Golden Eagles to open season at 'Battle of the Capital'

Del Oro High kicks off its season Saturday against California High
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A tough opening game challenge faces the Del Oro High football team Saturday night when the Golden Eagles tackle California High of Danville in the feature game of the “Battle At The Capital.” Kickoff for the Del Oro-California game is set for 8 p.m. at Folsom High. It will be the fourth game of the day in a slate that also features Sacred Heart of San Francisco vs. Franklin of Elk Grove at 11 a.m., Pittsburgh vs. Granite Bay at 2 p.m., and Central Catholic vs. Cardinal Newman at 5 p.m. Del Oro coach Casey Taylor sent his charges through their final game-like preparations with scrimmages last week against Oak Ridge and Casa Roble. “It was a good week for us,” said Taylor. “We started a little slow against Oak Ridge but I thought we finished strong and I felt that we played very well against Casa.” Taylor noted that despite a few bumps and bruises, the Golden Eagles came out of the two scrums healthy. “We have a few nicks but we’ll be ready to go on Saturday,” said Taylor. “The kids are excited that the season is here.” California High will come in Saturday’s meeting with one game under its belt after losing a heartbreaking 30-28 game to Washington High of Fremont last Friday in its season opener. In the wild game, California trailed 24-7 before rallying behind Reggie Davis’ 13-carry 80-yard second-half effort that helped the Grizzlies rally in the fourth quarter to take a 28-24 lead. Davis, according to Taylor, has a few Div. I offers already this season. However, Washington, which California High defeated 41-0 in last year’s playoffs, threw a touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the game for the victory. “California is a big, physical team,” said Taylor. “They could have very easily won the game but Washington had a nice drive at the end to pull it out.” Del Oro will counter the Grizzlies on offense with the likes of quarterback Max Magleby, running backs Bryce Pratt and Derek Luque, and receivers Spencer Butterfield and Fred Cargile. Del Oro’s lower level squads will also open on the road. Tonight, the Del Oro freshmen will play at Antelope starting at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Del Oro JV team will play on Friday at Foresthill, also at 5:30 p.m.