Many achievements of De La Salle High School’s football team are spotlighted in the just-released movie “When the Game Stands Tall.” De La Salle’s impact has extended also to Sacramento-area prep football.

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The more interesting story lies in how the Spartans built their 151-game streak, but ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ focuses on them losing it
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California’s action points to a sea change in how America perceives its most popular sport. As the perils of football have become undeniable, highlighted by mounting evidence of severe damage to the brains of professional and college athletes, youth football programs are scrambling to adjust.
Bruce Belden has been on the job for a matter of weeks, and he’s curious when the pace will settle a bit.
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Folsom, the pre-eminent section power in recent seasons, again begins the season as The Sacramento Bee's No. 1-ranked team.

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Attention coaches: Call to report game scores, (916) 441-4100. Day results must be reported by 7 p.m. Night game scores must be reported by 9:30 p.m.

Joe Davidson Monday, August 18 2014

Puka Lopa ambled down a hallway at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon wearing shorts, T-shirt and sandals. His shock of hair, confined to a ponytail, didn’t move. When Lopa is rushing passers, his familiar look is to have the long locks snake out of the back of his helmet, guiding him like a rudder.

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