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Football: Ponderosa gets needed victory

ROSEVILLE — Some nights all cylinders are firing. Others it’s just a struggle to score. But big plays, defensive lapses and a myriad of penalties took a bit of the shine off for Ponderosa in Friday night’s 41-12 Capital Valley Conference win over Oakmont. “We played well in stretches tonight, but we were not very crisp […]

Golden Sierra runs out of time

SACRAMENTO — Trailing by 8 points and 99 yards away from the end zone with under three minutes left, a 22-yard run by Golden Sierra’s Brenden Nutt and a Nathan Anderson-to-Dominic Chamberlain 27-yard pass got the Grizzlies to the Bradshaw Christian 32 before the Pride’s Grant Dragmire sealed the home team’s Sierra Delta League 36-28 […]

D’backs falter in fourth

SACRAMENTO — All coaches preach that winning takes four full quarters of football and mistakes at the wrong time usually cost the game. Friday at Rosemont High after taking what seemed like control of the game with just under nine minutes to go, visiting Union Mine watched as the Wolverines rallied from a dozen points down […]

Grizzlies can’t catch Le Grand

Golden Sierra’s fourth quarter drive for a title ends 30 yards short LODI — On paper, the Golden Sierra-Le Grand Sac Joaquin Section Division V matchup for the section championship seemed mismatched. The Bulldogs, sporting a perfect 11-0 record, had outscored foes 512-91 while the Grizzlies had lost their first four games before rallying and […]

Football: Golden Sierra keep Delhi Hawks grounded

GARDEN VALLEY — If there was any doubt whether the Golden Sierra Grizzlies and their five regular season wins warranted a playoff spot, it was quickly and quietly erased as the host Grizzlies cruised to a 51-0 win over the Delhi Hawks to open the CIF Sac-Jouquin Section Division V playoffs Friday. “We wanted to […]

Oak Ridge puts in Saturday overtime

CARMICHAEL — Down 42-21 at the half Saturday, Oak Ridge’s coaching staff went to work. The challenge? Slow down the Jesuit ground game — the one that had shredded the Trojan defense for 420 yards and six first-half touchdowns. The Trojan defense came alive in the second half, holding host Jesuit scoreless while rallying to […]

Cougars rush to win over D’backs

EL DORADO — The Gold Nugget has a new home. Fueled by 264 yards rushing and several big scoring runs, the El Dorado Cougars scored just their second win in the series, beating the host Union Mine Diamondbacks 34-20 Friday. “It’s great to bring the trophy back,” El Dorado coach Joseph Volek said. “Hats off […]

Oak Ridge puts the kibosh to Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Visiting Oak Ridge turned in solid performances on both sides of the ball Friday and blanked Ponderosa 41-0 in Delta River League football action before a packed crowd. Troys’ victory marked the end of the Trojan-Bruin rivalry dating back to the early 80s. With lots of pregame and halftime festivities, it was […]

Grizzlies hurt by Pride

GARDEN VALLEY — If Friday night’s game against Bradshaw Christian is an indication how the rest of the Sierra Delta League campaign goes, then it’s every-team-will-gun-to-dethrone defending league champion Golden Sierra as the Pride did behind three, quick first quarter scores that helped lead to a 42-7 win. “Thats one real good, well-coached team over […]

Bruins fall to 10th-ranked Rio Linda

RIO LINDA — When the defense gives up just seven points it’s usually enough to carry a team to victory. For Ponderosa Friday, it wasn’t the case as host Rio Linda utilized a kickoff and interception return for scores to down the previously unbeaten Bruins 21-7. “Tonight was a night of missed opportunities,” said Ponderosa […]

Grizzlies rammed by Casa

ORANGEVALE — Host Casa Roble shut out visiting Golden Sierra Friday night, blanking the Grizzlies 40-0 to grop them to 0-4 on the preseason. Despite the loss, Golden Sierra head coach John Hilton turned his attention to Sierra Delta League play that opens for the Griz in two weeks. “We can take away from tonight […]

Trojans use big plays to silence Thunder

EL DORADO HILLS — Squaring off the last time as non league opponents, the Oak Ridge Trojans and Rocklin Thunder football teams treated fans to a preview of a typical Sierra Foothill League game next year — plenty of offense, key defensive stops and down to the wire action. Oak Ridge made the final big plays, […]

Diamondbacks stumble out of the gate

SACRAMENTO — If Friday night’s matchup against El Camino was a measuring stick for Union Mine and how its season will be, the answer is there’s no where to go but up. Up against a Sac Joaquin playoff team from last season, the visiting Diamondbacks fell behind early en route to a 49-6 season opening […]

Grizzlies’ win makes school history

6-0 in league GARDEN VALLEY — Under a chill and low fog that made for a perfect night for football in Garden Valley Friday, host Golden Sierra managed to do what no other team Grizzly had done before — finish undeafeated in league after its 37-0 win over San Juan. The victory enabled the Grizzlies […]

Oak Ridge overcomes slow start, Eagles

SACRAMENTO — Dominating … on both sides of the ball. Rallying from an early 12-0 hole, visiting Oak Ridge ran and threw all over host Pleasant Grove for a 38-19 win to put itself in position for a possible Delta River League title. For a team known to throw the ball at will, it was […]

Grizzlies take ‘Pride’ in win

ELK GROVE — The last few seasons the road to the Sierra Delta League title went through Bradshaw Christian but after Friday’s 28-14 road win by Golden Sierra, the Grizzlies find themselves in front with a 2-0 record. “Bradshaw (Christian) has been a league power and we as coaches really talked to the kids about […]

Turnovers cost Golden Sierra

GARDEN VALLEY — Tied up at 7-all, visiting Rio Americano took advantage of two key defensive stops to pull out a 28-7 road win over host Golden Sierra Friday. “Tonight was probably our best offensive game, moving the ball-wise,” Grizzly coach John Hilton said. “We put ourselves in a few tough situations and we just […]

D’backs drop key game to Vista’s Eagles

FOLSOM — In a game featuring the state’s second-leading rusher in Union Mine’s Sean Tow and the prolific pass-catch combo of Vista del Lago’s Anthony Young and Logan Smith, it was no secret that both teams fielded dangerous offense threats. Ironically, it was a defensive stand that turned the outcome of Friday’s game as the […]

Trojans prevail in intra-county clash with Bruins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — It’s a game both teams look toward each season. Friday night, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge continued their intra-county football rivalry and for the first half, it was a defensive gem. The Trojans only mustered a seven-point halftime lead but the second half was a different story as Oak Ridge got its offense […]

Turnovers spoil Trojans’ Homecoming date with Sheldon

EL DORADO HILLS —  Sometimes numbers are deceiving. When a team has seven turnovers, the final score is usually a runaway. Not so Friday. Amid momentum swings and big plays, host Oak Ridge stayed within striking distance of a win but unfortunately the Trojans’ last-minute drive ended with their final turnover of the night — […]

D’backs overcome two-touchdown deficit only to fall 39-38

EL DORADO — Trailing by a point to host Union Mine with 25 seconds left in Friday night’s game after the Hawks had scored a late touchdown, Liberty Ranch coach Anthony Linebaugh decided to go for the two-point conversion looking for a win instead of a tie. After Diamondback and officials’ timeouts, Liberty Ranch converted […]

Grizzly football returns to the win column

GARDEN VALLEY — After two straight road losses, Golden Sierra High’s football team returned to the Griz Dome Friday and with the home crowd at its back, did what it has done best on the home turf — win. Behind a resurgent ground game, the Grizzlies held on for a 17-6 Sierra Delta League victory […]

Del Oro’s might proves too much for Trojans

LOOMIS — For the first three quarters of Friday night’s big Oak Ridge-Del Oro preseason showdown, it looked like the team who had the football last would emerge the winner. After opening the fourth quarter with a scoring drive to close within a touchdown, the undefeated Trojans looked poised to rally. Instead, it was the […]

Bear River’s fast start buries Grizzlies

LAKE OF THE PINES — Sometimes there are nights things just don’t go your way. The Golden Sierra football team and head coach, John Hilton, had one of those nights Friday. Host Bear River scored quickly, finding the end zone on its first four possessions, to run away with the nonleague matchup of longtime rivals […]

Ponderosa football still stuck at the start line

GRASS VALLEY —  It played out like a well-written Hollywood script — for the home team. First drive goes six plays for a score. After a three-and-out on defense, a punt return gives the offense a short field. Offense scores again to go up by two touchdowns. On the ensuing kickoff, the kicking team recovers […]

Oak Ridge defeats rival Vista 33-22 to start season

Special teams’ play factors into outcome EL DORADO HILLS — Friday night’s Oak Ridge High-Vista del Lago football game to kick off the season featured just about all that could go right — and wrong — on a football field: Two tantalizing kickoff returns for touchdowns; several long passes going for scores; defenses that came […]

Union Mine suffers first defeat

Missed opportunities spoil D’backs’ perfect season EL DORADO — When the Union Mine High Diamondbacks and Vista Del Lago Eagles jogged back on the field for the second half Friday, a non-working scoreboard showed neither with points. Ironically, that was also the halftime score. As both team’s defenses took the spotlight, it was the Eagle […]

Trojans shake off opening defeat with big win over Pondo

Mother Lode News correspondent Both the Oak Ridge High Trojans and Ponderosa Bruins needed a win Friday night in their Delta River League match up. The Trojans looked to rebound from their setback against Sheldon to keep pace with Folsom and Pleasant Grove while Ponderosa hoped to end a three-game losing streak and notch its […]

Troy run blitzes Bruins

Democrat correspondent EL DORADO HILLS Ñ Both the Oak Ridge High Trojans and Ponderosa Bruins needed a win Friday night in their Delta River League match up. The Trojans looked to rebound from their setback against Sheldon to keep pace with Folsom and Pleasant Grove while Ponderosa hoped to end a three-game losing streak and […]

Golden Sierra’s all isn’t enough

Democrat correspondent GARDEN VALLEY Ñ Despite being out-gained and out-manned Friday, the Golden Sierra High Grizzlies still managed to give the visiting Highlands Scots everything their 16-man roster could muster Ñ at least for the first half anyway. Despite taking an early six-point lead and trailing just 16 at the half, the Grizzlies couldnÕt keep […]

Matanane rushes for 215 for Trojan win over Del Oro

Mother Lode News correspondent EL DORADO HILLS Ñ Two programs rich in tradition met Friday night to renew a rivalry and bring a former alumni head coach back to town. For the Oak Ridge High Trojans, a win over the visiting Del Oro Eagles would be its second over a foe from the vaunted Sierra […]

Oak Ridge football takes down Golden Eagles

Democrat correspondent EL DORADO HILLS Ñ Two programs rich in tradition met Friday night to renew a rivalry and bring a former alumni head coach back to town. For the Oak Ridge High Trojans, a win over the visiting Del Oro Eagles would be its second over a foe from the vaunted Sierra Foothill League. […]

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