Community college and high school sports results from around the region.

Natomas High School, which won Sac-Joaquin Section Division III soccer championships in 2010 and 2011, is back in the championship conversation.

High school sports results from around the region.

A schedule for Week 5 high school football matchups in the greater Sacramento area.

After opening with a 27-20 loss to No. 8 Monterey Trail, No. 17 Antelope (3-1) routed Sheldon 55-9 and Laguna Creek 42-13 and beat then-No. 20 Ponderosa 48-20 on Friday in a Capital Valley Conference opener. Even more impressive, the Titans start nine underclassmen on offense and seven on defense.

Syd Quan Thompson keeps his cellphone handy, just in case. He’s a cornerback for hire. But the former Grant High School and Cal star awaits a call that may not materialize, a victim of a tendon operation that is often the kiss of death for athletes who rely on backpedaling, quick stops and starts. Thompson pointed to his right foot and sighed. A sock conceals the scar from reconstructive surgery in 2011, when a ruptured Achilles’ derailed his NFL dreams.

Friday marked the midway point of the high school football regular season, just as the weather shifted from steamy to seasonal. As the league races start to heat up, here’s a sample of early contenders for Sacramento Bee regional accolades, subject to change after the playoffs – the real season, of course.

College, Community College and High School sports results from around the region.

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Check out Sacramento area prep football highlights courtesy of Fox40:

Jake Browning threw for 311 yards and five touchdowns, including four to Josiah Deguara, to lead No. 1 Folsom to a 63-0 romp over No. 6 Granite Bay in its Sierra Foothill League debut Friday night at Folsom High School.

Losing was once a foreign word for Marcus Arroyo. He quarterbacked Colfax High School to football championships in the mid-1990s and played at San Jose State, setting records that still stand. He then got into coaching. Lately, bad teams and losing seasons have been the unwanted theme for Arroyo, from one coast to the other.

College, community college and high school sports results from around the region and nation.

Mike Johnson could feel the tremors during warmups. This was no seismic shift under the earth, the Franklin High School football coach understood, but he wondered and worried a bit. The rumbling above ground was the Grant Pacers charging onto the field Friday night for a Delta League opener, looking regal, swift and formidable.

Join our coverage team, including The Bee's Joe Davidson, Dennis Hansen and partners from throughout Northern California, for live coverage of Week 4 of the region's high school football action. Join the live chat to receive and share updates, scores, highlights and photos.

The Bee Prep Show hosts Joe Davidson and Mike Finnerty present this week's show from Capital Christian High School. Football highlights include Ponderosa at Woodcreek and Vacaville at Granite Bay.

Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor know when to ease off the accelerator.

Valley football coach Dave Filan can’t get enough of Keylen Newsome. He has him in an English class, challenging the senior to excel in the classroom. And then the coach urges Newsome to continue his progress and production in football. So far, message received.

The Sacramento’s Bee’s Joe Davidson previews five Week 4 games for the Sacramento region.

Games kick off at 7-7:30 p.m. unless noted

Realignment is generally viewed as a necessary evil for high school sports. Within the Sac-Joaquin Section, league change is designed to achieve three primary goals: competitive balance, school enrollment and logistics. And in stamping an exclamation point on the latest changes in effect now, section officials came up with something uniquely fun: two super leagues.

High School sports results from around the region.

Games kick off at 7-7:30 p.m. unless noted

Fox40 caught up with Hunter Petracek, who not only plays girls varsity soccer, but also serves as the Elk Grove High School Thundering Herd’s Football kicker. She can nail 45-yard field goals.

Community college and high school sports results from around the region and nation.

The Bee’s new No. 1 high school soccer team is actually a familiar top dog.

This week’s schedule features Sacramento area high school football, soccer and more.

High school sports results from around the region.

Last week was a triumphant one for Valley High School. On Wednesday, Chris Hoffman returned to a familiar south Sacramento campus, greeted by a rousing ovation from students welcoming the new superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District. Hoffman was a football team captain at Valley in the late 1980s. He said sports helped mold him, a message fourth-year coach Dave Filan preaches to his players.

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