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Heinz-sight: Exciting times

By From page A6 | November 25, 2013

Jerry Heinzer

There’s a possibility our county could claim two section football titles this fall.

Golden Sierra’s already in its Division V final while Oak Ridge needs a victory in its D-I semifinal against Pleasant Grove to get there.

Pretty exciting.

It’s a grind getting to the end.

Ask the Grizzlies whose bus ride to Mariposa last Friday took four hours, five if you throw in the stop to eat. It’s safe to say after an overtime victory, the return trip probably didn’t feel as long.

Golden Sierra left its campus at just after noon time and arrived back at 3 a.m. Thankfully, Highway 49 and the sheer brutality of its twists and turns was avoided — denying Mariposa a distinct advantage when used by visiting teams.

It’s well known that the Trojans play in probably the toughest division in the greater Sacramento area. If you lean on the fact that one Delta River League opponent, Folsom, regularly plays for state titles, it could be the best statewide.

Come postseason time, the road doesn’t isn’t easier as the final four teams standing — Oak Ridge, Folsom, Jesuit and Pleasant Grove — all hail from the DRL.

With Granite Bay out of the picture, Troy is on a collision course to see Folsom again should both win once more.

Can’t get better than that.

While discussing good seasons, let’s not forget El Dorado. While the Cougars lost their playoff opener, they played like contenders for most of three quarters and scared the hell out of the No. 1 seed.

You could argue that El Dorado’s performance softened up American Canyon — at the very least exposed its shortcomings — to the point of diminishing the team’s unappreciated swagger. They’re now on winter vacation after losing to Christian Brothers last Friday … not completely unexpected by anyone watching the opening round game.

It’ll be another battle this weekend for both Golden Sierra and Oak Ridge.

The Trojans take the field first with Friday’s second home encounter with Pleasant Grove while the Grizzlies see La Grand Saturday at Lodi’s Grape Bowl. Saturday is also the CIF State Cross Country finals.

It’s been said that turkey can make one tired. If true, both Golden Sierra, Oak Ridge and the harriers, with big games/races on the horizon, might want to limit the Thanksgiving intake.

And … send all leftovers to the opposition’s locker room (s).

Jerry Heinzer

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