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Watch Del Oro football team run drills that helped lead them to championship game

Golden Eagles Matt Smart (31) scores the game's final touchdown to put the Golden Eagles ahead 57-16 during the NorCal Regional Division I-A game between the Del Oro Golden Eagles and the Bakersfield Drillers at Del Oro in Loomis on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The Golden Eagles won the game 57-16.
Golden Eagles Matt Smart (31) scores the game's final touchdown to put the Golden Eagles ahead 57-16 during the NorCal Regional Division I-A game between the Del Oro Golden Eagles and the Bakersfield Drillers at Del Oro in Loomis on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The Golden Eagles won the game 57-16. The Sacramento Bee

There is a motto that practice makes perfect.

Though Del Oro High School football is hardly perfect, an impossibility in this sport, the Golden Eagles have perfected the art of crisp, efficient drills in its quest to repeat as CIF State champions.

The Bee attended Del Oro practice on Tuesday in Loomis and saw a common theme: Everyone was busy, an attention to detail.

  • Precise passing routes on one end of the film with coach Casey Taylor working with quarterbacks Stone Smartt and Josh Gazzaniga.

Del Oro quarterbacks Stone Smartt and Josh Gazzaniga hone their craft daily to keep sharp. Del Oro seeks a CIF State Championship repeat on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, against San Clemente.

  • Ball-security drills at another station where coaches tried to slap or jar the ball out of the hands of skill players. The result? Del Oro has not fumbled away the ball all season.

Here's an inside peek at ball-security running drills at Del Oro High School. The Golden Eagles have not fumbled this season. They seek a CIF State Championship repeat at Sacramento State against San Clemente on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Joe David

  • Linemen drills under the tutelage of position coach Dan Gazzaniga.

The root of the Del Oro football success this season is the offensive line. Here is position coach Dan Gazzaniga working with guards, tackles and centers.

The root of the Golden Eagles’ success has been in the trenches. The team takes that concept into the championship game on Saturday at 4 p.m. against San Clemente.

Del Oro High School football competes for a CIF State championship on Saturday at Sacramento State. The catalyst is quarterback Stone Smartt, a 4.0 student who also talks here about who the best athlete in the family is.

The Del Oro football team includes running back and scholars, including a Camrion Davis, a senior with a 4.09 grade-point average. He aspires to be a lawyer.

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Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

CIF state championship

Sacramento State

Saturday: 4 p.m.

Del Oro (13-2) vs. San Clemente (12-3)

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