With three weeks left in the regular season, races for league championships are gearing up for a frantic finish.
Antelope (5-2, 2-0) and Whitney (4-3, 2-0) lead the Capital Athletic League, and expect their Week 10 meeting to decide the title – again.
In what could be the Capital Valley Conference championship game, run-heavy No. 8 Rio Linda (6-1, 2-0) hosts pass-happy No. 13 Casa Roble (6-1, 2-0) on Friday.
No. 1 Folsom (7-0, 2-0) and No. 3 Pleasant Grove (7-0, 2-0) are barreling toward a Week 10 showdown for the Delta River League title. Led by quarterback Dre Terrell, Pleasant Grove plays at No. 14 Jesuit (6-1, 1-1) on Saturday. No. 5 Oak Ridge (6-1, 1-1) closes the regular season against Pleasant Grove and Jesuit.
No. 2 Elk Grove (7-0, 2-0) muscled past Grant 7-3 in the Herd's first Delta Valley Conference test, setting up another showdown Friday at defending champion and 15th-ranked Franklin (4-3, 1-1). Grant (4-3, 1-1) hosts No. 16 Monterey Trail (5-2, 2-0) on Friday.
Capital Christian (6-1, 2-0) remains the overwhelming favorite to win the Golden Empire League behind running back-defensive back Justice Shelton-Mosley and Stanford-bound lineman Nifae Lealao.
No. 10 Burbank (5-2, 4-0) is favored to repeat as the Metropolitan Conference champion after a 34-32 victory over Sacramento (5-2, 3-1). The Titans visit No. 20 Rosemont (7-0, 4-0) on Friday.
No. 19 Lincoln (6-1, 2-0) visits defending Pioneer Valley League champion Placer (3-4, 2-0) under new lights Friday. They are the only teams unbeaten in PVL play. Colfax (6-1, 1-1) closes PVL play vs. Placer and Lincoln. Center (4-3, 1-1), which beat Colfax 45-28, closes against Placer.
Woodland Christian hosts Foresthill on Friday in a showdown that could decide the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League title. Foresthill (5-3, 5-1) has won the past two championships. Woodland Christian (6-1, 5-0) is without standout quarterback Anthony Castaneda (ankle).
Bradshaw Christian (5-2, 3-0) and versatile senior Kyle Betts own the inside track to another Sierra Delta League title after a 50-26 win over second-place Rio Vista (7-1, 3-1).
No. 4 Del Oro (5-2, 2-0) and No. 6 Rocklin (5-2, 2-0) are the lone unbeatens in Sierra Foothill League play, and the rivals meet in Week 10. Friday, Del Oro hosts defending champion and No. 7 Granite Bay (5-2, 1-1).
The Sierra Valley Conference may come down to No. 17 Cosumnes Oaks (5-2, 3-0) and No. 18 Vista del Lago (6-2, 3-1). A year after Vista beat Cosumnes Oaks in a thriller, the teams meet in Folsom on Friday. River City (4-4, 3-1) and Liberty Ranch (5-3, 3-1) still must face Cosumnes Oaks.
No. 11 Inderkum (5-2, 2-0) plays at River Valley (5-2, 2-0) on Friday for first place in the Tri-County Conference. Inderkum, seeking its sixth title in seven years, owns a 27-18 win over defending champion and No. 12 Yuba City (6-1, 1-1).
Date in Texas – Mesa Verde 6-foot, 185-pound senior linebacker Ryan Alvarez has been invited to play in the Blue Grey All American East West Bowl in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 22.
Besides averaging 10 1/2 tackles a game and returning kicks, Alvarez helps coach Mesa Verde's youth program.
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