Del Oro braces for SFL play at Granite Bay Friday

By: Mike Ray
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There have been many times over the recent years where the SFL has come to be known in the Sacramento area as the “Super Football League”.

And, in reality, the hyped-up moniker for the Sierra Foothill League may hold some truth.

As SFL teams brace for the start of league-grid wars this Friday night, no fewer than six of the SFL’s seven team field grace the Sacramento Metro area’s most recent Top 20 poll.

In fact, in order: Folsom, Oak Ridge and Del Oro hold down the top three spots.

In this Friday’s SFL openers, Del Oro visits Granite Bay, Folsom hosts Oak Ridge and Whitney plays at Rocklin.

“I think our kids are ready for the SFL grind,” said Del Oro coach Jeff Walters after his Golden Eagles improved to 4-0 on the season with a 45-18 slaying of Sacramento’s Dragons last Friday.    

According to Walters, the performance let the Golden Eagles put their best foot forward as they gear up for Friday’s huge SFL opener at Granite Bay.

“Yes, I thought the kids played the type of game we need at this point of the season,” said Walters. “Sacramento High is probably the best 0-4 team in the section -- very athletic and explosive. Our guys didn’t bat an eye. They showed a lot of resolve (Friday).”

Last week, the Golden Eagles relied on their ground game. Sheldon Conde piled up rushing touchdowns of 10, 1 and 20 yards. Conde finished the game with a team-high 146 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Johnny Guzman added 37 yards on two carries while Jaden Gravatt, who added a 4-yard six-pointer just before halftime, finished with 25 yards on seven carries.

In the second half, Ryan Whalley booted a 28-yard field goal, and Carson Westlake made the Dragons pay with a 30-yard interception return for another score. Also on defense, Johnny Guzman stood out with two picks of his own.

Charlie Rogers, who snared a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter from Carson Jarratt, led the defense with 10 tackles while Dante Pericin added six and Joshua Moore five.

For Del Oro, the Golden Eagles will enter Friday’s game with Granite Bay facing a rejuvenated Grizzlies team, which has rebounded from two opening losses to win over Jesuit and Vacaville. On Friday, the Grizzlies blasted Vacaville, 31-0.

In the JV game, Del Oro improved to 4-0 on the season with a 44-0 romp over the Dragons. In frosh action Thursday, Del Oro claimed a 14-7 win over Turlock.