September 27, 2006

Question: Has the Sacramento Bee considered conducting a weekly coaches poll for high school football? I feel this would be far more accurate than the five writers that do the poll at this time.
- Jeff Curtis, Roseville

Answer: There has been no official discussion, but it might be something to consider in the future as a companion to our own poll. The thing about polls, whether they are computer driven or compiled by humans, they are always subject to debate which, of couse, is why they are done. We are always open to comments from the public, especially any insights about specific teams, that might help us in our voting.
- Bill Paterson

September 22, 2006

Question: Is there a way that high school freshman and junior varsity football results could be published in The Bee? Countless youth participate daily in character building sports and receive little or no recognition compared to juvenile delinquents committing crimes in our community. A monthly summary or coverage of key games would be great.
-- Chuck Moore, Sacramento

Answer: Unfortunately with space and staff limitations, we face a constant battle just to try to keep pace with the 75 varsity football programs in our coverage area.. This area continues to grow by leaps and bounds and new high schools are added every year. While I agree that getting recognized in the newspaper or on television is a nice bonus, kids don't play for the publicity. They play because it's fun, a chance to be part of a team and an opportunity to represent their school.

Question: When will people start taking notice and show Valley High School some respect? They have had more players go to a D-I college than any other school in the Elk Grove area.
-- Martin Reynaga, Sacramento

Answer: We live in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world and the Vikings haven't been able to win the key games, especially in league, despite their illustrious history.

The opening of a number of new schools in the Elk Grove area and a period of coaching instability at the South Sacramento school have combined to hurt the once-formidable program. During one stretch, Valley had six head coaches in seven seasons. Chris Oswald, now in his fifth season, has produced stability but not wins. His record entering the season is 11-28-1, though the Vikings have won their first two games this year. If the Vikings can land one of the three playoff berths in the very tough Delta Valley Conference this season, they will get plenty of respect.

Question: Something that has always bothered me is the lack of coverage that Grant High School football gets. Grant has put out some awesome talent. Give them some love. Don't overlook them this year.
--Mike Pina, Sacramento

Answer: No one is overlooking the Pacers this year. They may have one of the most talented teams in their already marvelous history and have moved up to No. 5 in the state.

On the contrary, some already are taking us to take for giving the Pacers too much coverage in comparison with the other top schools in the area (can you say Nevada Union?).

In the past several weeks, both in the Regional section and the main Sports section, we have had several sizable articles about the Pacers. Some Grant fans criticized us for not covering the Pacers game against Valley Christian in San Jose. While it was an important contest, we had several key games going on in our own back yard that deserved coverage.

September 20, 2006

In what may be the biggest week of area high school football, six games will feature Bee-ranked teams going head to head, including a match-up of last season's Division I and Division II Sac-Joaquin Section champions.

On Friday, No. 2 Nevada Union (2-0), D-I defending champions, goes against D-II defending champion and third-ranked Del Oro (1-1) in Loomis, the first meeting between the two foothills powers since 1989.

Top-ranked Grant (3-0), fresh off a blowout win over highly touted Valley Christian of San Jose, faces No. 8 Oak Ridge (1-1) in Del Paso Heights, while No. 3 Granite Bay (2-0) plays host to No. 10 Vacaville (2-0). No. 6 Union Mine (2-0) will host No. 11 Colfax (2-0), and No. 7 Rocklin (2-0) plays No. 16 Laguna Creek (1-1) at Elk Grove High School.

On Saturday, No. 13 Jesuit (1-1) plays No. 19 Christian Brothers (2-0) in the annual "Holy Bowl" at Sacramento City College's Hughes Stadium.

September 11, 2006

Four football teams bidding to represent Northern California in one of the three inaugural state high school bowl games Dec. 16 will test each other on Friday night.

Can top-ranked Grant's quest to play in the large-school title game continue? The Pacers play Friday night at Valley Christian of San Jose. The Warriors are the four-time Central Coast Section Open Division champions and looking to settle a score with the Pacers after Grant handed them their only loss of the season last year in Del Paso Heights. Grant's bid is still alive after the Pacers beat Bakersfield and Franklin of Stockton to open the season. However, Valley Christian's bid is on life-support after a 12-7 loss on Friday to Pittsburg.

Can Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa knock off another unbeaten team in its bid for a small-school state championship bid? Last Saturday, the Cardinals ended the 61-game win streak of visiting Central Catholic of Modesto with a 22-14 win. Now they come to Loomis Friday night to face Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion Del Oro, which extended its win streak to 14 games last Friday with a triumph over Oak Ridge. Third-ranked Del Oro is in the running to compete in the state medium-school championship game, so a win over Cardinal Newman could help its cause.

If you have questions on these match-ups or others, send me an e-mail in the form below and check back later for the answers.

-- Bill Paterson

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