Category Archives: High school football

St. Mary’s football ranked No. 6 in state

The final high school football state rankings from Cal-Hi Sports are here. St. Mary’s has jumped to No. 6, from No. 7, after beating Oakley-Freedom 49-40 in the CIF NorCal Division 1-AA bowl on Friday in Stockton. The Rams’ state finals opponent, San Diego-Cathedral Catholic (14-0), has jumped to No. 5 from No. 6. St. [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Rancho Christian Eagles

The Amador football team’s unreal journey has one final step: a state championship game. Amador (14-1) faces Temecula-Rancho Christian in the CIF Division 6-AA final at 6 p.m. Saturday at Murrieta Mesa High in Murrieta. That’s about a 460-mile drive via car from Sutter Creek. Rancho Christian has a strong coach, and a team that’s [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Cathedral Catholic Dons

Eight years have come and gone since San Diego-Cathedral Catholic ended the St. Mary’s football team’s season in heartbreak. The Dons edged the Rams 37-34 in the CIF State Division II championship game in December 2008 in Carson. Leading that team was Tyler Gaffney, a future Stanford star and current New England Patriots practice squad [...]

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St. Mary’s football ranked seventh in state

  This St. Mary’s football team might just be the best edition of the Rams in their 88 years of existence. St. Mary’s hammered Folsom 56-25 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game. Not only was it the second-most points scored in a Division I final, but Folsom was a four-time defending section champion. [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: St. Patrick-St. Vincent Bruins

The Brookside Christian football team is one victory away from its second state finals appearance, and first since 2010. Brookside Christian (9-4), which is on an eight-game winning streak, faces St. Patrick-St. Vincent at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road in Vallejo in the CIF NorCal Division 6-A bowl game. My “Know Thine Enemy” blog [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Mendota Aztecs

The dream continues for the Amador football team. Before this season, the 105-year-old high school had never seen a Sac-Joaquin Section championship on the gridiron. Now, Amador is the host school in the CIF NorCal Division 6-AA bowl game, against Mendota of the Central Section at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Calaveras High in San Andreas. [...]

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Prep Football Predictions: Championship Edition

My worst week of football predictions came right smack dab in the middle of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Talk about the opposite of clutch, I’m becoming the Buffalo Bills of NorCal sports writers. Yet I digress. The No. 2 St. Mary’s football team battles No. 1 Folsom for the section’s Division I crown at 6 [...]

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X-Factors Championship Edition: St. Mary’s vs. Folsom

Sports’ fans dreams usually fall apart before they happen. For example: the No. 1-seeded Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys will NOT meet in the Super Bowl. It’ll be the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. However, it has happened on the high school level, in a dream rematch from a dramatic, cinematic, apocalyptic Sac-Joaquin Section [...]

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Know Thine Enemy: Folsom Bulldogs

The stage is set for one of the most fascinating Sac-Joaquin Section football games in recent memory. No. 1 Folsom (12-1) and No. 2 St. Mary’s (12-1) lock horns in the Division I title game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium. Folsom broke green-and-white hearts last November, taking a Division I semifinal [...]

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Player of the Game: Tre Jenkins III

Tre Jenkins III showed just how versatile he and the Rams could be. Jenkins, a junior on a very senior-heavy team, nabbed two interceptions (one of them SportsCenter worthy) with a fumble recovery and sizable return as the No. 2 St. Mary’s football team hammered seventh-seeded Turlock-Pitman 44-7 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinal [...]

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