High school football fanatics will get a chance to more than whet their grid appetites on Sept. 3-4 when the second “Battle at the Capital” is hosted by Del Oro High in Loomis. Five games over the two days will pit top-flight competition from around Northern California.
The “Battle at the Capital” is the brainchild of former Sacramento area resident Matt Williams who now lives in Idaho. Two years ago Williams put together the “Rumble in Pocatello” another showcase event where area teams Colfax, Del Oro, Whitney and Grant ventured north to play teams from Idaho.
Colfax, which will open its official 2010 season on Aug. 27 with a first-ever meeting at El Camino, will kick-off the “Battle at the Capital” doings when the Falcons tee-it-up against Durham’s Trojans from the North Section at 6 p.m. Sept. 3.
Durham, 7-4 in 2009, figures to be a tough row for the Falcons to hoe as the Trojans return a talented college prospect at quarterback in Nelson Fishback and two six-foot plus receivers in Bobby Mickow (6-3, 185) and Isaiah Perez (6-1, 170).
Fishback, who is receiving recruiting interest from Oregon State, Fresno State and San Diego State, continues to have a superlative summer has the pass-run threat had been invited to play in this weekend’s Elite 7-on-7 Challenge Passing Tournament in Fresno which will bring together top skill athletes from around the state.
The rest of the “Battle at the Capital” slate has Del Campo meeting Aptos and former Nevada Union coach Randy Blankenship in the 8 p.m. Sept. 3 game.
The Sept. 4 schedule will match Christian Brothers and St. Mary’s of Berkeley at 11 a.m., Central Catholic against Cardinal Newman at 2 p.m., Whitney versus Concord High at 5 p.m. and host Del Oro pitted against defending Central Section large school champion Bullard of Fresno at 8 p.m.
Keep and eye out for Falcon football players who will be hawking game tickets to the showcase in the local area. It goes to a good cause.
Someone asked me recently what has happened to the Colfax High Hall of Fame. It’s sad but just like the economics of the country in general the last few years, funding for the Hall of Fame has not generated enough greenbacks to keep the tradition continuing. It’s too bad too.
The next induction class was expected to honor several of the school’s outstanding championship squads including Jim Ryan’s CIF girls title teams of 1987-88-89-92; Tony Martello’s outright football league title team — the school’s first — of 1997; the Vicky Satterlee-coached CIF Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball champions of 1996 and Ron Pucci’s 1999 boys basketball team which set a school record of 30 wins and advanced all the way to the NorCal Regional championship game.
Someone thought that perhaps getting sponsors for the Fame would be a way to go but seeing a McDonald’s or Taco Bell banner hanging over the Hall of Fame trophy case at CHS doesn’t seem fit.