Del Oro, unranked after a slow start to the season, defeats No. 10 Granite Bay 17-14 in a game with huge playoff implications. The Golden Eagles (4-6, 3-3) secure the fourth playoff spot in the power-packed Sierra Foothill League behind top-ranked Folsom, No. 3 Oak Ridge and No. 7 Rocklin.
Vista del Lago claims the CAL title again, this time with a 38-28 victory over Christian Brothers behind running back Colby Carrera’s season-high 35 carries for 256 yards and three touchdowns.
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Omri Casspi scores a season-high 22 points as part of a second unit that keeps the Kings in the game, but it wasn’t enough in a 116-110 to the Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Arena. Another slow start and 43 points by the Rockets’ James Harden combine to send the Kings to their fourth consecutive loss.
Forward Marco Belinelli makes his first start of the season.
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On Wednesday, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said benched quarterback Colin Kaepernick needs to “step back and breathe.” On Friday, Kaepernick says: “I’m not out of breath.”
Defensive tackle Dan Williams anchors the Raiders’ defense, which ranks second in the NFL entering Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.
Granite Bay strong safety/running Sam Cusano loves football. He also recognizes its inherent danger and the nationwide scrutiny under which it has fallen because of catastrophic injuries and deaths. Cusano is doing his part to keep the sport safe.
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