Forty-eight minutes of football in a mid-sized Sacramento suburb reverberated throughout the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Sacramento High upended section No. 1, and state no. 8 Folsom 32-27 on Friday, ending the Bulldogs’ 48-game regular-season winning streak, and 52-game winning streak against in-section competition.
About an hour south, at Sanguinetti Field in Stockton, St. Mary’s easily dispatched of Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks 42-20 – in a game the Rams led 35-0.
With that, St. Mary’s launched to No. 1 in both Cal-Hi Sports' and Prep2Prep Sports' section Top 25 hierarchies, followed by No. 2 and defending state champion Loomis Del-Oro. St. Mary’s can validate its section ranking and make a statement for a rise in the Northern California pecking order this Friday at Whittier College. The Rams face Bellflower-St. John Bosco, ranked No. 10 in the nation by USA TODAY.
Should St. Mary’s even push Bosco, the alma mater of UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, it could present a case for being top dog in Northern California. The same night Folsom lost to Sacramento, Concord-De La Salle fell to Utah’s second-ranked team, East of Salt Lake City.
Keep in mind, though, that De La Salle has won 273 consecutive games against Northern California teams.
St. Mary’s (4-0) has Bosco on Friday, a bye on Sept. 30 and opens Tri-City Athletic League play on Oct. 7 by hosting Tokay.
Sacramento's victory could bode well for another area team in Manteca. The Dragons play in the Division II Metro League, and should they become league champions, they'd be forced to play Division II in the postseason via section rules. If Sacramento (which has a Division III-sized enrollment), and Sacramento-Inderkum (which has grown to a Division II size) both be in Div. II, Manteca (3-0) has a better chance at a Div. III title run.
Inderkum routed the Buffaloes in last season's Div. III quarterfinals, but now has a student body of nearly 1,900.
Lathrop nearly shocks section
A week after losing to Hilmar (a Division VI-sized school), Lathrop had no reason to be ashamed. The Yellowjackets are for real, after all, as a section finalist from a year ago who stuck with powerful Sonora on Friday.
But Lathrop pushed Elk Grove-Franklin to the limit, nearly stunning a team with seven consecutive winning seasons out of the brutal Delta League.
Lathrop lost 38-32 after taking multiple first-half leads. Second-year coach Joe Pirillo has been direct about hardening the Spartans’ schedule, and Valley Oak League play is here to reap the benefits.
East Union (3-0) hosts Lathrop (1-2) at 7 p.m. Friday at Dino Cunial Field in Manteca. Lathrop blanked East Union 35-0 last September.
Bret Harte, Tokay, Tracy rolling
Bret Harte has quietly cruised into Mother Lode League play.
The Bullfrogs are 10-1, 2-0 in the MLL and ranked No. 170 in the state via MaxPreps’ computer rankings. Bret Harte has beaten Ripon Christian and larger schools like Patterson, Modesto-Downey and Chavez. Chavez is the reigning San Joaquin Athletic Association co-champion with Bear Creek, and figures to contend again. Bullfrogs junior Katie Juarez is on a torrid place, and has delivered 128 kills.
Tokay (11-6) has a steep uphill ahead, facing the three-headed TCAL monster of Lincoln, Tracy and St. Mary’s twice each. But the Tigers have won four consecutive matches, all via sweeps, of Pioneer-Woodland, Escalon, Ripon Christian, Chavez and Elliot Christian.
Tracy (13-1) hasn’t missed a step after reaching last year’s Division I semifinals, and hasn’t lost to a Sac-Joaquin Section squad yet. The Bulldogs don’t have the height or explosiveness that traditional NorCal powers do, but rely on the ultra-versatile Hannah Presley and dependable libero Chelsey Eddy Berry: both seniors.
Tracy is ranked No. 26 in the state by MaxPreps.
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