The Bee’s Joe Davidson sizes up Friday night’s CIF Northern California Regional championship football games.
Folsom (14-0) vs. Grant (14-0)
What: Division I championship game
Where: Sacramento State, 7:30 p.m.
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TV/live stream: CSNCA. Radio: 105.5
Outlook: Even if the rain continues, Folsom will continue to pass. The Bulldogs threw the ball to win the 2010 CIF State Division II championship in the mud and muck and passed for the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section D-II title over Elk Grove in the driving rain at Sac State. Quarterback Jake Browning has thrown for 5,059 yards and a state-record 82 touchdowns, giving him the national record for career TD tosses at 220. Grant will counter with a running attack led by DeShawn Collins (2,266 yards, 27 TDs), Mike Green (1,225 yards, 17 TDs) and Deondre Whittington-Grays (418 yards, eight TDs). With defenders Carl Granderson, TieNeal Martin and Chris Atteberry, Grant will blitz Browning perhaps more than any team he has faced since De La Salle last season in the NorCal Open title game. The Pacers’ secondary must shadow Folsom receivers Cole Thompson (1,562 yards, 31 TDs), Josiah Deguara 1,552 yards, 23 TDs) and Jake Jeffrey (700 yards, 13 TDs). Folsom also has a strong running game, averaging 151.2 yards a game behind Bailey Laolagi (8.1-yard average), Tre Green (7.5), Ron Neal (9.5) and Bryan Weldy (7.0). Grant is 2-1 all-time against Folsom, all since 2010, and 0-1 in the playoffs.
Capital Christian (13-0) vs. Central Catholic-Modesto (10-3)
What: Division IV championship game
Where: Central Catholic in Modesto, 7:30 p.m.
TV/live stream: None
Outlook: Having posted the best record in school history and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship, Capital Christian now plays its best opponent ever. Central Catholic is an 18-time section title winner and the two-time defending NorCal and state D-IV champion. Quarterback Hunter Petlansky (1,871 passing yards, 18 TDs, 682 rushing yards, 10 TDs) and running back Justin Rice (1,789 yards, 28 TDs) make for a dynamic 1-2 punch. Capital Christian offers all-purpose star Justice Shelton-Mosley, coming off rushing games of 191 yards and five TDs to help beat Ripon Christian 56-13 and 158 yards and three TDs to help top Modesto Christian 35-28 in the section final. Shelton-Mosley also makes plays on defense and special teams, as does Edward Ware, who has six receiving touchdowns from Jacob Norville and nine interceptions.