Here is the schedule of high school football games in the Sacramento region.

The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson previews five opening-week games for the Sacramento region.

Players and coaches aren’t the only ones charged up for high school football season openers Friday night and Saturday.

It started as a novel idea, then became a reality.

Christian Brothers, defending Division III champion, enters the season top-ranked by The Bee. The Falcons are led by returning All-Metro player Nastassja Bowman, a senior setter who was a dominant outside hitter last season and is headed to SMU, and junior outside hitter Ashlynn Fresques and senior outside hitter Lauren Oversteet.

The Sacramento Bee launches a new television program that focuses on high school sports in the Sacramento region and Sac-Joaquin Section.

See who is playing in Zero Week for high school football in the Sacramento region.

See what Joe Davidson, co-host of The Bee's new high school sports program, had to say about the 2014 high school football season, which begins Friday.

The CIF announced Monday the top team in Northern California and the best from Southern California will receive automatic bids to the CIF State Open Division championship game in Carson without having to play in regional title games. This is especially welcomed news in the Sac-Joaquin Section and for programs such as The Bee’s top-ranked Folsom, suddenly with an extra bounce in its step.

Hunter Rodrigues grew up around football. His brother Jake was a Bee All-Metro quarterback for Whitney High School before playing at Oregon on scholarship (he has since transferred to San Diego State). Rodrigues tagged along at his brother’s prep practices and games, handing out water or a football; anything to be involved.

With the start of the season less than a week away, Joe Davidson breaks down 25 prep football players to watch this season.

Who’s the best of the best? The quick answer is the Sierra Foothill League, with five schools in the The Bee’s Top 10: No. 1 Folsom, No. 3 Del Oro, No. 4 Oak Ridge, No. 8 Granite Bay and No. 9 Rocklin. But don’t dismiss the revamped Delta League with No. 2 Elk Grove, No. 5 Grant, No. 6 Jesuit, No. 7 Franklin, No. 12 Pleasant Grove and No. 19 Monterey Trail.

Cal’s Memorial Stadium will replace Levi’s Stadium for Jesuit’s home opener Friday night against Bay Area power De La Salle.

Joe Davidson breaks down The Bee’s Top 20 high school preseason football rankings

There is no idle time, no pause in pursuit of perfection. Football practices at Folsom High School, on a blue field so bright it makes you squint, are run with crisp efficiency, and everyone is intensely involved.

Jesuit’s much-anticipated season opener against Bay Area power De La Salle won’t be played at Levi’s Stadium next week because of the ongoing issues with the facility’s turf.

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.

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

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.

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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L.J. Reed is on the move, creating a ripple effect sure to impact the sporting fortunes of two high schools.

Bill Baxter walked into the El Camino High School gym Sunday afternoon and froze. He expected a modest gathering to celebrate the refurbished old gym where he coached the girls basketball team en route to the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. Instead, he stood in the eye of an emotional hurricane.

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