by Will James
Home Town Sports
Several prime points of interest are swirling around the most provocative high school football game in the entire CIF Sac-Joaquin Section this week; the uniquely majestic clash between #9 Grant and #10 Capital Christian.
So attractive is this marquee match-up, that Access Sacramento is launching its 20th year of Hometown Sports Game-of-the-Week football coverage with this spicy contest, Friday evening, Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m.
This live telecast may be seen on Comcast channel 17, Consolidated Communications channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14. The game will also be streamed on the NFHS Network and at AccessSacramento.org.
This game is an intriguing eye-catcher because of the elite stature and the amazing careers of the opposing head coaches. Grant’s, Mike Alberghini, begins his 27th year at the Pacers’ helm, having headed the D-1 and D-2 fields with dynasty-like domination.Alberghini is in quest of a remarkable 27th consecutive year guiding Grant to the post-season. The Pacers have compiled seven CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Titles, and are the first SJS team to capture a CIF State Championship (2008), but enter play at 1-1, having lost a season’s opener (24-14 to Rocklin) for the first time in ten years and just twice in more than 25 years.
On the flip side, Casey Taylor takes over as Head Coach at Capital Christian after a brilliant 15-year stint at Del Oro that produced 6 SJS Championships, 3 NorCal Regional Championships, 3 appearances as a State Finalist, and a CIF State Championship on the D-1 and D-2 levels.
Grant’s presence and style as not changed in the Alberghini era. The Pacers have consistently fielded offensive and defensive lines that average better then 300 pounds to clear the way for a brigade of flashy speed backs. Defensively, the Pacers deploy fast, hard-hitters in the linebacker corps and secondary. None of this has changed, but it remains to be seen whether the vaunted Pacers have slipped more than a wee bit.
Casey Taylor brought winning tradition to Capital Christian, and expectations are high. Even so, to what degree, if any, are Taylor’s Cougars actually expected to defeat Grant? A daunting monumental challenge. We shall see. Former standout Whitney QB Jake Cruz takes the tiller for the Cougars’ maiden voyage with Casey Taylor plotting the course.
A capacity crowd of standing room magnitude is anticipated to fuel the fire beneath a classic coaches confrontation in a first-ever team match-up that features extra portions of answers to key questions.
Repeat broadcasts of the Grant at Capital Christian may be seen Sat. Sept. 9 at 11 a.m., Tues. Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., and Wed. Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Video on Demand is available from the NFHS Network at Access Sacramento.org.