by Will James
Hometown Sports
Nearly a year ago to the day, the Antelope Titans and Del Campo Cougars hooked-up in a wild Capital Valley Conference game that saw Antelope snatch a remarkable come-from-behind upset bid by Del Campo, with a dramatic 31-29 victory on Isaiah Gomez‘s 41-yard field goal with less then two minutes remaining.  

Antelope’s Garrett Chapman takes a 36-yard pass from Nick Spagnola for a touchdown vs. Del Campo in 2016.

The Titans’ desperation drive to set up the winning points followed a crazy, slapstick-like sequence of confused Antelope players scrambling on and off the field trying to determine which play to run and which formation to assemble.  This gridiron comedy took nearly a full minute for the Titans to finally line-up for Gomez’ deciding field goal.

The wild finish, and the Cougars’ hard feelings over the disputed conclusion of last year’s game, sets the stage for Friday’s long-awaited re-match featured on Access Sacramento‘s Home Town Sports Game-of-the-Week.  This live telecast beginning at 7:00 pm, 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.
The outcome of this contest will likely decide the CVC championship; a distinction that visiting Antelope has claimed for the past two seasons during a streak that has seen the Titans compile an impressive 21 consecutive CVC victories.

Antelope Head Football Coach Matt Ray (Courtesy: Superintendent’s Blog)

Antelope Head Coach, Matt Ray, brings his Titans into Cougar Canyon Friday evening where Homecoming Night for the Cougars will add further spice to this heated rivalry set to unfold in Fair Oaks.

The Titans’ offense guided by Junior QB, Nathan Lucero, is powered by the rushing tandem of Moses Paul (846 yds., 10 TD) and Mhari Roberts (615 yds., 7 TD).  Leading receiver, Gabe Thomas, has averaged 16 yards on 17 receptions including 2 TD.
On defense, DB Thomas is the Titans’ leading tackler, along with DE Carter Sullivan and DB, Andres Mendoza.

Del Campo Head Football Coach Mike Dimino. Photo Courtesy: Fair Oaks

On the flip side, Del Campo Head Coach, Mike Dimino, boasts an offense averaging 43 ppg.  Senior QB Tyler Dimino leads the attack, connecting on a 72% completion rate good for better than 1300 yards and 21 TD.  The trio of WRs Trevor Brouhns, Marshaun Hunter, and David Joseph have collected 61 receptions for more than 1700 yards and 19 TD.  Standout RBs Greg Cabral and Levi Markey have combined for better than 1500 yards and 15 TD.  

The Del Campo defense, which yields a mere 6 ppg., is sparked by leading tacklers Hunter, DL Ernie Miranda, and LB Markey, and a heavy pass rush that has accumulated 30 sacks.
This game figures to be a fierce, intensely-fought contest that will be played before a standing room only crowd.  Better fasten your seat belts for this battle that will no doubt inflict a bumpy ride.