by Will James 

Hometown Sports 

The high school football season has moved into Week-Nine.  Determining league championships in some cases are foregone conclusions, while in others, championships won’t be determined until the Week-Ten results are officially completed.

The Delta League contains seven teams, five of which are found in the latest Dimino’s Dozen Weekly Rankings.  The three front-runners — Elk Grove, Cosumnes Oaks, and Davis — have each sustained just one league loss.  With just two weeks remaining in the regular-season this Delta League log-jam will be partially sorted out Friday evening when Elk Grove (4-1, 6-2) squares off with Cosumnes Oaks (3-1, 6-2).

Access Sacramento will televise this pivotal, high profile game on the Hometown Sports Game of the Week.  The live telecast begins at 7:00 pm and may be seen in Sacramento County on Comcast or Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.  The game will also be streamed live from and on the NFHS Network.

Following a 4-7 season in 2018, first-year Head Coach, Andrew Bettencourt, has admirably guided  the Wolfpack back to higher standing with Junior Quarterback Anthony Grigsby at the helm.  Grigsby’s passing to Wide Receiverss Ishmael Rehberg, Brandon Jennings, and Mikaiah Stephenson, and major production from Running Back Christian Ridgeway have boosted the ‘Pack scoring average to 32 points per game.

Rampaging sack leader, Defensive End Tristan Weaver, Linebacker Justin Thibeaux, and ball hawking Defensive Back Rehberg, lead an aggressive Wolfpack defense.

Meanwhile, third-year head coach, John Heffernan, has Elk Grove’s vaunted Triple Option humming smoothly, lambasting opponents to the tune of 50 points per game.  Diminutive Quarterback Carter Harris, regulates the 3-OP Offense on a high level, with Running Backs Damian Allen, Tre’von Frazier, and Hunter Hall taking frequent turns hitting pay dirt.

Linebackers Jack Spithorst and Kade Jordan, and Defensive Backs Nick Woolstencroft and Khalani Riddick are key standouts for a defensive unit allowing fewer than 20 points per game.

This marquee match-up figures to be a major brawl, featuring abundant scoring and highlighted by a ton of exciting big-play thrills in a game not to be missed.