PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Coach Matt Costa thinks Kennedy has "a pretty good shot" at ending its losing streak tonight.

Prep football notes: Galt, Kennedy hope to end 21-game losing streaks

Published: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 - 11:44 am

Something has to give tonight.

Two teams with 21-game losing streaks play a nonleague game in Galt that might not have wide appeal but certainly is a big deal to those involved.

Kennedy and Galt, programs with rich football pasts, strive to achieve just as much as the ranked programs – and progress starts with a victory.

Kennedy and Galt both went 0-10 in 2011 and 2012, in part because of low participation and apathy on campuses that once embraced the sport.

The low point for Galt came early last season when the Warriors had to forfeit a game because they only had 13 players after injuries sustained in a loss to Orestimba.

But, insists Galt coach J.J. Woodward, "Football matters here, big time."

Galt last had a winning season in 2005 under coach Erv Hatzenbuhler, but the Warriors have gone 16-55 since.

Kennedy hasn't suffered nearly as long, going 5-4 in 2010.

"The vibe and mood (are) good here," Kennedy second-year coach Matt Costa said. "The kids are focused. I think we have a pretty good shot (tonight). Galt does a lot of good things, but honestly, this game and this season comes down to us getting better and believing in ourselves."

Sheff surge – No. 3 Elk Grove's offensive leader is Wadus Parker, who rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-0 victory over Lincoln of Stockton last week. The unsung performer was Spencer Sheff, a junior who rushed for 81 yards and had 10 tackles as a linebacker.

"Spencer is the brains of the defense," Elk Grove coach Chris Nixon said. "He sets the fronts and makes the adjustments, and he's a 4.0 student."

The Herd has other talented defenders, too, in defensive end B'won Canada, linebackers Noah Letuligasenoa and Sai Ta'amu and defensive back Shaunard Harts.

Golden Eagles fly south – No. 4 Del Oro left Loomis on Thursday morning for Oceanside to play Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in the Honor Bowl, which recognizes wounded military veterans.

Today, the Golden Eagles will join the Notre Dame players for a trip to the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Pendleton before the teams play Saturday at noon.

"This is a great experience for all of us, and quite possibly the highlight of the trip," Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. "Very humbling. We like our players to be exposed to more than just football. We're ready to represent Sacramento and Northern California."

Del Oro beat Bay Area power Logan of Union City 27-14 last week in the Honor Bowl.

Rio Vista rout – Rio Vista and Delta have been longtime rivals, with many good games over the decades. But last Friday was an exception. Chace Marlowe, Bryan Peters and freshman quarterback Ryan Mackey combined for five touchdowns to lead Rio Vista to a 72-0 rout, the worst loss ever for Delta, which was 0-10 last season, including a 58-0 loss to Rio Vista. Delta's fall has been swift; just two years ago, the Saints beat Rio Vista 34-10 to start a 10-1 season.

TODAY'S GAMES

Games start 7-7:30 p.m.

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 1 Folsom at No. 2 Granite Bay

• Foothill-Palo Cedro at No. 3 Elk Grove

• No. 5 Pleasant Grove vs. No. 7 Burbank at Sheldon

• No. 8 Rocklin at No. 6 Oak Ridge

• No. 9 Grant at Nevada Union

• Bethel-Vallejo at No. 10 Inderkum

• No. 11 Franklin at Tracy

• Monterey Trail at No. 12 Antelope

• No. 13 Rio Linda at No. 14 Roseville

• Chico at No. 15 Center

• Fairfield at No. 16 Del Campo

• Sacramento at No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks

• Highlands at No. 18 Vista del Lago

• No. 20 El Camino at Colfax

Other games

• Argonaut at Golden Sierra

• Bear River at Union Mine

• Bella Vista at Cordova

• Casa Roble at Woodcreek

• Christian Brothers at Placer

• Valley Christian vs. Cristo Rey at Highlands

• Davis at Foothill

• Dixon at Vanden

• East Nicolaus at Rio Vista

• Florin vs. Laguna Creek at Monterey Trail

• Kennedy at Galt

• Liberty Ranch at Lathrop

• Lincoln at Natomas

• Lindhurst at Wheatland

• Marysville at Live Oak

• McClatchy vs. Selma at Hughes Stadium

• Mira Loma at Mesa Verde

• River City at Yuba City

• San Juan at Foresthill

• Sheldon at Lodi

• Tokay at El Dorado

• Valley vs. Ponderosa at Cosumnes River

• Vintage-Napa at Woodland

• West Campus at Encina

• Whitney at Oakmont

• Wood-Vacaville at Pioneer

• Woodland Christian at Delta

SATURDAY'S GAMES

The Bee's Top 20

• No. 4 Del Oro at Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks, noon

• Rio Americano at No. 19 Jesuit, 1 p.m.

Other games

• Millennium-Tracy at Johnson, 1 p.m.

• Bradshaw Christian at Capital Christian, 7:30 p.m.

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