Category Archives: High school football

Know Thine Enemy: Elk Grove Thundering Herd

  It’s hard enough stopping one good running back. But the Elk Grove Thundering Herd football team, the two seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, has three guys that are incredibly difficult to stop in seniors Manny Scott-Anderson, Spencer Sheff and Eltoro Allen (3,037 rushing yards, 43 rushing TDs combined). No. 3 St. [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Granite Bay Grizzlies

It doesn’t get any easier for No. 7 Tracy football. Even after a rousing 48-38 upset of No. 2 Jesuit on the road in Carmichael Saturday afternoon, at a muddy Loyola Field. Tracy gets third-seeded Granite Bay, in its first trip to the section semifinals since the era of coach Wayne Schneider, around 1989 or [...]

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St. Mary’s football bowl potential, state ranking rising

The last thing the Rams want to do is focus on a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship game, or would it would take to qualify for the NorCal Div. I bowl game. Because really, No. 3 St. Mary’s has a semifinal at No. 2 Elk Grove, and the 10-2 Thundering Herd are absolutely no joke. [...]

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Prep Football Helmet Stickers: Playoffs Part II

STEPHEN GUDINO (St. Mary’s WR, Sr.) Gudino, a senior, has really come into his own at the end of this season. Friday, in a 56-14 playoff win over Rocklin, Gudino had four catches for 96 yards, including two TD grabs of 46 and 28 yards from QB Noah Righetti. This kid is fast, he’s ultra-confident [...]

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Stats and Breakdown: St. Mary’s runs past Rocklin in Div. II playoffs

It was supposed to be one of the weekend’s closest games. No. 3 St. Mary’s football had sixth-seeded Rocklin in town Friday in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II quarterfinal. The Thunder were much more than a No. 6, but a Sacramento-area power with 73 players on its roster, big, tall, strong and fast kids and [...]

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Rocklin-St. Mary’s Player of the Game: Stephen Gudino

St. Mary’s football coach Tony Franks says everything the Rams do is geared toward playing their best football in November. That is, when the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs are unfolding. And as Franks also said, St. Mary’s senior wide receiver Stephen Gudino had “epitomized” that train of thought, coming on strong in the season’s second half [...]

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Tracy-Jesuit Player of the Game: Jake Alvarado

Tracy football has a ton of talented players. That’s why they’re in their first Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals in well over 20 years. So choosing a Player of the Game, from the No. 7 Bulldogs’ 48-38 upset of the No. 2 Jesuit Marauders in the Division I quarterfinals, was like pulling teeth. At least three or [...]

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St. Mary’s basketball highly-ranked in Cal-Hi Sports preseason list

St. Mary’s girls basketball was one of Northern California’s best last year, losing in the Open Division NorCal quarterfinals with a ton of underclassmen in tow. Now, the Rams are ranked second in the state and first in NorCal in Cal-Hi Sports’ Preseason Girls Basketball Rankings. St. Mary’s brings in highly-touted freshman Aquira DeCosta, and [...]

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We Meet Again: Tracy, Manteca to see familiar faces in playoffs

One thing’s for sure. Tracy football wants redemption. And Manteca wants to force history into repeating itself. The Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs continue Friday and Saturday, as Divisions I-III are in the quarterfinal stage. No. 4 Manteca, last year’s Div. III champion, hosts No. 5 Sacramento Friday at 7 p.m. — the team it beat 49-6 [...]

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Friday Prep Football Predictions: Playoffs Part II

  If 7-on-7 passing leagues in the spring and summer are the mediocre, appetizer salad of high school football season, then this stage of the playoffs is surely a $50 steak entree. The Sac-Joaquin Section brackets continue Friday and Saturday, with quarterfinals in Divisions I-III and semifinals in Div. IV-VII. Last week, I went 9-1 [...]

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