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Sports Chatter

By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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If you need a summer football fix, Del Oro High's football team is hosting a series of passing league games every Monday and Wednesday through July. According to Del Oro coach Casey Taylor, participating teams include the Golden Eagles, Rio Linda, Casa Roble, Colfax, Placer, Davis, Bear River and Whitney. Action begins at 5 p.m. with set dates planned for July 9, July 14, July 16, July 21 and July 23. According to reports, the Golden Eagles fared well at last week's Sierra College full contact team camp. Schedule watching Speaking of football, it's always interesting to check out the upcoming 2008 football schedules for Sacramento area high school teams when they are released and this year there are some new and very interesting match ups. While Del Oro, Colfax, Grant and Whitney will open their seasons on Sept. 13 in Idaho as part of the first Rocky Mountain Rumble in Pocatello, there won't be any shortages of good games to choose from locally. In Week One, Truckee makes the long trip to Mariposa, Lincoln hosts Woodland, Oak Ridge plays at Rocklin, Placer hosts Rosemont, Nevada Union opens at Ponderosa, Marysville plays at Wheat-land, Franklin of Stockton is at Del Campo and last but not least, Foresthill hosts Brookside Christian of Stockton. In Week Two, Whitney returns from Idaho and will play at Woodland, Rocklin treks to Nevada Union, and on Saturday, Sept. 20, Del Oro's home opener pits the Golden Eagles hosting Cardinal Newman. Week Three action pairs Lincoln at Monterey Trail, Rocklin jaunting to the Bay Area to tackle a tough Las Lomas of Walnut Creek, River City at Galt in a match up of former Golden Empire League rivals, and Enochs of Modesto, a new school, playing at Del Oro. While leagues with more than six teams open league play during Week Four, several schools will be playing non-league games. Week Four action on Oct. 3 has Del Oro traveling down the San Joaquin Valley to meet a talented Merced team which has four players who have already been offered Div. I scholarships. Also on Oct. 3, Nevada Union goes to Natomas and on Saturday, Oct. 5, Granite Bay goes intersectional with an afternoon match up in San Diego against Pt. Loma. Finally, in Week Five, Franklin of Stockton plays in Grass Valley against Nevada Union and Elk Grove and Del Oro tangle in Loomis. Speaking of ... You can't say that De La Salle of Concord ducks top flight competition when it comes to football scheduling. In a game that has been in the works for over five years, the Spartans, the defending CIF State Div. I bowl champions, will host national power Don Bosco Prep of Ramsey, N.J. on Sept. 27. The game came about when Palma of Salinas opted out of a scheduled game with the Spartans on that weekend and the defending New Jersey state champion had an opening. The game is expected to be televised by ESPN. While the Ironmen haven’t shared De La Salle’s longtime history of success, the New Jersey school is 85-9 over the last nine seasons. Bosco Prep returns a versatile quarterback in Brett Kneif who threw for 1,590 yards and ran for 622 more and standout running back Dillon Romaine (5-11, 215) who ran for 991 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 98 carries.