Jesuit will play national power De La Salle in the second game of a high school football doubleheader that will help break in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
The $1 billion home of the 49ers will host the games on Aug. 29, with Wilcox of Santa Clara playing Manteca at 5 p.m. before Jesuit plays De La Salle at 8 p.m.
Though the 49ers haven’t officially announced the games, Jesuit athletic director Chris Fahey and De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopoz have been working on details of the game, which isn’t expected to cost either program in rental or security fees.
“The 49ers basically want to make this a dress rehearsal, run it like an NFL game with their staff, work out the kinks,” Fahey said of the facility that seats 68,500. “I don’t think we’ll sell out. We’ll be able to get everyone in.
“It’s been out there for awhile and people ask us about it a lot, but until the 49ers make it official, it’s not a done deal. But it sounds like it’s going to happen.”
De La Salle will be a significant challenge for the Marauders, who last season won a playoff game for the first time in 10 years. De La Salle has not lost to a Northern California team since 1991 and it is unbeaten against area teams, including victories over 14-0 Folsom teams in the past two NorCal Open championship games. Added intrigue is that Jesuit third-year coach Marlon Blanton is a 1991 De La Salle graduate who also coached with the Spartans.
De La Salle also plays at Del Oro on Sept. 19. The teams played last season in Concord, and Del Oro went on to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship and a NorCal Regional over Serra of San Mateo and reach a CIF State Bowl game.
Ram tough – St. Mary’s of Stockton won its sixth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South baseball championship on Friday and will play Davis in the opener of a best-of-three section title series today at Pacific at 4 p.m.
The Rams (20-13) played a tough early schedule, losing to Elk Grove 7-3, Mitty of San Jose 8-7 and Jesuit 5-2 in nonleague games, before winning 12 of their last 13, including 12-0 over Turlock and 11-0 and 13-0 over Tokay in the playoffs. Scot Michaels leads St. Mary’s with a .413 average and 26 RBIs.
Tough finale – Christian Brothers pitcher Steven Talbert opened his senior season with a one-run loss to Franklin, allowing no earned runs, and then won 10 consecutive games. The season ended Monday in a 2-1 loss to Benicia in the Division II section finals. Talbert allowed just two hits in six shutout innings.
LoForte steps down – Brian LoForte has resigned as Laguna Creek’s athletic director, citing the seemingly endless grind of the job, and will teach a full load of physical education classes. Jeff Caton earlier this spring announced he would step down as Pleasant Grove’s athletic director for the same reason. He’ll be replaced by Bruce Belden.
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