22 TDs including seven of them to his favorite target, TE Wesley Preece.  Three-year starter Evyn Holtz has rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 26 TDs.

Rocklin’s secondary highlights a rock-solid defense.  DBs Trey Overton, Evan Michalet, and Devin Dacosta have combined for ten interceptions and 140 tackles.

Head Coach Matt Ray‘s Titans (12-0, 7-0) reached the semi-final round after putting the clamps on high-scoring Sacramento, downing the Dragons 31-24 with impressive pass coverage and timely scoring.

Temple-bound QB Montel Aaron has also passed for more than 2,000 yards along with 26 TDs, finding WRs Ryan McCombs, Davaeon Johnson, and Logan Paulson for 91 receptions and 22 scores.  The tandem of Devaughn Silver and Elijah Dotson have collectively rushed for better than 2,500 yards and 27 TDs.

DB Johnson and LBs Donte McAfee and Khanii Lesane have combined for 250 tackles for a rampaging Titans defense that has collected 29 sacks including 6.5 by DE Curtis Borders.

Make every effort to watch this game.  Whichever team prevails will will face the winner of the #5 Del Oro vs. #9 Granite Bay contest the following weekend at Sacramento State.