Greg Harcos trudged through the mud and muck on old Loyola Field a generation ago.
As a Jesuit High School senior in 1988, Harcos quarterbacked the school’s first playoff team. Now, the first-year Marauders athletic director beams at the new $5.4 million Hanson McClain Advisors Stadium that includes field turf wide enough for the nationally ranked soccer program, an all-weather track that measures in meters and not yards, renovated restrooms, a new press box and a new scoreboard with an 8-foot-by-26-foot video screen.
The project was launched as part of Jesuit’s 50th anniversary last academic year and propelled by more than 450 donors.
“It’s incredible and exciting,” said Harcos, the longtime Marauders basketball coach and chemistry teacher now doing full-time AD duty. “It’s going to be a better experience for the students. People have been so generous with their time and money.”
Jesuit football will break in the stadium Friday with a varsity-only 5 p.m. kickoff against Yuba City. The long-term goal is to install stadium lights.
“We’ll play until the sun runs out,” Harcos said with a laugh.
It’s incredible and exciting. It’s going to be a better experience for the students.
Jesuit athletic director Greg Harcos on the school’s new stadium
De La Salle defeated – Preseason MaxPreps and USA Today national No. 1 De La Salle of Concord lost its opener, 26-21 to Trinity of Texas in the Lone Star State. De La Salle just missed on a late double pass to the end zone. The Spartans were uncharacteristically sloppy, missing tackles and committing penalties. Unbeaten against Northern California opponents since 1991, De La Salle faces No. 3 Del Oro and No. 10 Granite Bay this season.
Unique connection – Cordova’s Unique Perez passed for 320 yards and five touchdowns in a 48-14 victory over Pioneer, giving first-year coach Darren Nill his inaugural victory. Devin Baldwin caught four passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns, Seth Trujillo rushed for 118 yards and a score, and Isaac Black had two interceptions for the Lancers.
New era – Colfax graduated all-time rushing leader Tim Rawlins, and senior quarterback transfer Justus Spillner from Nevada Union was denied eligibility by the Sac-Joaquin Section this summer. But the Falcons are off to an encouraging start.
Lukas Rineer rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and Austin Weir, making his first varsity start, passed for 184 yards and three touchdowns, all to Matthew Harshman, in a 35-18 victory over Argonaut. The game was delayed 30 minutes in the third quarter when the lights went out.
28 Points scored by Folsom’s Jordan Ford in the Prep2Prep All-Star Classic basketball game
Road warriors – Bear River drove 171 miles to Los Banos for its opener, enjoying an air-conditioned chartered bus, and delivered a 40-20 victory over Pacheco. Riley Mispley ran for two scores, Dave Mastrella rushed for a touchdown and made six tackles, and Jason Voter passed for 122 yards in the first half, hitting Ben O’Lena for a touchdown.
Ford rises – Two-time Sacramento Bee Basketball Player of the Year Jordan Ford of Folsom scored 28 points, making 5 of 6 three-point attempts, for the North in the Prep2Prep All-Star Classic, won by the South 137-134 Sunday at Las Positas College in Livermore. The game featured the state’s top seniors.
Young commits – Bee All-Metro basketball forward Solomon Young of Sacramento High has verbally committed to Iowa State. The senior took a recruiting trip to the school over the weekend.
The Bee’s football Top 20
3. Del Oro
4. Elk Grove
6. Oak Ridge
10. Granite Bay
15. Bear River
16. Cosumnes Oaks
17. Christian Bros.
18. Del Campo
20. Capital Chr.
THIS WEEK’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
All games kick off between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Grant at Central-Fresno
No. 3 Del Oro vs. Punahou-Honolulu at Cal
No. 6 Oak Ridge at Vacaville
No. 7 Franklin at Bellarmine at San Jose City College
El Cerrito at No. 8 Inderkum
Sheldon at No. 9 Antelope
Yuba City at No. 11 Jesuit, 5 p.m.
Pioneer at No. 12 Placer
No. 18 Del Campo at No. 5 Rocklin
No. 10 Granite Bay at No. 16 Cosumnes Oaks
No. 15 Bear River at Union Mine
No. 17 Christian Brothers vs. Laguna Creek at Hughes Stadium
Rio Linda at No. 19 Roseville
No. 20 Capital Christian at Modesto Christian
Bella Vista at Cordova
Casa Roble at Woodcreek
Davis at River Valley
El Dorado at Lincoln
Fairfield at Woodland
Florin at Delhi
Lindhurst vs. Encina at El Camino
Merced at Monterey Trail
Nevada Union at Pleasant Grove
Oakmont at Foothill
San Juan at Foresthill
Ponderosa at Vista del Lago
Bradshaw Christian at De Anza
Dixon at Wheatland
Enterprise at Whitney
Kennedy at Galt
Marysville at Live Oak
Oakland at Kennedy
Winters at Colfax
Western Sierra at Woodland Christian
Natomas vs. Valley at Cosumnes River College
No. 1 Folsom at Clovis North, 7 p.m.
El Camino at No. 14 Sacramento, 1 p.m.
Balboa at Center, 11 a.m.
Mira Loma vs. Highlands at El Camino, 1 p.m.
West Campus at Johnson, 1 p.m.
McClatchy vs. River City at Hughes Stadium, 7 p.m.
Rio Americano vs. Rosemont at Del Campo, 7 p.m.
Valley Christian Academy at Livermore Prep, 7 p.m.