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Prep football preview: Breaking down The Sacramento Bee’s Top 20

1. Folsom (16-0 in 2014)

League: Sierra Foothill

Coaches: Kris Richardson, Troy Taylor

Five-year record: 69-6

Opener: Friday vs. Clayton Valley Charter-Concord

Comment: The Bulldogs lost a ton of players to graduation but return a wealth of skill, speed, strength and size. They might also feature the region’s best running attack after years dominating with the pass.

2. Grant (14-1)

League: Delta

Coach: Mike Alberghini

Five-year record: 48-16

Opener: Friday vs. No. 10 Burbank

Comment: The Pacers are huge in the trenches again, and Deshawn Collins and Mike Green combined to rush for 3,601 yards and 44 touchdowns last year.

3. Del Oro (6-6)

League: Sierra Foothill

Coach: Casey Taylor

Five-year record: 49-21

Opener: Friday vs. Pleasant Grove-Utah

Comment: The Golden Eagles, who return nine starters on offense and seven on defense, aim for their third CIF State Bowl game since 2011 amid another brutal schedule.

4. Elk Grove (10-3)

League: Delta

Coach: Chris Nixon

Five-year record: 50-14

Opener: Friday vs. Reno

Comment: The Thundering Herd has been a run-heavy powerhouse, but expect more passing with quarterback Tyler Vander Waal, wide receiver Ryan Robards and four returning linemen.

5. Rocklin (9-3)

League: Sierra Foothill

Coach: Greg Benzel

Five-year record: 31-24

Opener: Friday vs. Pleasant Grove

Comment: The Thunder returns quarterback Will Floyd, running back Evyn Holtz and defensive tackle Chase Hatada, who is headed to Boise State on scholarship.

6. Jesuit (9-3)

League: Delta

Coach: Marlon Blanton

Five-year record: 32-24

Opener: Friday at No. 12 Granite Bay

Comment: The Marauders usher in a new field, a new quarterback (Calvin Brownholtz or Bailey Abercrombie) and new linemen, but they return bruising back Beau Bisharat.

7. Oak Ridge (5-5)

League: Sierra Foothill

Coach: Eric Cavaliere

Five-year record: 43-18

Opener: Friday vs. Whitney

Comment: The Trojans return three-year starting quarterback Ian Book and have a quick wide receiver in Kevin Kassis. The coaches are stressing, “No excuses.”

8. Franklin (7-5)

League: Delta

Coach: Mike Johnson

Five-year record: 43-17

Opener: Friday vs. Clovis North-Fresno at Cosumnes Oaks

Comment: In what Johnson has called his final season, the Wildcats likely will make a title run behind experienced quarterback Jacob Lopez and nationally recruited defensive back Lamar Jackson.

9. Inderkum (12-2)

League: Tri-County

Coach: Terry Stark

Five-year record: 52-12

Opener: Friday at Fairfield

Comment: Stark earned his 100th victory with Inderkum last season as he continued to pile up double-digit-win seasons behind stars such as returning tight end-linebacker Josh Falo.

10. Burbank (7-4)

League: Metropolitan

Coach: John Heffernan

Five-year record: 43-15

Opener: Friday at No. 2 Grant

Comment: The Titans seek their sixth successive league title behind the run-heavy triple option, led by 1,000-yard backs Eric Brown and Michael Roots.

11. Antelope (7-4)

League: Capital Valley

Coach: Matt Ray

Five-year record: 36-20

Opener: Friday vs. Monterey Trail

Comment: The Titans will be balanced with quarterback Montel Aaron (1,526 passing yards in 2014) and running back Devaun Welch (934 yards), with big recruit lineman Jaelan Lewis leading the way.

12. Granite Bay (9-4)

League: Sierra Foothill

Coach: Jeff Evans

Five-year record: 51-17

Opener: Friday vs. No. 6 Jesuit

Comment: Evans, who replaces founding Grizzlies coach Ernie Cooper, must replace a lot of graduated stars. Linebacker Sam Cusano leads the defense.

13. Placer (8-3)

League: Pioneer Valley

Coach: Joey Montoya

Five-year record: 43-16

Opener: Friday at Nevada Union

Comment: The Hillmen return 14 starters, none larger than tackle Jacob Capra (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) or as quick as running back Owen Scott, who heads the wing-T attack.

14. Sacramento (10-3)

League: Metropolitan

Coach: Justin Reber

Five-year record: 42-18

Opener: Sept. 5 vs. El Camino

Comment: The Dragons welcome a new coach and feature the section’s most prolific returning passer, Caden Voges (4,294 yards, 56 touchdowns).

15. Bear River (11-2)

League: Pioneer Valley

Coaches: Scott Savoie, Terry Logue

Five-year record: 39-17

Opener: Friday at Pacheco

Comment: The Bruins, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champions, have 16 returning players as they continue to overcome declining enrollment.

16. Cosumnes Oaks (8-3)

League: Capital Valley

Coach: Derick Milgrim

Five-year record: 37-19

Opener: Saturday at Marin Catholic

Comment: The Wolfpack, which returns 11 starters, is led by the defense featuring Keoni Stallworth in the secondary, lineman Darius Archie and lineman-linebacker Xavier Forbes.

17. Vista del Lago (8-4)

League: Capital Athletic

Coach: Mike Struebing

Five-year record: 42-18

Opener: Friday at Wood

Comment: The defending CAL champions return 14 starters, including running back Colby Carrera (1,649 yards, 32 touchdowns), linebacker Adam King and defensive lineman Wade Thomson.

18. Christian Brothers (8-3)

League: Capital Athletic

Coach: Dan Carmazzi

Five-year record: 30-26

Opener: Friday vs. River City at Hughes Stadium

Comment: The Falcons lost to Vista del Lago on the last play of the regular season in a game that decided the CAL title. Christian Brothers returns nine starters, including running back-defensive back Jamarri Jackson (1,055 yards, 19 touchdowns).

19. Del Campo (7-4)

League: Capital Valley

Coach: Mike Dimino

Five-year record: 35-21

Opener: Friday vs. Edison-Stockton

Comment: The Cougars expect to contend for a title. They’re led by experienced quarterback Ben Purcell and three-year linemen Nick Brand, Tristen Howard and Tariq Mitchell.

20. Capital Christian (13-1)

League: Golden Empire

Coach: Phil Grams

Five-year record: 41-16

Opener: Friday vs. Rio Americano

Comment: The Cougars, who capped their finest season with a Division VI section title last year, return quarterback Jacob Norville, tight end-linebacker Jack Haney and linebacker Marcus Fowler.

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