Leading off: Prep football thriving in Sacramento region

Amid the flurry of emails common this time of year, three readers asked why the best high school football in the region now seems to be played in the “affluent” areas that are home to Folsom, Granite Bay and Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills).

That is not entirely true.

It is true that Folsom is 25-1 the last two seasons and could be barreling toward a Northern California Open rematch with national power De La Salle of Concord. The Bulldogs may have to get past defending Division I state champion Granite Bay to do so, and that’s if Granite Bay can topple Oak Ridge tonight.

But football in general is flourishing throughout the region.

In Sacramento, Grant in Del Paso Heights and Burbank on Florin Road have had great success, with regular playoff appearances and scholarship players.

Established programs at older schools, such as Elk Grove and Del Oro in Loomis, continue to thrive. And Rio Linda is having perhaps its finest season, even though there is little growth in that area of Sacramento County.

Not to be outdone, newer schools such as Pleasant Grove in Elk Grove have developed championship programs, too.

Based on 25 years covering high school football for The Bee, it seems the sport has never been better across the board – teams, recruits, coaches and results.

– Joe Davidson

What to do

High school football playoffs, 7 p.m.: The second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs take place tonight. Schedule on C3.

What to watch

NBA, Warriors at Lakers, 7:30 p.m., ESPN: Golden State looks for its second victory over its Southern California rival.

Today’s poll

Is high school football

in this region better

than ever ?

• Yes

• No

• About the same

To vote, go to

Thursday’s results

What do you think of Mike Tyson’s parodies

of himself?

• He’s having fun – and making money: 63%

• He’s embarrassing himself: 3%

• Shut up and go

away: 34%

Total votes: 147